HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998-2010) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"If you like the style you won't be disappointed"

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"If you like the style you won't be disappointed"

  • At a glance
  • 1580cc  -  67 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  146 miles range
  • Low seat height (660mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

One of Harley’s whackier ‘image bikes’, in a similar vein to the Harley-Davidson Bad Boy, Street Bob and Night Rod. The Harley-Davidson Night Train is a Europe-only model based on the Softail. It’s lean, mean and very black and it goes pretty much as it looks. If you like the style of the Harley-Davidson Night Train you won’t be disappointed.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

With the Softail's harsh hidden shock rear end, the Harley-Davidson Night Train can’t match the twin shock Dynas for ride quality and handling, but it’s not desperate, either. The Harley-Davidson Night Train's braking also can’t match the twin disc-ed machines such as the Harley-Davidson Super Glide Sport.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Night Train delivers grunt, fabulous noise (especially if you bin the stock silencers and fit a pair of open cans), lazy, US-style cruising and… not a lot else. Harley’s engineering hasn’t moved on much since the 60s. For fans, that’s the appeal of a Harley-Davidson Night Train for others it’s an anathama.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Modern Harleys set the benchmark for paint and chrome work and the Harley-Davidson Night Train is no exception. What’s more, the Harley-Davidson Night Train's big engine is understressed and under engineered and, generally, the motorcycles themselves are ridden gently and regularly serviced. All of which adds up to few reliability woes…

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Night Train was around £12k when new and is regarded as something of a classy, iconic motorcycle, and is particularly desirable as such, keeping used values high. Find a Harley-Davidson softail for sale.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Nothing to get excited about, true, but the Harley-Davidson Night Train has all the custom bells and whistles where it matters, all served up to provide a fairly classy, luxurious concoction. It’s not touring motorcycle but the  Harley-Davidson Night Train will certainly pull the crowds.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998-2010) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

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Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2010
Original price £11,795
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 67 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 118 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Specification
Engine size 1580cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 285kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 292mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 80/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Harley-Davidson Night Train launched.
2000: Replaced with 1450cc version.
2001: Now with H-D security system.
2002: Now fuel injected.
2005: Now with 200mm rear tyre.
2006: Harley-Davidson Night Train now fitted with 1580cc engine and 6-speed gearbox.

Other versions

None

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