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2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout Review: Premium Cruiser or Bargain Harley?

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Introduction: Harley-Davidson's Trickle Down Cruiser Theory
2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout

The Breakout's seat sits 26 inches above ground, or 24.7 inches when laden.

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The $26,499 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout is a serious exercise in custom cruiser excess: not a square inch of its exterior surfaces is devoid of chrome or eye-catching paint treatments (options include unusual treatments including mirror-like gold finishes and patterns literally created using lace stencils). But sometimes-- in fact, often-- buyers aren't interested in (or financially capable of) taking such a steep plunge, and for that reason Harley spun off a lower-priced, non-CVO version of the Breakout as a 2013.5 model.

Priced at $17,899 in black or $18,299 in blue or red, the standard issue Harley-Davidson Breakout comes equipped with a similarly stretched-out stance and the same basic chassis layout as its higher-priced cousin. But the Breakout gets a toned-down air-cooled 103B (1,690cc) v-twin, which produces 95.5 lb-ft of torque compared to the CVO's 110B (1,802cc) mill that's capable of a thunderous 112 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. Both models have 6-speed transmissions with hydraulically actuated clutches and belt final drive, and come equipped with a wide 240mm rear tire.

The standard Breakout's fork rake angle is slightly less chopper-ish, measuring 35 degrees (compared to the CVO's 37 degrees.) If you thought the CVO's lean angles were limited (at 25.3 and 26.2 degrees), the standard model's measurement of 23.4 degrees make it even more likely to scrape pegs. Incidentally, the standard Breakout weighs in at a porky 710 pounds, which is 18 pounds lighter than its chrome-laden CVO counterpart.

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