August 8, 2022

Harley-Davidson is changing the old-favourite 883 Sportster with a brand new liquid-cooled 975cc Nightster.

It’s arriving now in Australian and New Zealand showrooms at $A23,995 in black ($NZ25,495) and $A24,300 in gray or crimson ($26,330).

That is the primary of the 975cc variations of the liquid-cooled Revolution 1250cc engines which have been fitted to the brand new Pan America journey bike and the Sportster S which changed the 1200cc Sportsters.

Consequently we are able to quickly count on a 975cc Pan America model within the showrooms.

In the meantime, the “Evening” moniker which is acquainted from the outdated Evening Practice and Evening Rod is returning with the entry degree 975 Nightster.

It’s powered by a 975cc model of the Revolution V-twin with 67kW of energy, which is an enormous set down in energy from the Pan America with 112kW of energy and the downtuned Sportster S at 90kW.

Nevertheless, the attention-grabbing factor is that Harley even nominates an influence score which that they had hardly ever performed earlier than the arrival of those new motors.

Extra importantly, the brand new motor packs 95Nm of usable torque at simply 5000 revs.

Harley says it has much less mechanical noise because of hydraulic valve lash adjustment which additionally reduces service prices, though I see service intervals are nonetheless at 8000km.

The balanced engine additionally now runs smoother than the juddering 883 Sportsters.

Different options of the bike are mid-foot controls, low-rise bars and a low 705mm seat which suggests the rider sits “in” the bike reasonably than “on” it like with new Sportster S.

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In contrast with its larger Sportster S brother, there aren’t any bronze accents, the pipes are decrease and leaner, and there’s a extra typical spherical headlight set right into a mini cowl.

Harley says the engine is a structural element of the chassis and the tail part is aluminium which each assist to cut back weight, but it nonetheless weighs in at 218kg with a full 11.7-litre tank.

Truly the “tank” is an airbox and the gas is saved in a plastic tank underneath the seat for a decrease centre of gravity. There isn’t a gas cap as such with the filler hidden underneath the hinged solo seat.

The corporate has once more employed the tried and trusted 41mm Showa Twin Bending Valve typical forks and twin emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs.

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Lean angle is now 32 levels which is analogous to the Softail fashions.

Firm boss Jochen Zeitz describes the Nightster as “a canvas for creativity and personalisation”, which often is code for “primary”.

Nevertheless, Nightster comes with a set of digital rider aids together with traction management, a torque-slip management to forestall rear wheel lockups underneath downshifts and three engine modes.

All may be managed through buttons on the handlebars.

The 4.0-inch spherical analogue speedometer is augmented by an inset multi-function LCD show on the handlebar riser. 

It comes with LED lighting together with their actually sensible Daymaker headlight.

Harley-Davidson Nightster with equipment

As anticipated, there’s a host of devoted equipment together with increased bars and a pillion seat.

Harley-Davidson Nightster tech specs

Value $A23,995 in black ($NZ25,495), $A24,300 in gray or crimson ($26,330).
Guarantee  2 years, limitless km
Service  1600/8000km
Engine 975cc Revolution Max
Energy 67kW @ 7500rpm
Torque 95Nm @ 5000rpm
Financial system 4.5L/100km
Transmission 6-speed,belt drive
Suspension  41mm Present forks; twin shocks
Brakes 320mm disc, 4-piston caliper; 260mm disc, single-piston calliper
Size 2206mm
Width 836mm
Peak 1108mm
Seat 705mm
Wheelbase 1556mm
Tyres 100/90-19;150/80-16 Dunlop HD Sequence
Gasoline 11.7L
Moist weight 218kg
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