Leaked: 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster S Revealed

New 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster S

The Harley-Davidson Nightster is getting a brand new “S” variant for 2023. The information involves us by way of certification paperwork from Australia that verify the brand new mannequin together with two pictures of the Nightster S.

The Australian submitting supplies information on Harley-Davidson’s Revolution Max fashions together with the Nightster (RH975), Sportster S (RH1250S), and Pan America 1250 Particular (RA1250S). Not talked about is the non-Particular Pan America 1250, which isn’t supplied in Australia. The most recent replace to the file, dated right this moment, provides a brand new RH975S mannequin, which we assume will likely be for a Nightster S.

The file features a pattern automobile identification quantity that signifies the submitting is for the 2023 mannequin yr. The file additionally consists of two pictures of the RH975S exhibiting a mannequin that intently resembles the Nightster however with a number of styling variations.

And styling variations could also be all that separate the RH975S from the RH975, making us query why it’s worthy of an “S” designation. That mentioned, the Sportster S solely exists with that designation, so maybe the “S” isn’t as particular because it was once.

The Australian certification doc confirms that the engine stays the identical state of tune because the 975cc engine as the present Nightster, claiming 90 hp at 7,500 rpm. The RH975S’ wheel sizes are similar to the Nightsters, however the pictures present a unique forged wheel design. There isn’t a information on the suspension or brakes, however visually they don’t look that completely different from the present mannequin.

The pictures do present a pillion seat and footpegs, each resembling present components from Harley-Davidson’s equipment catalog. The certification lists a “tare weight” of 216 kg (476 kilos), in comparison with 211 kg (465 kilos) for the Nightster. Harley-Davidson Australia lists 211 kg because the “as shipped” weight for the Nightster, which is barely heavier than the claimed 462-pound U.S. “as shipped” weight, due principally to a unique license plate mount and taillight on the Australian mannequin. We subsequently anticipate the U.S.-spec Nightster S to come back in with a curb weight of about 492 kilos.

Within the U.S., the Nightster has a side-mounted license plate holder. That is most likely not authorized in Australia, which is why the present Nightster and the RH975S use a unique design.

Harley-Davidson’s first 2023 launch occasion is scheduled for Jan. 18; previously, Harley-Davidson saves new fashions, and new Revolution Max fashions particularly, for separate launches, however given the few variations between the Nighster and Nighster S, we wouldn’t be shocked if the RH975S is a part of the preliminary occasion.

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