2016 H-D Sportster Forty-Eight Preview

Sporty 48 ups the ante for 2016

We've loved the Sportster since we first saw it in 2010. I think it is one of, if not the best looking model of the H-D lineup. Especially this year with the new 49mm forks, big old triples and the killer new tank graphic. The 48 is a versatile, comfortable and powerful cruiser that as at home in the city as it is cruising down an open rural highway. And with this year's upgrades, it just got a lot more comfortable.

New for 2016

  • Emulsion technology rear shocks with 50mm range of pre-load adjustability and an under-seat, rear shock suspension adjustment wrench
  • Front forks with cartridge dampening technology
  • Fork brace and massive triple clamps
  • Optimized seat design for all-day comfort, minimalist style
  • Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels in gloss black with Machined highlights
  • Open design sprocket
  • Blacked-out belt guard
  • Turn signal mounts off upper triple
  • Chrome exhaust shields with unique cutouts to show off blacked-out mufflers
  • Paint color options including Hard Candy Custom color
  • Retro-mod tank graphics
Sportster Forty-Eight SPECIFICATIONS
Length 85 in. (2159 mm)
Seat Height 27.3 in. (693 mm)
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal. (7.9 L)
Dry Weight 538 lbs. (244 kg)
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution
Displacement 73.4 cu. in. (1202 cc)
Engine Torque 70.8 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (96 Nm @ 3500 RPM)
Transmission 5-speed
Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum with Machined Highlights
Front Scorcher “31” 130/90B16 73H
Rear Scorcher “31” 150/80B16 77H
Color Options
Solids: Vivid Black NEW Billet Silver; Velocity Red Sunglo; NEW Olive Gold
Hard Candy Custom Colors Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake; NEW Hard Candy Gold Flake

For more information on the new Sportster 48 and other 2016 Harley-Davidson models, visit H-D.com