Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 1200cc

This month's window bike belongs to our friend Matt He's moved onto a bigger Harley since and is looking to pass this one to someone new. We asked Matt to tell us a bit about his '48.

From Matt: I'd never really considered myself much of a "Harley guy" but when my '74 CB750 shit the bed early on in the season, my buddy Sean took me out to Oshawa to look at new bikes. After looking around at a new Bonneville (which I was sure I was going to buy) we decided to shoot over to Mackie H-D and I didn't really see anything that I liked (that I could afford) until Chris, one of the sales guys, said "I've got a 48 in the back that hasn't hit the show room yet" so I went, plopped my ass down on it and my feelings immediately started to change. She was a little small for my 6'5" frame but super sexy..."

I didn't like that it was a single seater but when I told Chris I wasn't sure I wanted a bike I couldn't put a babe on the back of, he said he'd help me out with the passenger peg kit and the deal was done! I thought the bike looked good bone-stock but knew that there were things I'd want to change so the process began; small at first with things like H-D smoked turn signal lenses and Posh gum rubber grips. Then I swapped out the stock seat for a classic springer which allowed me to sit a few inches further back on the bike - following the babe-on-back mandate I ordered a matching passenger pillion from Sterling Cycles.

I thought that the stock AC was a little big for the bike and never much liked the shape of stock Sporty pipes so I installed a Joker Machine High-Performance AC with K&N Lifetime Filter and a set of Vance & Hines Short Shots along with the V&H FuelPak module. I played around with a couple of different plate mount options but was never too stoked on the tail end so ultimately I chopped the fender and mounted a Black Beauty Tail Light which added the final vintage touch that I thought the bike needed.

I put in some solid hours on this beast and we had some great adventures together but I picked up a 2009 Street Bob that fits me a lot better so it's time for her to find a new home.

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 1200cc

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 1200cc

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 1200cc

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 1200cc