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 will quickly anticipate a 975cc Pan America model within the showrooms.
In the meantime, the “Night time” moniker which is acquainted from the previous Night time Prepare and Night time Rod is returning with the entry stage 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 they’d not often finished earlier than the appearance 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 fairly than “on” it like with new Sportster S.
In contrast with its greater Sportster S brother, there aren’t any bronze accents, the pipes are decrease and leaner, and there’s a extra standard spherical headlight set right into a mini cowl.
Harley says the engine is a structural part 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 standard forks and twin emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs.
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 stop rear wheel lockups underneath downshifts and three engine modes.
All will 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.
As anticipated, there’s a host of devoted equipment together with greater bars and a pillion seat.
Harley-Davidson Nightster tech specs
|Worth||$A23,995 in black ($NZ25,495), $A24,300 in gray or crimson ($26,330).|
|Guarantee||2 years, limitless km|
|Engine||975cc Revolution Max|
|Energy||67kW @ 7500rpm|
|Torque||95Nm @ 5000rpm|
|Suspension||41mm Present forks; twin shocks|
|Brakes||320mm disc, 4-piston caliper; 260mm disc, single-piston calliper|
|Tyres||100/90-19;150/80-16 Dunlop HD Collection|