10 Things Every Motorcycle Enthusiast Should Know About The 2022 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

Launched in 2010, the Harley-Davidson The Forty-Eight is one of the motorcycles from the Harley stable that has successfully revived the brand. A perfect blend of retro American cruiser design paired with a capable powertrain has always helped the Forty-Eight, making it one of this American motorcycle manufacturer’s best-selling monikers. It also has all the traits of Harley cruisers of yesteryear.

With the launch of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight for a base MSRP of $11,799, Harley is back with a motorcycle that sees no major changes from the previous model year. The 1202cc V-twin engine, clunky transmission, unmatched road presence and potatoy exhaust note all aboard that moniker. The low refinement and high vibration could also be called Harley charm. Competing with the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, here are 10 things every motorcycle enthusiast should know about the 2022 Forty-Eight.

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ten V-Twin engine embodies traditional Harley characteristics

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The 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight retains the same air-cooled 1202cc Evolution V-Twin engine that is offered with the outgoing model year. It is a 2-valve-per-cylinder pushrod engine that produces 66 hp and 73 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a belt drive system.

A man cruises down a street on his 2021 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle.
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The midrange is where the Forty-Eight comes into its own. The bike is a great cruiser and could easily do highway speeds without stress. With peak torque arriving at a lazy 3,500 rpm, it’s perfect for someone who likes to ride at a relaxed pace. However, the transmission retains typical Harley characteristics like clunky shift noise and imprecise shifting.

9 Not the most comfortable bike in town


Even after being in production for several years, Harley failed to perfect the Forty-Eight for a comfortable ride around town. The high curb weight of 556 pounds makes it one of the heaviest in the segment, making it difficult to navigate in congested traffic situations.


The handlebars are quite heavy at low speeds, and so turning around would take some getting used to. Another reason for poor handling around town is the stiff suspension setup offered by Harley. All minor bumps are felt, and the suspension travel is terrible, too.

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8 The highway driving experience is quite poor


Even though the V-twin engine feels right at home cruising the highways, there are plenty of other factors that make the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight just about unbearable while cruising. The most important factor is the lack of wind protection offered, which fatigues the rider. the strong vibrations at high revs are also a major deterrent.


The engine hits a roadblock as the revs climb to nearly 6,000 rpm, making it a terrible proposition if you’re intent on going over 80 mph. There’s no top-end performance, and all the rider gets is more vibration and harshness. The ride quality is poor and the ride is a bit unsettling.

seven Terrible around the corners


Harleys have never been synonymous with cornering, and the same goes for the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight as well. The heavy curb weight makes its presence felt if you lean over too much. The low profile design coupled with wide footpegs means the recline angle is quite limited as it tends to scrape the footpegs.


The suspension is unsophisticated and the front end is very loose in the corners. The tail also loses traction very early on, and mid-corner directional changes are a big no-no due to all of these issues. The Forty-Eight also lacks all of the safety and driver-assist technologies.

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6 Driving position is a bit sporty


The riding position of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is sportier than that of the Harley-Davidson Iron 883. The Ape handlebars, which come standard in the Forty-Eight, are a bit forward, and the rider should lean forward to access it. However, the foot pegs are placed forward like other Harleys.

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As the handlebars are very high, this adds to its sporty characteristics. However, if the owner intends to change the riding position to a more relaxed one, Harley has a long catalog of handlebars, risers, suspension changes and more. Aftermarket modifications are also available.

5 Looks super cool


Being in continuous production as of 2010, the design doesn’t see any major changes from the models of yesteryear, and that’s not a bad thing. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is impressive from every angle and has road presence like no other competitor.


The front gets a conventional circular halogen headlight with chrome bezel, a chunky 130-section Michelin Scorcher tire, and the handlebars set back. 9-spoke alloy wheels, chrome exhaust and single seats add to the look. The rear is very simplistic and is highlighted by the halogen taillight and turn signals, curved fender and 150 section rear tire.

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4 Has a comically low tank range


The 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight comes with a small gas tank that can hold a tiny 2 gallons of fuel. The Forty-Eight name also highlights the proposed peanut tank, which is a distinctive styling cue of the bike, and therefore Harley-Davidson is also not going to increase the size of the tank in the future.

2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-eight
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Along with that, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight could make a 48 mpg combined gas mileage rating, which is better than we expected. However, with such a small fuel tank on offer, the combined range of 96 miles isn’t enough for the highways. The pilot would often need to stop to refuel, which wastes a lot of time.

3 Comes without major features for the price


With a base MSRP of $11,799, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight isn’t a cheap motorcycle, and you might expect it to come with all the features. However, that is not the case here. None of the features like ABS, traction control, heated grips, ride modes, etc. is not offered, even as an option.


The front and rear lights are halogen units and are a major weakness of the bike, making it less capable on the highways. It also comes with an archaic analog dash and doesn’t even display basic info like gear position. There’s also no Bluetooth connectivity on board.

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2 Reliability is better than you expected

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Some of the older model years of the Forty Eight had quite a few issues, making it an unreliable bike for those long rides. The main complaints reported by owners were shifting problems, ECU failures and loss of power due to faulty fuel systems.


However, all model years after 2018 saw no major complaints from owners. Most of these issues have been resolved and only minor electrical issues and other quality control issues have only been reported by users of the motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson Forums, indicating improved reliability.

1 Build quality has improved a bit


The build quality of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is pretty much incomparable to the Forty-Eight that was originally released years ago. The main improvement could be found in the quality of the bike’s chrome and paintwork. There are also no rough edges anywhere, which was quite common in older models.


The 2022 Forty-Eight has flush panels throughout and gaps between panels are well controlled. There’s also no rattling from anywhere. Other than that, the quality of the switchgear easily matches some of the best in the segment. However, exposed wires and screws are still a problem with the Forty-Eight.

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