Harley Davidson Nightster First Look

After a short Teaser campaign, Harley-Davidson has officially unveiled the Nightster, a new Sportster model powered by a 975cc version of the liquid-cooled Revolution Max engine. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster, which arrives in dealerships this month, costs for Vivid Black and for the Gunship Gray or Redline Red color options.

Visually, the Nightster hits all the traditional notes of classic air-cooled athletes with two rear shock absorbers, chopped fenders, a round air intake cover and a walnut-shaped fuel tank. However, if you dig a little deeper, you will notice significant changes that modernize the latest Sportster.

The visible fuel tank, for example, is actually an airbox cover, with the actual tank located under the seat behind the side covers. By placing the 3.1 gallon plastic fuel tank in this position, you can lower the center of gravity while allowing Harley-Davidson to maximize the size of the airbox. To refuel, you must lift the folding locking seat. The fuel tank is 0.2 gallons smaller than the Iron 883’s tank, and although fuel economy has improved to a claimed 52.4 mpg, this gives a range of 162.4 miles compared to the Iron’s range of about 168.3 miles.

The new Nightster is powered by a Revolution Max 975t engine. It is a 975cc version of the engine of the 1252cc Sportster s. The New displacement comes from a bore of 97 mm and a stroke of 66 mm, compared to the 105 mm x 72.3 mm of the larger engine.

The DOHC engine uses hydraulic cylinders on the four valves per cylinder with variable valve timing on the two intake valves. Like the Sportster s engine, the “T” indicates that the engine is tuned for torque, which suggests that a Revolution Max 975 tuned for other uses is in the works. Harley-Davidson claims that the engine produces 90 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 70 pound-feet. torque at 5,000 rpm.

The engine is joined by a wet mechanical clutch with assistance and sliding and a six-speed gearbox.

The Nightster 2022 offers three electronic driving modes, each with a different combination of engine card, engine braking, ABS and traction control. Sport mode offers the highest level of power with full power, faster throttle response, increased engine braking and traction control at the lowest setting. The road mode is designed for daily use, with a less aggressive accelerator and a lower average power, as well as maximum intervention in ABS and traction control. The rain mode prioritizes safety with a restricted throttle response and power output, as well as limited engine braking, with ABS and traction control maximized.

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