In response to consumer feedback, Harley-Davidson introduced two more models to its already robust Sportster lineup, the factory-costumed Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. Yes, in addition to the 883cc, the Iron has an Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine under the hood. Taking inspiration from its consumers, the Milwaukee brand designed the new Iron 1200, giving it a distinct personality and spirit that makes it seem to be a bespoke motorcycle. It’s been rigged up with equipment that was previously only accessible as unique HD components and extras while retaining the aggressive retro style. Here we will focus on the 2018 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 1200


The 2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER is offered in two trim levels:

  • Iron 1200
  • Forty-Eight Special

Performance and Fuel Economy

So that was all about the retro look. It is now time to discuss the new “throw your head back” power. First and foremost, the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine has been added to the Iron model. For 30 years, the 1202cc Evolution motor has been the heart and soul of all HD Sportster models, and it is the same engine that powers the new Iron. As one of the most upgradeable mills on the market, HD has made several advancements and upgrades to this mill since 1986, making it superior to its predecessors.

The 1202cc engine produces 73 lb-ft of torque (36 percent more torque than the 883 Evolution engine with 53.8 lb-ft). This is also the engine used in the Roadster and the Forty-Eight. The power is believed to be between 65 and 70 horsepower. The last link to the swift but not necessarily speedy bike is a five-speed gearbox and belt drive.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

The 2018 Harley Davidson Sportser Iron 1200, like its predecessor, has a low-slung profile and a roadster attitude. The motorbike has traditional lines that seamlessly blend with current design characteristics. However, the bike’s aura changes when the satin-black Ape handlebar, formerly available as an accessory, is now standard fitment from the factory on the new Iron 1200.

The Ape Handlebars transform the bike’s former drag-centric atmosphere into a “fist-in-the-air” garage-built chopper attitude, making the rider feel like the king of the road. This also transitions the rider from a forward-leaning attitude to a lean-back cruiser, causing the rider to lose interest in the world.

Harley hasn’t messed around much with the chassis layout on this 1200. With a slammed rear suspension, a 16-inch tire in the back, and a 19-inch hoop up front, Harley keeps the Iron 1200 low. The remainder of the Sportster series has lofty seats, but this one has a saddle height of little under 29 inches, comparable to the 883.

Compact But Powerful

Because the Iron 1200 is a short model, it has 4.6 inches of trail for a snappy response to steering input, and even if the maximum lean angle is just 27 degrees to the right and 28 degrees to the left, you will be able to traverse the bike rapidly from one maximum to the other.

At 564 pounds, the bike weighs 2 lbs more than the 883. Unfortunately, Harley still equips this Iron with a single disc brake unit in front and a two-piston caliper in the back. The impressive suspension travel of 114 mm in the front and 81 mm in the rear allows for a gentle riding experience even on more difficult terrain. The Iron 1200 has its own 43 mm upside-down forks with improved damping and reduced dip while braking.


  • Height: 42.5 in
  • Length: 86.6 in
  • Width: 33.1 in
  • Curb weight: 564 lbs

Engine type: Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke, 45 Degree V-Twin Cylinder, DOHC        

Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 3.3 gal

2018 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 1200

2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER IRON 1200 Factory Service Manual

The service manuals for the 2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER IRON 1200 are comprehensive and cover every aspect of the bike. All repairs will need a Sportster Service Manual to ensure proper service.

  • Foreword
  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Chassis
  • Engine
  • Drive and Transmission
  • Fuel and Exhaust
  • Cooling System
  • Electrical
  • Wiring
  • Reference
  • Backmatter

HARLEY DAVIDSON repair manuals are designed to use technicians and dealerships to maintain bikes. A service handbook should accompany every maintenance or repair activity performed by a motorbike owner.

In addition to the service manual mentioned above, there are also owner’s manuals available for purchase.


The 2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER is available at the rates mentioned below:

  • Iron 1200: $ 9,999 – $10,349
  • Forty-Eight Special: $11,299