The Sportster range gets two new brothers
In the fight to widen up the model range, the American manufacturer unveiled two new Sportsters powered by the 1200cc Evolution engine. The two new bikes will be named Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. Indian, watch your back!
The central piece of the two new models is the 1202cc air-cooled Evolution engine that produces 96 Nm. Considering the usual Sportster 883 engine delivers 68 Nm of torque, the improvement is a huge bonus.
The highlights of the new Iron 1200 are the backed-out finishes, black mini-ape handlebars, and a fixed speed screen. The gas tank has a 70’s look combining the shape with retro graphics. The Iron 1200 is mainly designed as a single seater featuring a Cafe solo seat. Actually, the coolest feature of this model is the dark custom look that gives it an urban-ready air.
The Forty-Eight Special comes with a cheesy catchphrase: "Attitude right out of the box”. We must admit, the Forty-Eight Special has a more muscular look due to the bigger tires and the tallboy handlebars. The engine has a combination of black and chrome finishes while the peanut gas tank is the same one used for the Iron 1200. Both models come in three different colors, but in our opinion, the black finish is the best looking.
The main competitor for Harley’s new 1200 range is the Indian Bobber and Triumph’s latest release the Bonneville Speedmaster. So it was about time for HD to become competitive again. The Iron 1200 will sell for $9,999 while the price tag for the Forty-Eight Special $11,299 which is just below the Indian Bobber and much cheaper than the Triumph.