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Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster Review Price Specs

The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster is one of the most demanding motorcycles with fat tires on a skinny motorcycle with an iconic peanut tank that was first used in 1948. The overall design is inspired by the signature bulldog stance and 1200cc of torque. Additionally, the Sportster features a large 49mm front fork with an adjustable rear suspension, strong cast-aluminum wheels with floating rotors and strong brakes to ensure plenty of comfort and handling.

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster – Features and Price

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster


The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster features an iconic 1200cc V-Twin engine known for its massive low-end torque and soul-satisfying sound. The motorcycle has got lightweight heads and cylinders to ensure better air-cooling efficiency.

Fat Front Wheel

The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster features custom rubber reminiscent of the lead-sled culture. The rider will get a beefy front end with tall and fat MT90 tire that offers a dominating presence up front and gives a smooth ride and excellent handling.

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster

Fork with Cartridge Damping

The Forty-Eight Sportster features 49mm of front fork accentuated by massive triple clamps and fork brace. The engineers have added cartridge damping technology to maintain the handling crisp and confidence, no matter how rough or winding the road ahead.

Rear Shock with Screw Adjuster

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight comes with an Emulsion rear shock with a screw pre-load adjuster that soaks up every bump the street throws the way, and it easily adjusts to fit the rider’s riding style.

Cast Aluminum Wheels

The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster comes with a set of black hardcore rims with added machined highlights to set off the design. They were built of lightweight cast aluminum; even the plentitude of fat black rubber rolling underneath the ride feels light and nimble.

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster

Braking System

An innovative and high-performing system gives riders more confidence on the track/ road and more power and predictability when the rider applies the brake.

Iconic Fuel Tank

The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster features a classic peanut fuel tank design that adds to the bike’s low and powerful bulldog appearance, showing off the solid mass of the engine and the rawboned style the lean Sportster frame.

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster – Price

The new Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster is available at $11,999 only.

Harley-Davidson 2021 Forty-Eight Sportster – Technical Specifications


Length 85.2 inches (2,165 mm)
Overall Width 32.9 inches (835 mm)
Overall Height 43.3 inches (1,100 mm)
Seat Height, Laden 26.2 inches (665 mm)
Seat Height, Unladen 28 inches (710 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.3 inches (110 mm)
Rake (steering head) (deg) 30.2
Fork Angle (deg) 28.7
Trail 5.3 inches (135 mm)
Wheelbase 58.9 inches (1,495 mm)
Tires, Type Michelin® Scorcher® “31” front and rear
Tires, Front Model Scorcher® “31”
Tires, Front Specification 130/90B16 73H
Tires, Rear Model Scorcher® “31”
Tires, Rear Specification 150/80B16 77H
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal. (7.9 l)
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light) 0.65 gal. (2.5 l)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt. (2.6 l)
Transmission Capacity One qt. (1 l)
Primary Chain Case Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A
Weight, As Shipped 545 lb. (247 kg)
Weight, In Running Order 556 lb. (252 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1,000 lb. (454 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front 335 lb. (152 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear 665 lb. (302 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume N/A


Engine Air-cooled, Evolution®
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore 3.5 inches (88.9 mm)
Stroke 3.8 inches (96.8 mm)
Displacement 73.4 cu in (1,202 cc)
Compression Ratio 10:01
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Exhaust Black, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
Lubrication System Dry-sump


Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 29/68 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th N/A


Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Fork 49 mm fork set, free valve right hand and cartridge style left hand
Rear Shocks Variable-rate spring over 36mm piston nitrogen gas-charged emulsion style shock with thread style preload adjustment
Wheels, Front Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights
Wheels, Front Width 3 inches (76 mm)
Wheels, Front Height 16 inches (406 mm)
Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights
Wheels, Rear Width 3 inches (76 mm)
Wheels, Rear Height 16 inches (406 mm)
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Brakes, Rotor Type Front floating, Rear uniform expansion rotor
Brakes, Front Diameter 11.8 inches (300 mm)
Brakes, Front Thickness 0.2 inches (5 mm)
Brakes, Front is dual No
Brakes, Rear Diameter 10.24 inches (260 mm)
Brakes, Rear Thickness 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Optional
Suspension Travel, Front 3.6 inches (91 mm)
Suspension Travel, Rear 1.6 inches (41 mm)


Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 73 ft-lb (99 Nm)
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
Lean Angle Testing Method J1168
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 27
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 27
Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy
Fuel Economy 48 mpg (4.9 l/100 km)


Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric including solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp Quartz Halogen, 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop Incandescent
Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights Incandescent bullet turn signals
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (if equipped), ABS (if equipped)
Lights, Rear Turn Signals Incandescent bullet turn signals
Gauges Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual trip meter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights
Auxiliary Lamps N/A
Electric Power Outlet N/A
GPS System N/A
Reverse Gear N/A

Warranty And Service

Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter

USA Pricing

COLOR $11,649

Canadian Pricing

COLOUR $13,399

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