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2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout First Look

Friday, March 8, 2013
Harley broke wraps on its latest Softail  the 2013 Breakout  in conjunction with the start of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2013.
Harley broke wraps on its latest Softail, the 2013 Breakout, in conjunction with the start of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2013.
Double trouble. Harley-Davidson kick started Bike Week 2013 Friday morning with the release of its latest Softail motorcycle, the 2013 FXSB Breakout. If the name Breakout strikes a bell it’s because Harley released a CVO version of the motorcycle back in August of last year. The production version receives the same long and low stance with a little more sinister disposition than its forebear. The 2013 FXSB Breakout is the first CVO model to be adapted as a production model and served as the first time crews from both the CVO and standard Harley lines collaborated to produce the two Breakout versions.

The 2013 Breakout rolls tall and skinny up front and wide out back, its gloss black Gasser cast aluminum wheel a svelte 130mm wide and 21-inches high while a 240mm chunk of Dunlop rubber dresses up the rear. Aggressive 1.25-inch drag bars sit at the ready atop the beefy fork, the bars mounted atop a four-inch riser with a speedo slickly incorporated into the chrome risers. The wide front fork juts out at a 37-degree rake angle while the front fender has been cut down about as much as legally possible.

In the middle of the 67.3-inch stretch of the wheelbase sits a potent Twin Cam 103B engine, its machined fins and chrome covers contrasting the black powdercoated cylinders. The rigid-mounted V-Twin churns out a claimed 95.5 ft-lb torque @ 3000 rpm. Just behind it sits a new gloss black single-rib cast aluminum oil tank. Similar to the front, the rear fender has also been chopped down. The fender brace on the rear is the first forged and polished aluminum support without a cosmetic cover while wiring for the rear is concealed beneath the brace. Chrome blunt-cut mufflers with gloss black shields run down the right side while a clean side-mounted license plate juts off the opposite side and is a tidy custom-style touch.

The 2013 Breakout is a bit darker and edgier than its CVO counterpart.
The 2013 Breakout is a bit edgier than its CVO counterpart.
The gussied-up tank of the 2013 Harley Breakout holds five gallons.
Clean 1.25-inch drag bars mounted on four-inch chrome risers match the mean disposition of the 2013 Breakout.
Clean 1.25-inch drag bars mounted on four-inch chrome risers match the mean disposition of the 2013 Breakout.
The rear fender brace of the 2013 Breakout is the first forged and polished aluminum support without a cosmetic cover while wiring for the rear is neatly hidden beneath.
The rear fender brace of the 2013 Breakout is the first forged and polished aluminum support without a cosmetic cover while wiring for the rear is neatly hidden beneath.
A chunky 240mm-wide Dunlop anchors the rear of the 2013 Breakout.
A chunky 240mm-wide Dunlop anchors the rear of the 2013 Breakout.
The 2013 Breakout is available in Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo and lists at $17,899. An optional ABS/security package is available for an additional $1,195 but ABS does not come standard. True to Harley form, a slew of aftermarket parts are ready and waiting to take the stock platform to the next level.

By the time you read this, Motorcycle USA will be taking the 2013 Breakout for a 190-mile ride to St. Augustine and beyond before heading back to Daytona Beach for a run down Main Street. Check us out on Twitter throughout the day to read some of our first impressions of Harley’s latest Softail. The official press release is included below to provide more details.

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout motorcycle is an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. Green light? Crack the throttle to deliver a muscular dose of American V-Twin torque and etch the asphalt with a fat rear tire. The Breakout will be long gone, along with its rider’s inhibitions.

With authentic swagger that turns heads in traffic and a proud stance certain to draw a curb-side crowd on bike night, the Breakout is presented as a premium model in its segment with distinctive finishes and specific components not available on other Harley-Davidson bikes. Long and low-slung, the Breakout features a 240mm rear tire visually balanced with thick forks and chopped fenders, while a shaved tank console and a drag handlebar keep the profile low. A Twin Cam 103B powertrain and other components are trimmed in gleaming chrome and gloss-black paint.

Like the acclaimed 2013 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Breakout model that precedes it, the Breakout features styling that’s smooth, tight, and intended to showcase the engine and the tires.

“With Breakout we got down to motorcycle essentials, which means emphasizing the powertrain and the wheels,” says Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen. “The black and chrome engine visually pops out of the center the bike, and then to maximize the impact of the tires, the fenders are chopped. We wanted a lot of rubber showing to give the Breakout a tough, muscular look.”

The Gasser wheels are new and specific to the Breakout, according to Rasmussen.

“We’ve always loved the gasser-style drag racing wheels from the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Rasmussen. “Our wheels are loosely inspired by those classics. Each wheel has 10 half-round spokes. The gloss-black powdercoat is machined away on alternating spokes and the rim edge to expose the aluminum under the paint.”

A gloss-black finish is also applied to the new cast aluminum oil tank, as well as fork lowers, brake rotors, muffler shields and the handlebar.

“To lower Breakout’s overall profile, we placed the speedometer on the handlebar riser,” says Rasmussen, “and topped the fuel tank with a black leather strip that covers the seam, and a chrome-plated pod that’s just high enough to conceal necessary wiring and vent lines. The handlebar is a new curved drag bend that which I think feels aggressive when you ride.”

The Softail chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilizes rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame rails. The Breakout is available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and the Harley-Davidson security system as a factory-installed option.

Key Breakout Features

• The Twin Cam 103B engine with 103-cid (1690cc), counter-balanced and rigid-mounted within the frame, is rated at 95.5 ft. lbs. of torque at 3000 rpm. The engine is equipped with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), and Automatic Compression Release (ACR), and is mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission.

• The powertrain is finished in black powdercoat with chrome covers and gloss-black shields over chrome dual-staggered mufflers.

• Gasser-style 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels are finished in gloss-black powdercoat with machined highlights; 8 by 18-inch rear and 3.5 by 21-inch front.

• Floating front and rear brake rotors have gloss-black carriers.

• Front and rear fenders are chopped. The front fender location and bracket are specific to the Breakout. The rear fender is shaped and positioned to fit close to the 240mm tire. One-piece forged aluminum rear fender supports are highly polished.

• The front end spreads 49mm forks approximately 1.75-inches wider than previous FX Softail models to allow fitment of a 130mm front tire. The fork lowers and headlight bucket are finished in gloss black.

• New Single-Rib Cast Aluminum Oil Tank is finished in gloss black.

• A five-gallon fuel tank is topped with a black molded-leather strip and a low-profile
chrome cover.

• The two-piece seat features a passenger pillion that may be removed without tools for solo riding and to fully expose the rear fender. Laden seat height is 24.7 inches.

• An all-new wide drag-style handlebar is finished in gloss black. The speedometer is mounted on the chrome pull-back handlebar riser.

• The side-mounted license plate and combination stop/turn/tail lights leave the wide rear
fender uncluttered.

• The glass-filled fuel tank medallions and graphics are exclusive to the Breakout.

• Available solid colors include Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo.

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atcrulz   July 21, 2013 07:26 AM
Finally, Harley is seeing the light and designing bikes that have evolved...this bike looks awesome..almost as nice as the V-star Raider...needs a fatter tire like a 250 or 280, this would improve the handling..(skinny tire folks just don't know)...maybe they can make a bigger and better engine for it next year...get a little closer to the performance that the V-star has had for years...
Poncho167   March 12, 2013 04:49 PM
Looks like a Suzuki Boulevard. Nice copy.
Drench   March 9, 2013 01:19 PM
WOW! A whole 95.5 ft. lbs. The Victory's come stock with 97 HP and 113 ft. lbs. Plus they are much less $'s and they give Veterans $1000 off. Harley don't do shit for vets. Harley has a long way to go to catch up to Victory, plus Victory has more American content than HD. To add horse and torque to HD you have to sink a few grand into the motor. Victory comes ready to rumble. Victory has a better warranty.
leward18   March 9, 2013 06:15 AM
This is the Harley I've been waiting all my life for.
Piglet2010   March 8, 2013 09:01 PM
You can get a bike with a 240-mm wide rear tire that handles well - called a Ducati Diavel. About the same price as the Breakout, and not every man and his dog has one. And of course, the Testastretta 11° puts it ahead of everything cruiser-ish but the V-Max and Rocket III.
Mitch   March 8, 2013 03:16 PM
Looks like a Harley Rocker and Yamaha Raider had a baby. =)
Rocky R   March 8, 2013 10:57 AM
Nice looking bike. Too bad about the over-wide rear tire. Would have been nice if the thing actually handled...