Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster Reviews

2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance14962 miles

Summary:

I love this bike. I would buy it ten times over again if I had to

Faults:

The seat is not the most comfortable, mainly on long distance rides.

I really wish it came with a sixth gear; it could really use it on the throughway.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this bike. It's super fast and very nimble.

I've never had to worry about it breaking down or leaving me stranded; even when the battery has been almost dead, it will still start.

The flat black and silver are a beautiful combination for this bike, and with a set of nice white wall tires, it has that retro bobber look.

People love this bike. Any time I'm out on the bike, I usually end up in a twenty or thirty minute conversation about it with complete strangers.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2012

2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster from United Kingdom

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

Summary:

It's a pleasure to ride

Faults:

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.

2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired450 miles
Most recent distance5800 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic

Summary:

Good overall bike

Faults:

No problems to date.

General Comments:

Handles well, strong runner, comfortable on short trips.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2010

2009 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster from United States of America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance5500 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Bonneville

Summary:

Great all-around bike

Faults:

None. Dealer service is expensive (like all dealers).

General Comments:

Coming from a sporty-type bike this is my first Harley. This is the middle ground of Harley's Sportster line. Above the 883 Iron, below the 1200 Low. I have ridden this bike to and from work, around town on weekends, and even road tripped with it over 2400 miles in a couple days.

The Bad:

The mid-mount pegs were too close for even me (5'9", 170 lbs) and had low lean angles leading to scraping while cornering. I got the forward pegs and all those problems went away.

The brakes are sub-par for motorcycles. The front brakes are weak and you end up relying on the rear for as much as 50% of your daily use.

The tank is small. You aren't gonna go further than 150 miles per tank. Plan long trips accordingly.

It's low. The suspension is more for looks than comfort.

The Good:

This bike moves. I never expected it to be as quick as it is. I would stick with the 1200 as you can grow into it, versus growing out of the 883. There is a reason there are so many "up-conversion" kits to convert the 883 to 1200...

It turns heads (which is good for safety also), but isn't one of those 25k show bikes that you have to worry about getting stolen.

It handles good. The seat and ergonomics are set up to give that "in the bike" feeling, allowing you to push the bike while maintaining control.

It is reliable. Contrary to most rumors about Harley reliability, most Harleys are pretty reliable. This is no exception and runs like a top.

All in all, this bike is great for all-around city riding and some touring. It's best when used with one person, around town. Besides, there is a reason all the import bikes try to look and sound like a Harley... There are only two types of bikes: Harleys and everything else.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2010

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews