Harley’s New Motorcycle is the NIGHTSTER™

The Harley-Davidson World Premiere Reveals the Nightster™ as “The Next Chapter of the Sportster Legacy”

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

When someone found the mirror kit and locking gas cap on Harley’s website that showed unknown models set to be debuted, we weren’t sure if the accompanying rumors of a trademarked ‘Nightster’ would be connected.  After all, Harley tends to create sub-categories of their models, not reinvent the label itself – and here we were with hints of at least TWO pretty bikes waiting to be revealed from H-D. 

Well, she’s officially out in all her glory – and to say she comes highly anticipated is the understatement of the month. 

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

Meet the Nightster™ – a 481-lb., smaller-capacity Sportster variant featuring a more torque-focused Revolution® Max 975T heart capable of beating out 90 HP / 67 kW @ 7500 rpm, with the torquedos sitting nicely at 70 ft-lb.

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

“We couldn’t change the line,” commented Kim Bergerworth, a custom motorcycle builder, on the Harley World Premiere tape.

“We thought about the people who designed [the Sportster moniker], their intentions.  We’ve just taken it one step further – we wouldn’t change the line. It’s a lineage.”

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

Harley-Davidson’s new Nightster comes with a host of perks, including the very accessible seat height sitting at 27.1 inches, an estimated fuel economy of 52.4 mpg, and additional safety features including ABS, and TCS (Traction Control System), and DSCS (the Drag-Torque Control System).

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

The price has officially been revealed as starting at $13,499 USD for the Vivid Black color option, with an additional $400 for the Gunship Gray and Redline Red…and as for the premium (some say overkill) price, the team here at wBW is already shrugging and raising our eyebrows.

It’s a Harley, not a Honda – what did you expect?

A view of the Harley-Davidson Nightster, revealed this morning as a part of the Harley-Davidson World Premiere

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  1. A starting price of $16,500 Cdn! No, it’s definitely not a Honda. If “The Motor Company” wants to bring new riders to their cult they need a bike with a much smaller price tag than that. And, $500 Cdn to paint the gas tank red instead of black! WTF! H-D execs need to give their collective heads a shake.

    1. I see a $9999.00 bike here….not $16500.00……..way overpriced and I bet it is a slow seller as it looks too Japanese to my eyes but with a HD price tag….good luck with that..

      1. Hey Bruce,

        Thanks for stopping by!

        You know, Harley may very well have more luck than anticipated…

        Jimbo and I were waffling on the subject of the bike’s value vs. Price this afternoon and he makes a point. This bike has definitely gone the route of an Indian-type build, and that’s a brand that has been around for a while. Considering Harley’s about-face that has been the HardWire Strategy (and everything else that came of that) seeks to stabilize the brand’s security and success in the moto market, it’s almost like they’re willing to adapt and to glean from other successful brands, experiencing the steady longevity of their customer interest and flow in return.

        Everyone knows they’re gunning to adapt to present times and create something that caters to newer gens, while fitting it with a price tag that seeks to remind the customer that ‘they’re buying top-shelf stuff when they buy Harley.’

        Perhaps the Nightster sell will be faster because it DOES look Japanese…and also because pockets are deeper (by moto sale standards) in the current market.

        Whatever the deal will be, I’ll be sure to write here. I’ve never owned a Harley, though I’m definitely seeing a trend when it comes to new bikes and high price points lately…and it’s a fun topic to keep updated.

        Cheers and hope you get a chance to swing a leg over for a ride if you haven’t already,

        Amanda Quick

  2. Ouch, the price is a little rich. Indian Scout at $8,999… but it is a Harley. I have owned several Sportsters over the years. I still have one now, a 2005, 883 and it sells for about what I bought it for in 2008, about $3,800 bucks. So that being said maybe I will take look. Looks like a very nice-looking bike and sporty looking even. I had 82HP Sportster and it was wicked fast… so 90 HP should be pretty good. I will take look.

    1. Hey Terry,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes, the sportiness is definitely the attention-grabber for this unit…also the fact that Harley seems to be drawing a bit on inspiration from Indian, as Jimbo was mentioning to me earlier this afternoon.

      Regardless, the sound of a bike is, to me, completely different than the feel. Will be excited for when they start demo’ing this newbie!

      Cheers and have a great week,

      Amanda Quick

  3. Meh.
    Coulda been a modern interpretation of an XLCR. Like that pic. You know the one.
    Anyway, rumor has it the MoCo is hiding a 975 Pan America. Don’t tell my wife. My 790 Adventure isn’t paid off yet.