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2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout Launch Ride

Harley-Davidson’s Breakout celebrates 10 years in 2023, with more cubes, meaner looks and much improved handling. The best selling softail has been given a once over by the motor company and now looks set to continue its sales domination of the cruiser segment in Australia.

First appearing down under back in 2013 as a CVO model, the Breakout was an instant hit. A 2014 CVO model would follow, before Harley-Davidson would release a standard 103 Twin Cam variant in 2015. 2016 would see the Breakout make another appearance in CVO guise, before being an integral part of the launch of the Milwaukee Eight era for Harley-Davidson’s softail models in 2017.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Surprisingly the Breakout was not as big of a sales success in other market regions for the motor company, with Australia and parts of Europe the only regions experiencing strong sales for the model. The 2023 Breakout will be relaunched into America due to strong dealer interest and it easy to see why.

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The 2023 Breakout features strong styling cues harking back to those early CVO iterations. With a focus on adding practicality to the stunning looks of the Breakout, Harley-Davidson have been able to build and produce a much more complete motorcycle for 2023.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

This completeness is due to changes in handling geometry, a larger capacity fuel tank and of course the introduction of the bigger more performance orientated 117 motor. The upgrades don’t stop there either, stunning 26 spoke gloss black custom contrast turbine wheels reminiscent of earlier models are present and chrome is back baby.

In fact all of the styling cues present on the 2023 Breakout mirror custom trends which have been present in Harley-Davidson’s Breakout Boss competition. Big front wheel, in your face paint schemes and of course more performance.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Harley-Davidson have combined those customer wants in a showroom package you can buy straight off the dealership floor and in our opinion have produced a bike that is far more capable and practical than previous models without sacrificing the look and attitude of the bike.

The regions around Bright proved the perfect testing ground to test the metal of what the new Breakout had to offer. Backroads would provide the perfect blend of twisty tight corners and switchbacks, as well as open sweeping bends, long straights and of course some good bumpy country roads to test the softail suspension out.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Our test loop would see us heading out of Bright to Yackandderidah for lunch before heading up to Tawronga Gap for a good fang through the twisties and some peg scraping action and a few more happy snaps before heading back to Bright.

The early stretches of road would allow us to experience how good the 117 Milwaukee Eight power plant truly is, with smooth, crisp responses to throttle, and plenty of oomph when overtaking. This motor is a real beauty, and offers plenty.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

With its heavy breather air cleaner protruding from the side menacingly – all covered in glistening chrome – the 117 produces 76kW of power and 167Nm of torque, and pulls like a freight train.

New for 2023 is cruise control as standard. It’s easy to use and works well. The inclusion of the bigger 18.9-litre fuel tank adds to the touring capability and replaces the smaller Breakout tank fitted on the previous model.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Interestingly, the new seat has been sculpted to fit the tank and offers better support for the rider than before. Yours truly has spent a considerable time testing previous Breakout models and after a hard day’s riding would often feel stiff and sore in the lower back.

Not so with the 2023 model, which can be attributed to the new seat, increased ride height and handling geometry. Handlebars remain within easy reach and all controls are easily accessible and simple to use on the fly too.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

The LCD display integrated into the handlebar remains and displays all required info clearly. Back on the road, we head to Tawronga Gap for a photo shoot, with the ride offering lots of varying terrain to test the Breakout on.

The greater ground clearance and greater lean angle was appreciated, however you could still notice the length and weight of the Breakout when trying to change direction quickly. In fairness, this sort of enthusiastic endeavour was probably not what the bike was designed for.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout Colours
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout Colours

The 2023 Breakout in our humble opinion looks hotter than previous models and remains the undisputed best looking bike in the 2023 Harley-Davidson model line up. The 21 inch front 26 spoke gloss black contrast turbine wheel matched to the 18 inch rear look exquisite.

Colour choices for 2023 are on point and emphasise the Hot Rod custom persona of the Breakout. Those colour options include Vivid Black, Denim Black, Atlas Silver Metallic and the hero colour for the year Baja Orange. Picking a colour for perspective buyers will be a tough task, however for us it would be Baja Orange we would be taking home.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Harley Davidson’s Breakout has been a phenomenon in the Australian cruiser market being the number 1 seller not only for the brand but the segment consistently since it’s inception as a standard softail model. With the new and improved motorcycle not now resting its hat on its looks and being a much more complete motorcycle it is hard to see the sales success ending anytime soon.

Pricing starts from $37,995 ride away for Vivid Black with the other three colours attracting a $365 price premium. The 2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout is backed by a 2-year factory warranty.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Our test bikes were provided by Harley-Davidson Australia as part of the Australian media launch. To find out more about the 2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer. Pictures courtesy of Incite Images.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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