When we first encountered the CVO Softail Breakout at Harley's CVO intro last summer, we had a sneaking suspicion that it would trickle down (in somewhat watered-down form) to the Motor Company's main line. Sure enough, Harley has just officially announced the debut of the Breakout, releasing it as a fairly-late-in-the-year 2013 model in the main lineup.
Just like its close CVO cousin, the Breakout features styling that's smooth, tight, and clean, and intended to showcase the engine and the tires. At its core is the Softail chassis, which apes the clean lines of a vintage hardtail, but tucks in coil-over shocks hidden within the frame rails for rear suspension control. But like the CVO version, the mainline Breakout is also positioned as a premium model, sporting special finishes and specific components not normally seen on other Harleys; unlike the more polished CVO, this Breakout takes on a more tough, streetwise vibe. The Breakout's long and low-slung profile is accentuated by a 240mm rear tire that's visually balanced with thick forks and chopped fenders, while a trimmed tank console and a drag handlebar keep the profile low. The unobstructed Twin Cam 103B™ powertrain is accented with bright chrome and gloss-black paint.
Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen adds, "The black and chrome engine visually pops out...and fenders are chopped. We wanted a lot of rubber showing to give (it) a tough, muscular look."
Rasmussen says the Gasser wheels carrying all that exposed rubber are also new (and specific) to the Breakout. "We've always loved the gasser-style drag racing wheels from the 1960s and '70s." The gloss-black powdercoat (here) is machined away on alternating spokes and the rim edge to expose the aluminum under the paint."
The new cast aluminum oil tank also gets a gloss black finish, as do the fork lowers, brake rotors, muffler shields and the handlebar. The Breakout is available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and the Harley-Davidson security system as a factory-installed option ($1,195). The base model Breakout (no ABS), available in solid Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo, will retail for $17,899.
- Counter-balanced, rigid-mounted Twin Cam 103B™ engine (1690cc), with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), and Automatic Compression Release.
- Powertrain finished in black powdercoat with chrome covers and black shields over chrome staggered mufflers. 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
- Gasser-style 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels finished in black powdercoat with machined highlights; floating front and rear brake rotors have gloss-black carriers.
- Chopped fenders (front fender location /bracket specific to the Breakout). Rear fender shaped to fit close to the 240mm tire. 49mm fork spread approx. 1.75 inches wider than previous FX Softails to fit 130mm front tire.
- Two-piece seat featuring easily removable passenger pillion.
- New wide drag-style handlebar in gloss black. Speedometer mounted on chrome pull-back bar riser.
- Side-mounted license plate and combination stop/turn/tail lights.
- Exclusive glass-filled fuel tank medallions and graphics
We'll have a First Ride of the Breakout in the July issue of Motorcycle Cruiser and updates on this website before that. For more information on the Breakout, visit www.harley-davidson.com.