Harley-Davidson Superlow, Forty-Eight Special and 1200 Custom disappear
With all the attention paid to the new and updated motorcycles in the 2020 Harley-Davidson lineup, one overlooked aspect of the upcoming model year is the loss of three of the seven Sportster models.
While the Iron 883, Iron 1200, Forty-Eight and Roadster will all be 2020 Harley-Davidson Sportsters, the long-lasting Forty-Eight Special, Superlow and 1200 Custom are nowhere to be found. This change leaves the Iron 883 as the sole member of the Harley-Davidson XL 883 family.
The Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom XL 1200C was introduced in 1996 and has been a mainstay of the Sportster lineup ever since. The Superlow debuted in 2011 and, as the name suggests, had the lowest seat height in the Sportster lineup. The Forty-Eight Special entered the fold in 2018, so its life was short.
The Iron 1200 horizontal bar should satisfy those who want the Forty-Eight Special, which therefore looks like a natural size. However, the Iron 1200 has mid-mount pegs, a narrower front wheel, and less chrome than the Forty-Eight Special, so they’re definitely not clones. Another option for Forty-Eight Special fans is to purchase a Forty-Eight and make the appropriate modifications.
Smaller riders who might have been interested in the Superlow will need to upgrade to the Forty-Eight. The Forty-Eight has a seat height less than a quarter of an inch more than the Superlow, as well as a 1200 motor rather than an 883. The downside for new pilots will be the front foot controls, the curvature. less comfortable handlebars and higher the price.
Anyone looking at the 1200 Custom will also be directed to the Forty-Eight or the Iron 1200, which don’t particularly fit. The Forty-Eight has considerably less comfortable ergonomics than the 1200 Custom, and some riders will hesitate to trade comfort for style. The Iron 1200’s mini-monkeys have a very different presence than the spreader bar curvature on the 1200 Custom, and you lose the big front tire and chrome on the 1200 Custom.
Of course, Harley-Davidson has a good habit of introducing additional motorcycles as the model year progresses, so we’ll have to wait and see what’s left to come in the 2020. Harley davidson Range of sportsmen.
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