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      Harley-Davidson India announces a new model Forty-Eight for 2011 at Rs 8.5 lakh

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      The iconic two-wheeler major Harley-Davidson® has announced the addition of the new Forty-Eight™ model to its expansive model portfolio in India. With this addition, Harley-Davidson offers a motorcycle that promises riders a raw and radical ride as this bike brings brawn and chiseled custom with power and performance.


      The Forty-Eight will be introduced at Rs. 8,50,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). This model will be available across all the Harley-Davidson dealerships, in addition to the existing model line-up of 2011.
      The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle is a factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental appeal of the Dark Custom™ bikes.

      Riding low with a slammed suspension and featuring the classic "peanut" fuel tank, the Forty-Eight backs up its bulldog appearance with the performance of its blacked out and polished rubber-mounted Evolution® 1200 cc V-Twin engine. The low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, side mount license plate, clean rear fender and tall and fat front tire emphasize the Forty Eight's focus on chiseled customization.

      Harley-Davidson Sportster models like the Forty-Eight have retained an aura of rebellion since their introduction in 1957, when the foundation of custom culture was being formed by hot rod gear heads hanging out on city street corners, in gritty garages or at dusty dragstrips. Sportster motorcycles became an iron canvas for many legendary choppers of that era and beyond. The Forty-Eight has more than just custom cool styling with the smooth ride on new front fork sliders, a tall and fat front tire and slammed rear suspension.

      With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a broad torque curve, the Forty-Eight motorcycle delivers a powerfully responsive ride with smooth clutch effort. The pipes on the chrome, shorty dual exhaust pound out the distinctive Harley-Davidson V-Twin sound.

      The Forty-Eight embraces the street up front with forward foot controls, low profile custom handlebar, fork-mounted turn signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and fork brace with lightening holes. A unique dual texture seat with a height of 26 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger pillion, footpegs and backrest are some of the many accessories that can be added.
      Bookings for the Forty-Eight will commence in April 2011, at Harley-Davidson dealerships around India.
      Harley-Davidson India commenced operations in August 2009 and appointed its first dealership in July 2010. The Company currently offers 14 models in its 2011 line-up in India, available through its authorized dealerships
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      Some key features
      - 8 litre fuel tank
      - Handle bar under mount mirrors
      - Beefy front tires
      - Side mounted rear number plate (not sure if it will be available in India as Iron 883 also features the same, but missed out in India)
      - 1200 cc engine
      - Factory installed security system featuring hands-free FOB
      - Forward mounted foot controls

      Source - Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X | Dark Custom | Harley-Davidson USA
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      Quote Originally Posted by Aargee View Post
      8 litre fuel tank

      Just 8 litres? Isnt it too small?

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      The tank capacity does seem small at 8 lts. Could it be 8 gallons which would take it to nearly 30.2 liters but then that would be too big!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by khoj View Post
      The tank capacity does seem small at 8 lts. Could it be 8 gallons which would take it to nearly 30.2 liters but then that would be too big!!
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      Source - Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X | Dark Custom | Harley-Davidson USA
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      Features on the HD Forty Eight are
      Blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with polished covers
      Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
      Steel 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
      One-piece, solo Sportster classic seat
      26-inch seat height
      Tall and fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
      16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
      Low profile custom handlebar
      Under-mounted mirrors
      New front forks with wide triple clamps
      Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
      Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
      Chopped rear fender
      Stop-turn-tail lights
      Side-mounted license plate
      Two-year factory warranty
      Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System

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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Side-mounted license plate
      Motoroids took this information from HD USA website. In India, side-mounted license plate will not be approved by Govt
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      Quote Originally Posted by Aargee View Post
      8 litre fuel tank
      I think whenever this bike goes out one fuel tanker has to be behind I guess.

      WHom are they joking dude. Just 8 ltrs. I think just to start the bike it will consume 1 ltr
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      shishirbn - its not so. Forty-Eight provides a FE of around 20 Kmpl in city & about 27 Kmpl on highways. So a full tank of 8 litre should last for 150 Kms in city & 200 Kms on highway
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      Quote Originally Posted by Aargee View Post
      shishirbn - its not so. Forty-Eight provides a FE of around 20 Kmpl in city & about 27 Kmpl on highways. So a full tank of 8 litre should last for 150 Kms in city & 200 Kms on highway
      Hey Aargee,

      Those figures sound a little optimistic. My Nighster manages only about 17-18, mostly highway. I do tend to be a little liberal on the throttle, though

      I dont think the 48 is designed as a highway cruiser, more as a Boulevard cruiser, hanging out at cafe's and such. Which might suit the needs of a lot of people by the way, because it looks killer for the part.

      That big fat front tyre coupled with the short bars will make maneuvering in Indian traffic a little difficult, in my humblest of opinions.

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