Harley Davidson launched their newest offering in the Sportster series: the new 2022 Nightster, serving as an entry point to the Harley-Davidson portfolio of motorcycles.
The brand calls it a combination of “classic Sportster model silhouette” with the performance of their new Revolution Max 975T powertrain along with a slew of other electronic systems.
What powers the new Nightster?
The motorcycle gets its horses from Harley’s new liquid-cooled Revolution Max 975T powertrain. It is a swanky 60-degree DOHC twin-V engine with a displacement of 975cc (hence the name). Power peaks at 90HP and torque at a healthy 95Nm.
The company claims to have a torque curve that “stays flat through the broad powerband” for strong acceleration and power delivery throughout the mid-range.
Harley-Davidson has designed the powertrain to be an integral parts of motorcycle’s structure, reducing overall weight. The Nightster gets a 41mm ‘SHOWA Dual Bending Valve’ conventional forks on its front wheels and dual outboard emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs for the rear suspension. It also has its fuel tank repositioned under the seat resulting in a lower centre of gravity for better handling.
Safety nit-bits include a wheel-independent Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to prevent wheels from locking under heavy braking, a Traction Control System (TCS) to help against wheel-spin under heavy acceleration, and an interesting Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS), designed to adjust engine torque delivery and reduce excessive rear-wheel slip under powertrain-induced deceleration.
The 2022 Nightster also gets different ride modes, namely Road Mode (for daily average usage), Sport Mode (for full performance potential for the motorcycle in a direct and precise manner) and a Rain Mode (for maximum grip in slippery situations).
Design-wise, the Nightster takes cues from conventional Sportster-class design language. It gets an airbox cover reminiscent of the Sportster-iconified walnut shaped fuel tank. The new model features a round 4.0-inch analog speedometer with an inset multi-function LCD display on the handlebar riser. It gets exposed rear shocks with exhaust headers finished in textured Metallic Charcoal powder coat with Gloss Black inserts and satin black wheel finish. The bike will be available in 3 different colour options as well.
The Nightster model will arrive at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships across the country soon. With prices not announced at the time, expect it to not be too far off from the outgoing model’s INR 10.7Lacs.