2012 Harley-Davidson MotorcycleSporting classic bobber styling with a bit of a café influence thrown in for good measure, the 2012 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight hides its young age well.
Short fenders, forward bars, short rear suspension, thin seat, black laced 16- inch steel wheels, and a peanut tank that holds barely two gallons gets the message across-this is a no-frills bike that unapologetically harkens back to 1948, which was the year the peanut tank debuted.The 2012 edition of the rough-and-ready Sportster gets Michelin Scorcher 31 tires and black side covers to match the bodywork.2012 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Quick Specs:
ENGINE TYPE: Pushrod V-twin
BORE x STROKE: 3.5″ x 3.812″
WHEELBASE: 59.8 inches
RAKE: 30 degrees
SEAT HEIGHT: 26.8 inches
CURB WEIGHT: 567 pounds
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!