After four months of its global launch, Harley Davidson has launched the Nightster cruiser in the Indian two-wheeler market. The all-new Harley Davidson Nightster was previewed by the American motorcycle giant on its official Indian website a few weeks ago, and since then, it was listed on the website, indicating its sooner launch in India.
Positioned below the Sportster S, the new Harley Davidson Nightster has been launched in three colours – Vivid Black, Gunship Grey and Redline Red. While the Vivid Black colour option has been priced at Rs 14.99 lakh, the other two colours are available for Rs 15.13 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The all-new Harley Davidson Nightster gets a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin, 975cc engine, which is a scaled-down version of the 1250cc engine of the Pan America. The engine here comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox and produces 90 hp of maximum power and 95 Nm of maximum torque. This engine has a dual overhead camshaft layout and variable valve timing for the intake valves, making it one of the most refined and technologically-advanced sub-1000cc engines from Harley Davidson.
Shared with the Sportster S, the tubular chassis of the Harley Davidson Nightster uses the engine as a stressed member. Thanks to this light-weighted chassis, the Nightster weighs 218 kg, thus making it the lightest motorcycle in the Sportster family, which has majorly consisted of motorcycles with air-cooled engines in the past. Like a traditional Harley Davidson cruiser, the Nightster has a low-slung stance, with a low ground clearance of 110mm and a low seat height of 705mm.
Apart from a tubular frame, the Harley Davidson Nightster also gets a suspension combination of 41mm Showa hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The motorcycle gets a 19-inch wheel and a single 320mm disc with an axially-mounted four-piston calliper at the front, whereas the rear gets a 17-inch wheel and a single 260mm disc with a floating single-piston calliper.
The overall design of the Harley Davidson Nightster looks modern and is equipped with a few new-age elements, like an all-LED headlamp, tail lamp and turn indicators, alloy wheels and a part-digital instrument console. It also gets an array of riding aids, including dual channel ABS, traction control, three riding modes, and engine braking. While the Harley Davidson Nightster is offered as a single-seater motorcycle as standard, the buyers have the option of installing a pillion seat and many other accessories.