Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Harley Sportster Nightster XL1200N

Sportsters have been around as long as I have, 50 years. This year they came out with a new version of the Sportster called Nightster. There are 7 versions of the Sportster and the Nightster is the newest addition to the family.

The Nightster is low to the ground with a seat height of just 26.3" with an engine displacement of 1200cc. It has an anti-chrome, no bling bling look about it with it's gray powder coated engine, black handlebar and black rims. The gas cap is "silver satin". The rest of the bike has that 50s bobber look with a side mounted license plate, bobbed rear fender and solo seat.

This bike is low and compact, only 2 other Harley models are lower, the Night Train and Softail Deluxe. Anyone approaching 6' or more will find this model cramped. Almost anyone else would settle into this bike comfortably.

All Harleys this year went to fuel injection which is a good thing for better gas mileage and less exhaust emissions. The engine has that same Harley sound as the carbureted models thanks to computer mapping.

I ride a 2006 Sportster 1200C and am very happy with it, not a single thing to complain about. I would however prefer having fuel injection instead of a carbureted model. Since Sportsters are the lowest priced Harleys, often 1/2 the cost of a big twin, the Nightster should prove to be a big hit. At less than ten bills the Sportster models are an affordable way to ride American iron.

Seat Height Unladen-26.3"
Ground Clearance-3.9"
Fuel Capacity-3.3"
Dry Weight-545lbs.
Engine-1200cc Air-cooled, Evolution
Fuel System-Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Miles per Gallon-57hwy/42 city
Transmission-5 speed
Brakes-Dual Piston front, single piston rear
MSRP Vivid black-$9,695.00
Nightster Info Links
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