Harley-Davidson has added two new motorcycles to its Sportster line-up- Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. These new Sportsters combine throwback styling trends with the Sportster platform and the Evolutionary 1200 V-Twin engine.
Harley-Davidson Iron 1200
The Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 resembles you more of the Iron 883 but with a bigger 1,202cc motor. This big motor results in a claimed increase in torque of 36%, from 72.9Nm in the Iron 883 to 98.9Nm in the Iron 1200. As i mentioned earlier, the Iron 1200 is influenced by the styling of original Iron 883, with a blacked-out engine and chrome pushrod tubes. The bike also uses similar nine-spoke, 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels as the Iron 883 does.
The Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 comes with a raised handlebar. The handlebar is 812mm wide. The motorcycle also comes with a 165mm pull-back, which results in a more upright riding position. Unlike the Iron 883, the Iron 1200 has a new cowl around the single headlight. The bike comes with a single seat and a 12.5-litre fuel tank. ABS and the Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security System(SSS) are available as factory-installed optional extras on the US-spec models.
The Iron 1200 is priced at $9,999 (about Rs 6.5 lakh)- thousand dollars higher than the Iron 883 in the US Market. The Iron 1200 is available in three colour options – Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White.
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special
This motorcycle gets a beefier front-end, with its 130mm section front tyre and 49mm diameter fork. In the front there are large aluminium triple clamps which add a sort of chunkiness. The Forty-Eight Special also has a tall handlebar but it is shorter and also has less pull-back when compared to the Iron 1200.
The Special uses the same motor as the new Iron 1200 does and it’s bottom-end, gearbox, and exhaust system is covered in chrome. The Forty uses the Harley’s famous “peanut” fuel tank with a capacity of 8.3 litres. The wheels on it are 16-inch nine-spoke alloys both for front and rear.
The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is priced slightly higher than the Iron 1200. But it should be because it’s Special. The Forty-Eight Special is priced at $11,299 (about Rs 7.35 lakh). ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are available as factory-installed optional extras, similar to Iron 1200.
The Special is available in three colour options – Vivid Black, Wicked Red and Billiard White.
Now the most important thing, Whether these two motorcycles will come to India or not? This decision is currently under consideration, but we see strong chances for at least the Iron 1200 to make it to India as the new entry point to the 1200 range in the Sportster family.