Virtually 4 months since its worldwide unveiling, Harley-Davidson launches the Nightster in India, beginning at ₹ 14.99 lakh for the black paint scheme, and going as much as ₹ 15.13 lakh for the opposite choices (each costs ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Nightster is the primary Harley-Davidson to characteristic the scaled-down model of the Sportster S and Pan America 1250’s motor, and on this bike, the liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin displaces 975cc. Output figures stand at 90hp and 95Nm, which implies particular output ranges are fairly wholesome by Harley requirements. We have now had the chance to experience this machine and might affirm that the refinement ranges are one of many highlights of this engine. Like its greater sibling, this DOHC engine additionally has a variable valve timing system, however right here, it solely works on the consumption valves, whereas the larger engine has it on the exhaust valves as nicely.
The chassis on the Nightster is a tubular metal unit, just like what you see on the Sportster S, and it makes use of the engine as a harassed member. This new design format permits Harley to make important weight financial savings and the Nightster weighs in at 218kg, which is massively lighter than the previous-gen air-cooled bikes from the Sportster household.
Like most Harleys, the Nightster rides low, and seat top is at an accessible 705mm. The tradeoff, although, is floor clearance, and although the Nightster does higher than the Sportster’s 93mm, it’s not a complete lot higher, at simply 110mm. And that’s regardless of having a 19-inch entrance wheel.
Suspension is dealt with by a 41mm Showa telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers, in distinction to the 43mm USD fork on the Sportster. The brakes are additionally less complicated, with a 320mm entrance disc and an axially mounted four-piston caliper whereas the Sportster will get a radially mounted caliper. What’s just like the Sportster is the slim 11.7-litre gas tank.
Driving house the truth that this can be a modern-day Harley, the liquid-cooled engine is ruled by various digital rider aids – you get three driving modes which tweak energy supply, engine braking, ABS and traction management settings. The Nightster additionally will get all-LED lighting, and is obtainable in three colors: Vivid Black, Gunship Gray and Redline Pink.
By- The Hindu