- Harley-Davidson Nightster India launch teased
- Will join Harley’s Sportster line-up in India
- Gets a modern 975cc, liquid-cooled engine
Harley-Davidson recently teased its 975cc cruiser, the Nightster, ahead of its India launch. The motorcycle belongs to the brand’s Sportster line-up and is expected to replace the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight.
Typical of Harley’s cruisers, the motorcycle boasts a long wheelbase with a low profile. The centre of attraction is the engine with a brushed aluminium finish on the cylinder heads and crankcase. Surrounding this mill is a minimalistic bodywork comprising a round headlamp with nacelle, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, chopped fenders at both ends, a scooped seat, and a chunky two-into-one exhaust canister.
The main highlight of the Nightster will be its engine which is Harley’s new-age liquid-cooled motor. This 975cc, 60-degree, V-twin unit churns out 90bhp at 7,500rpm and 95Nm at 5,750rpm. Similar to the new 1,250cc engine, this one too features variable valve timing, but only for the intake valves. Holding the engine as a stressed member is a steel tubular frame suspended by telescopic forks and dual springs. The cast aluminium wheels are brought to a halt by a single disc at both ends.
Just like its engine, the list of features in the Nightster is also modern. It incorporates three riding modes – Road, Sport, and Rain, traction control, ABS, and torque control system. The fuel tank capacity is a meagre 11.7-litre. The motorcycle will mostly be available in three colour options including black, grey, and red with an expected price tag of around Rs 14 lakh-14.5 lakh (ex-showroom).