2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

2016 Harley-Davidson Sporster Forty-Eight 48
2016 Harley-Davidson Sporster Forty-Eight

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.

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2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Specs:

  • Engine: Evolution V-twin
  • Displacement: 73.4 cubic inches (1202cc)
  • Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
  • Front tire: Michelin Scorcher 31; 130/90B16 73H
  • Rear tire: Michelin Scorcher 31; 150/80B16 77H
  • Wheels: Cast aluminum
  • Right lean angle: 27.1 degrees
  • Left lean angle: 27.1 degrees
  • Length: 85 inches
  • Seat height (laden): 26.2 inches
  • Seat height (unladen): 27.3 inches
  • Ground clearance: 3.9 inches
  • Fork angle: 28.7 degrees
  • Trail: 5.3 inches
  • Wheelbase: 59.3 inches
  • Weight (as shipped): 538 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 2.1 gallons

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Price:

  • MSRP From $10,899