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2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout Review: Harley Goes Hot Rod

By August 22, 2012

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2013 Harley Davidson CVO Breakout Review

Harley-Davidson's CVO models tend to be pricey and exclusive enough to rile up people who have a bone to pick with the Motor Company... and yet, they're also all but guaranteed to sell out, their unique finishes and style treatments often trickling down to the standard lineup in subsequent years.

Take, for example, the new-for-2013 CVO Breakout model, which has been slapped with an MSRP of $26,499 and is sure to inspire far more critics than the 1,900 buyers who will plunk down the cash for this raked out cruiser. To find out what makes this shimmering chromed motorcycle unique (including a hand-polished finish that incorporates wild features like tinted clearcoats and actual lace used to mask paint patterns on the tank), read this 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout Review.


Photo Tom Riles

August 22, 2012 at 10:32 am
(1) LTR4ever says:

I want one! The breakout is badass!

August 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(2) scottie says:

You can get a lot more for much less.

Take a high end Yamaha and customize it and you are in well below $20k and have an engine that will take you to 150k before needing a rebuild.

August 25, 2012 at 10:25 am
(3) Gkup says:

Yea but it’s a Yamaha!!!!

August 27, 2012 at 10:34 am
(4) Scottie says:

Hey, Gkup,

What’s your point? You worried that I bought a foreign bike?

I know two kinds of H-D people:

The first group is in debt over their heads and H-D gives them financing just to sell a bike.

The other pays cash for their H-D because their daily driver, that they also paid for outright, is a Lexus (Japanese), Mercedes (German) or BMW (German).

I kinda split the difference. Paid cash for my F-150 (Built in Kansas City), paid cash for my Yamaha.

Only problem I have with my bike that the standard 113 C.I. engine really eats up the tires.

August 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm
(5) Ninja Kev says:

So many bikes have taken on the Harley “look” in the past 20 years trying to draw in the riders who like the Harley look but not the price tag or adherence to the lifestyle. Will there ever be a day when Harleys start to take on some of the characteristics of crotchrockets? It’s doubtful but stranger things have happened. They might garner some new customers who are anti-riceburners but pledge allegiance to the Harley name. Maybe a guy who thought he liked a stout, clunky 700+ lb. machine will find himself enjoying something much more nimble while not “cheating” on his beloved Harley brand. If it happens please don’t mar the beauty of the crotchrocket design by hanging those cute little tassles off of the grips.

August 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(6) LTR4ever says:

@ Scottie, here those Yamaha’s eat up stators real good too.

@ Ninja Kev, come back to earth Kev, people in the good old USA would rather have a Harley then a crotchrocket, that’s why Harley out sell all the crotchrockets combined.

August 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm
(7) Pete says:

You sound like one of those good ole boys who has never been on a bike that
a) Performs
b) Turns
c) Stops

HD tried a few times to build a sport bike…they were dismal failures. Then Buell tried too…he gave up and bolted in a European motor…still a dismal failure. At last HD was smart enough to stick to their strength. (EB ain’t as bright)
Funny how HD vs. everyone else always gets tempers riled up, but that’s a 2 way street. You like over weight, under performing, over priced, 1957 vintage barges. (There! I said it!) I, and many others, like bikes that actually respond when you give them some input.
Curiously enough, the “rice burners” (I can’t believe there’s morons out there that actually still use that term) do BOTH cruisers and sport bikes well. Deal with it.

August 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(8) Joe says:

WOW, do you people really think you are going to convert someone to the type of bike you ride by putting down the type of bike they ride?I Just enjoy what you like to ride and move on with your lives.

August 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm
(9) Addison says:

Well guys I have a ol harley it’s a softail custom. I’ll but it against any other cruiser out and I will eat their lunch with a heavier and smaller motored bike. Victory and ricers have put larger motors so they can try and keep up. I might have more money invested but I put it in American companies not any imported crap. And my truck is a ford and my wife’s car is a Lincoln. I don’t believe in buing over seas that’s it in a nut shell.

August 31, 2012 at 5:43 am
(10) Bob Allgaier says:

’99 Dyna Wide Glide replaced with 2001 Soft tail Deuce,replaced with ’05 screamin eagle cvo v-rod. Just ordered a 2013 cvo Soft tail Breakout.Most Harley traditionalists view the v-rod with disdain. I’ve held on to it becauseI love it and haven’t been interested in any other models until now. The design and the torque of the Breakout have convinced me to take the leap. However,I’m definitely going to keep my custom v-rod until I’m confident I won’t regret parting with it. Prior to the above,I’ve owned various makes. I don’t get the need to categorize people by what they ride. In my opinion there should be a common bond between everyone on 2 wheels.

August 31, 2012 at 9:25 am
(11) Scottie says:


You did not “invest” in your bike, you “spent”.

Also, the foreign parts in any American car or bike can range from 20% to 50%.

August 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(12) Addison says:

You know what gets me is buying something and you know that it is foreign. I’m a leatherneck and proud of it I fought for five years and I have pride in my country. The day I buy foreign is the day I die. And I’m not saying that the foreigns are made poorly but my money is in an American company that has American works eatin American food.

September 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(13) Scottie says:

Hey, Addison,

Thank you for your service in the Marines.

Don’t want to drag this on too much further, but…

We have to read labels.

Unless you eat at a high end restaurants or buy at a specialty market – much of your shrimp and fish come from kinda swampy farms in the Pacific Rim.

Many of our fruits and vegetables are carted in as well. And those button mushrooms in bottles and cans – China. We try to support the Hudson River Valley Farmers whenever we can. Just came back to the city with a big haul of fruit, vegetables, etc.


September 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(14) Bernie says:

I bought mine today. Ships on October 11, 2012. Red Sunglo/Lace.

December 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm
(15) Jack gravallese says:

I bought a black one it ships December 13 traded my wide glide and Scottie this is a harley who wants a yamaha

January 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(16) CaligirlinMD says:

Just ordered mines in Crimson Red and it will be here on Tuesday!!!!! Went from a GSX-R600 Suzuki 600 to a Harley Davidson CVO Breakout and I don’t know about the rest of ya’ll, but I’m excited as HELL!!!!!

January 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(17) Airship says:

Ordered my red breakout in november , she ships tomorrow , 4 dealers have already tried to buy it off me before I take delivery within the past 3 days. The RED is hard to come by at ANY Cost


Yamaha’s are great in the dirt, probably the Best , but harley Commands the Road , always has / always will, and the New ‘Breakout ” is the Best of the Best in factory custom

Makes me wanna ride my yamaha 175 off a cliff , and pull out my ’69 honda Z50A and take a spin around the block

March 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm
(18) RotNKid says:

Just bought mine today! Been on Harleys for 20 years! Still own a Susuki and Kaw. This is the third Harley in my stable! I ride over 15k every year< just have more choices when i ride!

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