As we have witnessed, there is resurgence in chopper-town as of late. Lowered and raked bikes are making a comeback, albeit more function over form than in years past. Take Harley-Davidson’s Breakout for instance. First on the scene as a big-bucks CVO-only model last year, it has now been introduced in the form of a production model that those of us in the lesser tax brackets can also climb aboard.
This 710-pound factory-ready raked-out machine is sleek enough to be a modern chopper, but has many design cues that hark back to a time when custom vans and halter-tops ruled the roost. A stout, but not stupidly sized, 240-rear tire on an 18-inch wheel does a good job of filling out this bike’s buxom rearend. Up front, a big-inch ’60s gasser-style wheel makes for great rolling stock. The Breakout also comes standard with a sweet set of wide drag bars atop a raked frontend that feel good even on long 200-plus-mile rides. This is all nice and good, but the real treat of the Breakout is the103ci engine that makes for a gutsy motor scooter when the throttle is wicked. With the slick sheetmetal and great choices of color, all you need to do is climb aboard and get those knees in the breeze for some true cycling satisfaction.
Just the Facts
Engine Twin Cam 103
Trans Six speed
Wheels Gasser cast aluminum 8×18-inch rear 3.5×12-inch front
Fuel Capacity 5 gallons
Colors Ember Red Sunglo; Big Blue Pearl; Vivid Black
MSRP $17,899 (Black); $18,299 (Colors)