If there’s one brand of motorcycles that sits at the top of its tree, it’s Harley-Davidson. Known globally for the coolest motorcycles, most sought-after accessories and must-have apparel, this is one motorcycle brand you can’t beat.
Harley-Davidson’s back catalog is littered with iconic motorcycles, each with their own unique character and style. Often highly prized items, many coveted classic bikes may remain out of reach for many riders, who instead opt for a modern alternative. No less impressive and still retaining its classic appeal, a modern Harley-Davidson serves up a different kind of recipe, with the revolutionary LiveWire e-bike kit to completely rewrite the company’s rulebook.
Among this new wave of more advanced motorcycles from Harley-Davidson is the Nightster. An aggressively styled Sportster variant that is simply fantastic to look at in the metal. A bike that looks like it does it all, these are 10 reasons we love the Harley-Davidson Nightster.
ten Gorgeous Drop Dead
Continuing design principles that were put into production over 65 years ago, the Harley-Davidson Nightster is the next step on the evolutionary ladder of Sportster. It’s a beautiful bike and a great performer.
Low-slung and oozing street cred, the Nightster cuts a familiar, yet striking silhouette. Designed for those who will love its looks and revel in its handling, the Nightster is an urban warrior who will happily stretch his legs when asked.
9 Harley through and through
Featuring a liquid-cooled V-twin engine, the Nightster is a Harley-Davidson thoroughbred. From the way it rides to the sound that gurgles from its exhausts, let’s not forget that the Nightster is a Harley.
Moving away from a traditional hoop frame, the Nightster uses its drivetrain like a stressed member. Ditching much better levels of rigidity in the chassis, the bike is lighter, stronger and more compact than its predecessors.
8 A vigorous powerhouse
Equipped with a Revolution Max 975T, the Nightster develops 89 hp at 7,500 rpm. Tuned to deliver a huge amount of low-end power, the 70 lb-ft of torque on offer delivers punchy acceleration when needed.
With a flexible amount of power retained throughout the rev range, the Nightster is an easy bike to ride in and out of town. Low-speed city traffic can be mastered easily. While a winding road can be tamed with smile-inducing fervour.
7 He likes a corner or two
Away from the crowded city streets, the Harley-Davidson Nightster shines. With an incredibly nimble feel, thanks to its lightweight frame, the Nighster can be launched. Very responsive, the Nightster likes to work hard.
Despite a fairly basic suspension setup, the Nightster performs admirably. Its twin shocks and conventional forks allow the rider to smash their way through corners. Sure-footed, the Nightster encourages effortless exploration of its prowess.
6 Selectable riding modes
No matter the weather or road conditions, the Harley-Davidson Nightster can handle it all. With three pre-programmed selectable drive modes, the Nightster is equipped to take on whatever the world throws at it.
Dialing in Road, Rain or Sport mode will cause the bike to change how its fuel and braking systems work. ABS and TCS adjustments ensure that the rider remains safe and as in control as possible at all times.
5 Very customizable
Like all Harley-Davidsons that have come before it, the Nightster can be left as is or treated as a blank canvas for customization. With a plethora of options to create something unique, the temptation is always there to do something inspiring.
No two Nightsters should ever look alike. Because not only does Harley offer a ton of styling and tuning options, but third-party companies cater to every whim as well. Whatever unique style or extravagant look you are looking for, there is a way to create it.
4 That old school charm
Even though it features modern amenities that not only enhance rider enjoyment but also keep them safe, the Nightster still looks like a classic Harley-Davidson. Refined while retaining its raw appeal and image.
A bike for those who appreciate all the heritage that comes with owning a Harley-Davidson, the Nightster is an expression of respect. Not only is it one of the coolest bikes out there, it’s a gateway to old-school thrills via modern support.
3 Good entry-level deal
The Nightster sets itself apart from its rivals by being much sportier than the similarly priced Indian Scout, and much cheaper than the BMW R18 Classic. Placing itself in its niche, the Sportster has almost no rivals and very few equals.
As a rule of thumb, to counter the depreciation trend, the Harley-Davidson Nightster should follow suit. Interest is expected to be high, with the Nightster appealing to both those new to riding or those new to the legendary motorcycle brand.
2 The easy going with Harley
As a daily rider, the Harley-Davidson Nightster ticks all the boxes. Easy to ride, very responsive and with a lot of power, it will delight everyday life. Adding a passenger seat also extends its practicality and doubles the fun factor.
Thanks to intelligent on-board electronics able to cope with sudden changes in the weather, the Nightster can be used all year round. It’s a very modern Harley-Davidson for those who don’t just want to be fair weather riders.
1 An eco-conscious pig
Lighter and more advanced than the 883 Sportster it replaces, the Nightster is also a frugal machine. Capable of delivering up to 50 mpg, it will ensure trips to gas pumps are infrequent. Operating costs should also remain quite low.
Clean running, the Nightster was designed to be environmentally friendly while losing none of the shine that comes from its Harley-Davidson heritage. A fantastic machine, it is sure to delight and please anyone who rides it.
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