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A Nightster™ to remember...


Harley-Davidson® brings the iconic styling of the previous Nightster™ back and combines it with the ultimate sporty powerhouse with the Revolution Max™ engine. It incorporates modern technology with classic styling, whilst of course supporting that iconic bar and shield Harley-Davidson® logo on the fuel tank styled airbox.

Our eCommerce Manager, Tim, took our Nightster™ demo bike out for a night on the road - and we caught up with him to find out how he got on with the bike and what he thought about it.

Tim's take...

Engine photo up close on the Harley-Davidson Nightster

What did you think about the engine, power and torque on the Nightster™?

"The Nightster™ definitely fits into its sporty class. It gives you easy passing power and I found it exciting to ride. I especially liked the length of each gear - it was better than some of the other cruisers I've tried as the gears had a substantial length to them, allowing for more riding fun. It's quite a smooth bike to ride and Harley® has definitely made it to be quite mid- to high-range bulky as you notice an incredible amount of eagerness in the third gear onwards."

How was the handling, brakes, comfort & riding position?

"The handling was noticeably great on the Nightster™. With the fuel tank being relocated it meant cornering and low-speed manoeuvres were easy. I'm usually used to riding naked sport bikes, so the initial change took a little bit of adjusting to, but I fell into the Nightster™ quite swiftly as it was so easy to handle and so light! Filtering was easy too, even with the bar-end mirrors - it was easy to whip through traffic and sit comfortably at the traffic lights.

The brakes were something of a soft spot on the model for me. I would say more braking power would be ideal for me as I had to pull the lever quite hard to get substantial stopping force. Although this is pretty common on cruisers and it may just be part of the style, I would look at getting this element upgraded - but it depends on the style of riding you prefer. 

Also cruisers would usually give me a sore back after half an hour, but I was riding the Nightster™ for almost two hours with no problems at all. There is a comfortable reach to the handlebars and the suspension was firm but comfy. Plus this is adjustable anyway so you can adjust it to your preference."

How was the Technology and was it useful?

"I didn't use much of the technology available. I felt the ABS kick in once when I rode over a pothole which was nice to know it was in full working order. One nice feature to note was the keyless ignition - always extremely helpful as it doesn't allow me to forget the keys in the ignition! Other than that I quite liked the display, not too much information at hand but everything you would need for your day-to-day journey. It had ride modes too, which of course any rider almost forgets as soon as they sit in the saddle as there is only one true riding mode and that's sport!"

What modifications would you make to this bike?

"For me personally I would change the exhaust, perhaps for something along the lines of Vance and Hines Shorts Shots. They're more up my street and would definitely add a little bit of that iconic Harley® rumble at the lower rev range. The bike would tend to only provide that famous sound at higher revs so I would love to have that throughout, even when I'm sitting at the lights.

Additionally, as I mentioned before, I would potentially upgrade the brakes and pads, as there was a little bit of a struggle for the braking point for me."

How was the Nightster™ overall and who is it best suited to?

"Overall the Nightster™ is a stunning-looking cruiser, it definitely appeals to my minimalistic style. It was light and compact which I liked as compared to normal Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, it's a hell of a lot easier to move around. So for anyone wanting the Harley® ride lifestyle without the weight, it's perfect. I would probably say the Nightster™ is tailored for the smaller person, or anyone looking for a small and nimble ride to whip around effortlessly. With the price it's on the market, I imagine you'll definitely see more and more of these models about as its a lot more affordable than the Grand Tourer range - and you'll still get that awesome bar and shield on the side of your 'tank'..."

The all-new Harley-Davidson® Nightster™

The Harley-Davidson® Nightster is the next chapter in the Harley-Davidson® Sportster® legacy, a gigantic leap forward in motorcycle engineering. Are you ready to ride the Nightster?


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