When the Nightster made its debut back in 2007, it won the attention of many younger Harley enthusiasts, and the customizing bug bit a whole new generation. Such was the case with this ’07 Nightster owned by Richard Merwin, parts and accessories specialist at Skip-Fordyce Harley-Davidson in Riverside, California. After Richard bought the bike, he started modding the Sporty to better fit his style but hadn’t done up the most common exchange that Harley owners make until he stumbled on RC Components’ RCX-haust line of 2 1/2-inch slip-ons with full coverage black heatshields for ’06-11 Sportster models ($449 for black, $369 for chrome). The system mimics the styling of straight drag pipes without skimping on the deep throaty sound that drag pipes produce.
To complement the minimalist look the black pipes provide, Richard chose a Roland Sands Design (RSD) Nostalgia Velocity Stack ($369.95). The stack is available for ’91-11 Sportsters, is available in chrome and black anodize, and is less bulky than the stock app and sucks in more air, too. Plus, the all-black stack and chrome accents match the stainless steel mesh insert very well, giving the entire design a very clean aesthetic. Installation of both products was a snap and we transformed the Sporty in about an hour. For a step-by-step video installation of these products, log on to hotbikeweb.com.