Your Five-point Guide To The New Harley-Davidson Nightster
The Nighster sits below the Sportster S and serves as an entry into the revamped Harley-Davidson Sportster lineupby Punya Sharma, on
Harley-Davidson has taken the wraps off the new Nighster, the Milwaukee brand’s newest offering under its revamped and modernized Sportster lineup.
Here are five must-know things about the new bike:
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster - Looks Smashing
Even though the new Nightster serves as an entry ticket into the bikemaker’s new Sportster lineup, the bike looks properly premium without any cutbacks.
The Nightster comes replete with sporty elements such as the chunky headlight nacelle, bar-end mirrors, and the chopped-off rear fender which, coupled with the bike’s low stance and mostly blacked-out parts, makes it quite appealing.
The only small gripe for me would be the extra meaty exhaust on an overall slim and tight-looking bike.
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster - Tech-Savvy As Ever
Just like the physical appearance, the feature list of the Nightster is also pretty cutting edge and modern-as-ever. So you get electronic rider aids such as rider modes that alter engine braking, throttle response, and ABS intervention, switchable traction control, and a Drag Torque Slip Control system, Harley’s system for reducing tire slip while engine braking. Besides these, you also get a semi-digital instrument cluster and all-LED lights.
Some people might argue that such electronics are unnecessary but hey, rider aids like these are very helpful in hairy situations, out on the road.
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster - Punchy Engine
Under the skin, the Harley-Davidson Nightster draws power from a new Revolution Max 975T, a twin-cylinder mill that was first showcased on the Bronx concept bike.
Harley claims a healthy 90 horsepower and 70 pound-feet for the engine, essentially making it more Harley than the older 1200cc Sportster models. Not to mention, the engine is properly modern and boasts liquid cooling along with variable valve timing.
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster - Suspension & Weight
Coming to the suspension, the Harley-Davidson Nightster employs 41mm Showa telescopic forks and dual shock absorbers. Interestingly, the rear shock absorbers offer 3-inch suspension travel that’s 50 percent more than you get on the Sportser S’ rear unit.
Meanwhile, stopping this 496-pound motorcycle are single disc brakes at both ends which clamp the 19/16-inch (F/R) tires.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering where the fuel tank lid is, it is actually located under the seat, meaning you’ll have to get off the bike to fill up this bad boy. Every. Damn. Time.
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster - Price
Harley-Davidson has priced the 2022 Nightster at a starting price of $13,499, making it around $2,000 less than the Sportster S.
Now, this isn’t exactly an entry-level price tag, but for the components and tech on offer, the Nightster sure sounds pretty promising.
|Engine||975cc, twin-cylinder engine|
|Front suspension||41mm Showa telescopic forks (4.5-inch travel)|
|Rear suspension||Dual shock absorbers (3-inch travel)|
|Front brake||Single disc|
|Rear brake||Single disc|
|Curb weight||496 lbs|
|Maximum lean angle||32-degree|
|Price||Starts from $13,499|