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Because the night belongs to lovers (or riders): Bring either one with the newly standard passenger seat.
Because the night belongs to lovers (or riders): Bring either one with the newly standard passenger seat. (Harley-Davidson/)

The Nightster officially gets more Special, with a capital “S.” Hello, Nightster Special.

In a nutshell, here’s your entry-level Sportster without the name. Twin shocks, a lower ride height, and a shorter wheelbase mean this is your point of entry to Harley-land. The 2023 Nightster Special builds on the impact the Sportster S and Sportster Nightster made a year or two ago.

The shock of the new 60-degree 975cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine has worn off, but it’s worth repeating: It’s still a big deal. Officially, it’s called the Revolution Max 975T. Unofficially, it’s basically a rebirth of Milwaukee’s soul. Hydraulic valve lifters, a claimed 90 hp at 7,500 rpm, and 70 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm add up to a great value prop for newcomers.

So what’s new? A pillion seat is now standard plus the 4-inch speedo is now a TFT, navigated by hand controls. As such, it displays infotainment options available when paired with a Bluetooth-equipped phone and headset. It goes without saying navigation (finally) is made possible via the H-D app and voice instructions.

Unpainted cast aluminum wheels are now of a 14-spoke design slightly reminiscent of the classic BMW Motorrad “snowflake” mags. Plus, wheels include Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Handlebar and 5-inch riser move the controls 2 inches up and 1 inch back for a more upright riding position.

The Nightster Special also gets Brembo brake components for the unchanged 320mm and 260mm discs, front and back. Riding modes remain: Road, Sport, or Rain. Remember those 90 ponies? There’s standard ABS, a Traction Control System, and H-D’s Drag-Torque Slip Control System to keep watch over overambitious wrists and fingers. Just like last year.

Official color names haven’t been released, so let’s say there are four color schemes available. There’s gloss black, matte black, a muted yellow, and a dark blue. Each is finished off by a yellow, orange, and red striped badge design inspired by Harley’s AMF-era. Specifically, it evokes the classic 1976 peanut tank design. Tough year for Harley, but fine year for America.

On paper, it should be easy to introduce exciting and/or new tech to new riders. Without preconceptions based on previously owned bikes, it’s ground zero for future forward design concepts. Get past the dearth of chrome and conspicuous vibration, and they’ll ride one of the better products the Bar & Shield has put out in the last 15 years. Sales figures from the second year/second-gen Nightster will show whether buyers agree.

This year, Motorcyclist made a resolution to include more quotes from The Motor Company’s well-crafted press releases. So in conclusion, “This new middleweight contender amplifies the Nightster motorcycle riding experience with a host of style, convenience, and technology upgrades.”

As of this writing, MSRP and availability is TBD.

Contemporary Bar & Shield pairs with AMF-era badging on the 2023 Nightster Special.
Contemporary Bar & Shield pairs with AMF-era badging on the 2023 Nightster Special. (Harley-Davidson/)
The Nightster Special’s redesigned 14-spoke wheels now feature a Tire Pressure Management System.
The Nightster Special’s redesigned 14-spoke wheels now feature a Tire Pressure Management System. (Harley-Davidson/)
The Nightster Special, in an unnamed matte black finish.
The Nightster Special, in an unnamed matte black finish. (Harley-Davidson/)
The Nightster Special, in an unnamed gloss black finish.
The Nightster Special, in an unnamed gloss black

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special First Look Preview
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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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