Harley’s Iron 883 and Forty-Eight make the scene

By CARSIFU | 17 March 2016

PETALING JAYA: Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles of Kuala Lumpur has unveiled two new additions for 2016 to its stable and they are the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight motorcycles.

The Iron 883 is priced at RM89,000 with four colour options of Charcoal Satin, Black Denim, Olive Gold with eagle-and-shield tank logo and Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake with flame detail paired with black fenders.

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As for the Forty-Eight at RM106,000, it gets four solid colour options of Vivid Black, Billet Silver, Velocity Red Sunglo and Olive Gold as well as Hard Candy Custom options such as Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake and Hard Candy Gold Flake.

Prices mentioned for both motorcycles are net, which includes GST and comes with a five-year warranty, two and half-year free service and one-year free Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG) assist.

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The Iron 883 uses an 883cc (hence the nomenclature) air-cooled V-twin engine with 71Nm of torque at 3,750rpm while mated to a five-speed transmission – unfortunately there’s no mention of horsepower figures.

It has a 12.5-litre fuel tank, a dry weight of 247kg and a seat height of 775mm while rolling on black split nine-spoke cast aluminium 19-inch (front) and 16-inch (rear) wheels with 100/90 and 150/80 tyres respectively.

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Other design cues include clipped fenders, blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, drag-style handlebars, solo tuck-and-roll seat cover, ribbed air cleaner cover, bullet-hole details on the belt guard, exhaust shields and front fender brace.

The new cartridge-style forks and new adjustable emulsion rear shock absorbers with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar helps to enhance ride and handling and a pillion seat matching the tuck-and-roll upholstery is available as an added option.

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The more costly Forty-Eight uses a more potent 1,202cc air-cooled V-twin to dish out 96Nm of torque at 3,500rpm to get its 247kg of dry heft moving, while sipping from a smaller 7.9-litre fuel tank.

At 2,210mm in length, it’s 40mm-shorter than the 883 and rolls 16-inch cast-aluminium nine split-spoke wheels with solid black finish and machined highlights and 130-90 (front) and 150/80 (rear) tyres.

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Other goodies include the 49mm forks secured in forged aluminium triple clamps, aluminium fork brace and chopped fenders while the horizontal stripes on the seat’s stitching, slotted exhaust shields, rear sprocket and belt guard harks back to the 1970s.