Harley-Davidson Nightster vs. Harley-Davidson Sportster S – Buying Guides
In the current Harley-Davidson “Sport” range you will find the Nightster and the Sportster S. But which one should you buy?
Ah yes, the question some of us are wondering and asking, especially since the prices of the two are quite close here in Malaysia. The big brother Sportster S can be yours from RM99,900, while the recently launched ‘newcomer to the block’ Nightster made its debut earlier this month at the Art of Speed Malaysia 2022 with a price of RM93,900.
975cc or 1250cc?
As mentioned in our previous article covering the Harley-Davidson Dirt.Road.Track experience in Pattaya, Thailand, these two models (and the Pan America) represent the new era and evolution of the “bar and shield” brand.
The HD Sportster S comes with the Revolution Max 1250T 1250cc V-Twin engine which produces 121hp and 125Nm of torque. Its little brother, the Nightster, isn’t too bad with 90bhp and 95Nm of torque thanks to its slightly smaller Revolution Max 975T V-twin. Very different from the powertrains you are used to seeing in older Harley models.
Simply put, both of these bikes can deliver that HD riding experience up to a point, but if you’re looking for more power, then the Sportster S is the way to go. In the short straight of the Bira circuit, some of us reached 180 km/h. Yes, it can handle the tortures of track riding.
How about starting out with HD?
The Sportster S is for those with a good experience on big bikes, it can be quite intimidating for new riders. It is for this reason alone that the Nightster was born – a model that can hopefully bring new and younger blood into the picture.
As a Harley bike, the Nightster is more accessible thanks to its slightly lower power output and overall nimbleness and agility. It’s a relatively easy bike to pick up and ride, and new riders won’t have to struggle much (or long) to really enjoy what the bike has to offer.
Additionally, the electronic driver aids available in the Nightster (and even the Sportster S) allow for more forms of control like power delivery, engine braking, ABS and traction control depending on the available drive modes. .
Want to ride ‘santai’ or ‘sporty’?
We can wholeheartedly agree that the Nightster and Sportster S can handle the usual conditions ‘santai’ ride, more so on the Nightster. This beauty we can logically see as a badass daily ride to and from the office.
The Sportster S is a more serious machine because it’s basically a sports bike in cruiser form, and it requires respect and experience before you can really jump the gun (and safely get out of the way). ‘other side). It’s one hell of a highway-crushing machine, even on all the twisty B-roads in Malaysia.
But, if it’s a bike that can fairly handle any riding situation with little to no drama, the Nightster is the safest bet. It’s smoother in my opinion, and it still has that Harley growl, despite being the new “baby” of the family.
‘Mencari Konklusi’ – Nightster or Sportster S?
Although the prices of the two bikes are relatively close, the question you always have to ask yourself is what the bike is going to be mainly used for. If it’s an everyday you’re looking for that can have fun on the weekends, go for the hassle-free Nightster.
If you’ve been riding for a while and are looking for something more serious in terms of power and handling (but not for daily commuting), the Sportster S may surprise you in more ways than one, even in harsh conditions. track (just get the optional middle controls if you plan on ripping corners).
There is, however, another choice if you want something a little more versatile – the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 (pictured above). This is the very first adventure vehicle from the brand with the same engine as the Sportster S, but with 150hp and 127Nm of torque. With this bad boy you can even go off-road .