HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998 - 2010) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£80|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tube cradle|
|Fuel capacity||18.9 litres|
|Front brake||Single 292mm disc|
|Rear brake||Single 292mm disc|
|Front tyre size||80/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||160/70 x 16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£80|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||67 bhp|
|Max torque||82 ft-lb|
|Top speed||118 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.2 secs|
|Tank range||146 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Owners' reviews for the HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998 - 2010)
3 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£80|
I gave it a four for the handling.
Buying experience: Bought it from a friend.
Annual servicing cost: £80
Great looking bike very comfortable and cool
Single disc brake dont stop well and the hidden shock doesnt absorb much
Engine is great more than enough power just a 5 speed isnt for highway riding
Runs great and rides better
I do my own services
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