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A Closer Look at The 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster

2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster

In 1903, the American motorcycle manufacturer known as Harley-Davidson first opened up shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before branching out to the worldwide conglomerate it has become. Over the years, this iconic brand has brought forth chopper-style motorcycles that were customizable, making this a specialized niche that made Harley a fan favorite among motorcycle enthusiasts. With the 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster, the tradition of bringing forth motorbikes that are still customizable still keeps this company on the roadmap as innovative as ever. Much has changed since 1903 as the twenty-first century has brought forth more contemporary models such as the VRSC series as of 2002 and the middle-weight Street platforms as of 2015.

About the 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster

Starting at $13,499.00 USD, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster, promises to leap the next chapter of this iconic brand's Sportster legacy forward in performance and design. Sixty-five years after the introduction of the Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Nightster features a registered trademarked Revolution Max 975T V-Twin engine with advanced features such as liquid cooling. This helps make this model a faster and more agile motorcycle that is able to deliver a significant amount of torque with a lower RPM. The heritage of Harley-Davidson as a brand, along with the Sportster as a model, continues in the 2022 Nightster as the trek to the future continues among motorcycle enthusiasts. Fans of the Sportster models will recognize the shape of the airbox cover, sharing the profile with Sportster's fuel tank.

The Nightster is also equipped with a nineteen-inch front wheel while the ear is measured at sixteen inches. These dimensions allow the bike to perform with a better handling experience for the rider as they are able to make razor-sharp turns seemingly without effort. The Nightster uses the chassis from a previous Sportster model the exposed dual rear shocks feature a critical style line at the rear motorcycle. Its compact, lightweight frame features the powertrain serving as a stressed member that drastically reduces the bike's weight, therefore making the chassis sturdier. Doing so adds to the safety and comfort of the rider as they enjoy the 2022 Nightster. Adding to the enjoyment of the Nightster, there are various ride modes that can be selected to accommodate a rider's needs based on the current road conditions. This allows a safer ride with better handling between Road Mode, Rain Mode, and Sport Mode. What makes the bike feel so lightweight is the centralization of the engine and fuel cell located at the low end of its chassis.

As a result, the Nightster is able to maneuver at low speeds with ease, as well as rest without issues when stopped. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster comes as a mostly Vivid Black motorcycle with hints of orange as it highlights the brand's logo. However, there are other color variations to choose from such as Gunship Gray and Redline Red. And, it wouldn't be a Harley-Davidson motorcycle if the ability to customize it like an artist making the most out of a blank canvas wasn't there. There are options to fit the motorcycle with a Reach Handlebar, Reach Seat, as well as forward controls. Passenger pillion and pegs allow this bike to be ridden by two people instead of just one.

Design Specifications

The 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster measures 86.9 inches long and has a ground clearance of 4.5 inches. Measuring in at 27.1 inches is the seat height and the wheelbase is 61.3 inches. The nineteen-inch front tire and the sixteen-inch rear tires are courtesy of Dunlop's Harley-Davidson bias Blackwall series that is specified as 100/90-19 57H and 150/80B16 77H, respectively. Aluminum cast with satin black is the material used for the wheels. As for the braking system, the Nightster uses a floating, hub-mounted single motor in the front while the rear uses a solid uniform expansion rotor. The front uses a four-piston axially mounted caliper and the rear uses a floating, single-piston caliper. 3.1 gallons is the motorcycle's fuel capacity, bringing the weight of the bike from 462 pounds to 481 pounds. The Revolution Max engine's bore is measured at 3.82 inches with the stroke at 2.6 inches. The displacement is 59.5 cubic inches and the compression ratio is 12:1. Nightster's fuel injection has been classified as an electronic sequential port and the exhaust is two into one catalyst in the header. At 5,000 RPM, the torque performance is at seventy pounds per foot and has the horsepower of ninety at 7,500 RPM. The lean angles to the left and the right are at thirty-two degrees. A forty-one-millimeter SHOWA dual bending valve conventional fork with aluminum fork triple clamps makes up the front fork of the 2022 Nightster chassis. The rear suspension features a dual outboard, direct-acting emulsion technology shock absorbers featuring coil springs, and a threaded collar for pre-load adjustment.


According to Rider Magazine, the comments shared by the site's visitors mostly featured a fan base that was enthused about the introduction of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster. Even motorcycle enthusiasts who are not necessarily Harley-Davidson fans offered positive feedback as they were equally impressed with the brand's latest edition to its roster of motorcycle models. As with the review given by Motorcycle, the introduction of the Nightster served as a sign of hope Harley-Davidson restores the original Sportster to its former glory. The more recent models of the Sportster series were anything but sporty, at least according to its reviews and the opinions shared by fans of Harley-Davidson. Although the review wasn't perfect, it was still high enough to be considered a good buy. According to Motorcycle, the best features focused on the bike's mid-range power, easy handling, and lightweight feel. With Ride Apart, the 2022 Nightster is seen as a Harley-Davidson Sportster spinoff and a partially welcomed one at that. However, the site also admitted they're partial to the Sportster S lineup, seeing it as the official flagship of Harley-Davidon's highly popular collection of Softail motorcycles.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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