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post #1 of 21 Old 06-20-2007, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Harley Sportster Nightster

Sunday I got to spend a few miles aboard a 07 Sportster Nightster thanks to 1000RRHooligan who swapped steeds with me for a bit. His bike is mostly stock other than the rotors are upgraded to floaters and has a more comfy seat. I had a few impressions, thought I'd share.

At first it felt really alien and I wasn't immediately comfortable with the seating position. Definitely felt more disconnected from the bike than you do on a sportbike. Even with the upgraded brake rotors you quickly learn it's a good idea to use both the front and back brakes to stand any chance of stopping where you wish to stop. Leaning the bike over felt really bizarre, you're nowhere near being over the front tire and there's very little feedback. It felt as though it could wash out with just a few degrees of lean angle.

Most of that is subjective and as I rode on it did become more comfortable. Thankfully it was wearing stock exhaust pipes so I could hear myself think. The engine was very smooth everywhere except at a standstill. The transmission was not at all vague like I remember from years ago, the shifting action reminded me of a well built ratchet or the slide action of a precision firearm. Very clean shifting, very smooth.

I could definitely see one of these as a perfect Sunday ride cruising around machine. While the seating position didn't pretend to make you feel like Rossi there were flashbacks of Fonda & Hopper.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-20-2007, 05:09 AM
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Very cool, thanks for the ride report. I have seen a few of those bumbling around town, and at the local bike spot. That's one design from Harley I really like, and I was curious about the ride. Did his have the new 96 engine?

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You can also add a side hack. I'm sure a special little girl wound love riding in it.


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I have always liked the Sporster as far as looks go but now that Honda has one that looks similar, I rather take the extra money and make it twice as better than the H-D. Being said that, I can see why people buy them and I respect that.



Funny story, a Cuban-American friend of my partners just bought a Harley because he hates Japanese bikes and he wanted and "All American" bikes (his words!)... Bwahahahahahahaha, make it stop!

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Did his have the new 96 engine?
Nope, sportsters are still 1200's or 883's, I think the nightster is a 1200. Just the bigger bikes get the Twinkie 96 or bigger.

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Personally, I like the V-Rod


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What type of individual would ever own a H-D?

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What type of individual would ever own a H-D?

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What type of individual would ever own a H-D?
Magnum wannabes...

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A guy shouldn't laugh this hard but... what the hell

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What type of individual would ever own a H-D?

The type of individual who has owned one of everything else before, some of them twice, some three times.

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If I knew what a "Magnum" was then I might wannabe one.

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If I knew what a "Magnum" was then I might wannabe one.

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Guess I'm getting a H-D. LOL

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If I knew what a "Magnum" was then I might wannabe one.
Pay no attention to us, this is kinda like an inside joke and ment for someone else that has an H-D that has seen, probably, less than 100 miles in two or so years... we're not going to mention any names but it rhymes with CBRXX_RC51.

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Guess I'm getting a H-D. LOL


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Yeah, after riding my Sportster and then jumping on the 919, I gotta reboot my mind. They are so different that I can't even begin to describe it..

It's kind of like mechanical polygamy.....

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I have to say... that guy is awesome! Seriously. I like him. Reminds me of my grandpa, not letting old age get in the way of doing what he enjoys. !


Side note: Someone needs to tell him his rear tire needs air.

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Side note: Someone needs to tell him his rear tire needs air.
He'd probably tell ya that the tire is low for better grip on the take off.

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He'd probably tell ya that the tire is low for better grip on the take off.
and more stability during wheelies

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