2013 Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout Evaluation

Harley-Davidson is aware of make a cruiser with angle, and the 2013 FXSB Breakout is yet one more instance. Lengthy, low, and powered by 103 cubic inches of American V-Twin muscle, it’s exceptional to suppose it’s 10 years outdated now. It’s additionally exceptional to suppose that Jon Langston’s writing hasn’t graced the digital pages of Motorbike.com in a decade. Right here, driving a Harley, Jonny is in his factor. Get pleasure from going again in time with this overview.

By Jon Langston Mar. 13, 2013

Pictures by Brian J. Nelson

With a protracted, low stance and styling that places the emphasis on its main parts, the brand new Harley-Davison FXSB Breakout is a no-nonsense energy cruiser that embodies the spirit of motorcycling whereas eschewing the trimmings of trendiness.

The brand new Softail manages this feat by holding it easy, silly. The delicate styling touches maintain the give attention to its elements – an indication that the times of extremely stylized bikes just like the Cross Bones are quickly receding within the Motor Firm’s rear view mirror.

If the Breakout sounds acquainted, it ought to; it’s the brooding youthful brother of final yr’s CVO Breakout. However whereas that $26,499 bike is awash in chrome and sparkle, the manufacturing mannequin, in dealerships in April, is a stripped-down, no-BS model that ought to garner a far wider viewers – thanks largely to its $17,899 price ticket.

Harley’s new Softail speaks with a growl and carries a thundering 103-inch stick.

For the primary time, Harley has adopted one among its CVO bikes with a mass-produced model that goals for a wider demographic. This was not an afterthought; these bikes have been developed concurrently, with the limited-production CVO serving as a tasty hors d’oeuvre to the meat-and-potatoes meal served right here.

Make no mistake: the Breakout is a bona fide knockout. But it surely achieves its enchantment by means of poise and confidence fairly than flash and sprint. The entrance controls mix with a attain to the handlebar to place the rider in a broad-shouldered, four-point stance. Twin staggered mufflers give the motor a imply growl as an alternative of an obnoxious bark. The 35-degree rake and 5.7 inches of path contribute to the lengthy, low-slung look, and the huge 49mm fork permits the 130mm entrance tire to place a daring foot ahead.

With a 1.25-inch drag-style handlebar and gasser-style wheels, the Breakout forges a menacing presence. Be aware the alternately-polished aluminum spokes.

The Breakout’s id is anchored by its use of gloss black on chrome; it’s an expertly utilized scheme that retains the bike from trying like only a stripped-down Softail. The gloss black adorns the body and swingarm, headlight bucket, exhaust shields, oil tank, rotors, handlebar, and fork lowers, and it performs off the chrome on the higher fork, air cleaner, fender struts, head covers and pipes to attract the attention towards the Breakout’s main parts: its engine and wheels. The doughty look is complemented by a demure handlebar-mounted speedo (with digital trip- and twin odos, range-to-empty counter and clock) and unadorned sprint.

The clipped rear fender is positioned near the tire, so there’s no mild shining by means of between the rubber and the metallic – a mode crime that detracts from the fats tire profile on so many different low-pro choppers. The passenger pillion options tool-less removing that exposes no bolt holes.

Chopped fenders and a side-mounted license plate expose loads of rubber.

Within the saddle, the Breakout’s 24.7-inch seat top needs to be greater than accessible sufficient for any rider to plant his or her toes at a cease. The ahead controls are massive and intuitive. The stretch to the drag bar, nevertheless, is just not insignificant, and the impact is compounded by the widespread placement of the grips. On our journey across the Florida countryside, the huge attain appeared incongruous to the bike’s dealing with – however then, Florida’s notoriously straight and flat roads not often require a rider to make use of a lot leverage. Nonetheless, this might turn into a consolation difficulty over the lengthy haul, notably for short-armed motorcyclists.

With its huge drag-style handlebar, even average-sized riders must stretch to achieve the grips.

The posture is interactive, although, and when the Breakout pulls strongly from a cease, the rider is ready. Energy is easy and beneficiant, rider suggestions is liberal, and the Breakout’s plush suspension retains the bumps on the pavement the place they belong.

The Breakout’s 710-pound moist weight and 23.4-degree lean angle make the bike simple to manuever by way of weight shifts, even with that fats 240 out again.

The Twin Cam 103B engine is as ardent as you’d count on from Harley’s stalwart powerplant. Pushing 95.5 ft.-lb. of crankshaft-rated torque, it combines with a six-speed tranny to ship efficiency on par with any of Harley’s present manufacturing Softails. Whether or not tearing down the freeway or cruising the boulevard, the Breakout delivers.

The Breakout is available in Vivid Black; for $400 additional you will get it in Huge Blue Pearl or Ember Purple Sunglo (our favourite).

With assured grace and steadfast confidence – and an MSRP lurking at or close to the underside of the vary – the brand new FXSB Breakout absolutely stands as one of many Softail line’s coolest prospects. As with all new Harley-Davidsons, a two-year guarantee with limitless mileage is commonplace, and Good Safety and anti-lock brakes are optionally available.

The brand new Breakout made its debut on Important Road throughout Daytona Seaside Bike Week.