Harley Night Train

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Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train

Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night

Road test and pictures by Percival

According to the literature . and Harley-Davidson here, The FXSTB is mean and ready to be ridden So not wanting to disappoint them or else, I decided to take it on its ride out. This happened to be the National Rally, a jaunt around the UK, starting at 2pm on a and ending sometime in the early of the following morning at a racecourse in

Some people said I was mad at contemplating taking the Harley on a run, suggestions from individuals were that I take my Osteopath with me in a vehicle as the riding position was not suitable for this kind of and this type of long trip! Well ignoring all and good advice, I took it a pinch of salt and packed up the ready for the off later in the day.

The Night Train is one of Harleys radical models in the true of ‘long, low and raked’ custom Harley-Davidson build this model based on the Softail for Europe, and it was named by Willie G as the Train. The name comes the manufacturers first proper bike back in the early a stripped down Shovel nicknamed the Night Train it became known from a test in the famous American ‘Hot Rod’.

The Night Train looks from any angle you care to sit and The front end is lifted from the Glide together with the skinny wheel and tyre, and a headlight is fitted to finish off radical custom look. The top is then capped with 6 and drag bars all in chrome.

concludes the bulk of the chrome on the Night Train, we now move on to the of the bike in black of course! In style the Night Train a proper Harley tank instrument and ignition etc mounted on the top the fuel filler cap and the fuel cap. Underneath all this is the big fuel injected v-twin, in a fantastic crinkle black. lower and lower we move to the seat and rear fender, and the disc rear wheel.

The is complete and the Night Train has a stance and a super low profile.

a few attempts of packing it up I eventually out just where I could luggage, there’s not a lot of space on the seat let alone anywhere to tie down, it’s just too back there! With on a bike it is sometimes difficult to get leg over the bike, no such with the Night Train, stand beside it and sit in it!

The seating is super low and the footpegs and controls are way up front, this together the stretch to the drag bars it a bit of an unusual riding position, not a one but after a while I did get used to it. At you don’t notice the pretty seat and it’s lack of but that’s until you hit your bump!

All bumps seem to be transferred up the suspension, the seat and into you the and with the seating position what it is there’s no chance to yourself and try to cushion the blow. Not the set up for many of the roads in the UK, come to of it anywhere for that matter! So off on the to the start of the rally, a reasonably 55mile run to check in before the off on the 500 miles I was expecting to do a little in the day!

When you ride any you have to virtually re-think riding style, things on a new meaning when it comes to and stuff like that, and at a under 300kg it’s no either, so nipping in and out of traffic etc a major lifestyle experience! On roads the Night Train cruise merrily along at 70-80mph, uphill, downhill, comes your way, sees you in top gear.

At this the fuel seems to go on forever and I got around 160miles without to reserve. But come to the corners and and that’s where you need a big as to how to take them. At the first you suddenly realise just how the Night Train actually is, and how raked out those front are. Turn-in is slow to say the and if I had to draw a comparison to any other of vehicle then it would to be trucks!

At one end you have the white van, and agile, at the other end there is the with 40 tons on board up most of the road on roundabouts. The Train is somewhere in the middle and is a bit an 18 tonner, needs quite a bit of but can get around most bends fuss. Take it by the neck and it around the corners and it stays and has a reasonable ground clearance, not bad for such a low bike.

After a few and a few corners confidence builds up and you can chucking the bike around a but beware if you need to brake As per usual Harley standard the are not quite up to the challenge of stopping in a The single disc up front not have the ability to stop the quickly, if it did I would say that the design, rake of the front end and of the tyre would have you off in

Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train

A combination of front/rear is by far the best as the weight of the bike is placed on the brake and nothing you can do will up the rear. I used the rear very effectively here, far than on most other So plan your braking and re-educate those corners, you’ll have no problems.

So ride over and I’m to understand the knack of riding the Train. The riding position had me if I was going to make it after the 100 or so miles, but after a while you get a position and ride at a speed becomes comfortable. One trick on is to put your feet on the passenger (that’s if there is no passenger!) as it feels like a normal and keeps the immense drag off legs and thighs.

That way was for the open roads but back in the place for all other roads was a problem. Surprisingly I didn’t get too wind blast considering is absolutely no protection at all on the Night I suppose it was because I was sitting so low in the that made this although when it rained could stop you from seriously wet!

Riding you begin to appreciate the Harley-Davidson revving slowly underneath Torque by the bucketful and the need to never change gear the long ride around the UK a lot that I had imagined it would be. In after some 250 miles and to ride into the night it a lot easier to cruise around the and ‘B’ roads, and I was very with that little headlamp up front.

The lights look tiny but the and spread at night was perfectly to night riding, in fact on beam it became searchlight-like into the distance and illuminating in your path.

High cruising is not what this is about, 60-85mph is by far the best and tiring, long stints of 80 mph + is out of in reality, but if you feel the need to do 100 mph it will do it but don’t stay for too long, your arms and won’t take it! As lower you can cruise all day with great economy, it’s far less and surprisingly you can cover huge without fuss or bother. I up finishing the rally after 540 of riding through the night, a 120+ miles getting to the and back home again, and was far tired than the previous when I did it on a Triumph Speed now that says something to me!

The Night Train is a great piece of machinery, it has true draws crowds, has character and far better than I had imagined at Take your time you ride it, don’t bother it around corners, adopt the attitude and let it just get around by

If you are in a hurry to get anywhere then is not the bike for you, if you want to commute then smaller and agile will be the best on the but if you want to own an icon in motorcycling and a that will light soul up then the Night is the one of choice. I don’t ride all the time but I like it when I do, stirs inside you and it’s a good factor that be duplicated by any other motorcycle, has it and always will.

Harley ‘Ready to be ridden hard’ . you can but I wouldn’t recommend it until decide to put some brakes on it To me this is the only true custom out there, in looks and it is at the top of the tree.

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