2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Forty-Eight 48 Review (USA SPEC)
Forty-Eight™ is an urban brawler that drips attitude from every element; from
the fat, balloon tires to the all-steel peanut tank to the solo seat.
With fat front tire and steel peanut tank,
this low-slung urban brawler is ready to rip through any scene.
Custom touches define this bulldog of a
bike. A slammed speedometer, under bar mounted mirrors and 26-inch seat height
offer a low profile,
while the peanut tank and big 16-inch wheels combine for a
menacing look that could only come from Harley-Davidson.
The all-new Forty-Eight™ is an urban
brawler that drips attitude from every element;
from the fat, balloon tires to
the all-steel peanut tank to the solo seat.
Custom touches define this bulldog
of a bike. A slammed speedometer,
under bar mounted mirrors and 26-inch seat
height offer a low profile,
while the peanut tank and big 16-inch wheels combine
for a menacing look that could only come from Harley-Davidson.
Up to two times thicker than the
competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson®
Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes.
Unique effects in the pearl colors. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.
CLASSIC PEANUT FUEL TANK
First appearing on a Harley-Davidson®
motorcycle back in 1948—and providing the inspiration for the Forty-Eight model
the small 2.1 gallon tapered peanut fuel tank holds strong today with its
traditional styling and modern attitude.
A low, powerful bulldog look that gives
way for showcasing more engine, the peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all
balled up into one.
SLAMMED HANDLEBAR, SPEEDO AND UNDER
The slammed black drag-style handlebar
with speedo and under mount mirrors adds to the stripped down,
minimal look of
the Forty-Eight motorcycle. Inspired by the way hot rod pioneers used to slam
the drag style handlebar is an old school garage feature that
demands a forward, aggressive riding position.
A beefy front end with a tall, fat MT90
tire gives the Forty-Eight model a grounding visual equal to that of a 1950
Custom rubber reminiscent of the lead-sled culture. A dominating
presence up front that provides a smooth ride and solid handling.
EVOLUTION® ENGINE HERITAGE
The Evolution® engine—known in certain
crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson®
motorcycle back in 1984.
legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new
ground in displacement
innovation while maintaining the hunger for power,
durability and proven reliability
that The Motor
Company was built on.
EVOLUTION® ENGINE INNOVATION
Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 1200cc
Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that
advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and
cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency.
Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased
reliability and less routine maintenance.
Bottom line: the rubber-mounted
Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles
so you can
just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.
PURE HARLEY-DAVIDSON STYLING
Feast your eyes on the 1200cc Evolution®
engine and there's no mistaking its roots.
This is authentic Harley-Davidson
style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any
other motorcycle company.
Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are
topped off with chrome rocker covers,
while chrome pushrods highlight the iconic
V-Twin. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power.
From the classic edge of the cooling fins
to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 1200c Evolution® engine
ironclad statement to holding on to what's right and staying true to what
satisfies the rider.
ARTFULLY HIDDEN TECHNOLOGY
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in
technology without compromising style and function.
That means we hide
electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of
the bike—the tank,
engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to
It's just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its
bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson®
motorcycle are incredibly intuitive.
The turn signals are self-canceling and,
based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on.
Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on
turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.
H-D® SMART SECURITY SYSTEM (OPTIONAL)
The factory installed next-generation
security system features a hands-free
fob that automatically arms
and disarms the vehicle electronic security
functions as you approach and walk away from the bike.
Stick the fob on your
ignition key ring and let it do all the work.
It's this attention to details and
security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
LOW SEAT & SLAMMED SUSPENSION
The combination of a lowered front and
rear suspension together with a low solo seat—just 26 inches high—
confidence for riders of all sizes and experience.
A responsive ride for
whipping through town or busting out onto the interstate
TUNED TO BE RIDDEN
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different
from any other bike out on
There's a balance to them.
The steering, the maneuverability—it's all in
concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned
differently to create a unique
riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg
Let's face it, we didn't get to where we are by being like everyone
MICHELIN® SCORCHER™ TIRES
New Michelin® Scorcher™ Tires provide the
superior performance, sensational grip,
impressive durability and excellent
handling expected on a race-bred bike.
The exclusive deep-cut tread design
improves grip and water evacuation capability.
Grip performance and durability
is also enhanced by the tire's rubber compounds,
which use the latest generation
of Michelin synthetic polymers.
Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to
stabilize your ride, which helps inspire confidence in handling.
With the custom forward-mounted controls
on the Forty-Eight model,
you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for
the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line.
It's time to take in
the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that's built to
outdo the rest.