The Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ motorcycle is the next chapter in the Harley-Davidson Sportster™ legacy – a leap forward in performance and design built on a foundation laid 65 years ago.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a line of motorcycles produced continuously since 1957 by Harley-Davidson. Sportster models are designated in Harley-Davidson’s product code by beginning with "XL". In 1952, the predecessors to the Sportster, the Model K Sport and Sport Solo motorcycles, were introduced. These models K, KK, KH, and KHK of 1952 to 1956 had a sidevalve (‘flat head’) engine, whereas the later XL Sportster models use an overhead valve engine. The first Sportster in 1957 had many of the same details of the KH including the frame, fenders, large gas tank and front suspension.
The original Sportster line was discontinued in Europe in 2020 due to the engine failing to meet the stricter Euro 5 emissions standards. An all-new model equipped with the Revolution Max engine called the Sportster S was introduced in 2021, the first motorcycle under the Sportster nameplate to receive a new engine since 1986, and the first Sportster to have an engine not derived from the Model K.
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