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Meet The New And Snazziest Harley-Davidson Nightster Yet
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The Nightster is the youngest Harley-Davidson cruiser at the moment, as it’s been on sale for just nine months. But this hasn’t stopped the MoCo from amping things up. For 2023, the Nightster now comes in a new Special variant ripe with a number of updates that make it the snazziest Nightster to date. For reference, the Nightster moniker first came out 16 years ago in 2007, before being discontinued in 2012, and then resurrected in 2022 with the current Nightster.

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The Nightster Special has a few aesthetic changes to set it apart from the standard 2023 Nightster. Most notably, it flaunts four new liveries with gloss black, matte black, yellow, and blue finishes. Each livery also comprises old-school Harley-Davidson graphics on the tank, a sporty headlight mask, and spoke-like silver aluminum wheels that pay homage to the OG Nightster. Besides this, the Nightster Special lets you take pillions, thanks to its rear seat and footrests. This, along with the side-mounted plate holder, come from Harley-Davidson’s accessory catalog.

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The 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special Is Ripe With Features

In its standard trim, the Nightster boasts a four-inch digi-analog instrument cluster, ride modes, traction control, ABS, and Harley’s Drag-Torque Slip Control System. But the Nightster Special takes this to a new level as it switches to a Bluetooth-enabled, four-inch TFT instrument cluster borrowed from the Sportster S. There's also a type-C charging port and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) offered as standard. Oh, and while you enjoy all this, you'll also appreciate the five-inch taller handlebar and reshaped seat put in place to improve comfort.

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Updates aside, the Nightster Special remains mechanically identical to the standard Nightster. It is powered by the 975cc Revolution Max engine that pumps out 90 horsepower and 70 pound-feet. The mill sits inside a tubular chassis, sprung on 41mm Showa telescopic forks and dual shock absorbers to ensure sporty riding dynamics. And when riding spiritedly, the ABS-equipped Brembo brakes help inspire confidence even in hairy situations.

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Owing to the changes, the Harley-Davidson Nightster Special retails at $14,999–a $1,500 hike over the standard Nightster. We think the additions outweigh the price hike, so if you’re in the market for a punchy, trustworthy, and American cruiser, you should certainly consider this. Make sure to set aside some extra cash, though, as freight, surcharge, and other color options will only bump up this price.

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