Harley-Davidson - the legendary motorcycle manufacturer has introduced the special variant of its iconic Sportster called the Forty-Eight Special. Harley-Davidson has priced the motorcycle at Rs. 10.98 lakhs. As reported by us earlier, the standard Forty-Eight will also be available for the customers along with the Forty-Eight Special. The new motorcycle packs classic design and modern performance, making it an aspirational machine, a reminiscent of the custom-motorcycle scene of US.
The all-new Forty-Eight Special gets a retro custom tank paint job, 'Tallboy' handlebars, emulsion rear shock screw adjuster and a split 9-spoke Cast Aluminium Wheels. Propulsion duties are carried by the same 1200 cc 'Evolution', V-Twin engine that churns out 96 Nm of peak torque at 4,250 rpm. The front-end looks menacing with a 130mm tire and 49mm forks. There are no mechanical changes in the bike and remains the same as the standard Forty-Eight.
At the launch event, Sajeev Rajasekharan, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India said, “Harley-Davidson was one of the earliest entrants in the premium motorcycle category in India. Completing 10 years in India is just the beginning as we remain the cruiser of choice for many riders. With the all-new Forty-Eight Special, Harley-Davidson India takes its motorcycle line up to 17 Models.”
Brad Richards - Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design said “Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders. A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generation."
Harley Davidson is on a spree of updating its entire range in India and can also introduce some new models under their 'More Roads To Harley-Davidson' strategy. Asian markets can be a catalyst to drive sales numbers in the next phase for the motorcycling legends like Harley-Davidson. Recently, Harley-Davidson filed patent for three new motorcycle designs as well, that includes an adventure tourer, a flat-track based cruiser and a street-fighter.