2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® vs Sportster® S

2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® vs Sportster® S

If you want a sport bike but love the look and feel of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, let the team at Tampa Bay Harley-Davidson® introduce you to the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® and 2023 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S. These models are inspired by the brand’s classic cruisers but have liquid-cooled powertrains and many other technological enhancements.

What’s New for 2023

The 2023 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S arrives with no major changes other than new color options. The 2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® has been split into two models. The standard Nightster® is a bit more stripped down. The Nightster® Special offers more design options and comes with additional features, including a two-up seat, cruise control, ride modes and Bluetooth.

Ride Characteristics

Both the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S and 2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® are cruisers built with sport in mind. The riding position is forward, but the Nightster® has mid foot controls whereas the Sportster® S has forward foot controls and a lower seat height.


Another significant difference when comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® vs 2023 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S is the powertrain. The Nightster® is powered by the Revolution® Max 975. The Sportster® S is powered by the Revolution® Max 1250T. Both of these are liquid-cooled powertrains, but the 1250T delivers more torque and top-end speed.


The Sportster® S has a 4-inch color TFT with Bluetooth. Features are dictated by your phone’s capabilities. The Nightster® has a 4-inch analog display with segmented LCD. The Nightster® S is upgraded with the same equipment found on the Sportster® S.


The Nightster® has ABS, TCS and drag-torque slip control. The Nightster® Special adds tire pressure monitoring. The Sportster® S has all of that in addition to wheel lift mitigation and various cornering-enhanced assist. Both the Sportster® S and Nightster® Special but not the standard Nightster® have ride modes: Sport, Road and Rain. The Sportster® S also have a fourth custom mode.


All of these models available at Tampa Bay Harley-Davidson® have a dark, modern finish, and Vivid Black is the standard paint scheme in all three cases. There are also premium options that add to the MSRP. The premium options for the Sportster® S are Bright Billiard Blue, Gray Haze and White Sand Pearl. The premium option for the Nightster® is Redline Red, and the Nightster® Special gives you the option of Black Denim, Bright Billiard Blue and Industrial Yellow.

Test Ride the Nightster® and Sportster® S

The best way for you to compare the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Nightster® vs 2023 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S is by riding them, and you can schedule a test ride with Tampa Bay Harley-Davidson® online or by phone. We also encourage you to call or email for custom quotes and with any questions.

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*Financing Offer available only on select new 2023 and 2022 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles financed through Eaglemark Savings Bank and is subject to credit approval. Harley-Davidson® CVO™, Police Duty, Anniversary, Icons, Highway King, Ultra Limited® Anniversary, Road Glide® Special Anniversary and Street Glide® Special Anniversary models are excluded, along with 2023 Trike, 2022 Trike and 2022 and 2022 Sportster® (Evolution Engine) and 2023 Breakout® models. Not all applicants will qualify as the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) will vary based on the applicant’s past credit performance and the term of the loan. Financing offer is available only for up to a 48 month term. For example, a 2023 Street Glide® Special motorcycle in Vivid Black with Black Trim with an MSRP of $28,999, no down payment and amount financed of $28,999, 48 month repayment term, and 1.99% APR results in monthly payments of $629.01. In this example, customer is responsible for applicable taxes, title, licensing fees and any other fees or charges at the time of sale. APR is calculated according to the simple interest method. Not valid in conjunction with other offers. Customer must take delivery by December 31, 2023. This Financing Offer is valid during the period of October 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. Other terms, conditions, and limitations may apply. Dealer participation may vary. Financing offer is subject to change or cancellation at anytime. See your Harley-Davidson® Dealership for details.