2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight unveiled

New Dark Custom Sportster introduced

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 22, 2010
Harley-Davidson introduced a new Dark Custom model to its Sportster line with the new Forty-Eight.

Following the pattern of the Dark Custom series, the new 2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight features a blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-Twin engine, black wheels, and other blacked-out components including the air cleaner cover, hand controls and turn signals.

The 2010 Harley-Davidson 48 is the newest Dark Custom model, following the Nightster, Iron 883, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob.

The 2.1 gallon peanut fuel tank is also available in Vivid Black, but those who want a splash of color can opt for a Brilliant Silver Pearl or Mirage Orange Pearl paint job.

Harley-Davidson describers the Forty-Eight as having a muscular bulldog front stance with its lowered suspension, 26-inch seat height  and under-mounted mirror giving the bike a low profile.

The 26-inch seat height, under-mounted mirrors and "slammed" rear suspension give the Forty-Eight a low profile.

With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson, says Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson senior director of styling. The Forty-Eight model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic.

The 2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight retails for $10,499 for the black version, $10,789 for the silver or orange.

Willie G. Davidson (with the mic) and the Harley-Davidson Design team of Casey Ketterhagen, Frank Savage, Ray Drea, Rich Christoph and Paul Martin, stand with the Forty-Eight at its media preview at the Ace Hotel in New York City.