13 Май 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи REVIEW: HARLEY-DAVIDSON FORTY EIGHT SPORTSTER Swag’s Rant отключены

Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black


I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid and Michael was tearing up the TV screen as Jim Bronson in the classic show “Then Bronson”. For you younger readers have no idea what I am about… that was about and since then I have had a love affair with the Harley-Davidson.

In recent years the Company has wisely given extra attention to the baby releasing some vintage spin-off models including The and the Iron 883 and this year continue to emphasize that you have to spend an arm and a leg to own a piece of the mystique by offering the model Sportster. I’ve been about this bike for a few now and when my friends at Bumpus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee extended the to test one out, I jumped at the

Right off the bat let me just say… bike is plain-old cool. And I say old… I mean old. inspiration from WWII era the package includes a fat front (MT90B16 72H), a 1948-like Tank, a slammed speedo, mount mirrors, combined taillights, side-mount license holder, forward controls and a low 26” seat height that all add up to a old-school vibe.

It looks great!

But looks everything… so after drooling the Forty-Eight for a while I hopped on for a 30 ride that included from a 4-lane Interstate to backroads and even some urban traffic.

Power was of the 1200 Sporty type adequate punch and while the stance offered a better than I expected, there was a but noticeable instability at take-off and in turns. I am assuming it is because of the front tire but the bars to want to wobble when from a complete stop and pushing hard through a

From an ergonomic standpoint I’d to say that this bike was a bit for my short 5’9” frame. The low combined with forwards and style bars left me out and by the end of the 30 minute ride my lower was beginning to feel it… but you have to into consideration my back has stronger days and the fact I am used to riding an Electra Standard. One other noticeable for me was the position of the forwards.

You can see by the picture here that the was hitting my foot at the very tip of my 8.5 work boot. I had no problems but I would have felt comfortable if the shifter had rested an or so closer to my ankle.

As you can tell… is definitely not the most comfortable I have ever ridden but not the point here. I believe has nailed it again in their to offer entry-level priced (Sportsters) that appeal to the Dean lurking deep all of us.

The Forty Eight is oozing old-school attitude and while I recommend it to anyone who plans on long road trips… it is worth consideration by those for a bad little bar hopper or daily that is cooler than the Besides… who needs geezerglide when your bike this good!

A Few Key Stats:

Vivid Black $10,499, $10,789

Length: 88.6”

Height: 26”

Ground Clearance:

Fuel Capacity: 2.1 Gallons

Dry 545lbs


This indicates my own personal opinion of product and should be taken as that. Yours may vary and you try this product yourself drawing any conclusions about it.


Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black
Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black
Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black

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