The Iron 883 used to be the entry-level model for the American brand, but with the advent of the Street 750 and 500, it has now moved up in the hierarchy. Harley-Davidson has taken the next logical step and put in a 1202cc motor into the Iron. The Iron 1200 will share its 1202cc V-Twin engine with the Forty Eight Special. This ‘Evolution’ engine will generate 96Nm of torque at 4000rpm.
The Iron 1200 will retain looks similar to the Iron 883. It gets a blacked-out paint scheme, along with a blacked-out engine, although the pushrods are chrome. It gets a 19-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear. The handlebars are of the ape-hanger type, and a single seat that is derived from the café-racer style. The headlamp has a cowl that the Street series introduced, and the fuel tank holds 12.5 litres of fuel.
The Iron 1200 will be launched in India soon after its global launch. It will offer current Iron owners an upgrade, and will also be an option for those who don’t like the retro-inspired styling of the Forty Eight.