Harley-Davidson Nightster returns for 2022

Harley-Davidson have announced the return of the Nightster to the 2022 model line-up, with the new bike to provide the entry point to the Sportster range, as well as being the first to feature the Revolution Max 975T powertrain.

The 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster is expected to deliver a leap forward in performance and design, while remaining an accessible entry point by combining the Sportster silhouette with the new engine, and a host of contemporary electronic rider aids and features.

At its heart is a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin with a torque curve that stays flat through the broad powerband, with engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration and robust power through the mid-range.

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The length and shape of the intake velocity stacks, combined with the airbox volume, are tuned to maximise performance across the engine speed range. Dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing phasing on the intake valves matches performance too.

Delivering 67kW of power and 95Nm of torque, the 975cc engine features hydraulic valve lash adjustment to ensure quiet operation and eliminate the need for costly, complicated service procedures.

Internal balancers help reduce engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability. The balancers are tuned to retain just enough vibration to make the motorcycle feel alive.

The Nightster model’s nimble, lightweight chassis features mid foot controls and a low-rise handlebar to put the rider in a centred, comfortable posture on the bike. Unladen seat height is 705mm, ensuring most riders can confidently place their feet down flat at a stop.

The Revolution Max 975T powertrain is the central, structural component of the chassis too, which significantly reduces motorcycle weight and provides additional stiffness. The tail section structure is lightweight aluminium.

2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster

The swingarm is formed of welded rectangular steel tubing and is an attachment point for the dual rear shock absorbers. Front suspension is provided by 41mm Showa dual bending valve conventional forks offering improved handling performance.

The rear suspension features dual outboard emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs and a threaded collar for pre-load adjustment.

Rider safety enhancements see a matching of motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking. The electronic systems utilise the latest chassis and electronic brake control and powertrain technology.

ABS, traction and drag-torque slip control all feature, along with selectable ride modes that electronically control the performance characteristics (power, engine braking, ABS and traction) of the motorcycle.

Each mode is accessible via a button on the right hand controller, and a unique icon appears on the instrument display to show which has been selected. The 11.7-litre lightweight plastic fuel cell is located below the seat.

What appears to be a traditional fuel tank forward of the seat is a steel cover for the airbox. The fuel fill is reached by lifting the hinged locking seat, and its location optimises engine cooling, while lowering the centre of gravity.

The combination delivers improved handling and easier lift-off from the side stand. The Nightster also features a round 4.0-inch-diameter analogue speedometer with an inset multi-function LCD display, mounted on the handlebar riser.

All-LED lighting is designed to deliver style and outstanding performance while also making the motorcycle conspicuous to other motorists.

2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster
2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster

New from the wheels up, with a look that’s lean, low, and powerful, the Nightster conveys classic Sportster model styling cues, most obviously in the exposed rear shock absorbers and the shape of an airbox cover that evokes the iconic walnut fuel tank.

The round air intake cover, solo seat, chopped fenders and speed screen recall elements of recent Sportster models, while a side cover that conceals the under-seat fuel tank has a shape similar to the previous oil tank.

The Revolution Max powertrain is the centrepiece of the design, framed by snaking exhaust headers and finished in textured Metallic Charcoal powder coat with Gloss Black inserts. A cover below the radiator conceals the battery and helps the radiator appear less prominent.

The wheel finish is Satin Black, and overall paint options include Vivid Black, Gunship Grey, and Redline Red. The latter two colours will be applied only to the airbox cover, with the front and rear fenders and speed screen, with the finished in Vivid Black.

A range of accessories are already available, with the 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster hitting showrooms this month. It’s priced at $23,995 (Vivid Black) and $24,300 (colour options) ride away, in Australia. NZ customers will pay $25,495 and $26,330 respectively.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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