Legendary motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson has big plans. Just how big, you might ask? Well, they intend to release no less than 100 new high-impact motorcycles by 2027, which is pretty ambitious to say the least. In keeping with their agenda, the brand just introduced two new formidable Sportsters: the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. Each model touts a powerful Evolution 1200 V-Twin Engine, and takes design cues from both the custom-bike scene and established Sportster line-up. The result is a timeless platform reimagined for the modern world, guaranteed to please riders old and new alike.
Immediately distinguishing the Iron 1200 Sportster is a black Mini Ape handle bar, lending the bike some gnarly vigor. That’s joined by a black speed screen over the headlamp, a fast-back Café Solo Seat and a 3.3. gallon fuel tank adorned with multi-coloured graphics. Also featured is a prime powertrain dressed primarily in black, which blends beautifully with chrome highlights and all-black 9-spoke wheels.
From the Forty-Eight Special, expect a lean, but aggressive vibe by way of an imposing front end, 130mm Michelin Scorcher tires and a 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar. The shape of the handlebar was designed exclusively to flow with the 2.2 gallon “peanut” fuel tank, which is awash with horizontal stripes and available in three colours. Meanwhile, the powertrain contrasts chrome and black to brilliant effect.
Both bikes are equipped with the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system, and slated to arrive in Australia and New Zealand in April 2018. About the release, Harley-Davidson ANZ Spokesperson Adam Wright said the following: “We are extremely excited to welcome the new Sportsters into the Harley-Davidson fold for 2018. Evolved over 60 years, the Sportster has been crafted with the Australian and New Zealand motorcyclist in mind. Entering its seventh decade, the Sportster appeal is still strengthening.”