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Harley-Davidson FXSB 1340 Low Rider Sturgis

Harley-Davidson 2013 FXSB Breakout ride review

2013 FXSB Softail

Shadow and Robert Filla

12, 2013

I could swear I it growling at me. “C’mon. What’re ya for? Let’s hit the road, The Harley-Davidson FXSB Breakout impatiently sat before me was striking—a study in black and chrome.

But black.

The kicked-out front end the Breakout a long, low and aggressive

The Breakout was revealed the first of Daytona Bike Week a little more than six after the introduction of its blingier the 2013 FXSBSE CVO Breakout. The was the first new-model CVO that a new non-CVO model, rather the other way around. But the Model 2013.5 Breakout is most not an afterthought, with the CVO and standard engineers in collaboration from the

When the CVO Breakout was introduced, Styling Manager Kirk explained, “We begin by stripping the down to the bones and building up there.” One could say that the up” of the new Breakout stopped short of but still includes enough touches to firmly establish it as one of the models in the Softail line.

The shares many of the same as its CVO precursor, such as the 96.3” and 67.3” wheelbase, four-piston front brake and two-piston rear, 5-gallon fuel and primary drive, and six-speed ratios. On both models, the plate bracket has been to hang off the left rear strut, with the turn doubling as tail and brake This, in combination with the low-clearance rear fender exposes a huge swath of the fat tire, gives the Breakout its bearing.

In keeping with the Breakout’s lines, the speedometer sits low on the clamp

There are, some major differences. The is powered by a 103” Twin as opposed to the 110” powerplant drives the CVO models. But the compression is a peppy 9.8:1 rather the CVO’s more civilized

That said, fuel suffers a bit with the Breakout, a 42 mpg rating (the CVO is rated at The Breakout reaches peak fairly quickly; maximum of 95.5 ft/lbs is attained at rpm, compared to the CVO model takes 3500 rpm to reach its max of 112 ft/lbs (Note that measures power at the crankshaft and not at the wheel, so don’t get overly by these statistics. Dyno kings should probably off at least 20 percent to arrive at realistic numbers.)

The CVO’s is 37 degrees, while the standard has been reduced to 35, however, the tree clamps are angled to out the forks two degrees, thereby the 5.7” trail. Furthermore, the valving was adjusted and the oil tank to give the rear tire room to travel. Our Harley claims these tweaks intended to make the Breakout’s more manageable.

Cosmetic are subtle, yet snazzy, with our glossy Vivid Black also applied to the new oil tank, lowers, handlebar, headlight brake rotors, and various parts, complemented by just chrome strategically placed on the forks, fender struts, air exhaust, and other components. The of the muted tone is to highlight the and the tires, and that effect is nicely.

There’s just enough to provide relief against the Vivid Black paint

The from the back presents an of fat rear tire

Exclusive to the are the gear-shaped, glass-filled emblems on side of the tank, adding to the statement of toughness and power. A chrome cover tops the itself, finished with a molded leather strip down to the junction of seat and And to carry on the low-profile look, set flush against the handlebar is the analog speedometer, which push-button digital readouts for dual tripometer, clock, and range.

The powertrain is powder black with chrome and the muffler shields received a black-on-chrome treatment, giving the exhaust setup a totally and classy look. The exhaust in against the bike nicely, as saving your jeans, or rain gear from holes and the pipes from scuffs. The low 26” seat also providing most riders plenty of knee bend stopped, thereby preventing contact.

Instead of the Mirror Turbine wheels that with the CVO, the standard sports hot-rod inspired cast aluminum wheels 10 alternating spokes. The front is wrapped in a 130/60 B21 Dunlop would have appeared skinny when mated the fat 240/40 R18 rear rubber, for the hefty 49mm wide forks—in fact, the widest in the family—that balance the bike’s appearance.

The hot rod-inspired Gasser consist of 10 spokes that black powder coat and edges to reveal cast

Continuing along the sturdy of the front end are the stout risers bring the beefy 1.25” drag bars a just a bit to the rider. The bike weighs in at 710 wet–18 pounds less the CVO version. And I could feel 710 pounds as I lifted it off the kickstand. The is that, pulling away a stop, there’s a solid to the front end as the bike moves with confidence.

Don’t you can coast through low-speed though; the Breakout needs a throttle feed while to encourage that fat rear to fall in line with the Fortunately, the wide, slightly bars help to more deliver the pilot’s steering

An aggressive riding position the slightly sinister, long-and-low of this burly bruiser. my feet fell naturally the forward controls, the bars a reach for my 5’ 4” frame. The Breakout was of fun riding through Daytona around The Loop and along the River, but I would probably to swap out the stock seat and with Harley’s Reduced Solo Seat and Reduced or Mini-Ape Handlebar before to ride longer distances.

A of other parts and accessories released with the introduction of the and they include several seat styles, along detachable hardware for a sissy bar and rack, leather saddlebags, and the to swap the Gasser wheels for the wheels, rotors, and sprocket come with the CVO Breakout.

my daytime test ride, the seat proved quite with its tapered front and lumbar support. To my great the suspension functioned extremely dispatching bumps and uneven surfaces with ease. the Breakout’s steering is straight and and handles curves quite at speed, it’s designed to be a and not a sportbike; the lean angle of on each side combined the 4.7” ground clearance cause the foot peg feelers to long before the bike maximum lean.

This bike is not an entry-level and, as such, is not meant for the new nor is it a canyon carver or a long-haul machine. It’s intended to as a high-end cruiser; a bar hopper to and show off around town, or dash between stops on a run. To drive home point, the Harley-Davidson press kit the Breakout doing burnouts on the

I can’t say I’ve ever Harley promote shredding in their promotional materials

Harley-Davidson FXSB 1340 Low Rider Sturgis

With the exception of the 2013 Softail Classic Anniversary the Breakout is the priciest model in the line, although the Heritage Classic and Softail Deluxe far behind. That said, the is quite a bit less than the sticker price of the CVO Breakout. The for the Breakout in Vivid Black is and colors Big Blue Pearl and Red Sunglo are $18,299.

The optional package that includes Smart Security system and ABS $1,195.

Harley-Davidson Breakout Impressions: The author’s primal hog erupts

2013 H-D FXSB Breakout

by Robert Filla

The first time I ever saw a Big Harley I was 12 years old. It was a Duo Glide, resplendent in metal blue with massive saddlebags, a white buddy and a windshield as big as a billboard. The second Pan I was a year later in front of a bar.

It was all black–partly paint the balance being grease and A long-distance machine, it sported a seat, throw-over leather (with what looked a bullet hole through and a set of drag bars. Each of bikes was captivating in its own special The first you’d take dancing—the second, dirty

And in the spirit of the latter, Harley-Davidson’s new “standard” model is much than a watered-down variant of its CVO sibling. It captures almost evil aspect of motorcycling initially lured me into two-wheel life.

From its 35 degrees of rake (as compared to the CVO coming in at 37 degrees) to its extra ½” of clearance (4.7” over the 4.2”), this machine was to ride, and ride hard. The footpegs, shifter and rear pedal are well positioned for a posture. Atop beefy are stubby 1.25” diameter bars that carry a hint of curvature, but allow of the most stable handling rider has been exposed to in a time.

That bad-boy is further accented by the dished-out that provides a low 26” seat While the distance between the and the seat pocket offers a stance and was comfortable for me, not many under six feet will be this to Sturgis. But I would.

Being raised on traditional suspension systems, I’ve carried much affection for the configuration. That is until And while I’m also not a huge fan of the big syndrome, somehow the 130mm x 21” assembly seems to balance out huge chunk of 240 x 18” rear making the riding experience than simply enjoyable, a true hot-rod experience home by the ample 103” B motor.

This “sum of rocks in all the right ways. And the front end seemed a little at low speeds, I soon discovered the solution to alleviate the problem—go

So keep your ABS brakes, heat shields and keyless I don’t need the CVO Breakout’s wheels, 110” engine or control, either. Even the Vivid Black paint job suffice.

Because this of bike is the reason I started motorcycles in the first place. And the money I save over the I can extend that ride to all the way to Biketoberfest.

Exclusive to the Breakout are the tank medallions an graphics as the chrome and black powder-coated for the primary and clutch cover

Harley-Davidson FXSB 1340 Low Rider Sturgis
Harley-Davidson FXSB 1340 Low Rider Sturgis


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