-- Harley-Davidson announces two new models - Breakout and Street Bob
New for 2013, the Harley-Davidson® Breakout® is an all new model featuring premium finishes and long, low styling. The motorcycle, which first featured as part of the brand’s Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) range, is an urban prowler, delivering a powerful dose of V-Twin torque with every twist of the throttle.
With an authentic swagger that turns heads in traffic and a proud stance certain to draw a curb-side crowd, the Breakout is presented as a premium Long Custom model in the Harley-Davidson range with distinctive finishes and specific components not available on other Harley-Davidson bikes. Long and low-slung, the Breakout features a 240mm rear tire visually balanced with thick forks and chopped fenders, while a shaved tank console and a drag handlebar keep the profile low. A Twin Cam 103™ powertrain and other components are trimmed in gleaming chrome and gloss-black paint to perfectly offset the available colour schemes which include Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo.
Like the acclaimed 2013 CVO™ model that precedes it, the new Breakout model features styling that’s smooth and tight, with a distinct focus on the engine and the tyres. A gloss-black finish, applied to the new cast aluminium oil tank, as well as fork lowers, brake rotors, muffler shields and the handlebar add to the urban street styling. These features and others give the Breakout® a timeless character that defines modern chopper high-end style.
“With Breakout we got down to motorcycle essentials, which means emphasizing the powertrain and the wheels,” says Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen. “The black and chrome engine visually pops out of the center the bike, and then to maximise the impact of the tyres, the fenders are chopped. We wanted a lot of rubber showing to give the Breakout a tough, muscular look.”
The Gasser wheels are new and specific to the Breakout, according to Rasmussen.
“We’ve always loved the gasser-style drag racing wheels from the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Rasmussen. “Our wheels are loosely inspired by those classics. Each wheel has 10 half-round spokes. The gloss-black powdercoat is machined away on alternating spokes and the rim edge to expose the aluminium under the paint.”
“To lower Breakout’s overall profile, we placed the speedometer on the handlebar riser,” says Rasmussen, “and topped the fuel tank with a black leather strip that covers the seam, and a chrome-plated pod that’s just high enough to conceal necessary wiring and vent lines. The handlebar is a new curved drag bend that feels aggressive when you ride.”
The Softail chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilises rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame rails. The Breakout comes with premium paint and graphics throughout and staggered straight cut chrome mufflers with gloss black exhaust shields. The model comes with ABS and the Harley-Davidson factory installed security system as standard.
Harley-Davidson® Breakout® features:
Low slung profile yet a wide, powerful stance
Staggered, straight cut chrome mufflers with gloss black exhaust shields
Long, 67.3-inch wheelbase
Premium paint (Vivid Black / Big Blue Pearl / Ember Red Sunglo) and graphics throughout
Premium black and chrome engine
Clean, low center console
Black, 10-spoke Cast Aluminum Classic Gasser wheels, front and rear
21-inch/130mm front tires, fat 18-inch/240mm rear tires
103 engine identifiers on the derby cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring
Wide, 1.25-inch drag-style handlebar with riser-mounted speedometer
Wide, thick front forks
Low 24.7-inch, two piece, two-up seat
Chopped-style front and rear fenders
Powerful, 1690 cc, rigid-mounted Twin Cam 103B™ counter-balanced engine with Automatic Compression Release
6-speed Cruise Drive® transmission
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
103 engine identifiers on derby cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring
Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS)(Dealer activated option)
Wide, 1.25-inch drag-style handlebar
Forward-mounted foot controls
Low two piece, two-up seat
21-inch front and 18-inch rear Black, 10-spoke Cast Aluminum Classic Gasser wheels
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Gauges and Controls:
Clean, low center tank console
Riser-mounted speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel range countdown feature, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, low fuel warning indicator, low oil pressure indicator, ABS indicator, 6-speed indicator
Start, engine cutoff, left/right turn signals, horn, hi/low beam, hazard warning, odometer display trip switch hand controls
Self-cancelling turn signals
Barrel key, tank console-mounted ignition; fork lock common with ignition key
HD® Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob
Price (Ride away)
New Zealand: NZD$31,995
-- HARLEY-DAVIDSON® UNVEILS NEW STREET BOB® LIMITED EDITION
The new Street Bob® Limited Edition is a rare beast: a pure bobber, pushed further. Inspired by the Harley-Davidson Factory Customization programme, this is a strictly limited edition motorcycle is only available in select markets including Australia and New Zealand.
Restyled for 2013, the Harley-Davidson® Street Bob® Limited Edition is a stripped-down and rowdy bobber based on the Harley-Davidson® Dyna® platform, appealing to riders who appreciate the pure essence of motorcycling. The new model includes an upgraded 1690cc engine to deliver that unmistakable Harley-Davidson rumble through the powerful V-Twin engine at the heart of a bike which boasts stripped-down, eye-catching styling that carries only the most essential equipment.
Embellished with a distinctive two-tone scallop paint and steel laced wheels – complete with attention-grabbing red rims – the new model delivers stand out looks to match its unique sound. The Street Bob® Limited Edition delivers that high-end bobber look and features straight out of the crate, such as ABS as standard equipment.
“Our focus for the Street Bob® is on street appeal,” said Harley-Davidson® Styling Manager Tony Pink. “This bike is for the owner who would order a muscle car with the biggest engine and no radio. As part of this restyle, we cleaned off the rear fender, ditched the battery box trim, and bolted on a classic oval air cleaner cover. The goal is to create an elemental Big Twin that a customer can define as his own.”
The defining elements of the Street Bob are retained for 2013’s Limited Edition – a solo seat, chopped rear fender, and mini ape-hanger handlebar – which give the motorcycle an unmistakable profile. New styling features include a black Twin Cam 103™ power train with highlighted details, blacked-out front end, clean rear fender with combination stop/tail/turn lighting.
Key Street Bob® Limited Edition Features:
Scallop two-tone paint, in Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black
Red Steel Laced wheels; 19-inch front/17-inch rear
Blacked out triple clamps, powertrain, and battery box cover
Clean chopped rear fender with stop/turn/tail lights for a minimalist bobber look with uncovered fender supports
Stainless steel, internally-wired mini ape-hanger handlebar
Mid-mounted rider footpegs and controls
Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers.
Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103™ V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 95.9 ft. lbs. of torque
6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission
17.8 Litre Fat Bob® fuel tank
Rubber isolated handlebar risers with forged top clamp for reduced vibration and simplified customization
Michelin® Scorcher® tyres: 100/90B-19 57H front, 160/70B-17 73V rear
Gauges and Controls:
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard
Full-length wrinkle-black cast console with integrated ignition switch
Price (Ride away):
New Zealand: NZD$25,495
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