In a rare move, Harley-Davidson has unveiled a base version of its Breakout months after first launching the exclusive Custom Vehicle Operations version. Presented at the 2013 Daytona Bike Week, the 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout offers a similar low and muscular profile as the CVO version but at prices starting at $17,899 compared to the premium model’s $26,999 price point.
Tom Roderick reviewed the 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout last August, saying it “continues the tradition of exclusivity, performance and style customers have come to expect from Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations.” But take away the premium CVO features and what do you have? We’ll find out soon after our resident Hipster-baiter Jon Langston completes his upcoming review.
In the meantime, here’s what we do know. The Breakout is powered by Harley-Davidson‘s Twin Cam 103B engine rather than the CVO model’s larger Twin Cam 110B engine. As with the CVO, a slender 130mm wide cast aluminum spoked wheel leads the way while the rear sports a thick 240mm tire. A chopped front fender contrasts against the Breakout’s thick fork while the drag-style handlebar and shaved fuel tank console help provide a low profile.
The engine and other powertrain components feature a mix of chrome and glossy black paint. Harley-Davidson also gave a gloss black finish to the cast aluminum oil tank, fork lowers, exhaust shields and the handlebar. Another feature is the side-mounted license plate and combined stop/turn/tail lights to give the rear fender a clean, uncluttered look.
“With Breakout we got down to motorcycle essentials, which means emphasizing the powertrain and the wheels,” says Kirk Rasmussen, Harley-Davidson styling manager. “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 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout is available in Vivid Black for $17,899 or in either Big Blue Pearl or Ember Red Sunglo for $18,299. Anti-lock brakes and Harley-Davidson’s security system are available as factory-installed extras.
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