Model Year 2022 | Cruiser |



The Forty-Eight® features fat tires on a skinny bike with an iconic peanut tank that made its debut in 1948. Designed with signature bulldog stance and 1200cc of torque. In addition to the look, it features a large 49mm front forks, an adjustable rear suspension, cast aluminum wheels with floating rotors and powerful brakes for plenty of handling and comfort.


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Dimensions XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Length 85.2 in. (2,165 mm)  
Overall Width 32.9 in. (835 mm)  
Overall Height 43.3 in. (1,100 mm)  
Seat Height, Laden 26.2 in. (665 mm) 2
Seat Height, Laden (Low seat position)    
Seat Height, Laden (High seat position)    
Seat Height, Laden (Low seat position with optional ARH suspension)    
Seat Height, Laden (High seat position with optional ARH suspension)    
Seat Height, Unladen 28 in. (710 mm)  
Seat Height, Unladen (Low seat position)    
Seat Height, Unladen (High seat position)    
Seat Height, Unladen (Low seat position with optional ARH suspension)    
Seat Height, Unladen (High seat position with optional ARH suspension)    
Static Ground Clearance 4.3 in. (110 mm)  
Dynamic Ground Clearance (with optional suspension)    
Rake (steering head) (deg) 30.2  
Fork Angle (deg) 28.7  
Trail 5.3 in. (135 mm)  
Wheelbase 58.9 in. (1,495 mm)  
Tires, Type Michelin® Scorcher® "31" front and rear  
Tires, Front Model Scorcher® "31"  
Tires, Front Specification 130/90B16 73H  
Tires, Rear Model Scorcher® "31"  
Tires, Rear Specification 150/80B16 77H  
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal. (7.9 l)  
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light) 0.65 gal. (2.5 l)  
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt. (2.6 l)  
Transmission Capacity 1 qt. (1 l)  
Primary Chain Case Capacity N/A  
Coolant Capacity N/A  
Weight, As Shipped 545 lb. (247 kg)  
Weight, In Running Order 556 lb. (252 kg)  
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1,000 lb. (454 kg)  
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front 335 lb. (152 kg)  
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear 665 lb. (302 kg)  
Luggage Capacity -Volume N/A  


Engine XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution®  
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder  
Bore 3.5 in. (88.9 mm)  
Stroke 3.8 in. (96.8 mm)  
Displacement 73.4 cu in (1,200 cc)  
Compression Ratio 0.417361111  
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) 3
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type  
Exhaust Black, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers  
Lubrication System Dry-sump  


Drivetrain XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio  
Final Drive Belt, 29/68 ratio  
Clutch Multi-plate, wet  
Transmission 5-speed  
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315  
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653  
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948  
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102  
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517  
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th N/A  


Chassis XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions  
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded  
Front Fork 49 mm fork set, free valve right hand and cartridge style left hand  
Front Fork, Optional    
Rear Shocks Variable rate spring over 36mm piston nitrogen gas-charged emulsion style shock with thread style preload adjustment  
Rear Shocks, Optional    
Wheels, Optional Style Type N/A 4
Wheels, Front Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights 4
Wheels, Front Width 3 in. (76 mm)  
Wheels, Front Height 16 in. (406 mm)  
Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights 4
Wheels, Rear Width 3 in. (76 mm)  
Wheels, Rear Height 16 in. (406 mm)  
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear  
Brakes, Rotor Type Front floating, Rear uniform expansion rotor  
Brakes, Front Diameter 11.8 in. (300 mm)  
Brakes, Front Thickness 0.2 in. (5 mm)  
Brakes, Front is dual No  
Brakes, Rear Diameter 10.24 in. (260 mm)  
Brakes, Rear Thickness 0.28 in. (7.1 mm)  
Front brake lever free travel N/A  
Rear brake pedal free travel N/A  
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Optional  
Suspension Travel, Front 3.6 in. (91 mm)  
Suspension Travel, Rear 1.6 in. (41 mm)  


Performance XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349  
Engine Torque 73 ft-lb (99 Nm) 5
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500  
Power (Hp/kW) 66 HP / 49 kW @ 5500 rpm  
Lean Angle Testing Method J1168  
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 27  
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 27  
Maximum hill-starting ability N/A  
Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy  
Fuel Economy 48 mpg (4.9 l/100 km) 6
CO₂ Emissions Testing Method N/A  
CO₂ Emissions N/A  


Electric XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)  
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)  
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement  
Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp Quartz Halogen, 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam  
Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop Incandescent  
Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights Incandescent bullet turn signals  
Lights, Rear Turn Signals Incandescent bullet turn signals  
Gauges Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights  
Auxiliary Lamps N/A  
Electric Power Outlet N/A  
GPS System N/A  
Reverse Gear N/A  


Warranty And Service XL 1200X Forty-Eight® Notes
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage) 7
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter 8



  1. Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
  2. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  3. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  4. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
  5. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  6. The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
  7. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  8. Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2,500 mile (4,000 km) intervals. See Owner’s Manual for full details.


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