ROAD TEST: 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout Review

By Heath the Chief, Photos by Heath, Riding Shot by Chris Hamrock

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I swear I heard someone say that everyday I was out on this LOW, FAST, SLEEK BEAST!!!!

Harley-Davidson really went above and beyond anything they have ever put together, in this motorcycle. The Breakout is one of the amazing new bikes to come out of the Custom Vehicle Operations department. Oh and don’t forget this bike has a limited availability! These bikes have very low production numbers. This booming, low, fast, kick back, ass kicking, head turning iron horse features the Twin Cam 110 powerhouse fun generator. This also comes stock with the six-speed and chain primary drive. I mean it really is like riding the fastest, coolest most bad ass LAZY-BOY you would ever sit on. Oh and no need to look for the remote, you’ll have the most amazing views with every turn.

Really, the more you just stand and look at this bike, the small little details make it really easy to see why everyone thought this was a custom bike. There were a few people that even said, “Hey man who’s the builder?” I said, “Oh, a guy named Harley,” ha ha. Everyone was so impressed and surprised that this was a 100% stock bike.

On to the details; I know it’s a little thing to me but one thing that really stuck out as such the smallest detail that was so cool was the new “Slipstream Custom Controls” They were really that small, little detail that most people wouldn’t notice. Really every pull of the clutch always fit so nicely all the way to the grip. A small detail that Harley put it’s classic touch on. Really a nice thing for the people that can appreciate really smooth styling controls.

The chopped front and rear fenders really keep the sleek low classic custom style to the bike from tip to tail. And the attention to detail on the paint job on the fenders alone will make you dizzy from just staring how beautifully every hand painted line and polished piece comes out. Even the rear fender supports are one big piece of of forged polished chromed. Incredible details.

Ok what really got people in AWE was the paint job. This bike has 3 color options.

  • Hard Candy Gold dust / Liquid Sun w/ Pagan gold graphics
  • Crimson Red Sungold / Scarlet Lace w/ Hammered Sterling Graphics
  • Black Diamond / Molten Silver w/ Crushed Slate Graphics

The bike we had was the Hard Candy Gold Dust option. The coolest thing about this paint job is the Hand Polished Metal Paint w/ Lace effects work they put into this. And you know, this is the first time ever that this paint technology has been used on a production motorcycle. That in itself is pretty damn impressive. Here are some more details about the paint and graphics: “Hard Candy Custom Gold Dust scheme. Mild Flake. They start with several passes of 200 micron flake over a black base, then clear coat it, hand lay in the graphics, and apply many layers of clear coat.” This bike, over and over, you see the attention to detail.

The console on this bike is also nothing that Harley has ever done before. Everything is “Super Slammed and Tight”. It’s the tightest console they have ever produced on a bike. The backlit 4” digital speedo and analog tach are mounted and tucked on the bar risers! Even the handle bars are new for this bike! The air intake really is awesome and screams “BAD ASS BIKE HERE!” Harley calls it their “Heavy Breather”. And It does a whole lot of breathin’ to get this baby roarin’ down the highway. This bike also features a new, low raked from end that helps keep the bike at a low 4.2” to the ground. OH yea, On a side note – you are going to get some interesting new scrapes on your boots. This bike is so low to the ground you really, and I mean really, have to be careful turning this powerhouse. I scraped up the back of 3 pairs of boots. It does help you judge how far over you can go while trying to take a turn, but also gives you some interesting wear marks on your heels. Just hang your heels off the back of the pegs just a little more then normal so you know where you “sweet spot” is when turning. It was always fun to see at what point I was going to scrape my boots. Ahhaa…. The wheels on this bike are another HARLEY FIRST. Harley is calling it their “Turbine Style” wheels. And as fast as this bike is, they really do act as turbines! Another cool thing about these wheels is they are making their Harley-Davidson debut on this bike. Nice…

The seat on this bike really is so stylish, comfortable and functional. It is a 2-piece seat that can easily be for one person or 2. It also has the cool Alligator styling to the pattern. A very nice hump for your rump to enjoy.

At the end of the day, it’s really an amazing bike that is worthy to be on your “BUCKET LIST” of Harley-Davidson bikes to own. So many “firsts” here on this bike. It’s likely to be worth even more than it was purchased for down the line. I’m sure that’s why Harley made this bike in limited production quantities. You really have to get down to a dealer to see thing bike in person. You will be so impressed by all the details and comfort this bike has to offer. Oh…and taking off at the line is pretty damn fun if you know what I mean. Hahaha… It’s a true POWERHOUSE in the Harley-Davidson family and a true work of art for your garage or bike outing. And you will also have the chance to see how many people ask you “THAT’S A STOCK BIKE??!!” Ride on.

PRICE: $26,499

  • Standard Security
  • ABS, Standard
  • Cruise Control, Standard


  • Length 96.3”
  • Seat Height 24.8”
  • Ground Clearance 4.2” !!!
  • Rake 37
  • Trail 5.7”
  • Wheelbase 67.3”
  • Front Tire:130/60B21 63H
  • Rear Tire: 240/40R18 79V
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 Gal.
  • Oil Capacity: 3.5 qt
  • Weight as shipped: 698 lbs.
  • Weight in running order: 728 lbs.


  • Air Cooled, Twin Cam 110B
  • Bore: 4”
  • Stroke: 4.38”
  • Displacement: 110 Cu In.
  • Compression Ratio 9.2:1
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential
  • Port Fuel Injection


  • Primary Drive: Chain. 34/36 ratio


  • Exhaust: Chrome, Shorty Dual Exhaust w/ slashdown chrome mufflers and chrome heat shields.
  • Front /Rear wheel: Mirror Chrome
  • Turbine Custom Wheels
  • Brakes, Caliper Type: 4-Piston fixed front; 2- piston floating rear


  • Engine Torque: 112 ft-lb
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 25.3
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 26.2
  • Fuel Economy: Combined city/hwy 45mpg