Even after the improvements applied across the Sportster line in 2004 (which included rubber mounting a revised Evo motor in a stiffer frame), riding the 51-year-old Sportster platform is still a hardcore experience, especially on the Nightster. The solo saddle is thin and firm, and the shorty rear shocks make long trips an exercise in brutality. The slammed ride height also affects cornering clearance-Sir Nightster touches tarmac early and often, especially the front muffler mounting bolts on the right side. Rubber-mounted or not, you still feel enough Evo thrum through the saddle and footpegs to remind you that you're riding a piece of Americana, though clutch effort has been reduced substantially for '08, making it more pleasant to work your way through the industrial-strength gearbox and take advantage of the satisfying, 79 lb.-ft. of torque to blat from stoplight to stoplight. The 1203cc powerplant will even deliver you north of 110 mph, but you really don't want to do that with the arms-out riding position, lack of wind protection and the relatively unimpressive, single-disc front brake.