Some bikes are made to thrill while others are made to shrill. The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster is both - and a whole lot more.

Ever since its introduction in 2007, the Nightster model has prowled the streets with a deep, menacing growl. Its low, dark, and aggressive, and its styling has brought back some serious attitude to Harley’s Sportster family. With chopped front and rear fenders, a side-mounted license plate, a low 25.3" seat height, old-school front fork gaiters, and raw-boned graphics, the Sportster Nightster has become the ideal no-nonsense cruiser bike Harley-Davidson fans have come to love.

Other design details of the Sportster Nightster include a chopped front fender with black brackets and lightening holes, a chopped rear fender with black supports, black fork sliders and fork gaiters, a Sportster Classic solo seat, a black headlamp body with a black visor and satin trim ring, a low-rise handlebar and black riser, and a new pair of laced steel wheels with chrome spokes and black hubs.

What makes the Sportster Nightster all the more impressive, apart from its design, is its performance capabilities. To ensure that the Nightster upholds its bad-ass reputation, Harley fitted the bike with a rubber-mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system and mated to a five-speed transmission.

Unlike the rest of Harley’s family of models, the Nightster has been around for a little over four years. But in that time, it has become one of the most sought-after cruisers on the market, mainly because it’s stealthy look matches well with the customer’s need for a powerful and versatile cruiser.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster after the jump.

  • 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Evolution V-Twin powertrain
  • Transmission:
    five-speed transmission
  • Displacement:
    1200 L

Model Highlights

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster High Resolution Exterior
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NEW Black side covers to match bodywork finish
NEW Michelin® Scorcher “31” front and
rear tires
NEW Paint color options:

  • Medium-gray powder-coated engine with

polished covers

  • Chrome exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
  • Low front and rear suspension
  • Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
  • Black, Laced Steel wheels with chrome spokes

and black hubs

  • Chopped front fender with black brackets and

lightening holes

  • Chopped rear fender with black supports
  • Belt guard with lightening holes
  • Black fork sliders and black fork gaiters
  • Sportster Classic solo seat
  • Black hand and foot controls
  • Side-mounted license plate
  • Combination stop/turn/tail lights
  • Black headlamp body with black visor and

satin trim ring

  • Black low-rise handlebar and black riser

Key Features

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  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic

Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Dual staggered exhaust
  • Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
  • Disc brakes
  • Mid-mounted foot controls
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security

System with hands-free security fob

  • Optional Original Equipment Custom Color

paint program


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Engine Air-cooled, Evolution
Displacement (in./cc) 73.3/1200
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Transmission 5-speed
Miles Per Gallon 48 MPG combined City/Hwy
Length (in./mm) 85.8/2179
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm) 25.7/653
Wheelbase (in./mm) 59.8/1519
Tire Michelin Scorcher “31”
front and rear
• Front Scorcher “31”
100/90B19 57H
• Rear Scorcher “31”
150/80B16 77H
• Front Black Laced Steel
19 in. x 2.5 in.
(482.6 mm x 63.5 mm)
• Rear Black Laced Steel
16 in. x 3 in.
(406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters) 3.3/12.5
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg) 545/247.2
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular
sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section,
stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels: Black Steel Laced
• Front 19 in. x 2.5 in. (483 mm x 64 mm)
• Rear 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type Patented, uniform expansion rotors
Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 3.62 in. (92 mm)
• Rear Wheel 1.63 in. (41 mm)
Color Option
Solids Vivid Black, Black Denim
Two-Tones Midnight Pearl/
Cool Blue Pearl, Midnight Pearl/
Brilliant Silver Pearl


Infosport Bike----"Back in his first full year of production Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle, motorbike, which introduced the web-H Bike Builder D1TM factory setting process. The help of the generator bicycle, customers can customize their 1200 custom motorcycle seats, handlebars, foot controls, wheels, safety, painting, and the engine has completed the options you want, which is then mounted to the right of the plant. Even more dealer-installed accessories can be added, and seen on the site of motorcycle manufacturer. "

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  (296) posted on 01.13.2012

I agree with that, this bike can make its rider to shrill and on the other hand to feel some thrilling action. I think its better than XL1200C Custom, with design but not in fuel capacity area.

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