Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout First Look Preview



Shinier and a bit faster: The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout.

Shinier and a bit sooner: The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout. (Harley-Davidson/)

It’s straightforward to consider Harley-Davidson as old skool, conventional and extremely averse to threat. However one take a look at the ever-expanding (and shrinking) household tree suggests they usually pivot, break issues and clear up properly afterwards. After taking a semester or two overseas in European markets, the Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout is again in the united statesA. for 2023.

The time overseas didn’t refine or soften the Breakout’s edges. It nonetheless retains a drag-centric silhouette, with stance and rake made for quarter-mile stoplight contests, not nation journeys for contemporary baguettes. That’s excellent news for followers of Milwaukee’s most aggressive Softail. It’s thankless work crafting press releases, so let’s give one to the H-D scribe: “The Breakout mannequin is designed to rule the road with type and energy.”

Deleted from the Motor Firm’s cruiser rolls in 2022, the Softail Breakout returns with a barely greater engine, the venerable Milwaukee-Eight 117 cubic inch mill. This bests the earlier 114 cubic inch motor’s torque by 8 ft lb, touchdown at 127 ft lb of torque. This quantity is predicated on Highway Glide and Avenue Glide ST fashions, so last tuning might differ barely.

Aside from its beating coronary heart, the Breakout hasn’t modified a lot. However there’s a number of tweaks, revisions and enhancements. It now will get a 5-gallon gasoline tank, a large improve from the earlier 3.5-gallon cell. Bars and riser have been revised, they’re now 0.75 inches taller for higher attain. Notably, cruise management is now customary, with Traction Management non-compulsory.

They are saying chrome don’t get you residence. However it by no means actually left, so it’s changing some earlier matte paint finishes. Rear fender helps, facet covers, muffler shields, flip indicators, mirrors all get the therapy. A sporty pod-style air filter caps the Heavy Breather consumption, and it will get new 26-spoke cast-aluminum wheels completed in gloss black with machined particulars. Mathematically talking, It’s a 30% improve from the earlier 20-spoke wheels. Official colour names haven’t been launched, however way of life photographs function Harley Orange, a pleasant nod to conventional competitors livery. Two gloss black variations with differing brand colours plus a gray/silver choice are being provided.

Launch date forthcoming.

The official portrait: The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in “Harley Orange”.

The official portrait: The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in “Harley Orange”. (Harley-Davidson/)

Fender supports and sidecovers get the chrome treatment.

Fender helps and sidecovers get the chrome therapy. (Harley-Davidson/)

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in gloss black and orange logo colors.

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in gloss black and orange brand colours. (Harley-Davidson/)

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in black and to-be-named silver logo scheme.

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in black and to-be-named silver brand scheme. (Harley-Davidson/)

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in grey/silver and yet-to-be-named blue logo scheme.

The 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout, in gray/silver and yet-to-be-named blue brand scheme. (Harley-Davidson/)

2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout Technical Specs and Value

PRICE TBD
ENGINE 117c.i., oil-cooled, 8-valve, 45-degree V-twin
BORE x STROKE 103.5 x 114.3mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.2:1
FUEL DELIVERY Digital Sequential Port Gasoline Injection
CLUTCH Hydraulically-actuated w/ help and slipper operate
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed, belt drive
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 106 horsepower @ 4750 rpm (Primarily based on Highway Glide ST specs)
CLAIMED TORQUE 127 ft-lbs @ 3750 rpm (Primarily based on Highway Glide ST specs)
FRAME TBD
FRONT SUSPENSION TBD
REAR SUSPENSION TBD
FRONT BRAKE TBD
REAR BRAKE TBD
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Forged aluminum; 19 in./16 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR TBD
RAKE/TRAIL 34.0º/5.7 in. (Primarily based on 2020 Softail Breakout)
WHEELBASE 66.7 in. (Primarily based on 2020 Softail Breakout)
SEAT HEIGHT 26.2 in. (Primarily based on 2020 Softail Breakout)
FUEL CAPACITY 5.0 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT TBD
WARRANTY TBD
AVAILABLE TBD
CONTACT harley-davidson.com