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2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N
2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N
2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N
2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N


• 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N

Ready to wheel its way through the alleyways and backstreets, the Nightster takes the Sportster legend in a dark direction with dead-on, rat-rod styling. Black finishes cover wheel rims and hubs, forks and handlebar, hand and foot controls. Old school style fork gaiters and a bullet-hole belt guard emphasize the original look. A low suspension puts the rider at seat height of just 25.3 inches. The new smaller front and rear fenders show more of the black laced steel wheels. The soulful 1200 Evolution engine growls through a Chrome Slash-Cut Staggered exhaust.

The evolution of the Harley-Davidson hot rod continues for 2009, as most Sportster models roll into the new year on retuned suspension. Five Sportster models retain the raw, soulful styling that represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Responsive handling, the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine, and classic styling cues make Harley-Davidson Sportster a motorcycle that just keeps getting better.

When it debuted in 1957, the original Sportster projected a tough and rebellious attitude that was born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of that era. That spirit lingers in every new Sportster model, from the retro-bobber Nightster to the glittering chrome of the long 1200 Custom.

Sportster models are powered by the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) XL Evolution V-Twin powertrain, rubber-mounted in the frame to reduce vibration and tuned to deliver a flat torque curve for responsive performance. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat, smooth clutch effort, and a durable carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt.

 

New on Sportster for 2009

Enhanced Suspension: The suspension is upgraded on the 883 Custom, 1200 Low and 1200 Custom. Springs and dampening rates have been recalibrated and new damping devices were installed to provide superior ride quality.

New Front Fenders: All Sportster models get a new low-profile front fender that hugs the tire for a streamlined, custom look.

New Rear Wheel on Custom models: The 883 Custom and 1200 Custom models receive new rear wheels that weigh four pounds less while maintaining stiffness and durability. The lighter wheel improves ride quality by reducing unsprung weight. The 1200 Custom has a new chrome cast aluminum slotted disc rear wheel, while the 883 Custom rear is a Silver cast aluminum solid disc.

 

Nightster features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Medium Gray powder-coated engine with polished covers
Black laced steel wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Black low-rise handlebar
Sportster Classic solo seat
Chrome Slash Cut Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Black mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Black front forks with gaiters
Bullet hole belt guard and front fender supports
Side-mount license plate holder
Combination rear brake/tail/turn lights
Lowered front and rear suspension
Optional Smart Security System

 

 

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N – USA Specifications

Dimensions
Length 85.80 in. (2179.32 mm)
Overall Width 36.40 in. (924.56 mm)
Overall Height 43.60 in. (1107.44 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2: 25.30 in. (642.62 mm)
• Unladen: 26.30 in. (668.02 mm)
Ground Clearance 3.90 in. (99.06 mm)
Rake (steering head) 29.6°
Fork Angle 29.6°
Trail 4.60 in. (116.84 mm)
Wheelbase 60 in. (1524 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall):
• Front – D401F 100/90-19 57H
• Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal. (12.49 L) (warning light at approximately 0.80 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.80 qts. (2.65 L)
Transmission Capacity 1 qts. (0.95 L)

Weight:
• As Shipped 545 lbs. (247.21 kg)
• In Running Order 562 lbs. (254.92 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.59 kg)
• Gross Axle Weight Rating
• Front 335 lbs. (151.95 kg)
• Rear 665 lbs. (301.64 kg)

Engine
Engine3 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.50 in. x 3.812 in. (88.90 mm x 96.82 mm)
Displacement3 73.40 cu. in. (1200 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Fuel System9 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 57/38 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/29 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed Gear Ratios (overall): U.S. HDI JPN
• 1st 9.315 9.004 9.004
• 2nd 6.653 6.432 6.432
• 3rd 4.948 4.783 4.783
• 4th 4.102 3.965 3.965
• 5th 3.517 3.400 3.400


Chassis
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 35 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels4: Black, Laced Steel
• Front 19 in. x 2.50 in. (482.60 mm x 63.50 mm)
• Rear 16 in. x 3 in. (406.40 mm x 76.20 mm)

Brakes:
• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type Patented, uniform expansion rotors
(diameter x width):
• Front 11.50 in. x .20 in. (292.10 mm x 5.08 mm)
• Rear 11.50 in. x .23 in. (292.10 mm x 5.84 mm)

Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel
• Rear Wheel
3.62 in. (91.95 mm)
1.63 in. (41.40 mm)

Performance
Engine Torque5 (per SAE J1349):
• North America 79 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm (107.12 NM @ 4000 rpm)
• World 72.26 ft. lbs. @ 3200 rpm (97.98 NM @ 3200 rpm)
• Japan 66.19 ft. lbs. @ 3250 rpm (89.75 NM @ 3250 rpm)


Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):
• Right 29°
• Left 30°

Fuel Economy7
(EPA urban/highway test) 42/57 mpg (5.60/4.13 L/100 km)

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
• Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
• Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W per lamp
• Turn Signal Lights 28W self-canceling
• Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system6 (optional)

Warranty
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered.
Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices
of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including
depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive
comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication.
Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can
occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may
make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change
or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation.
Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories
described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations.
Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest
information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and
Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate
clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the
security system includes immobilizer and siren.
7 Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the
corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory
conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel
economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your
mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions,
trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions.
Break-in mileage may vary.
8 See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
9 Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country and region.

 

 

 

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster XL1200N – Canada Specifications
TBD

 

 

Media/Press Releases

Media/Press Releases

HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER – TOUGH AND COOL IN 2009
Updates Include Retuned Suspension and New Front Fenders

MILWAUKEE (July 22, 2008) – The evolution of the Harley-Davidson hot rod continues for 2009, as most Sportster models roll into the new year on retuned suspension. Five Sportster models retain the raw, soulful styling that represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Responsive handling, the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine, and classic styling cues make Harley-Davidson Sportster a motorcycle that just keeps getting better.

When it debuted in 1957, the original Sportster projected a tough and rebellious attitude that was born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of that era. That spirit lingers in every new Sportster model, from the retro-bobber Nightster to the glittering chrome of the long 1200 Custom.

Sportster models are powered by the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) XL Evolution V-Twin powertrain, rubber-mounted in the frame to reduce vibration and tuned to deliver a flat torque curve for responsive performance. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat, smooth clutch effort, and a durable carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt.

New on Sportster for 2009

Enhanced Suspension: The suspension is upgraded on the 883 Custom, 1200 Low and 1200 Custom. Springs and dampening rates have been recalibrated and new damping devices were installed to provide superior ride quality.

New Front Fenders: All Sportster models get a new low-profile front fender that hugs the tire for a streamlined, custom look.

New Rear Wheel on Custom models: The 883 Custom and 1200 Custom models receive new rear wheels that weigh four pounds less while maintaining stiffness and durability. The lighter wheel improves ride quality by reducing unsprung weight. The 1200 Custom has a new chrome cast aluminum slotted disc rear wheel, while the 883 Custom rear is a Silver cast aluminum solid disc.

Nightster
Ready to wheel its way through the alleyways and backstreets, the Nightster takes the Sportster legend in a dark direction with dead-on, rat-rod styling. Black finishes cover wheel rims and hubs, forks and handlebar, hand and foot controls. Old school style fork gaiters and a bullet-hole belt guard emphasize the original look. A low suspension puts the rider at seat height of just 25.3 inches. The new smaller front and rear fenders show more of the black laced steel wheels. The soulful 1200 Evolution engine growls through a Chrome Slash-Cut Staggered exhaust.

Nightster features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Medium Gray powder-coated engine with polished covers
Black laced steel wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Black low-rise handlebar
Sportster Classic solo seat
Chrome Slash Cut Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Black mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Black front forks with gaiters
Bullet hole belt guard and front fender supports
Side-mount license plate holder
Combination rear brake/tail/turn lights
Lowered front and rear suspension
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 883 Low
Featuring low profile ergonomics with a seat height of just 25.3 inches, the Sportster 883 Low offers an exciting combination of precise handling and stunning style, including a new front fender that hugs the silver cast aluminum wheel. The 883 Low inspires confident riding for those who appreciate a lighter, nimble motorcycle with signature Evolution V-Twin performance.

Sportster 883 Low features:

Rubber-mounted XL 883cc Evolution engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished treatment
Lowered front and rear suspension
Silver 13-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Wide reduced-reach polished handlebar
Reduced-reach solo seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Easy Reach sidestand
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Optional Chrome Laced Steel wheels
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 883 Custom
Those seeking a laid-back, two-up custom ride need look no further than the 883 Custom. With a new suspension and lighter rear wheel, a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, two-up seat, and pullback handlebar riser, the 883 Custom rolls down the road with true style, comfort and authentic American V-Twin performance.

Sportster 883 Custom features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883cc engine
Silver powder-coated engine and with polished rocker boxes
New lighter Silver Solid Disc Cast Aluminum 16-inch rear wheel
Chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
Chrome low-rise handlebar on pullback riser
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Low-Profile rear shocks
Forward foot controls
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 1200 Low
Offering a preferred blend of performance, agility and ergonomics, the Sportster 1200 Low adds a recalibrated suspension and tire-hugging front fender for 2009. Powered by a fuel-injected 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine, the 1200 Low also features a pull-back handlebar, a low 26.3-inch seat height, and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. Black 13-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels are not available on any other Sportster model sold in North America.

Sportster 1200 Low features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
Black 13-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
Wide handlebar on pull-back risers
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Low-Profile rear shocks
Low-Profile front forks
Mid-mount foot controls
Integrated chrome gauge housing and handlebar clamp
Black fender strut covers
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Steel Laced wheels
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 1200 Custom
Packing plenty of power and just the right mix of chrome, the Sportster 1200 Custom stays true to its name. With a new lighter-weight chrome Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum rear wheel, chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel with new fender, chrome engine highlights, chrome handlebar and headlight, and a polished fuel tank console, the 1200 Custom shimmers with style. Forward controls and a pull-back handlebar riser give the rider a cool-for-cruising position in the saddle.

Sportster 1200 Custom features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
New lighter Chrome Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum 16-inch rear wheel
Chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Chrome bullet headlight
Wide polished handlebar on chrome pull-back risers
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Low-Profile rear shocks
Forward foot controls
Polished fuel tank console
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheels
Optional Smart Security System

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

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