Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster Review from United Kingdom

2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZX700 Fazer


It's a pleasure to ride


None, other than battery runs down due to the bike alarm, but this has been sorted by fitting an Optimate battery trickle charger.

General Comments:

I love the bike to bits.

It looks great (colour, black and blue), sounds great with the new "Screaming Eagle" exhausts on it, and really does the business.

I have changed the back shocks to give a better ride (probably because I am a big guy).

The seat is going to have to be the next thing to change. The original seat, is in my opinion, quite poor for such a good bike. Needs a sprung seat.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2011

14th Mar 2012, 14:23

I too have had issues with the seat. It's WAY too uncomfortable, too hard in my opinion, but as far as the bike itself, I have an '08, and have Vance and Hines short stacks with stage one kit, and a V & H fuel monitor. And the performance is awesome!! Other than a battery issue this spring, it lasted me 3 seasons!! So bought a new battery. Wouldn't start. Battery no good. Oh, and the seat; bought one on eBay, purchased a Badlander.. Comfy.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review