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Harley-Davidson Nightster

Harley-Davidson Nightster is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 14,99,000 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 3 colours. It is powered by a 975 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement975 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight221 kg

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Nightster Standard

 14,99,000Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Harley-Davidson Nightster Summary

Nightster key highlights

Engine Capacity 975 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 221 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7 litres
Seat Height 705 mm
Max Power 88.5 bhp

About Nightster

Harley-Davidson Nightster is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 14,99,000 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. The Harley-Davidson Nightster is powered by 975cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 88.5 bhp and a torque of 95 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Harley-Davidson Nightster comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Nightster bike weighs 221 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 11.7 liters.

Harley-Davidson India has launched the new Nightster in our market. This new motorcycle from the American brand will be imported to India via the Completely Built-up Units (CBU) route and will be available in a single variant. Harley-Davidson India will offer the Nighster in three colours – Vivid Black, Gunship Grey, and Redline Red. The Vivid Black theme is the most affordable, while Gunship Grey and Redline Red retail at a relatively higher price tag.

The motorcycle is powered by the company’s Revolution Max 975T, 975cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the motor produces 89bhp at 7,500rpm and 95Nm of peak torque at 5,750rpm. The chassis uses the engine as the stress member.

The suspension hardware on the motorcycle comprises 41mm Showa front forks and twin rear springs. The braking tasks are handled by single disc brakes on both wheels, while the electronic rider aids include three ride modes, ABS, engine braking control, and traction control system. It rides on 19-inch front and 16-inch rear alloy wheels shod in tubeless tyres.

The new Harley-Davidson Nighster rivals the likes of Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster and the Ducati Diavel in the Indian market.
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Harley-Davidson Nightster Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 975cc engine offers lots of refinement
    • Equipped with modern features
    • Has good road presence
  • Could be Better

    • Available only in single-seat option
    • Gearbox is hard
    • Expensive bike

BikeWale's Take

The Harley-Davidson Nightster brand’s new modern motorcycle that has aspirational styling, good seating ergos and an engine that offers refinement and top-end performance. Because it’s a modern Harley, it doesn’t have the character of the air-cooled ones, but it does ride fine and looks lovely. 

Harley-Davidson Nightster Review

Harley-Davidson Sportster range was known for its character, a styling that made many buyers feel proud. But most importantly, it was the air-cooled motor that offered tonnes of torque throughout and a sound that was so unique to the motorcycle. However, things changed when HD decided to discontinue the air-cooled Sportster last year. The Sportster left a gap, which was eventually filled by the new Nightster a few months later. Not to mention, this motorcycle brand, too, was revived after the American brand discontinued the XL1200N Nightster a few years ago.

Intro

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

Why buy it?

     - The engine performance and feel are excellent

     - Aspirational styling

     - Strong brand recall

Why avoid it? 

    - HD character missing

   - Single-seat model only

Harley-Davidson Sportster range was known for its character, a styling that made many buyers feel proud. But most importantly, it was the air-cooled motor that offered tonnes of torque throughout and a sound that was so unique to the motorcycle. However, things changed when HD decided to discontinue the air-cooled Sportster last year. The Sportster left a gap, which was eventually filled by the new Nightster a few months later. Not to mention, this motorcycle brand, too, was revived after the American brand discontinued the XL1200N Nightster a few years ago.  

The new Harley-Davidson Nightster has been designed and built for customers who want HD character and appeal in a modern avatar. In fact, the Nightster is possibly one of the most modern bikes the brand has ever made. This approach could help attract new riders to the brand but might also make their existing customers hold onto their Sportster for long. Why would that be? Well, read on to understand it. The Visuals

The Visuals

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

First glance at the Nightster and you will notice its low-slung design language because the motorcycle has a small ground clearance and, as a result, a perfect seat height. Then there's this wide handlebar that is easily accessible. The 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheel combination give this motorcycle a good road presence. Plus, when you look at the bike from a distance, you will notice that the entire mass is concentrated on the centre and for some reason, I find that quite enticing. In terms of other aesthetics, the Nightster is equipped with LED lights throughout. Overall, the bike has good proportions, and its single-seat form looks super cool.

The Package

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

The Nightster is loaded with some equipment that makes it a modern motorcycle. Firstly, the electronics on this one are bound to make the rider's life easier and safer. There's ABS, traction control system (TCS), and drag-torque slip control. This Harley also has three riding modes – Rain, Road, and Sport. Each of these modes alters the throttle response, power delivery, and traction control. For instance, in the Rain mode, the power output is the least and the traction control assistance is at the maximum level. Sport mode is where the throttle response is aggressive, just like the power delivery. And TCS is the least intrusive here. 

In terms of cycle parts, the Nightster doesn't get a lot of fancy ones here. It receives the non-adjustable traditional 41mm Showa telescopic forks at the front and twin shocks with preload adjustment at the back. The brakes, too, have been carried forward from the Sportster range. So, it gets an axially mounted four-piston calliper with 320cc single disc up front and a floating single-piston calliper with 260mm disc at the rear. 

The instrument cluster is all digital, except the speedometer, which gets the numbered treatment – something that is seen on almost all Harley-Davidsons. But this small circular cluster shows a lot of ride data, like modes, fuel level, clock, and trip meters.

The Ride

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

The motor on the Nightster is also seen on the brand's first-ever adventure bike – the Pan America. But the 975cc V-Twin is like a downsized version of the 1250 Revolution engine. So, it gets a smaller bore and stroke. And then VVT only works on the intake side. But Harley's downsizing effort hasn't spoiled anything for the Nightster. This motorcycle has managed to rule the roads in its way. 

The main highlight of this bike is its engine. It works well and delivers a performance that makes the Nightster quite fun and sporty to ride. But the low-end delivery is a bit disappointing and unlike Harley. Once you open that throttle more and reach the higher revs, you realise that this Harley likes to be in the higher revs. The mid-range is strong, and the top-end gets quite addictive. But I have to say this, the overall refinement levels are excellent. It almost makes you feel as if you are riding a Japanese bike.  

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

With three modes at my disposal, I spent most of the time on the road because that's where I found the motorcycle to be the most comfortable and least intrusive. In the Sport mode, the throttle response was too snatchy, which becomes difficult as you ride for long. Whereas the Rain mode dulled the power the most. But sadly, I didn't get to test this bit a lot as our test route was relatively small. The six-speed gearbox worked well, but it needed some effort from that leg. And then it also misses that engagement sound, thus making the ride less exciting. 

In terms of overall comfort, the Nightster felt good. It gets a forward-riding position and centre-set footpegs. The handlebar is decently wide, giving a good sense of control. Plus, with its super accessible seat height, the Nightster is a breeze to handle in slow-moving traffic conditions. Then, the saddle width is appreciable even for a rider who is a bit hefty.  

Moreover, the brakes on the Nightster were excellent. It has almost a superbike-like performance. The power, the feel, and the feedback – all worked in its favour. I wanted to talk more about the overall ride quality, but we were taken on possibly one of the best roads in Thailand. So, we will talk about this aspect when we get the bike in India and for a longer duration. But yes, it has low suspension travel. Thus, we may know how it will perform on gruesome Indian roads.

Should you buy it?

Harley-Davidson Nightster Right Side View

The Nightster is possibly one of the coolest-looking motorcycles in HD's line-up. It checks a lot of right boxes. It has a styling that turns heads. It has plenty of modern and cool gadgets, making it reasonably practical to own. And then there's that engine that offers plenty of refinement and performance, especially at the mid- and top-end. This motorcycle is bound to attract buyers looking to get into the world of Harley-Davidson and want something sportier and not just a laid-back cruiser. The Nightster does have some short niggles, but it will be proved thoroughly once we ride the bike in Indian condition. Meanwhile, Hero MotoCorp is expected to launch the new Nightster in the next few weeks with a price tag hovering around Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) mark.  

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Harley-Davidson Nightster mileage

As per ARAI, the average of Nightster is 20 kmpl.

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Nightster Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 88.5 bhp @ 7,500 rpm

    Max Torque 95 Nm @ 5,750 rpm

    Cooling System --

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type --

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 975 cc

    Cylinders --

    Bore 97 mm

    Stroke 66 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 12.0:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch --

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 234 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 20 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size --

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80 - B16

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres --

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size --

    Calliper Type --

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90 - 19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 41mm SHOWA™ Dual Bending Valve conventional forks. Aluminum fork triple clamps

    Rear Suspension Rear suspension is dual outboard, direct-acting

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 221 kg

    Overall Length 2,250 mm

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,545 mm

    Ground Clearance 110 mm

    Seat Height 705 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type --

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Analogue

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatNo

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresRiding Modes

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FAQs about Harley-Davidson Nightster

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Harley-Davidson Nightster in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Harley-Davidson Nightster in Delhi is Rs. 16,87,268. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Harley-Davidson Nightster or Harley-Davidson Sportster S?

    A: Harley-Davidson Nightster is priced at Rs. 14,99,000, has a 975 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 221 kg, whereas, the price of Harley-Davidson Sportster S is Rs. 16,53,993 with a 1252 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 228 kg. You can compare Harley-Davidson Nightster vs Harley-Davidson Sportster S based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Harley-Davidson Nightster?

    A: Harley-Davidson Nightster is available in 3 colours which are Vivid Black, Gunship Gray and Redline Red. You can check all the colour images of Harley-Davidson Nightster.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Harley-Davidson Nightster?

    A: Harley-Davidson Nightster is a Cruiser bike that weighs 221 kg, has a 975 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 11.7 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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