Although the Sportster family only goes back 60 years, that hasn’t stopped Harley-Davidson from invoking 1948 for the Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight.With feet and hands forward, plus a tiny gas tank and short suspension, the Forty-Eight is all about fast blasts around town. The engine is tuned for a torque peak a bit earlier than on other 1202cc Sportsters, so it has good urban acceleration.
The fat tires help ward off potholes and other city debris, and the solo seat signals that you’re on your own. Beefy 49mm cartridge-style forks give the 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight’s front end a muscular countenance, while the black-and-chrome styling scheme matches menace with flash, with two new Hard Candy Custom being offered this year.Read our Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Specs:
Type: Evolution V-twin
Bore x stroke: 3.5 x 3.811 inches
Displacement: 73.4 cubic inches (1202cc)
Maximum torque: 71 ft/lbs @ 3500 rpm
Compression ratio: 10:1
Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Dry sump
Clutch: Web multi-plate
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 49mm forks/3.6 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Preload-adjustable emulsion shocks/1.6 inches of travel
Front tire: 130/90 x 16; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
Rear tire: 150/80 x 16; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
Front wheel: 16” x 3”; Split 9-spoke cast aluminum
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Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is an excellent foray into the middleweight ADV world. Associate Editor Neil Wyenn owns a 2021 model, and has spent the last year adding and improving various aspects of his bike. Some add-ons are more vital others, and he lets us into his secrets for getting the most out of the Yamaha Ténéré. His total enthusiasm for ADV riding and the Yamaha Ténéré in particular were pretty obvious to me—I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Links to all the items he mentions are below.