Despite the slew of new bagger releases, Harley-Davidson realizes that the lower-priced, less intimidating Sportsters will only help its long-term appeal. Hence the introduction of the newest member of the XL Dark Custom club-the 2010 Forty-Eight-at the New York IMS a few months back. Sportster aficionados will probably crow about the resurrection of the iconic 2.1 gallon 'peanut' tank on this machine (it was discontinued in 2007), but the 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight also gets the now-ubiquitous bobbed fenders, blacked-out engine, chunky wheel and a lowered rear suspension. The newest XL also features a solo seat dropped at a 26 inch height, with low-profile pull-back handlebars that are more hot-rod than cruiser and under-mounted mirrors to complement the street style. The blacked-out treatment spreads to the air cleaner and engine covers, frame and fenders, so the only hint of glint on the bike is from the shorty dual exhaust. The thick 16-inch black, laced front wheel provides the menace, and rolls between a new fork with wider triple clamps. Up front you get forward foot controls, fork-mounted turn signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and fork brace with lightening holes.