Harley-Davidson updates Forty-Eight and Iron 883

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Harley-Davidson updates Forty-Eight and 883 Iron

1202cc, 5-speed Forty-Eight is still a top sellerIron 883 has been upgraded with rider comfort in mind, like the Forty-Eight

Two upgraded models and a brand new one form Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom range of motorcycles for 2016 and all three were unveiled this week in Barcelona. Bike Social was on the scene to have a ride on each too.

The new cruiser is the Street 750 which was released in the USA this time last year but the European version has been revised with new front and rear brakes, new brake and clutch levers and revised positioning of the rear brake and horn. Aimed at introducing a younger audience to the iconic American brand, the bike uses a brand new liquid-cooled 750cc engine and will be available from 18th September at £5795.



The two biggest selling models in the Harley-Davidson ranges are the Forty-Eight and the Iron 883. Both have been upgraded for the next model year and just like the Street 750, they are designed as blank canvases for the customer to add their personal touch, just like 89% of Harley riders already do.

IRON 883

The Iron 883, with its air-cooled V-Twin, has all-new front and adjustable rear suspension, lighter-weight, black, 9-spoke mag wheels and improved seating to increase comfort. The rear suspension is adjustable through a 50mm range of pre-load with a spanner which is included under the seat.

Iron 883 starts at £7495

One brand new solid colour of Olive Green and a new Hard Custom Candy colour of Gold Flake accompany the existing Black Denim and Charcoal Denim options. Bullet-hole styling on the exhaust header shield, black-out belt guard and front trim are new. In fact the theme of the new 883 is black, black and more black with a black powder-coated engine, air filter cover, front forks, oil tank cover, belt guard, callipers and drag bars.

Overall the weight of the bike is now over 3.5kg lighter at 255kg (wet). ABS remains as an option but the keyless ignition and self-cancelling indicator signals sitting on each side of the handlebars remain on the 883 which starts at £7495.

TECH SPECS

Engine

883cc, Air-cooled, Evolution, two valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke

76.2 mm x 96.8 mm

Frame

Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions

Swingarm

Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded

Suspension

Front:  39 mm fork with 92mm wheel travel

Rear: Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable with 41mm wheel travel

Wheels

Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminium with Machined Highlights

Front: 19” x 2.15”

Rear: 16” x 3”

Brakes (ABS optional)

Front: Dual-piston calliper with solid uniform expansion disc: 300 x 5mm disc

Rear: Dual-piston rear calliper with solid uniform expansion disc: 260.1 x 7.1mm disc

Dimensions

Length 2250 mm

Overall Width 855 mm

Overall Height 1140 mm

Seat Height (unladen) 775 mm

Ground Clearance 140 mm

Rake (steering head) 26°

Fork Angle 26°

Trail 117 mm

Wheelbase 1515 mm

Tyres

Front: Michelin Scorcher “31” 100/90B19 57H

Rear: Michelin Scorcher “31” 150/80B16 77H

Fuel Capacity

12.5 litres (warning light at approx. 3.0l)

Wet (weight)

256kg

MPG (claimed)

51 mpg

Warranty

24 months, unlimited mileage

Price

£7495

 

FORTY-EIGHT

Starting at £9675, the XL1200X, or ‘Forty-Eight’ as it is known, referring to the year in which the iconic peanut fuel tank was first used, also has refinements to its suspension.

Forty-Eight starts at under £10k

Similar enhancement to the 883, the Forty-Eight has new 49mm front forks with cartridge dampening plus adjustable (for pre-load) rear shock as well as new black, split 9-spoke aluminium wheels, a new seat and new colours. Billet Silver and Olive Gold plus the same Gold Flake Hard Custom Candy colours are now available on the most feet-forward of the Dark Custom range.

The 252kg machine still has its thumping great 1202cc air-cooled V-Twin providing the 70.8 ft-lbs of torque, the 5-speed ‘box with belt-drive and its rather useless under-bar mounted rear-view mirrors.

TECH SPECS

Engine

1202cc, Air-cooled, Evolution, two valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke

88.9 mm x 96.8 mm

Frame

Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions

Swingarm

Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded

Suspension

Front:  39 mm fork set, free valve right hand and cartridge style left hand. 92mm wheel travel.

Rear: Shocks Variable rate spring over 36 mm piston nitrogen gas-charged emulsion style shock with thread style preload adjustment. 54mm wheel travel

Wheels

Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum with Machined Highlights

Front: 16” x 3”

Rear: 16” x 3”

Brakes (ABS optional)

Front: Dual-piston calliper with floating 300 x 5mm disc

Rear: Dual-piston rear calliper with uniform expansion260.1 x 7.1mm disc

Dimensions

Length 2210 mm

Overall Width 845 mm

Overall Height 1085 mm

Seat Height (unladen) 710 mm

Ground Clearance 110 mm

Rake (steering head) 29.6°

Fork Angle 28.1°

Trail 132 mm

Wheelbase 1495 mm

Tyres

Front: Michelin Scorcher “31” 130/90B16 73H

Rear: Michelin Scorcher “31” 150/80B16 77H

Fuel Capacity

7.9 litres (warning light at approx. 2.5l)

Wet (weight)

252kg

MPG (claimed)

48 mpg

Warranty

24 months, unlimited mileage

Price

£9675

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