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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train (1998-2010)

Detail Value
New price £11,795
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Engine size 1580 cc
Power 67 bhp
Top speed 118 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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…


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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

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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.

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Top speed 118 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Max power 67 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Weight 285 kg
Seat height 660 mm
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1580 cc
Engine specification 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel tube cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 292mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size 80/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • way cool


    Average rating rating is 5

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    Awesome fun

    03 March 2008


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enjoy - & let us know how you get on with it


18 April 2007 11:48




picking mine up on easter sat. big difference from my last bike a bmwr1150gs adventure .

30 March 2007 15:49

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