Harley-Davidson announced that it will add its new Iron 883 and Forty-Eight to the 2016 line-up, providing affordable experience to a new generation of riders.
The new Iron 883 model is chopped and drilled, intentionally a little raw and rough around the edges. Clipped fenders, blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, drag-style handlebars and a solo tuck-and-roll seat cover evoke bare-knuckle street performance.
A ribbed air cleaner cover speaks to the stamped-from-steel authenticity of this motorcycle. Bullet-hole details on the belt guard, exhaust shields and front fender brace recall a racer’s effort to lighten the bike.
Colours and finishes for the Iron 883 were selected to help hide the grit and grime of riding and living in the urban environment, for riders who don’t own – or care to own – a garden hose and a driveway.
The new Harley-Davidson Iron 883 is powered by an 883cc Evolution V-Twin engine tuned to power away from stop lights and deliver satisfying performance.
A blacked-out floating front brake rotor complements nine-spoke cast aluminum wheels finished in black with machined highlights that reduce unsprung weight by a combined eight pounds to improve ride comfort and handling.
The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle has a muscular stance. A burly 130mm front tyre is suspended by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps and an aluminum fork brace.
The classic 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank creates a narrow, athletic waist. Chopped fenders expose the tyre rubber. A perfect balance of black, colour and chrome gives this bike a bold visual presence.
The fuel tank styling features horizontal stripes, a throw-back to 1970s style that’s reappearing today on custom bikes. Those lines are repeated throughout the motorcycle, including in the seat stitching, slotted exhaust shields, rear sprocket and belt guard.
New lightweight cast-aluminum wheels feature nine split spokes and a solid black finish with machined highlights. Combination stop/tail/turn signals keep the rear fender uncluttered.