2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight

If you could distill uncut Americana into a motorcycle, you would get a Harley. Throw in a denim jacket and devil-may-care adventurism into the recipe, and you’ll end up with a 2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. It’s time to lace up your boots and rediscover your passion for pavement.

Paint Options

The 2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight comes in five factory paint colors: Vivid Black, River Rock Gray Denim, Stoned Washed White Pearl, Performance Orange, and Stiletto Red. Each features a modern black-on-red Harley label on the gas tanks, except for the Stiletto Red option, which has a two-toned retro signature. The paints change only the gas tank to create a contrasting look. The blacked-out engine and frame have chrome accents that speak to the Harley heritage. In short, the Sportster Forty-Eight is the bike for the rider who isn’t afraid to blend the best of the past with the new era.

True to the Harley-Davidson experience, the new Forty-Eight is highly customizable. Though it looks great fresh out of the factory, the official Harley-brand modifications and accessories allow you to build the perfect bike for your riding style.

Styling (Features)

The Sportster Forty-Eight’s fat nine-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with MT90 tires helps smooth out rougher roads and improve the bike’s handling. Held by a 49-millimeter front fort with large triple clamps and a fork brace that deliver a confident handling experience, your connection to the road is secure.

The front and rear suspension systems help keep you stable and relaxed as the Forty-Eight takes the road’s punches for you. The emulsion rear shock with a screw adjuster keeps your ride smooth and can be tuned to better fit the riding experience you’re looking for. The high-performance foundation brake system gives you control over your powerhouse. If you want a boost in confidence, equip your Forty-Eight with the anti-lock braking system to keep your ride safer.

The two staggered chrome exhaust pipes have black slash-cut, outboard-facing mufflers that give the Forty-Eight an industrial look and an unforgettable sound profile. Their swooped-back personalities make the Forty-Eight look muscled and fast, even at a standstill.

The 2020 Sportster Forty-Eight is 85.2 inches long and has a 58.9-inch wheelbase. It has a laden seat height of 26.2 inches and a 4.3-inch ground clearance. As shipped, the Forty-Eight is 545 pounds and 556 pounds when in running order.


The new Sportster Forty-Eight is equipped with a 1200cc air-cooled Evolution V-twin engine that delivers 73 pound-feet of low-end torque. This engine has a 3.5-inch bore, 3.8-inch stroke, a 10:01 compression ratio, and a 73.4-cubic-inch displacement. It draws from a 2.1-gallon fuel tank to achieve a 48-mpg fuel rating. The engine’s aluminum heads aren’t just for show — they also work to improve your bike’s efficiency as it powers you forward toward your destination.

With enough power to follow through on the promises its rugged style makes, the 2020 Forty-Eight gives riders what they’re looking for. Whether you’re carving through canyons or rumbling through gridlocked avenues, the new Forty-Eight is the bike for those who don’t enjoy limitations.


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