Stripped-down Sportsters have progressed beyond the days of the “$4,995 Sporty,” into what has become a blank canvas for designers at Harley-Davidson . Each new model seems to gravitate toward a specific design edict be it historical,custom or some combination thereof. The Sportster Forty-Eight is no exception as it reaches back to the 1970s and beyond for inspiration.
I like to see these somewhat-special bikes; they pay homage to their roots, but aren’t slaves to any specific model. So far, the special Sporties have been relevant, and it seems the designers aren’t jumping the shark quite yet so I look forward to the next concept. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at what makes the Forty-Eight so, well, forty-eightish.
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