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2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout Review


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Introduction: What Makes a Breakout?
2013 Harley-Davidson FXBSE Breakout

The 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout, seen here in its three available color schemes.

Photo © Harley-Davidson
The 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout is the newest member of the Custom Vehicles Operations family, and is priced at $26,499. Production will be limited to only 1,900 bikes for the 2013 model year.

This factory custom hot rod is built on the Softail platform, with the usual trademark ingredients of a low volume CVO model including an air-cooled Twin Cam 110 (1,802 cc) v-twin producing a thumpy 112 ft-lbs of torque at a relatively low 3,500 rpm. Air is fed to the fuel-injected powerplant through a Heavy Breather intake covered in chrome, and its cleaning element is washable while a rain sock can be added for wet weather protection. The engine is mated to a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission with a slipper clutch, and standard features include ABS, cruise control, keyless ignition, and a commemorative CVO ignition key with a display box.

While CVO models tend to get plenty of attention for their hot rodded drivetrains, it's the innovative paint and chrome finishes that provide the biggest strong draw for prospective buyers-- and the Breakout is no exception. Available in Black Diamond/Molten Silver with Crushed Slate graphics, Crimson Red Sunglo/Scarlet Lace with Hammered Sterling graphics, or Hard Candy Gold Dust/Liquid Sun with Pagan Gold graphics, these finishes require unique prep and painting processes to complete their unusual looks. For instance, all involve a hand-polished metal finishing process that passes over the steel fuel tank and fenders with 10 hand sanding passes which start with 150 grit, and end with 3,000 grit. Intentionally "hand worked" marks remain before the polished steel is clear coated. The "Hard Candy Gold Dust" bike adds a tinted clear coat, while the "Crimson Red Sunglo" includes a black candy color that's literally sprayed over lace fabric on top of a silver base. The hand-masking process means that no two parts end up having the same pattern.

The package is rounded out with loads of chrome bits, new 21 inch front and 18 inch rear polished and chromed cast aluminum turbine wheels, and 49mm front forks which are set wider than previous FX Softail models. The rear end is also wider, with a 240mm tire and a forged aluminum rear fender supports which offer 4 pounds of weight savings compared to other Softail models.

Related: 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup, 2014 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: What is Project Rushmore?

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