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Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,202 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight252 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 10,70,797

Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] Summary

Forty Eight [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,202 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 252 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 7.9 litres

About Forty Eight [2018-2019]

The Forty Eight is a model from Harley-Davidson's Sportster line of motorcycles. It was introduced in 2010 as a classic design alternative to the dark series sportsters. As such, it has the traditional peanut-shaped tank, spoked wheels and lots of chrome. It isn't the most practical of motorcycles, with that combination of 1200cc engine and 8-litre fuel tank, but it does have its share of fans, and rightfully so - the Forty Eight has gobs of character. In short, if a slightly custom-looking but retro Sportster that can be used for city riding is on your list, the Forty Eight should manage it nicely.
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Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Classic look and feel and commanding stance
    • Great bike to riding within the city
    • Comparatively cheaper to its rivals 
  • Could be Better

    • Stiff seat is uncomfortable for long rides
    • Small fuel tank limits cruising range
    • Pillion seat needs to be purchased separately

BikeWale's Take

The Forty–Eight is a classic Harley-Davidson featuring a peanut-shaped fuel tank, minimal body panels, aggressive stance, chopped fenders with a lower stance, altogether offering a badass look. Probably not the best bike to hit the highway with but a hoot to ride in the city.

Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] Review

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight has always been a motorcycle that adds plenty of value in terms of aesthetics to the Sportster range and that’s all. With the 2016 updates on the bike, the company has proved it again that sometimes styling is more important than practicality and comfort.

What is it?

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight has always been a motorcycle that adds plenty of value in terms of aesthetics to the Sportster range and that’s all. With the 2016 updates on the bike, the company has proved it again that sometimes styling is more important than practicality and comfort.

How does it ride?

I am not a big fan of the Forty-Eight’s riding position. Even though the riding position is upright, the handle-bar is far off, making the whole riding experience slightly tedious. You have to stretch out your legs to reach the pegs as they are placed way ahead. This is fine for someone who will just ride the Forty-Eight all the time and don’t own any other motorcycles. The under-bar mirrors are not just practical but look quite appealing too.

Harley-Davidson has equipped the Forty-Eight with a new suspension setup, with wider 49mm forks doing the duty in front. However, the ride is on the stiffer side. Couple this with 130/90B16 front tyre and the riding experience isn’t pleasant. Be prepared to feel every bit of the road, small stones, bumps, undulations et al. The bike’s ground clearance of 110mm doesn’t help matters either; you will end up riding gingerly over every speed hump that comes your way and that my friend is way too many. Once you have got the bumps out of the way it comes down to ergonomics. One will need to plan out the U-turns on the Forty Eight because of the far set handlebar.

The Forty-Eight is powered by a 1202cc air-cooled engine that produces 96Nm of peak torque. This torque-loaded machine feels nice to rev across the range, that’s once you have battled with the humps. However, the low-end torque is enticing and more enjoyable. The five-speed gearbox transfers the power to the rear-wheel via a belt drive, and although it feels heavy, 100kmph is where the Forty-Eight feels at home. Twist the throttle to 120kmph, and you begin to feel the vibrations on the handlebar. Go above that speed and the intensity of the vibrations increases. The Forty-Eight has decent braking power, enough to stop the bike from high speed.

Anything else I should know?

7.9. No! This isn’t a Richter scale figure. These numbers represents the fuel tank capacity (in litres) of the 2016 Forty-Eight and you thought KTMs have a minuscule tank. If you want me to talk about the total range, then I am afraid I have to tell you that it isn’t much. But if you are a sane rider and know the technique of throttle control, then you are looking for a range of around 120kms. Yes, 120kms! To make things worse, there is no fuel gauge, just a low-fuel warning light.

The speedometer is round and small and Harley has smartly integrated the gear indicator and tachometer. I quite like that. Just like the other Harley-Davidsons, except the Street 750 of course, the quality of switchgears is top-notch. It feels nice to operate them. However, the self-cancelling indicators have been installed on each side of the handle-bar.  You should also know that the 2016 Forty-Eight is assembled in India and not imported from USA as a completely-built-up (CBU) unit.  The bike is also available in a new colour scheme – velocity red sunglow.

Why should I buy one?

Buy the Forty-Eight if you want to feel special and want to stand apart and are limited to a budget of Rs 10 lakh. The bike isn’t practical nor it is comfortable, but it surely has its own special character that draws you in.

Where does it fit in?

At Rs 9.1 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the 2016 Forty-Eight is an expensive affair. It’s the most expensive Harley-Davidson Sportster you can buy in India. It sits between the Iron 883 and the Street Bob from the Dyna family. In terms of its competitors, the Forty-Eight has the Indian Scout but this iconic American cruiser has its own set of consumer base, which is slightly different from the Forty-Eight.

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Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] mileage

As per ARAI, the average of Forty Eight [2018-2019] is 20 kmpl.

Forty Eight [2018-2019] mileage details

Forty Eight [2018-2019]


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 60 bhp @ 5,500 rpm

    Max Torque 97 Nm @ 4,250 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,202 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88.9 mm

    Stroke 96.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 7.9 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.6 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 158 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 20 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 292 mm

    Front Tyre Size 130/90B16 73H

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80B16 77H

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 260 mm

    Calliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear

    Front Wheel Size 16 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Black, Laced Steel

    Rear Suspension Black, Laced Steel

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 252 kg

    Overall Length 2,165 mm

    Overall Width 820 mm

    Wheelbase 1,495 mm

    Ground Clearance 110 mm

    Seat Height 710 mm

    Overall Height 1,065 mm

    Chassis Type Mild Steel; Tubular Frame; Circular Sections

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Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes



Electric System12V DC

Battery12V, 12-AMP/Hour.200 CCA

Headlight TypeBulb and Reflector Type

Headlight Bulb Type55/60 W

Brake/Tail LightLED Type

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

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Harley-Davidson Forty Eight [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.7 (32 ratings) 6 reviews
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  •  4Great machine by harley 1 year ago by Anirudh Yadav, Gurgaon

    The bike is amazing I've owned it for more than 2 years now. Great power on demand . I love taking it for short rides and have not faced any problems with it . The only drawback of this bike which i find is the fuel tank capacity. The range on a full tank is from 90 -12

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      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      13 kmpl

  •  4Eye candy 1 year ago by Nikhil Chaudhary, Jind

    I owned this bike from around 2 years now. Upgraded from my ktm rc390 (2015) (no slipper clutch model).Pros. - aggressive power (don't go for the numerical values of 59bhp) - good sitting position, comfortable for both daily use and long rides. (i once ride it 900km in

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    • Got mileage of

      14 kmpl

  •  5Review 2 years ago by Santosh Upadhyay, New Delhi

    I was very exciting to buy this wonderful bike.... I think stay young and fit........ If you ride on this bike continuously........Look is so attractive.. When i drive any of the new place or market all of the commuters or public once must look... And just say.... Wow.

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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

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