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The 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight from its “Dark Customs” range were shown at a media preview at the Harley-Davidson showroom in Petaling Jaya recently. With fuel-tank graphics that are a throwback to the 1970s, both American cruisers are targetted towards the younger rider wanting to enter the Harley experience at a relatively affordable level.

Drawing on the “bobber” school of design, both bikes are designed to be raw and rough. The Iron 883 carries an air-cooled 883 cc Evolution engine in its frame, developed from the Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, and powering Harley-Davidson Sportsters since the 1980s.

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Handling has been upgraded with new forks that include catridge dampening, and the rear Emulsion shock absorbers are adjustable for pre-load. ABS is optional on the Iron 883, and the bike comes in four colour schemes – Charcoal Satin, Black Denim, Olive Gold and Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake with flame details (pictured).

Price for the 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 is RM89,000 including GST, and a five-year warranty is provided, along with two-and-a-half years free service and one year Harley-Davidson Owners Group assist.

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With its burly looks, the Forty-Eight looks slightly intimidating, with a 130 mm width front tyre and massive forks and fork braces. The 1,200 cc version of the Evolution engine is fitted into the frame, with a 7.9-litre “peanut” fuel tank mounted on top.

Using aluminium heads and cylinders in an effort to reduce weight, the Evolution engine is fed by EFI. Like the Iron 883, the Forty-Eight uses forks with cartridge dampening and Emulsion rear shocks. ABS is an option for the Forty-Eight, and the instrument cluster now includes a digital tachometer and gear indicator.

Coming in Vivid Black, Billet Silver, Velocity Red Sunglo and Olive Gold, the 2016 Forty-Eight also has two custom paint options – Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake and Hard Candy Gold Flake (pictured). Pricing for the 2016 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is RM106,000 including GST, and includes a five-year warranty, two-and-a-half years free service and one year Harley-Davidson Owners Group assist.

GALLERY: 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Dark Custom


GALLERY: 2016 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Dark Custom