2023 Harley-Davidson Models and News: Nightster Special and Road Glide 3 Trike

Six limited edition 120th Anniversary models also released

By Tricia Szulewski, Editor

120 Years of Harley-Davidson

120 years is a long time for any company to be in business. So, to celebrate this milestone, as it does each special anniversary year, Harley-Davidson has a new color scheme for six of its limited edition “Anniversary” 2023 models. A beautiful and rich Heirloom Red serves as the base color, with bright red pinstripes and Midnight Crimson touches.

2023 Harley-Davidson 120 anniversary tank badge
Art Deco eagle tank medallions, seat covers with red side panels and gold Harley-Davidson logo, and red fade powertrain inserts adorn the limited-edition anniversary models.
2023 Harley-Davidson Anniversary Collection
The 2023 Harley-Davidson Anniversary Limited Edition models are: Ultra Limited (1,300), Tri-Glide Ultra (1,100), Street Glide Special (1,600), Road Glide Special (1,600), Fat Boy 114 (3,000), Heritage Classic 114 (1,700).

Nightster Special

For 2023, Harley-Davidson brings us the second iteration of the Revolution Max 975T liquid-cooled V-Twin Nightster collection. With the same nimble performance of the Nightster WRN reviewed here, the Special includes a host of convenience and technology upgrades. Most notably, included is a USB-C port, cruise control, and a 4-inch round TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity features to enable the rider to use the Harley-Davidson navigation app. In addition, the Special’s handlebar and 5-inch handlebar riser move the hand controls two inches up and one inch back for a more traditional cruising riding position.

2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special
The Special comes with a mini fairing, passenger pillion and foot pegs, cast aluminum wheels with TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System).
2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special Yellow
The 2023 Nightster Special starts at $14,999 and is offered in 4 colors. This Industrial Yellow starts at $15,499.
2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster
For comparison, the 2023 base model Nightster starts at $13,499.

Road Glide 3 Trike

Harley’s trike lineup now includes three models: Freewheeler, Tri Glide Ultra, and the all-new Road Glide 3. The Road Glide 3 combines the advantages of three wheels and hot rod attitude with the comfort, convenience, and style of the frame-mounted Road Glide fairing.

All three models are powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine and include new premium touring front and rear suspension calibrated specifically for the trikes. Easy tool-free preload adjusting, new cornering enhanced linked brake system with ABS and Traction Control, and luxurious seating puts you in control comfortably.

Woman rider Harley-Davidson Freewheeler 2023
Women have enjoyed the stripped-down Freewheeler trike for years. But with very little luggage and no wind protection or Infotainment system, it’s Harley’s base model trike. The 2023 Freewheeler gets a blacked-out restyle and starts at $29,999.
Harley-Davidson 2023 Road Glide 3 trike
Riders will enjoy wind-and-weather protection for the long haul on the Road Glide 3, plus BOOM! Box GTS infotainment, reverse gear, and additional safety enhancements.
2023 Harley-Davidson Road Glide 3 trike bright billiard blue
The 2023 Road Glide 3 has a 6-gallon fuel tank and gets a reported 43 mpg. MSRP is $32,999 for Vivid Black. Six color options are available. The Bright Billiard Blue shown here starts at $33,899.

Harley Anniversary Party in Milwaukee

To celebrate the Motor Company’s monumental anniversary, mark your calendars for a four-day moto-culture festival dubbed the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival. From July 13–16, 2023, the city where it all began will be hosting special events in multiple venues across Milwaukee.

The Harley-Davidson Museum will serve as a central rally point for free events. The 20-acre campus will host free live music, food-and-beverage sites, and skills demonstrations. The Museum will be open for general admission during the event. The weekend celebration will wrap up with a motorcycle parade through Milwaukee on Sunday.

Other venues include Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations, local Harley-Davidson dealerships, and Veterans Park in downtown Milwaukee which will be the epicenter of day-long, family-friendly activities and music on Friday and Saturday.

Green Day Harley-Davidson 120 anniversary
Headlining Friday night’s festivities, Green Day will be rockin’ the Veterans Park stage. Photo by Greg-Schneider.

Foo Fighters will headline the Saturday evening performances. Other musical acts include Cody Jinks, Social Distortion, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Phantogram, White Reaper, and KennyHoopla. Veterans Park will also be home to a family-friendly festival during the days that includes music, entertainment, activities, and a variety of food options.

Cris Sommer Simmons Harley-Davidson Museum 120 anniversary 2023
We are excited to join WRN contributor Cris Sommer Simmons at this summer’s big party in Milwaukee. We hope to see you there!

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