Virtually 4 months since its worldwide unveiling, Harley-Davidson launches the Nightster in India, beginning at ₹ 14.99 lakh for the black paint scheme, and going as much as ₹ 15.13 lakh for the opposite choices (each costs ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Nightster is the primary Harley-Davidson to function the scaled-down model of the Sportster S and Pan America 1250’s motor, and on this bike, the liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin displaces 975cc. Output figures stand at 90hp and 95Nm, which implies particular output ranges are fairly wholesome by Harley requirements. We’ve got had the chance to experience this machine and may verify that the refinement ranges are one of many highlights of this engine. Like its greater sibling, this DOHC engine additionally has a variable valve timing system, however right here, it solely works on the consumption valves, whereas the larger engine has it on the exhaust valves as effectively.
The chassis on the Nightster is a tubular metal unit, much like what you see on the Sportster S, and it makes use of the engine as a careworn member. This new design format permits Harley to make vital weight financial savings and the Nightster weighs in at 218kg, which is massively lighter than the previous-gen air-cooled bikes from the Sportster household.
Like most Harleys, the Nightster rides low, and seat peak is at an accessible 705mm. The tradeoff, although, is floor clearance, and although the Nightster does higher than the Sportster’s 93mm, it isn’t a complete lot higher, at simply 110mm. And that’s regardless of having a 19-inch entrance wheel.
Suspension is dealt with by a 41mm Showa telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers, in distinction to the 43mm USD fork on the Sportster. The brakes are additionally less complicated, with a 320mm entrance disc and an axially mounted four-piston caliper whereas the Sportster will get a radially mounted caliper. What’s much like the Sportster is the slim 11.7-litre gas tank.
Driving house the truth that it is a modern-day Harley, the liquid-cooled engine is ruled by various digital rider aids – you get three using modes which tweak energy supply, engine braking, ABS and traction management settings. The Nightster additionally will get all-LED lighting, and is obtainable in three colors: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray and Redline Purple.