New Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special, the mark of an American lifestyle

Legendary Harley Davidson is synonymous to a typical American lifestyle. In a way they represent the spirit of American motorcycling. The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is no exception. This new offering from the H-D lives up to its retro American cruiser image and is definitely a head tur ner.

Its sports a 1202cc, Evolution V-Twin, Air-Cooled Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection engine that’s produces 97 Nm of peak torque and mated to a 5 speed gear box that is refined and gives a typical H-D feel.

The fuel tank capacity is tiny at just 7.9 liters which is a disappointment and you will have to visit the petrol station frequently if you are planning to take your Forty-Eight Special on a long drive. It weighs at 247 kgs, is with ground clearance of 110mm and wheelbase of 1,495mm. Beefy front 130/90B16 73H and rear 150/80B16 77H Michelin Scorcher tyres look imposing and offer a dominating road presence to the motorcycle.

Base model (Vivid Black) is priced @ ₹ 10.98 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes up to ₹ 11.52 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Two-Tone Custom Color variant


VIVID BLACK                                      Rs. 1,098,000

COLOR                                                 Rs. 1,108,000

TWO-TONE                                         Rs. 1,139,000

CUSTOM COLOR                                Rs. 1,152,000

TWO-TONE CUSTOM COLOR          Rs. 1,152,000

Technical Specifications


ENGINE                                                                Air-cooled, Evolution™

BORE                                                                     88.9 mm

STROKE                                                                96.8 mm

DISPLACEMENT                                                 1,202 cc

COMPRESSION RATIO                                      10.0:1

FUEL SYSTEM                                                     Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

EXHAUST                                                             Black, staggered, shorty exhaust with dual mufflers


LENGTH                                                                2,165 mm

SEAT HEIGHT, UNLADEN                                  710 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE                                       110 mm

RAKE (STEERING HEAD) (DEG)                       30.2

TRAIL                                                                    135 mm

WHEELBASE                                                        1,495 mm

TIRES, FRONT SPECIFICATION                        130/90B16 73H

TIRES, REAR SPECIFICATION                           150/80B16 77H

FUEL CAPACITY                                                   7.9 liters

OIL CAPACITY (W/FILTER)                                 2.6 l

WEIGHT, AS SHIPPED                                         247 kg

WEIGHT, IN RUNNING ORDER                          252 kg


ENGINE TORQUE TESTING METHOD              IS 14599: 1999

ENGINE TORQUE                                                 97 Nm

ENGINE TORQUE (RPM)                                     4,250

LEAN ANGLE, RIGHT (DEG.)                             27.1

LEAN ANGLE, LEFT (DEG.)                                27.1


PRIMARY DRIVE                                                Chain, 38/57 ratio

GEAR RATIOS (OVERALL) 1ST                        9.004

GEAR RATIOS (OVERALL) 2ND                      6.432

GEAR RATIOS (OVERALL) 3RD                      4.783

GEAR RATIOS (OVERALL) 4TH                      3.965

GEAR RATIOS (OVERALL) 5TH                      3.4



WHEELS, FRONT TYPE :         Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights

WHEELS, REAR TYPE :            Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights

BRAKES, CALIPER TYPE :       Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear


LIGHTS (AS PER COUNTRY REGULATION), INDICATOR LAMPS – High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)

GAUGES – Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights

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