Minimalist Style, Zero Compromise: The Forty-Eight

We didn’t rebuild it. We reloaded it.

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The first time the world saw this gas tank was 1948. But the world has never seen that iconic tank sitting atop anything quite like this. The Forty-Eight® motorcycle has been reborn. Everything that was great about it has been cranked up to a more intense level. Better seat. Better suspension. New lightweight mag wheels. Awesome brakes. And now the tank is sporting 70’s inspired graphics. Welcome to the next page of history written in Dark Custom™ iron.

 

From sketch to steel

Ben McGinley joined Harley-Davidson® five years ago and has been banging out brilliance ever since. A lifelong gearhead, he goes straight to the heart of the machine to turn a sketch on paper to real iron and steel. Inspired by the renaissance of custom bike building, and from events like Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, Rockerbox Motofest and Brewtown Rumble, Ben focuses on the real honesty and authenticity of materials to find what’s cool about the bikes and bring it forward.

For Ben, the Forty-Eight® motorcycle has always been the epitome of Harley-Davidson minimalism. “It really goes back to simplicity and honesty. Two wheels and a V-Twin right in the center.” It’s about design, not decoration. Stripped back pure and, as always, without compromise.

 

 

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