The 2013 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Forty-Eight® model XL1200X is one of the garage custom motorcycles in the Harley® Dark Custom line. This bike cruises down the road with a 1200 cc Evolution engine – an engine with a true Harley-Davidson® soul. New for 2013, the Harley-Davidson® Forty-Eight® model comes with optional Hard Candy Custom paint, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of 1970s custom bikes, and offers blazing color showing through a deep, rich finish. The Forty-Eight® model also has an authentic peanut tank which first appeared on Harley-Davidson® back in 1948 (its name origin) and has been a defining Sportster® feature ever since. The front end of the bike looks beefy with its fat MT90 tire. The Harley® Sportster® Forty-Eight® model look is enhanced with the lowered front and rear suspension. Add a low seat height, and you have a serious looking motorcycle with an approachable riding stance. Take some time and look over the features of this Harley® Dark Custom model, including the unique under mount motorcycle mirrors. The Harley® Forty-Eight® model is one of the many Harley® Sportster® bikes, each with a different style. Check out the Sportster® XL883L model, and all the other Sportster® custom bikes including the Iron 883™ model.
Classic Peanut Fuel Tank
First appearing on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1948—and providing the inspiration for the Forty-Eight® model name—the small 2.1 gallon tapered peanut fuel tank holds strong today with its traditional styling and modern attitude. A low, powerful bulldog look that gives way for showcasing more engine, the peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all balled up into one.
Evolution® Engine Heritage
The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.
Low Seat & Slammed Suspension
The combination of a lowered front and rear suspension together with a low solo seat—just 26 inches high—provides confidence for riders of all sizes and experience. A responsive ride for whipping through town or busting out onto the interstate.
Artfully Hidden Technology
Harley-Davidson® leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It's just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish
With the custom forward-mounted controls on the Forty-Eight® model, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line. It's time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that's built to outdo the rest.
2013 Harley-Davidson® XL1200X Sportster® Forty-Eight® Base
Model NameXL1200X Sportster® Forty-Eight®
Generic Type (Primary)Standard
Seat Height, Laden26 in.
Seat Height, Unladen26.8 in.
Ground Clearance3.9 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg)30
Tires, Front Specification130/90B16 73H
Tires, Rear Specification150/80B16 77H
Fuel Capacity2.1 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter)2.8 qt.
Weight, As Shipped553 lb.
Weight, In Running Order573 lb.
Luggage Capacity -Volume
Luggage Capacity -Weight
Displacement73.3 cu in
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary DriveChain, 57/38 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th3.517
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th
ExhaustChrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual slash-cut mufflers