The Nightster is Harley-Davidson's newest cruiser, and is meant as a successor to the highly popular Sportster 883. The Nightster nameplate has been resurrected by the Milwaukee manufacturer for the most entry-level machine in its Sportster range, and it is meant to sit below the more premium and powerful Sportster S. The new Nightster is essentially a new motorcycle from the ground up, and it continues to highlight new innovations from the American icon.
For starters, it's equipped with a new engine, a scaled-down version of the Revolution Max found in the Sportster S and Pan America. It has a 60-degree V-twin engine with a displacement of 975 cc. It features liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection, allowing it to produce 90 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 95 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The engine also acts as a stressed part of the frame, allowing Harley-Davidson to keep the Nightster's weight down to only 481 pounds. It isn't very light in comparison to other bikes, but it is certainly light for a Harley.
When it comes to style, there's no denying that the Nightster draws inspiration from vintage Sportsters. It has a small headlamp cowl, chopped fenders, and exposed rear suspension components. All of these characteristics give the bike a unique appearance and feel, that will certainly appeal to custom bike enthusiasts. Also on show is the new 975cc Revolution Max engine, as well as its muscular intake and exhaust system. The bike's low-slung design also makes for a very comfortable ride. It has a low seat height of just 27.8 inches, making it accessible to shorter riders.
Despite being at the bottom of the Harley series, the Nightster sports a surprising amount of contemporary amenities. It has dual-channel ABS, traction control, and a Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS), which functions similarly to a street bike's slipper clutch. The Nightster includes three riding modes: Road, Sport, and Rain, which allow riders to customize the bike's performance according to their tastes and road conditions.
As for pricing and availability, there’s no word yet as to when and how much this bike will cost when it lands in the Philippines. However, in the US, it retails for $13,499, translating to around, P675,000. At present, however, the Nightster’s outgoing predecessor, the Iron 883, fetches P700,000. Expect the new Nightster to be priced slightly higher than its predecessor.