Harley Davidson

Two New Retro Inspired Harley Sportsters


High Handlebars, Cool Graphics, and Garage-Built Attitude

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MILWAUKEE (February 21, 2018) – Harley-Davidson adds to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special models. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Since its introduction in 1957, Sportster motorcycles have been repeatedly reimagined, in the hands of both the Motor Company and bike owners: The Sportster as a bobber, a chopper, a scrambler and a café racer; as a hero on flat tracks and drag strips and road-race courses; as an accessible entry-point for first-time riders, and as a custom-of-one cruiser. 

“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

New fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold color stripes with a formal typeface, color and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.

“The art on these two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean,” said Richards. “It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”


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Iron 1200™    
The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power. A 1202cc Evolution® 1200 V-Twin engine delivers 36 percent more torque (73.0 ft. lbs. vs. 53.8 ft. lb.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family. The Iron 1200 brings more punch to the street fight – more power to blast away from green lights and more mid-range to muscle through traffic. More power means more rowdy fun.

The satin-black Mini Ape handle bar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. This 1.0-inch diameter handlebar offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back, that opens the rider triangle with a fist-in-the-wind posture. The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars, is intended to offer some wind deflection at speed and provides a space for easy personalization. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.

A classic 3.3-gallon Sportster fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The dark engine finish helps draw the eyes to the bright tank graphics. Fuel tank paint color options include Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White, always contrasting with the Vivid Black speed screen.

The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear diameter) and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket. 

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Iron 1200 model.


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Forty-Eight® Special    
The burly front end of the Forty-Eight Special – a 130mm front tire framed by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps – looks especially menacing when topped with a gloss-black, 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar.

“We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

That 2.2-gallon “peanut” Sportster fuel tank features rows of bold, horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo. The fuel tank is available in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White.

The Evolution 1200 engine features a black top end and an expanse of brilliant chrome below, including chrome primary, inspection and derby covers, and solid chrome muffler and exhaust shields. Chrome lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet covers contrast with the black cylinders to highlight the V-Twin engine shape. High-performance Michelin Scorcher 31 tires front and rear are mounted on Black Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels (16-inch diameter front and rear).

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Forty-Eight Special model.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Hooligan Dirt Dash






On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Horny Toad Harley-Davidson of Temple, TX will host the Hooligan Dirt Dash, featuring a full day of pulse-pounding flat track motorcycle racing, live music, FXR, Dyna and Chopper bike shows and much more.

The FREE event kicks off at 12 Noon and runs throughout the day until 6pm.

Horny Toad Harley-Davidson owner George Lee says, “We are honored and very proud to be hosting the Hooligan Dirt Dash and we know the Southwest Regional HOG Rally attendees and the rider community will have a blast at the event."

The Hooligan Dirt Dash will feature racers representing The Speed Merchant, Suicide Machine Company, Biltwell, Broken Homme and others as they battle it out until the track is left with the fastest of the fast - so don’t blink or you might just miss the fun.

Hooligan racer Brawny, from The Speed Merchant says, “This year's Hooligan Dirt Dash at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson will be one for the books."

The opening ceremony for Hooligan Dirt Dash will commence at 3pm, after which racers will line up to compete in this daring dance of speed and style in the 1/8th mile oval made of dirt.

Additional events taking place that day are a Kickstart Race and Run What You Brung Race. Sign up at the Race Registration tent; first come, first serve. More info at www.HooliganDirtDash.com.

The Hooligan Dirt Dash race series made its debut in Sturgis, South Dakota during the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the legendary Sturgis ½ Mile dirt track. Because it’s run “outlaw” style, largely self-governed by competitors; no official sanctioning body; very few rules for classification beyond rider skill and/or engine displacement Hooligan Dirt Dash races have a grassroots vibe that makes them super popular with fans.

This year's Hooligan Dirt Dash follows last year's hugely successful event which was hosted by Gruene Harley-Davidson in New Braunfels, TX.



Hooligan Dirt Dash is made possible with the support of Horny Toad Harley-DavidsonLaw TigersRockstar Energy DrinkHOGBiltwell Inc.Unknown IndustriesChopper Supply Co. Ft. WorthThe Speed MerchantSuicide Machine CompanyBroken HommeNoise CyclesBassani XhaustS&S CycleLegend SuspensionsRusty Butcher805 BeerStreet Chopper and Hot Bike Magazines.

Hooligan Dirt Dash will take place SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017 at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson (7454 S GENERAL BRUCE DR., TEMPLE, TX 76502), with opening ceremonies kicking off at 3pm. More info at www.HooliganDirtDash.com.