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I must say out of all the riders that I have seen riding the Harley Sportster Forty-Eight, you had the best posture (looked comfortable). I owned two Sportsters in the 1970s and aside from a little leakage they ran great. They were both 1000cc bikes—the first one I repainted and rebuilt the engine. It was a college course for small gas engines and I bobbed it with a small rider pad.

The second one was a hard tail—long and lean, Captain America style. I was a lot younger then and both of them I could ride all day. My last was a '70s era Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. It was a real dog with 1200 cc, two-up, and loaded both bags and trunk.

My son recently purchased an Electa Glide and I got the Harley bug again. I looked for nine months and came up with a Sportster Forty-Eight. The price was right, the miles low, $1,500 in extras, so I couldn't pass it up. Now comes the hard part. Being 64 with some pretty serious arthritis I don't know if I can keep it. It is seriously painful to ride, unless I do a major overhaul. Raise and pull the bars back (I loved my old buckhorns.) I'd go to mid-controls, better rear end suspension, and ad a Mueller clutch. I should have gotten a clue when I read a 27 -year-old engineer designed it. (He probably never had a pain in his life!) Ah, live and learn I guess.

I was looking for a better suspension system when I came across your article and like I said, you look right riding it.

Mike Smith
Spokane, WA
Thursday, December 21, 2017
I like Sportsters but my problem is where is the rear seat?! Every single Sportster is set up to ride alone. I know Harley-Davidson big wigs see there is no rear seat. I mean you can see the Triumph Bonneville has a rear seat. A bike without a rear seat is not cool.

Donny
Rice, MN
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Editor Response
You are incorrect. Some Sportsters do have a rear seat. Sure it's small, but there is a section for a passenger.
Genevieve Schmitt
I was riding the Forty-Eight last week for the first time. For me it was also for the first time on a Harley-Davidson. While turning left at a big crossing, the bike got in touch with the road. Must change my way of riding I thought. Pamela was right. It's about a low rider we are talking about. Half an hour later I got used to it. The short suspension is a challenge. The position of seat, handlebars and forward controls means real low rider style. Pamela, you sure you did a good job. I ordered one for September. Hope the ship will arrive in time.

Hayno Gleiss
Esslingen, Germany
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I love the new look. This will be a big seller with women. I have ridden a Sportster 1200 for 16 years and had to lower it and put front forward controls. The cost was unreal. I love the bigger tires. Nice bike I would buy it.

Janice Fletcher
Brevard, NC
Monday, July 12, 2010
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