If you’ve been looking for a motorcycle lately, it might be hard to find something that fits your particular tastes. Old Harley Davidson motorcycles are for old dudes that rock Hulk Hogan-era facial hair and watch American Chopper. Motorbikes are more extreme sports and monster truck affiliated than we’d like.
Now something that’s kind of in the middle? We can rock with that. It might be a little bit out of the average budget, but our sights are set on the 2022 Harley Davidson Nightster. It’s not too outwardly similar to a classic Harley Davidson silhouette and resembles more of the classic Sportster.
One of the biggest takeaways is placing their fuel cell below the seat instead of underneath the cover. In addition to shedding off nearly a hundred pounds from the old 1200 Sportsters, the rearranged chassis provides for a lighter feeling when riding the bike. As a result, maneuvering is much easier with its improved handling. Instead of housing the fuel cell, the airbox cover is purely cosmetic (but still resembles the old Sportsters).
If you’re a fan of Harley’s, there are plenty of improvements if you’re tired of the traditional model. Ground clearance is not so much an issue anymore, making it a breeze to ride. The liquid-cooled 975cc V-Twin Engine contributes to that as well, allowing for peak power at 7,500 rpm and max torque at 5,000 rpm. Despite that, the Nightster is fully capable of going to 9,500 rpm.
You can fully customize how you want to ride with their Selectable Ride Modes: Road Mode, Sports Mode, and Rain Mode. You can also shift the traction control, engine-braking, ABS, and TCS settings manually to ride with unconfined measures.
By just looking at the Nightster, you can tell that a lot of love and care was put into the vehicle. Not only did Harley opt for an updated look, but they also made improvements that will be sure to please seasoned riders as well. You’re left with a non-traditional take on the Sportster that hasn’t been seen since the mid-2000s. In the end, this is what we’re looking for in a bike. We’ll take one in Vivid Black, please.