HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998 - 2010) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £80
Power: 67 bhp
Seat height: Low (26.0 in / 660 mm)
Weight: High (628 lbs / 285 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £80
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 16 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

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

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

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.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT TRAIN (1998 - 2010)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £80
4 out of 5
13 April 2019 by Kill Bill

Version: Fsxtb

Year: 1999

I gave it a four for the handling.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought it from a friend.

4 out of 5 great bike
02 November 2015 by tony

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £80

Great looking bike very comfortable and cool

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Single disc brake dont stop well and the hidden shock doesnt absorb much

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine is great more than enough power just a 5 speed isnt for highway riding

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Runs great and rides better

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I do my own services

Equipment 5 out of 5

Whole bunch to choose from

5 out of 5 way cool
03 March 2008 by puck67

Awesome fun

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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