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Thu, 10 May 2018

Press review the new Harley-Davidson Sportster range

Ahead of the introduction of the new Harley-Davidson® Iron 1200TM and Forty-Eight Special®, leading motorcycle publications have been putting them through their paces.  Jennings Harley-Davidson takes a look at what they thought ahead of the official UK launch.

Harley-Davidson Iron 1200TM

Leading publication MotorCyle News was one of the first to publish its thoughts after test riding the Iron 1200TM and Forty-Eight Special®. Journalist Jordan Gibbons reported “The Iron 1200 has been ‘murdered out’, so everything that can be black is. In fact the only colour options are the tank, which is available in three different AMF-Harley-esque paint schemes that all look great (although the white is definitely the pick of the bunch). The Iron’s brooding looks are further enhanced by satin black mini-ape bars and a West Coast style ‘speed screen’. The fastback café single seat and nine-spoke wheels complete the lookIf you’ve always fancied an Iron but wanted more go, then this is the bike you’ve been waiting for…”


Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight® Special

Test riding the new Sportsters in Croatia, John Milbank from BikeSocial admitted beforehand of not have big experience of American motorcycles. After taking them out on the open road we think thank he liked what he rode. He commented “Okay, they all have a very similar style, but what do you expect of a machine powered by such an iconic V-twin motor. It’s all about the engine, and that goes a long way to setting the look”. He added “Have you noticed how many people moan about all the electronics on bikes these days? Yet many of the same bunch hate Harleys. It’s hard to think of a more pure and unadulterated premium modern motorcycle than a Harley-Davidson; ABS is a legal requirement, but you won’t have to faff about with riding modes, traction control or any of that nonsense here. Fuel injection, yes, but it’s totally unobtrusive. A Harley is all about the ride, and there are no computers to dull that experience.” When asked which of the two motorcycles he preferred John admitted “Personally, it’s the Forty-Eight Special that does it for me. I’ve long been a fan of the ‘standard’ Forty-Eight, but the higher bars just feel so much more, well, bad-ass. Cruising through the beautiful scenery of our Croatian launch, I couldn’t help thinking just how great all forms of biking are. When I get home I’ll enjoy going fast on my own KTM, but there’s definitely a Harley-Davidson-shaped space in my garage…”

Test ride for yourself at Jennings-Harley Davidson

The two latest Sportster motorcycles are due to arrive soon at Jennings Harley-Davidson. Be amongst the first to test ride them at our Leeds and Gateshead dealerships. Secure a time and date convenient to you today; call 0113 245 2499 (Leeds) or 0191 461 9100 (Gateshead) to speak to Harley-Davidson specialist.