Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Invokes Mid-century Nostalgia

Harley-Davidson’s latest Dark Custom is more like a ray of nostalgia than a chiaroscuro one-off. Available in traditional black ($10,499), silver, or orange ($10,789), the Sportster Forty-Eight packs a fuel-injected Evolution 1200 V-twin, a 5-speed transmission, and chromed shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers— all of which serve as modern but faithful reinterpretations of the mechanical underpinnings that graced the first Sportster, which debuted in 1957.

But the Forty-Eight’s main attraction is its slammed, chopped, and discreetly minimalized styling, dominated by a “bulldog” front stance thanks to a low-profile custom handlebar to which under-mounted mirrors snugly fit. A tall, fat 130mm tire wraps around the spoked front wheel, and lightning holes dot everything from the peanut fuel tank bracket to the fork brace. But perhaps the most fortunate side effect of this bike’s lowered suspension is that its one-piece, solo Sportster classic seat rests only 26 inches above ground, an ideal altitude for style-savvy beginning riders. (www.harley-davidson.com/darkcustom)

From Around the Web...
Inside the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim, France.
With assembly done by hand, the Chiron’s construction is the only slow aspect of the automobile…
The Ferrari 812 Superfast
The marque’s cutting-edge coupe carries a 789 hp, 6.5-liter V-12 that allows a top speed of 211 mph…
Indian Roadmaster Classic
Vintage design elements distinguish the Roadmaster Classic, a variant of the acclaimed Roadmaster…
Faraday Future Dragon Racing competes in Formula E.
The premier publishing brand brings added voltage to the hard-charging electric-vehicle race team…
A Woodill Wildfire from the 1954 film Johnny Dark with Tony Curtis.
From McQueen’s racer in Le Mans to Presley’s Corvette in Clambake, these machines made movie magic…
The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package makes the legendary muscle car more agile on the...
Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
Shorter than the SVAutobiography, the new SUV handles better and is just as refined…
Copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Mathieu Heurtault.
Two Aston Martin coupes and a roadster from Lancia are among the favorites to fall under the hammer…
Cadillac takes the top two spots; the Porsche 911 RSR and Mercedes-AMG GT3 earn podium places…
The exhibition space’s lavish clubhouse stands where Carroll Shelby’s personal apartment had been…