“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said 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.”
Starting with the Forty-Eight Special, the new model distinguishes through a 130 mm front tire held in by a 49 mm fork secured with massive forged aluminum triple clamps all painted in gloss-black paint and topped with a 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar
The Evolution 1200 engine comes with a black top end and more chrome pieces, like the primary, inspection and derby covers, exhaust shields, lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes, and tapped covers. To add a colorful twist, the 2.2-gallon peanut Sportster fuel tank on top can be had in Wicked Red, Billiard White, and Vivid Black along with rows of horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo.
Moving on to the original urban brawler, the Iron can now be had in the 1200 flavor, thus offering more torque to play with along with a deeper sound to match the bike’s raw look.
Speaking of looks, the 2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 comes with a Mini Ape handlebar with an 8.75-inch rise and 32-inch spread, along with a gloss black speed screen framing the headlight, and a solo seat that flows into the rear fender’s lines.
As with the Forty-Eight, the 3.3-gallon fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics on backgrounds that can be had in Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry, and Billiard White. The headlight speed screen comes only in Vivid Black, but I guess you can easily take it off and respray it with whatever you want.
The lower, mechanical, part of the model adopts an all-black theme with very few parts, like the pushrod tubes and tappet covers, finished in shiny chrome.
Last but not least, the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system are factory-installed options for both the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 models. They are bound to reach dealerships soon, so don’t forget to check them out and try one.