You can see the big change for the 2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight right up front—beefed-up brace-enhanced forks and triple clamps.Inside the new 39mm forks is cartridge damping, while the front Michelin Scorcher 31 tire is a 130/90 beast on a 16-inch wheel. The Forty-Eight also gets a new seat that sits a bit lower, and underneath it is a wrench for adjusting the preload on the new emulsion shocks.
Chrome exhaust shields over blacked-out mufflers give the 48 yet another distinctive detail. AMF-inspired graphics are available on the solid color editions, with the Hard Candy Custom paint jobs having their own look. A 2.1-gallon tank means you’ll be on a first-name basis with the local gas jockey.Read our Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Review.View our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Specs:
Engine: Evolution V-twin
Displacement: 73.4 cubic inches (1202cc)
Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!