Compare 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ vs Sportster® S

Compare 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ vs Sportster® S

Your local Harley-Davidson® team at Harley-Davidson® of New Port Richey is thrilled to announce that we now have the 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ and 2022 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S available to test-ride and purchase. The sport bike scene continues to be among the most active and exciting, and riders who are both fans of sports bikes and the Harley-Davidson® brand have been asking for this marriage for years. It finally arrives with the 2022 model year as H-D® introduces the all-new Sports family with two models that are sure to turn heads and leave their market. Without further ado, let’s compare the 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ vs Sportster® S and see which may be the better fit for you.

Sport Bikes

Sport bikes can be described as the fastest motorcycles that are street legal. The emphases in these designs are acceleration, top-end speed, cornering, agile handling and braking. These are designed to get from your point of departure to your destination as soon as possible and deliver an exhilarating experience. Rider comfort tends to take a back seat to superior control, so these generally aren’t intended to be operated for long periods although some do. They may also not be the best bikes for beginners as they’re meant to be pushed, and the newcomer may lack the experience to do so.

Sport Bikes by Harley-Davidson®

As mentioned in the introduction, motorcycle enthusiasts who are both fans of Harley-Davidson® and fans of sports bikes have been clamoring for this marriage for a while. A reason for this is the sameyness that is so prevalent among “crotch rockets.” To a certain degree, it’s understandable. Sport bikes are about performance, and distilling that performance lends itself to some ubiquitous design elements. The problem with this, from a certain perspective, is that the bikes lose charm. With the Nightster™ and Sportster® S, you get the performance you want but with the iconic H-D® look, sound feel that you love.

Riding Characteristics

Both the 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ and the 2022 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S have the low profile one would expect from a sports bike. They also both have advanced rider-assistance technologies, which dynamically adjust performance in order to help keep you in control when accelerating, cornering and braking. The Nightster™ has a screen, puts the rider in a forward riding position and features mid-mount foot controls. With the Sportster® S, Harley-Davidson® takes more of a cruiser approach. This bike puts the rider into a stretched riding position and features forward foot controls.


The Nightster™ is powered by the liquid-cooled Revolution Max 975T engine. The Sportster® S is powered by the liquid-cooled Revolution Max 1250T engine. The Nightster™ has a curb weight of 481 pounds and makes 90 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. The Sportster® S is not much heavier at 502 pounds but makes 121 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque.


The Nightster™ has a blacked-out aesthetic with certain metal-look and chrome-look aspects, such as the powertrain and forks. There are three color schemes available. Vivid Black is the default. Gunship Gray and Redline Red are the two premium options. The Sportster® S also has a blacked-out aesthetic but with bronze- and metal-look features. It also offers you three color schemes. Again, Vivid Black is the default, and your two premium options are White Sand Pearl and Mineral Green Metallic. Both models also arrived with excellent customization support through the Harley-Davidson® parts and accessories catalog.

Nightster™: This Is the Right Bike For

If you love the classic Sportster silhouette, then the Nightster™ may be the better option as it remains truer to the traditional design. The Nightster™ is also an excellent option for the rider who wants a classic cruiser with all of the Harley-Davidson® heritage and feel but with high-end performance.

Sportster® S: This Is the Right Bike For

The Sportster® S is the perfect choice for the rider who wants top-of-the-line performance. It delivers an exhilarating and aggressive riding experience with the agility and handling you expect from a sport spike. Of course, it also makes a statement and stands of from the crowd in a way that only an H-D® bike can.

Which Models Is Right for You

Still not sure which model you prefer? Let us help you compare the 2022 Harley-Davidson® Nightster™ Vs Sportster® S further with a test-ride, which you can schedule online. You can also call or email Harley-Davidson® of New Port Richey. Our team is happy to answer questions, explore financing options, discuss customization and much more!

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