The new 2022 Harley Davidson Nightster is a blatant sign that the American motorcycle icon is already undergoing significant changes.

The $16,499 Nightster is over 100 pounds lighter than the previous sportiest Sportster at 481 pounds when fully fueled.

It is modern in almost every manner, produces more power, and handles better.

All lights are LEDs, and the handlebar is adorned with a single instrument.

A small inset LCD panel below the traditional speedometer displays various information, including fuel level, gear position, and ride mode.

The Nightster also features dual-channel ABS for the single Brembo brakes up front and back and traction control.

The management of the ABS, traction control and throttle are altered when the ride mode is changed.

The Nightster excels at charging into turns, and unless you're a sports bike hero, the bike's capabilities will match most riders' talents.

For novice riders, the Nightster would also be a wise pick.

While engine power is reduced in Rain mode, ABS and TC are at their most active and work well in a "learner" mode.

The Nightster is another astute and reliable move by Harley-Davidson.