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2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special
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The 2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special: Making Night Better

Last year we saw the introduction of the Nightster, and this year Harley Davidson removed the headlight cowl from the base Nightster and expanded the “Sport” section of their 2023 motorcycle lineup with the new Nightster Special.

A headlight cowl alone is certainly not enough to make a classic American legend like the Sportster family, worthy of being called Special. In fact, there are 8 key changes over and above the standard Nightster.

Leading things off, the most in-your-face upgrade has to be the new round TFT display. It is bold and bright and delivers all the main information, beautifully. The new display needs an improved method of navigating the features, so you will find both bars have many new buttons for accessing all the tech. The new display also has Bluetooth connectivity to your phone. Plus there are now 2 additional custom riding modes. The Special enjoys standard tire pressure monitoring and cruise control.

The Special adds new bar risers, bringing the bars up 2 inches and back to the rider 1 inch. There is a pillion pad for 2up rides, and of course a headlight cowl. For the small upcharge, the Nightster Special is a fantastic value.

4 color choices exist for the 2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special: Vivid Black, Black Denim, Bright Billiard Blue, and Industrial Yellow.

The 2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special starts at $14,999 USD / $18,299 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special in one place.

2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $14,999 USD / $18,299 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Revolution Max 975T Engine
    • 4” TFT Display
    • 3 Selectable Rider Modes, Plus 2 Customizable Modes
    • Bar Risers
    • Pillion Seat

Main Specs

  • Engine: 975 cc V-twin
  • Power: 90 HP / 67 kW @ 7500 rpm
  • Torque: 70 ft-lb (95 Nm)
  • Wet Weight: 483 lb. (219 kg)
  • Seat Height: 27.8 in. (705 mm)

2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special

2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special Specifications

From Harley-Davidson


Engine 975 cc V-twin, Revolution® Max 975T
Engine Torque 90 HP / 67 kW @ 7500 rpm
Bore x Stroke 3.82 in x 2.6 in.
Compression Ratio
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Starter Electric
Exhaust 2-into-1; catalyst in header


Transmission 6-speed
Primary Drive
Gear, 49/89 ratio


Front Fork
41mm SHOWA Dual Bending Valve conventional forks. Aluminum fork triple clamps.
Rear Fork
Rear suspension is dual outboard, direct-acting (no linkage) emulsion technology shock absorbers with coil springs and a threaded collar for pre-load adjustment.
Wheels, Front Type
Aluminum cast, silver
Wheels, Rear Type
Aluminum cast, silver
Brakes Front
Single rotor, floating, hub – mounted
Brakes Rear Solid uniform expansion rotor
Tires Front
100/90-19 57H
Tires Rear
150/80B16 77H
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.1 gal.
Color Vivid Black, Black Denim, Industrial Yellow, Bright Billiard Blue


Spark Plugs
Headlight All LED headlamp
Tail Light LED


87 in.
5.4 in.
Rake 30
61.3 in.
Ground Clearance
4.5 in.
Seat Height
27.1 in.
Weight, As Shipped
465 lb.



2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special

2023 Harley Davidson Nightster Special Features


The air box cover features a medallion with 1970s styling.


Passenger pillion and foot pegs enable a two-up adventure.


Dual Bending Valve conventional forks designed to provide improved handling performance by keeping the tire in contact with the road surface.


All LED headlamp, rear lighting and LED bullet turn signals.

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