Harley Sportster 48 on the Highway / Interstate

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  • Harley Sportster 48 on the highway! It handles and performs well, but there are some drawbacks.
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Comments • 142

  • Electric HarmonyAc7
    Electric HarmonyAc7 7 days ago

    Ha I rode a Kawasaki klr 650 dual sport from Atlanta Georgia to Lansing Michigan detouring up through Virginia on the way. I think it's really do you like to ride? or nit pick about how you could do better on on a different bike. Drive your car if you're worried about it. Or get a gold wing

  • Todd Mcgough
    Todd Mcgough 15 days ago

    Can't you shift by RPM beside using the clutch all the time?

  • kslikk34
    kslikk34 25 days ago

    Man I hope you see this message. What jacket are you wearing in this video?

  • Ernie Banda
    Ernie Banda 26 days ago

    Call me crazy but I do long rides on my 48 with rigid struts, thin spring seat, and a lifted tank. To me it's comfortable and I have no issues getting from point A to B. But that's just me

  • DIRK DIGGLER
    DIRK DIGGLER 27 days ago

    yea or just drive a volvo u complaining guy. u want a/c too

  • Rick Hamer
    Rick Hamer 2 months ago

    Great video, i have to say though even though i like bigger bikes i was given a 1200 sportster to ride in san francisco, heading out to the hills going south i found that the size made a heck of a difference in the tight curves in the mountains, The response and acceleration was not bad being only a sportster. Shopping for another bike very soon and im leaning to a 48 due to cost and affordability .

  • Dark EdgeLord
    Dark EdgeLord 3 months ago

    Got a Shadow 600, it will go 100 all day. Took it from Florida to New England. Doing anything on a Sportster isnt really impressive.

  • 7316bobe
    7316bobe 4 months ago +1

    Still a chick bike.

  • JJosephS1
    JJosephS1 4 months ago

    Blocky, you should know that if you are in fifth at fairly low Rpm-that sporty 1200 should do 75 mph somewhere around 3000, so you still got another 3000, so drop it into fourth crank it and slowly release the clutch (if you don’t want to wheelie) and you can pass anything on the road in a heartbeat.

  • Gary Shinn
    Gary Shinn 4 months ago

    Sportster riders are not soft and pampered like most people today. They don't mind a little discomfort.

  • micheal49
    micheal49 4 months ago

    If haven't already done so, I would appreciate a review of the Night Train. If you already have so, what day/date was that posted?

  • So 313
    So 313 5 months ago

    Yo i stay in orlando Bro I4 is so shitty

  • darnell rogers
    darnell rogers 7 months ago

    That 883 you had was freakin sweet.... did you get rid of it?

  • W Tom
    W Tom 7 months ago

    I agree the Sportster is underpowered and uncomfortable for any distance riding. There are plenty of used bikes that provide much better power and comfort for a lot less money such as Honda Shadow 1100's, Yamaha. Kawasaki V Twins. They'll provide a better riding experience for less money, reduced maintenance, but no bar and shield. If brand prejudice is important to the rider, then by all means get the Sportster and be uncomfortable while trying to catch up with the pack.

  • Jeremy Childress
    Jeremy Childress 7 months ago

    I did not like riding on the highway at highway speeds on my Nightster 1200
    If I’m going to ride on the highway allot I would rather ride a Heritage Softail

  • Dannie Henriksen
    Dannie Henriksen 7 months ago

    Not a highway bike need a 6 gear and top slow..

  • Jeff Tilghman
    Jeff Tilghman 9 months ago

    "Tar Snakes."

  • vector6977
    vector6977 10 months ago

    Sportsters aren't immune to revving a little bit. My 1986 4 speed does 80-85 mph for hours on end with no issues. 3800RPM ave.

  • Robert Ortiz
    Robert Ortiz 10 months ago +2

    I am a proud owner of a 48 and i have ridden my buddies 883... i can agree with alot of your comments but when comparing 883 to 48 on the highway I choose my 48 everyday... as for side wind... you should ride a sports bike like a ninja! The trucks really push you around on those... i ride my 48 in the hi ways with zero issues... dyna more confortable? Hell yes! But i like a sportster hehehe

  • GETFUX 55
    GETFUX 55 10 months ago

    Lol good times

  • NotMe,
    NotMe, 10 months ago

    I recently had a chance to ride sportster 1200 for a day I got to say it's kinda uneventful. Top speed I could get it on was around 110 and after an hour of riding on the highway I could not feel my hands from crazy vibration...
    I took it on the twisties and had some fun leaning it low enough to scrape the pegs, but I would take any sport bike any day over this pile of shinny metal. Not impressed at all.

  • Bassel
    Bassel 11 months ago

    I really want iron 883 but i life in really hot area DUBAI And im scared from air cooled bikes ☹️

    • Caramelized_Rayan
      Caramelized_Rayan 11 months ago

      alright , cheers though

    • Bassel
      Bassel 11 months ago

      Caramelized_Rayan thanks i will do more research and we may meet👍🏼

    • Caramelized_Rayan
      Caramelized_Rayan 11 months ago

      Bro , I got the same worries as you because I live in a hotter place more than Dubai ! which is ( Madinah , Saudi Arabia ) and it can reach up to 55 degree ! . I've done a deep research about this issue . end of story : your bike will be fine as long your taking care of her and doing regular maintenance . Still do your own research !
      I'm planning to get my 115th anniversary 48 Legend Blue Denim

  • christopher lee
    christopher lee 11 months ago

    I have a 2010 883 and love it. Highway riding is fun but boring at the same time. You miss so much of our beautiful country doing 90-100 mph on a highway. 60-65 is fast enough for me. Also I commute on my 883, 70miles one way no issue. Oh yeah, the BlockHead hoodie is awesome, fits just right. Showing support for BlockHead from Dirty Jersey.

  • Harry Sheene
    Harry Sheene 11 months ago

    Hello mate. From Thailand, well London. Keep up the good stuff sunshine....👍👍👍🇬🇧

  • Micah Mathis
    Micah Mathis 11 months ago

    Future rider from Texas ! Love your channel man be safe

  • Chuck Jones
    Chuck Jones 11 months ago

    I ride my SuperLow 883 2016 on highways and the wind can get tiring. I agree with most of the comments about the windshield and/or fairing. Thanks for the video.
    I do however lean forward sometimes on the highway at 75mph+ just to get the wind off my chest, it works but then the air flow is on my helmet so I can't keep it up for long.

  • adibee88
    adibee88 11 months ago

    When I was in the Marine Corps I had a 2010 Iron 883 and I'd freeway ride it from NC to VA periodically. It was definitely not fun when you: are catching wind in your face and chest, don't have enough juice to pass other vehicles, and need to make more stops because of the small tank. You can do, if necessary, but I'd rather not. Stay Vigilant!

  • Donna Morgan
    Donna Morgan 11 months ago +1

    I have a detachable windshield on my 2016 48, so I don't feel the wind on my chest at all. I do, however get "buffeted" around a little, feels a bit squirrelly sometimes. Here in AZ our freeway speed is 75. I don't really feel comfortable at 80.

  • Stevie Ray McBride
    Stevie Ray McBride 11 months ago +3

    Have a ‘95 883 and if I ride on highways at any speed over 65mph it is aweful 😂 no rubber mounted motor. Vibration is a killer. When I get off after a long ride i feel like i just got back from war. If you’re going on long rides at higher speeds just get a big twin.

    • Stevie Ray McBride
      Stevie Ray McBride 9 months ago

      vector6977 Well you’re a trooper aren’t ya

    • vector6977
      vector6977 10 months ago

      Steven McBride Crf lol. Rode too and from Sturgis on a 4 speed.

  • VCorvelli
    VCorvelli 11 months ago

    Had a 1976 iron head 4 speed.....70 mph 4 to 5 grand...went and bought a 2016 dyna wide glide...103 6 speed.....what a difference !!!

    • Ragimund VonWallat
      Ragimund VonWallat 5 months ago

      those old one are fun to beat on boulevards and rural roads tho

  • Tom rebel
    Tom rebel 11 months ago +2

    My Iron883 can make it around 90 mph but you’re fighting for your life at that speed. It feels that the frame and suspension is the narrowest crosssection though, not the engine.

  • MoK013
    MoK013 11 months ago

    408 / 417 / 429 no problem. I-4 fuck that. Riding a sporty since 2011(98 Hugger). Sporty is good for city & county rds. Interstate like ya said wind all around, wider tires and engine size.

  • Scorp
    Scorp 11 months ago

    lol, very funny running over that square box, i thought the rear tire blowed out. then BATMAN appeared. lol
    what is with the sound? sounds like a medium high pitch echo hallway. . . but without the echo . . .>.>
    the mexican flag deal, humorous.
    and yes the thn blk lines in the road are called snakes... trouble if you ask me, but thats my opinion .
    engine sounded like it needed some help from nitro.... lol , watching the odometer climb slowly ... very funny.
    i think that the Harley Sportster 48 is more for the cruising than going for the drawn out high speed....takes to long to get there,
    but the ride for the enjoyment will always be there. especially the appearance of it.
    very good vlog !!

  • Bill Voigt
    Bill Voigt 11 months ago

    Hey Blockhead I’ve got a 2016 Sportster 1200 custom. With a 4.5 gallon tank and is great for longer rides.

  • Great Egret
    Great Egret 11 months ago +1

    I'm planning a trip on my Iron 883 from Wisconsin to San Diego mostly riding Route 66 this July. I've modded it out to do make it work. I think the 883 can handle it. We'll if I can!

  • Ben DeWitt
    Ben DeWitt 11 months ago

    Home town O town

  • James Soggee
    James Soggee 11 months ago

    Never heard anyone ask "is this dual carriage/motorway" friendly? guess it's more for the guys and gals of the US but I'd tour across America on a sporty with high bars and no fairing anyday.

  • Mark Fraser
    Mark Fraser 11 months ago

    My yam xvs 1300 with a screen on will cruise at 90mph all day and there’s load of power left

  • Todd B.
    Todd B. 11 months ago

    I read through a bunch of the comments and it looks like some sort of fairing is in order for highway riding. Another mod video coming up! ✌️

  • suto us
    suto us 11 months ago

    I have a for 1300 tones of power but I have had 550 and 900 bikes.
    As long as you are like the bike who cares. And the sportser is a good looking bike

  • Saul Ojeda
    Saul Ojeda 11 months ago +6

    I own a 2016 forty-eight and it has more than enough power for the highway. 90mph at ~4,200RPM is the fastest I've gone because at that speed I usually start feeling unsafe with air wobbles, but I've never felt like I needed more power

  • little Sammy909
    little Sammy909 11 months ago

    Word of the day “application”

  • LateNite
    LateNite 11 months ago

    Get a Kawasaki or something that is reliable. Almost anything is more reliable than a Harley.

    • LateNite
      LateNite 9 months ago

      vdentjr no one asked for your comment on my comment.

    • vdentjr
      vdentjr 9 months ago

      LateNite nobody asked for your opinion so thanks for nothing...

    • LateNite
      LateNite 10 months ago

      Warn unknowing people.

    • vector6977
      vector6977 10 months ago +1

      LateNite you are here because?

  • Tactical Squirrel
    Tactical Squirrel 11 months ago +3

    I ride a 1200 custom; and I agree 100% with your assessment.
    The 1200 will do highway speed all day, but it just feels kinda “sketchy”. It definitely needs a 6th gear too.

  • Richi Camacho
    Richi Camacho 11 months ago

    Lmao the squirt thing is funny as hell!

  • Daniel Louis
    Daniel Louis 11 months ago

    u ever ride the Lowrider anymore?

  • kemosabebo
    kemosabebo 11 months ago

    I live in okc and it's windy as hell. As long as it's above 45 degrees I commute in my 13 iron about 40 miles a day. 36 miles of it are at 65+. It's not too bad.

  • Zachary Fett
    Zachary Fett 11 months ago

    The 48 does not have a 1200 motor. I had a Nightster, which was a 1200 and I never had any issues riding on the highway. You’re not lying about the wind though!!!

  • Bart Phillips
    Bart Phillips 11 months ago

    I wouldn't mind one for running around town. I love my Ultra Limited for long runs. Great video.

  • Joseph Marton
    Joseph Marton 11 months ago

    da blockster knows ! he gives the most fair and real time assessment of any motorcycles.

  • David S
    David S 11 months ago

    Great Video ...

  • The Gimpy Garage
    The Gimpy Garage 11 months ago

    “In the face!” 😂🤣😂

  • Khaled Elsafy
    Khaled Elsafy 11 months ago

    You just confirmed this bike is absolute garbage and now I know why my friend rides like a little bitch and he’s generally scared unlike you FYI I am not a Harley hater I ride a Kawasaki Vulcan s 650 and want a 2018 fatbob

  • jackwednesday
    jackwednesday 11 months ago +6

    I think this is an American thing? In England a 1200 sportster is a mile munching motorway machine!!!!!!!!

    • Bernie Bro
      Bernie Bro 9 months ago

      I could be wrong here but think bikes shipped to Britain have international gearing, (smaller rear sprocket) it's all about the gearing to getting one to feel right at 80 mph, cruising speed here in the USA. SUPER EASY to change overall gearing on a Sportster. Shoot for the same overall gearing a 2006 Street Bob has and you'll be thrilled with it at fast hwy speeds

    • gpage
      gpage 11 months ago +1

      The US is huge, and it's not usual for Americans to travel 30 miles for a good burrito for lunch and minor errands. Most of that mileage is on the highway with average speeds of 80 mph and big vehicles and trucks all around you.

  • Glasgow Harley Rider
    Glasgow Harley Rider 11 months ago

    I’ve a fairing . Love it Give GHR a shout for it 👍🏼👌🏼👌🏼

  • Zikurick
    Zikurick 11 months ago +5

    I ride a 48, i don't have any experience on any other Harleys though. the highway is very doable for me, the engine runs at about 3500 rpms at around 70 mph in 5th gear and can still gear down to pass someone, your getting close to the red line at that point but it'll do it easily. it will reach 120 mph, it takes a hot minuet though but it was still pulling a little when i did it (if the wind bothers you at 70mph don't try it). I love this bike, it does everything i need it to except break the sound barrier but i can do without that for now. Love the videos block. : )

  • djm584
    djm584 11 months ago

    I commute from Vallejo ca to Hercules everyday with a 48 sportster and one bridge. It’s perfect for that. I’ve taken it on 2 to 4 hr trips in mountains but long on freeway more than 50 miles better off with a bigger bike for sure. Shit 3$ al day is my gas price daily when going to work and back 35 miles

  • PowerYacht
    PowerYacht 11 months ago

    Rode my 2013 Sportster 1200 Custom in the Italian Autostrada (highway) first time past March in a ride for three days. My has the bigger tank (4.5 gallon) and felt okay in rain and shine. At around 120 kph (75 mph) it pretty okay with engine really running at the low end rpm and plenty more available to overtake. 140 kph you have to get used to it but even that was not so bad. I think over 150 kph (93 mph) the wind starts to get annoying. I had no windshield. I noticed over the trip that some details as being sure all your jacket pockets are close help to reduce the wind playing with you. If you want to make your Sportster as a comfortable touring bike you can do the following stuff; fairing (I might put some club orientated) and second put jackets around the crash bars. As for bags I put the one by Harley which straps itself on the seat and found it really convenient and easy to load and unload, and also giving you back support. Mine is not stage one yet so I think we did it gets even better at high speeds. An Italian Custom CB owner told me he did 200 kmh (124m) plus in the highway no Staging but had put Screamin Eagle exhausts in it. www.harley-davidson.com/store/tail-bag

  • Misfits Viper
    Misfits Viper 11 months ago

    I have found most ppl don’t ride sportsters properly. They change gears far to early. Sportsters love to rev out a lot more than BT. I ride with BT all the time and never have an issue with power. Most of the time they have to keep up to me. So power isn’t an issue at all on a 1200. I do agree with you comments on wind.

  • nevillegreg1
    nevillegreg1 11 months ago +4

    I rode 8,500km on a 3 weeks road trip on a 1200. What you want is a comfortable seat (aka HD Sundowner seat) and fit a screen (Memphis Shades detachable or HD do well) and can be removed when you arrive at your destination. With these and a rack, Sportsters will tour.

    • mity2
      mity2 7 months ago

      nevillegreg1 ...and fuel bottle...

  • NewCastle 026
    NewCastle 026 11 months ago

    9:24 Ocala my home town

  • PhatboyHD88
    PhatboyHD88 11 months ago

    Aahh Blockhead tuffin up buddy lmao,, we live in PA and went to Myrtle Beach Bike week a cpl years ago and my wife has a 1200 custom and we did it in one day 640 miles ,,about 7 of us and she hung with all of us right in the middle of the pack 75 ,80 mph and she was 40 cpl years old ,, need to eat your weaties lmao ,,, she said she felt fine whole time,,, what sucks is the smaller gas tank than a big twin ,, so stopping for gas alot more can be a pain,,

  • LUCKY 719
    LUCKY 719 11 months ago

    Tar snakes

  • Dead SouL 73 Dan F
    Dead SouL 73 Dan F 11 months ago

    They really should put a six speed in those would a great bike plus being so light and of course a bigger tank lol deuces

  • Vickie !
    Vickie ! 11 months ago

    Application application application...😁

  • Tim Dunbar
    Tim Dunbar 11 months ago +2

    The real question is (since you showed the old Iron vid) is does it still feel like you're riding with no pants when you ride on the highway? LOL If I'm not mistaken, that's what you were talking about right before you got douched with the water canon. ;)

  • Kristen Acosta
    Kristen Acosta 11 months ago

    Well, I'm strongly thinking of getting a Sportster. I want a 1200, but I'd settle for a 883.
    Thing is, I want to do cross country riding & I'm told a sport is not the way to go.
    However, if anything, it'll season me up.
    I'm open to thoughts/opinions.

  • Christopher Garza
    Christopher Garza 11 months ago

    I loved going on long rides on my Nightster. I honestly had zero issue speeding up or passing. Rode my friend's 883 custom and had a very hard time in highway. Overall yes, there are better options but wouldn't mode going back on my Nightster for those 5hrs+ trips. You did hit it oh the head with the mini apes. Especially on forward control but the upside was greater comfort.

  • europan48 bobber
    europan48 bobber 11 months ago

    my 48 is no problem on our motorways in Britain especially since I put a sundowner seat and 4.5 gallon tank. also have an ultra limited for 2up touring

  • akkdexter
    akkdexter 11 months ago

    got love crazy driver

  • JMG Designs LLC
    JMG Designs LLC 11 months ago +3

    Definitely have to agree here. I watched all of your Iron videos as well as the highway one and your review here is pretty spot on.
    My 883 can do 70-75 all day long but the wind wears you down.
    I'm considering getting a Memphis shade Del Rey wind screen to see if that helps with the wind, otherwise the bike is great.
    Helmet is a Deadpool HJC IS-17 and it doesn't move around too bad with the wind.

  • Airborne 28
    Airborne 28 11 months ago +1

    Really don't mind taking my 1200 Custom on the highway. Wind beats you up, esp if it's really windy out.
    Just got my bike back and road 2 hours on the highway to get back home. Very windy, but wasn't too bad.
    Looking into a windshield or quarter fairing though to help break up the wind like you said. Cause that would help out a lot!!!
    I have no problem keeping up with the bigger bikes at high speeds (80-90-100), just on the take off is where they get me.

  • BaggerBro
    BaggerBro 11 months ago +1

    Great vid. Block! ✌

  • Half Dog
    Half Dog 11 months ago +3

    LOL going 110mph on a iron is scarry too

  • Lenix
    Lenix 11 months ago +4

    I drive mine (Iron 883) to work 33 mile commute one way on the expressway here in ATL, no issues here. Also if you dont like the wind hitting you on the highway, you need a full fairing bike or you know just accept the wind on your chest, its the feeling of freedom.

    • Ragimund VonWallat
      Ragimund VonWallat 5 months ago

      i used to ride old honda cb of all kinds and after a while its like you harden to the wind, i wasnt thinking of it all after a while

  • Jerry Linton
    Jerry Linton 11 months ago

    Do you really see a difference with the mini fairing? I ride a street bob and am looking to get some sort of wind deflection but not a grandpa wind screen. Thanks again

  • dheller777
    dheller777 11 months ago +16

    The Sporty just needs a sixth gear and she would be happy.

    • Eidrian111
      Eidrian111 Month ago

      Wouldn’t a different sprocket kill acceleration? Well “acceleration”.

    • Ragimund VonWallat
      Ragimund VonWallat 5 months ago

      no need for a 6 speed, just a rear sprocket

  • Oscar Madera
    Oscar Madera 11 months ago

    I’m from Chicago and I ride my bike on the hwy all the time I have a 4.5 tank so it’s not terrible but if it’s really windy it sucks!!! But it does hwy speeds just fine.

  • Frodofficer
    Frodofficer 11 months ago

    Man your bars look so much more stable and calm. My 99 sportster handle bars vibrate pretty bad at 75mph...

    • vector6977
      vector6977 10 months ago

      Rubber mount Sportsters vibrate far less.

    • MoK013
      MoK013 11 months ago

      bb's and solid bar in the ends. Will take the vibe right out.

  • JT
    JT 11 months ago +1

    Went from a forty eight to a softail Slim this year. The difference on the highway is incredible and she still handles wonderfully in town. I put 3000 miles on the forty eight last year and never once hit the interstate (I’m in western Montana so we only have one lol). I had a windshield on my forty eight which helped with the wind issue but it still didn’t feel stable enough to run a highway speeds for long periods of time. Just my 2 cents.

  • Will Johnson
    Will Johnson 11 months ago

    I take my 94 sportster 300 miles and my group likes to travel 90mph. The bike does good but after a while it will start puking oil through the crank case breathers

  • RobHD 48
    RobHD 48 11 months ago

    It definitely wasn't made for long rides. When I had my '48 I took it from orlando to the panhandle a few times. After that I made the switch to a street glide. Mpg also had me stopping every hour.
    But yes, a city bike it's a beautifully made machine.

  • Jessica Hansen
    Jessica Hansen 11 months ago +2

    I ride my XL883 on the highway, no problem. It would be better if there was a 6th gear and more power to pass

  • Jeffrey Shrimpton
    Jeffrey Shrimpton 11 months ago

    Definitely wish I would've found your vids sooner. Bought the Iron 883 two years ago and at the time my short commute consisted of all back roads. Moved to NJ and my longer, highway commute combined with the awful Jersey road quality made riding my Iron a chore. Three more years of payments and I'll upgrade to something bigger.

  • Steve Bush
    Steve Bush 11 months ago +12

    I live in the Chicago area and last year me and a group of friends rode to the tail of the dragon and back in 2 days. One of my buddies rode his sportster 1200 with no issues. Hi did switch the tank out to the larger 883 tank so that helped. He also had a clip on windshield. The only issue was..... we all had to carry his bags! 🤣

  • Ian Wilson
    Ian Wilson 11 months ago

    Well I would have to say , Sportsters not best suited to highway / motorway riding , My first Harley was a 1200 Sportster and I did a few 1000/1200 rally outings on it , but boy the wind hitting you in the chest and the fuel stops are a buzz kill after a while , I now have a 04 Dyna and it's so much better

  • Christian Beary
    Christian Beary 11 months ago

    Where am I? lmao

  • Andrew Hall
    Andrew Hall 11 months ago +1

    Last year I rode from on the cost of Maine to the far side of Vermont and back in a weekend. 16 hours of riding on my 02 883 sportster and it wasn't that bad. I do have a larger seat and put a windscreen on for the ride. Gas wise I put a 1.5 gallon gas can in one of my saddle bags for the open highway with no gas stations, I get 74 miles on one tank so I used the gas can a lot. All and all was a nice ride. I agree about felling like your toping out the engine for a long time but just taking you time and enjoy the ride and it will take it really well.

  • Phillip Isaacson
    Phillip Isaacson 11 months ago +62

    Shorter wheelbase makes for a rougher ride, but she will still out accelerate a car, and there is nothing inherently wrong with spinning the engine a little faster.
    People are just trained anymore that for the engine to "feel" right at around 2k rpm. Before the 70's and the gas crunch, engines were geared so the were in their powerband at speed. The sportster is still running a transmission based off a 1957 design.
    Nothing unsafe about the bike running the way it is designed to, just changing tastes.
    Now I realize I sound very old and crotchety, so get off my lawn ya damn kids!

  • Negrean Paul
    Negrean Paul 11 months ago

    It sure performs better than my Virago 250
    Love the in Mexico joke :D that's from Do it with Dan right?

  • Dans Moto
    Dans Moto 11 months ago +27

    Hey Blocki,
    i am a german Harley (iron883) Rider and I don’t like it to ride on the german „Autobahn“. Usually it’s so windy and I am used to ride not faster than 80 - 100 mph. A Harley is not a Autobahn bike or to accelerate when you want to pass others when you are currently at 80-100mph. In my opinion... you will have the most fun on a Harley if you go on a road with many curves like the Schwarzwald what is next to me. So ride safe and stay vigilant ✌🏼
    Greets Dans Moto

    • NATA
      NATA 25 days ago

      +Farvawho everyone has their own opinion. I rode often on the autobahn and had no issues with a 48.

    • Farvawho
      Farvawho 10 months ago +1

      Another Sportster rider on German roads - though I'm American - and I second this. I HATE the autobahn on my Roadster. I'd prefer two hours of backroads to get somewhere that would normally take me 30 minutes on the autobahn.

    • Dans Moto
      Dans Moto 11 months ago +1

      Mike Jasinski klar :)

    • Mike Jasinski
      Mike Jasinski 11 months ago +2

      ach dich sieht man auch hier :D

    • Dans Moto
      Dans Moto 11 months ago +3

      Japp genau :D deutsche harley motovlogger kannste echt an der hand abzählen :D ne 48 ist auch was schönes :)

  • qb
    qb 11 months ago +1

    There is nice clip-on (no screws) wind shield available for long distances/high speeds (I assume, if for Roadster, then for 48 should work also).
    Tank capacity is small, true - even on Roadster (250km or ~150 miles) with efficient riding.
    p.s. Mexico. :D

  • SSleepingPanda
    SSleepingPanda 11 months ago +2

    Super fast shipping on the 93 dinosaurs shirt. thanks bro.

  • blinnbh
    blinnbh 11 months ago +4

    Terrible feeling getting lost on the way back from mexico. ;)

  • 223 Remington
    223 Remington 11 months ago

    I had a bikini fairing on my '15 Iron. It really didn't do much for wind or wind noise when I was haulin 6 hours. Thats the price you pay for having the clean look.

  • Alex Duper
    Alex Duper 11 months ago +20

    Loved the clip from Mexico, thx 4 ur visit

  • Geoff Oz Evans
    Geoff Oz Evans 11 months ago +2

    I never liked the Sportster, but now I would like to have one as a 2nd bike, u can do so much to them, as you've shown. Just come out of hospital after a 6hr op for spinal fusion, painful doesn't even describe it Argh! !!!!👍😎

  • mike essary
    mike essary 11 months ago +1

    Thanks for this block. I will definitely do some test riding. Would you recommend the low rider s even over the new bikes?

    • Kyle Zapf
      Kyle Zapf 11 months ago +1

      depends on your skill level, the 110 in the Low Rider S is a powerful engine, also you can probably get a new 107 cheaper than the old dyna because people love the dyna's

  • Justice Hand
    Justice Hand 11 months ago +2

    Hey man! I think installing a bikini fairing may help with your head being wobbled all over the place... If anyone's done it, can you confirm?

    • vector6977
      vector6977 10 months ago

      Have the HD 1/4 with a laminar lip attached, it is far better than a flat windshield.

    • apachemaker
      apachemaker 11 months ago +1

      I just installed a quarter fairing on my 48, and it works great. I ride on the highway all the time, so I know the puck factor can be high on the sporty. Try the fairing, it looks great and it works.

  • Moses Zhao
    Moses Zhao 11 months ago

    Really like your video! Thanks a lot for the previous videos about Iron 833 that bike was really badass!