The 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train is a retro-modern cruiser motorcycle distinguished by its blacked out details, bobtail fender, and narrow, raked front end. Not quite an authentic Bobber —a 1940s-style custom with fenders rebelliously bobbed off—the Night Train’s appearance suggests lithe, relaxed cruising. Its long and low geometry makes it easy to turn, and has high, forward-placed footpegs. A forward-reaching posture and wide handlebars aid the Night Train’s maneuverability, making relatively high lean angles possible. While an off-the-rack Harley-Davidson Night Train subtly hints at custom styling, the light work performed on this bike yields exponential results. Darkening the pipes subdues the flash of their horizontal sweep, drawing the eye to the Night Train’s 88 cubic inch V-twin. Being seated so low and close to the engine imparts a feeling of oneness with the bike’s mechanicals. Also lightening the visual load is the replacement of the solid aluminum rear wheel with a larger, wire-spoked 18-inch stainless steel wheel clad with an aggressive 200mm tire. Black powder coated rims and hubs highlight the spokes; a larger, similarly powdercoated 21-inch front wheel enhances the bike’s road presence. Riding this particular Night Train is a classic Harley experience. The Twin Cam 88B engine, whose balanced low-frequency vibrations are in keeping with the bike’s laid-back, pleasant demeanor, is reassuringly low to the ground and creates a center of gravity that makes handling manageable. Fatter-than-stock pullback bars enhance the Night Train’s out-of-the-box ergonomic friendliness, and augment the already relaxed riding position. Gear shifts are long and slow, but engagement is solid and the ratios allow for responsive, but not blazingly fast, acceleration. A new clutch mechanism features a 25-percent reduction in lever effort, allowing for smoother take-offs and less fatigue. Tank-mounted gauges free the triple tree of visual clutter, and their clean look and legibility make them thematically consistent with the bike’s silhouette. The absence of a tachometer underlines the Night Train’s easy-going personality. This allows the rider to focus on the engine’s audible clues to rpm and shift points, rather than a numerical representation of engine speed. The 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train’s ride is more comfortable than sporting. Brakes feel solid and work quite well, and, in typical cruiser style, the rear weight bias allows for heavy activation of the rear brakes without lockup.