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Harley-Davidson breaks out the 2013 FXSB Breakout

2013 marks the 110th anniversary of American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson and during the Daytona Bike Week the company revealed its latest Softail motorcycle, the 2013 FXSB Breakout.

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Many will certainly recognize the Breakout name, as H-D released a CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) version of the motorcycle back in August of last year and the 2013 FXSB Breakout is the first factory production model to be adapted from a CVO bike, and despite being more sinister looking, it comes with a slightly friendlier price tag.

The Breakout will be priced from £15,645 for the Vivid Black paint job, while the Big Blue Pearl or Ember Red Sunglo alternatives cost £15,945 and features ABS (anti-lock braking system) for the UK, while Harley-Davidson security system is a factory-installed option.

While CVO version is powered by a 110 cubic inch (1,803 cc) Screamin’ Eagle V-twin motor, the 2013 production model mounts a black-and-chrome air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B counter-balanced engine, and H-D claims that the rigid-mounted V-Twin turns out 95.5 ft-lb (130Nm) torque at 3000 rpm.

Like other 2013 Softails, the engine is connected to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission, and features Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection(ESPFI) and Automatic Compression Release (ACR) for easy starting.

Chopped front and rear fenders, adds to the motorcycle’s muscular appearance as do the model specific 10-spoke Gasser wheels with a fat 240mm Dunlop rear tire - the widest tire Harley-Davidson has ever put on a production motorcycle.

Other features include a wide drag-style handlebar, finished in gloss black and the 4” digital speedometer is mounted on the chrome pull-back handlebar riser. The five-gallon fuel tank is topped with a black molded-leather strip and a low-profile chrome cover and the 24.7 inch seat is in two-pieces, which allows easy removal of the passenger pillion.

Harley-Davidson Styling Manager Kirk Rasmussen said about the latest addition to the family, "With Breakout we got down to motorcycle essentials, which means emphasizing the powertrain and the wheels. The black and chrome engine visually pops out of the center the bike, and then to maximize the impact of the tires, the fenders are chopped. We wanted a lot of rubber showing to give the Breakout a tough, muscular look."

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