It’s straightforward to think about Harley-Davidson as old fashioned, 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 usA. for 2023.
The time overseas did not 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 recent 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 Road Glide ST fashions, so ultimate tuning could 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 elective.
They are saying chrome don’t get you house. But it surely by no means actually left, so it’s changing some earlier matte paint finishes. Rear fender helps, aspect covers, muffler shields, flip indicators, mirrors all get the remedy. 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 shade 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 emblem colours plus a gray/silver choice are being provided.
Launch date forthcoming.
2023 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout Technical Specs and Worth
|ENGINE||117c.i., oil-cooled, 8-valve, 45-degree V-twin|
|BORE x STROKE||103.5 x 114.3mm|
|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 (Based mostly on Highway Glide ST specs)|
|CLAIMED TORQUE||127 ft-lbs @ 3750 rpm (Based mostly on Highway Glide ST specs)|
|WHEELS, FRONT/REAR||Solid aluminum; 19 in./16 in.|
|RAKE/TRAIL||34.0º/5.7 in. (Based mostly on 2020 Softail Breakout)|
|WHEELBASE||66.7 in. (Based mostly on 2020 Softail Breakout)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||26.2 in. (Based mostly on 2020 Softail Breakout)|
|FUEL CAPACITY||5.0 gal.|
|CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT||TBD|