Harley-Davidson is expanding its Sportster lineup with the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special.
The two new models join the Forty-Eight, 1200 Custom and Roadster in using Harley-Davidson’s 1202cc Evolution V-Twin Sportster engine. The two models add
mini-ape bars and ‘70s-inspired graphics on the tank.
“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,”
says Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done
to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”
The 1200 kicks things off with 319cc, bumping torque from 73Nm to 98Nm. HD have never been eager to offer power numbers, so we’ll run with “enough.” There’s
also that satin-black mini-ape handlebar with an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pullback which opens up the rider triangle more. The single
headlight is wrapped in a black screen inspired by West Coast styling trends. Multi-coloured stripes on the fuel tank and a cafe-inspired single seat
complete the look.
Meanwhile, the Forty-Eight Special has the same front end as the regular model but adds a 7.25-inch Tallboy handlebar (shorter and with less pull-back
than the Iron 1200’s mini-ape) and more chrome bits to differentiate it from the regular Forty-Eight’s blacked-out look. The peanut tank gets similar
striping to the Iron 1200.
New Zealand pricing is unavailable at the time of writing.