MY18.5 Sportster Launch. INTERNATIONAL ONLY

Harley-Davidson MENA region has announced the imminent arrival of the new Forty-Eight special and the Iron 1200 Sportsters in the region. Building on its connect with the high-bar riding scene, the company expects these Sportsters to add to the appeal of the range, bringing custom retro styling combined with the 1200cc Evolution V-twin engine.

“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

New fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold color stripes with a formal typeface, color and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.

“The art on these two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean,” said Richards. “It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”

The Iron 1200 brings more torque to the badge, building up from the 883. West Coast styling influences the headlight surrounds and wind screen, the handlebar is satin-black, 1.0″ diameter and offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back.

The Forty-Eight Special is more front-biased. “We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

It also gets a smaller 2.2-gallon tank as opposed to the 3.3-gallon on the Iron 1200.

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