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The 2013 Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Breakout™ motorcycle is muscle in motion. This new, limited-production Softail® model from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations™ combines the unrelenting power of the Twin Cam 110B™ engine with a level of custom detailing unmatched on a production motorcycle. Curbside, the Breakout rests with a proud rake and dazzling finish. On the road, the CVO Breakout is a chrome-plated fist punching the air with each twist of the throttle.
Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycles are customized using exclusive components and paint treatments combined with numerous items from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories®. The CVO program is often used to introduce new custom components and techniques before they are offered as individual accessories.
Breakout is intended to project a tough attitude, according to Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen.
“We begin by stripping the bike down to the bones and building up from there,” said Rasmussen. “Stylist Mark Daniels penned a tough-looking hot rod concept and we were off to the races. To create a compact, muscular profile we’ve chopped the fenders to the legal limit so more tire rubber is revealed at both ends of the bike. The same principle is applied to the console, where we shaved it down and used braided steel lines for vent tubes. This gives us a larger canvas for paint and finishes, an essential element of the CVO formula.”
The CVO Breakout story begins with its Twin Cam 110B engine, a 110-cid V-Twin that pumps out 112 ft. lbs. of peak torque to give the CVO Breakout the best power-to-weight ratio of any current CVO model. The CVO Breakout takes production motorcycle paint to a new level of true customization. Two paint schemes feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. A third paint option incorporates hand-laid lace stenciling. The amount of manual finishing required to create these painted parts makes each set of bodywork unique.
New polished chrome Turbine wheels are another styling highlight to debut on the CVO Breakout.
“We gave the Turbine wheel a good deal of drama by pulling the spoke ridges all the way through to the rim, which help make the wheel diameter look larger,” said Rasmussen. “The front wheel has 21 spokes. I think the ridges on the rear wheel look a little scary. The dramatic diameter of the 21-inch front wheel with a 130mm tire and the 18-inch rear wheel with a 240mm tire give the bike a strong proportional foundation.”
Other custom details introduced on the CVO Breakout include a wide front end with a mini headlamp nacelle, and a chromed cast-aluminum oil tank. The Softail chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilizes rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame rails. Electronic cruise control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), keyless ignition, and the Harley-Davidson factory security system are standard equipment on the CVO Breakout.
Key CVO Breakout Custom Features
Black Diamond and Molten Silver with Crushed Slate graphics. This combination features polished steel areas on the fuel tank and fenders that require 10 hand-sanding passes, beginning with 150 grit and finishing with 3000 grit, and a three-step final-polishing treatment. This process produces a high-luster finish with intentional hand-worked marks that make each part unique. The color elements are then applied, followed by coats of candy and standard clear that let the polished steel shine through. This color is paired with a black-leather seat.
Hard Candy Gold Dust and Liquid Sun with Pagan Gold graphics. This paint set also features polished-steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders, but the candy clear coat is tinted to give the polished areas the gleaming Liquid Sun tone. Gold Dust is created by applying large metal flake over a black base, and finishing it with the tinted clear. This color is paired with a black-leather seat.
Crimson Red Sunglo and Scarlet Lace with Hammered Sterling graphics. To create a graphic effect on the lower portions of the fuel tank and fenders, Black Candy is sprayed through lace fabric placed over a Silver base color, and finished with a layer of Scarlet Candy. Because the lace is applied by hand, no two painted parts will have the same exact pattern. This color is paired with a rich, brown-leather seat.