Harley-Davidson launches the Sportster’s successor: the Nightster 975

Continuing the 65-year legacy of the Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer has proudly introduced the new breed of Nightster motorcycle powered by the Revolution Max engine.

Making a comeback

The Nightster badge from Harley-Davidson is a returning one. In fact, the original Nightster was originally introduced in 2007 and was produced by the Americans until 2012. The new Nightster has a silhouette that resembles the original one, although the “fuel tank” is now an airbox cover, while the real fuel tank, which can be filled with up to 14 liters of gasoline, is now placed under the seat – which helped improve the bike’s overall weight distribution.

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At the heart of the new Nightster is the same Revolution Max engine found in the Pan America 1250 (read our full review here), albeit with a smaller 975cc displacement. Like the Pan America 1250, the new Nightster is also equipped with a variable valve timing and hydraulic valve lash adjustment; as well as riding modes that provide different sets or combinations of power delivery, torque, engine braking, ABS and traction control.

PH availability

We asked our friends at Wheeltek Harley-Davidson of Cavite to find out when will the new Nightster 975 land here and how much will be the SRP. Louise Cabral, the marketing manager for Wheeltek Harley-Davidson of Cavite, shared that the new Nightster is expected to land in their showroom by end of May. Take note that the challenges brought about by the pandemic on international shipping, the congestion at the Port of Manila and many other factors could delay the Nightster’s delivery.

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Philippine SRP is yet to be announced, while the US SRP for the new Nightster starts at USD 13,499 or roughly PHP 702,800 (PH taxes and duties not included).