Harley Davidson Nighster. Good idea or not?

#1
I’ve got a set of BMWs – a K1200S, R1200GS and a K1200LT. This morning I decided to change the K1200S and I’ve chopped it in for a new Harley Davidson Nightster. I’ve not had a Hog before so this will be a first but the reviews all look great. Do any Arrsers have experience of the Sporster? Will I need to wear leather trousers with the arse cut out?
 
#2
Not a sportster,but I have had a FLHS Glide from new since 1992. No major problems at all. I had a service this year which did cost 2000. I needed new exhaust from the manifold through to silencers and these had to come from the US. The total cost of the exhausts including shipping was 1500. It would have cost more it I had replaced them with genuine HD parts so once the warrenty is over shop around.
 
#3
There are 2 types of rider those who ride Harley's and those who are smart enough not to! Having seen at 1st hand some of the tools who ride them I'd give it a miss
 
#4
Too late to give it a miss although I did change my mind and get a black Dyna Super Glide Custom instead. I think it's beautiful but I can't pick it up until next Saturday. It'll be a long week!
 
#5
Knew a bloke that was a big Harley nut in Canada. He said you only get a Harley for the name, and then only if you know quite alot about mechanics. He said there are better bikes out there, but you can't beat the feeling of a load of people out on their Harleys.

I suppose its a social thing.

He also said they are always breaking down, they dont like the wet and they don't like the cold.
 
#6
Will I need to wear leather trousers with the arse cut out?
I think that accessory is called ass-less chaps. It's in the Harley-Davidson catalogue page 34 I believe. Up to you if you're into that sort of thing. :p
 
#9
There is a place in Ashford, Middlesex, who do Harley's. Do a speculative hit on them for prices. Remember they are in poo because of Gordie and Co. Under bid massively.
 
#10
Trickywoo....I test rode one July 2008.....I have had many bikes.......It impressed me,but the sales staff attitude didnt! Hence didnt want to give them my money !! THE bike lloks great, rides great and sounds ok, then open the throttle and it saounds (as tony would say) Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat
 
#13
Too late to give it a miss although I did change my mind and get a black Dyna Super Glide Custom instead. I think it's beautiful but I can't pick it up until next Saturday. It'll be a long week!
Good decision: Sportster is a good starter bike, but soon gets frustrating- the 96ci engine and 6 speed box is brilliant, and your teeth don't get vibrated out of your head above 70. The Nightster does look good, but if you're over 5'6" it's cramped.

Incidentally, those who have posted about Harley reliability are wrong unless your bike is pre-1990. For those who have philosophical(!) issues with H-D bikes: two wheels good - regardless of brand. I'm a middle-aged fat bloke: what else would I ride?
 

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#15
Good decision: Sportster is a good starter bike, but soon gets frustrating- the 96ci engine and 6 speed box is brilliant, and your teeth don't get vibrated out of your head above 70. The Nightster does look good, but if you're over 5'6" it's cramped.

Incidentally, those who have posted about Harley reliability are wrong unless your bike is pre-1990. For those who have philosophical(!) issues with H-D bikes: two wheels good - regardless of brand. I'm a middle-aged fat bloke: what else would I ride?
A couple of decent Polish hookers??
 
#16
. For those who have philosophical(!) issues with H-D bikes: two wheels good - regardless of brand. I'm a middle-aged fat bloke: what else would I ride?
Two wheels good, you say? Regardless of brand?

I feel Sir needs one of these to satisfy his unnatural urges, then...

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Stay on the off the roads though, there's a good chap.
 
#17
I wouldn't worry,the residuals on Hardly Dangerous's are pretty good,so you can part-exchange it in about 4 months,and use it as a deposit,for another BMW,once you have realised the error of your ways! :omfg:
 
#18
Do you wear chaps and keep your anus free for Harley inspection while you ride it? Every weekend, the Harley brigade (mostly accountants in their fifties) rattle up the high street where I sit, attempting to enjoy a pint, making a horrible, horrible noise.

The riders all think they look like a Terminator. In actual fact, they look like a bunch of wizened poofs who would be advised not to waste any more of their pensions on saddle bags and matching helmets.
 
#19
fun for a weekend but seriously to buy one hmmm even in brighton people would think your possibly a little too limp wristed:)
 
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