Not true actually, but his GM did send me an email which made me think that they did!
My Harley-Davidson XL1200X, AKA the Forty-Eight is a great little street brawler. Sure, it’s no sport bike, but I wasn’t looking for one when I bought it last year. My daily commute to work and back takes upwards of 40 minutes and it’s all on the highway. So, I figured, “why the hell am I wringing out the KTM Supermoto? I need a Harley!”
I took the factory tour here in Kansas City, test road some bikes and fell in love with the little 1200cc Sportster. The guys at the shop I was purchasing from kept trying to talk me up into a Softtail or a slightly larger Dyna, but the Forty-Eight was the one.
A year later and I’m still suffering from the same problem I was complaining about shortly after taking delivery of the bike: the small and practically non existent seat sucks! Every time I throttle up the bike to make a pass on the highway, the torque stretches my arms out and I get kicked off the seat and land on the rear fender. It’s so stupid. The bike’s forward controls don’t help keep me stationary either.
So what to do?
I thought about putting mid-forward controls but that would cramp me up on the small bike. Clip-ons or clubman handlebars would look super sexy on this Harley, but I have so much leg that it wouldn’t help my ass-to-fender issue. So with that pondering done, I settled on a new saddle. That’s when I ran into the next problem.
No one makes a sexy seat for the Harley-Davidson XL1200X Forty-Eight Sportster! The Nightster and the Iron get a lot of love, but the Forty-Eight, not so much. Apparently it has nothing to do with the frame or seat mounts, but the size of the tank. The Forty-Eight’s tiny 2.2 gal tank doesn’t allow for many seat choices, which sucked because I really wanted a Roland Sands Enzo.
Disappointed and frowny-faced, I sent an email in to Roland Sands Design to see if they ever planned on making a seat for the bike. A day later, I get an email from their GM that they did!
They’re calling them the Bob Jobs since they have to be a wee bit shorter than the standard seats and man, they’re sexy. Above is the Bob Job Avenger Solo seat. Below is the Enzo.
From the email I received: “We do have two new seats for the 48 available.
There is the Solo Bob Job, which is our chopped seat for the Sportster, we’ve trimmed it up just enough to hide all rear innerworkings while keeping it comfortable. A 2-Up seat is also available, and both are available in our multiple finish styles. These seats were just released, so they are not showing on our website as of yet, but if you contact your dealership and give them the below part #, they will be able to get the seat on order for you. “
I immediately called up my local Parts Unlimited dealer and did work! Actually, that’s a lie as I have Parts Unlimited access, but regardless, I ordered me up a seat! I can’t wait!
Once it comes in, I’ll take a bunch of pics of the seat, my booty, and my booty on the seat. Then i’ll write up a run down for those who are interested in doing the same thing!
Part # Seat Style
0804-0484 Solo Bob Job Boss
0804-0485 Solo Bob Job Avenger
0804-0486 Solo Bob Job Enzo Black
0804-0487 Solo Bob Job Enzo Black/Brown
0804-0448 2-Up Avenger
0804-0449 2-Up Boss
0804-0450 2-Up Enzo Black
0804-0451 2-Up Enzo Black/Brown