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Zero to 60: Harley-Davidson

Jun 03, 2015 02:24PM ● Published by Dia

Founded in 1903 by William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, Harley-Davidson has built a decisively loyal following for its inspired motorcycles. Reinventing its engineering for more than a century, the Milwaukee-based manufacturer has a stronghold on the American Dream—which now includes one of its two-wheeled beauties.

It takes a moment to fully appreciate all the 2015 Breakout has to offer. Designed with a wide and impactful rear wheel in true “gasser” form, this bike harkens back to the dragsters of the 1950s and ’60s. True to the time period, the considerably cropped fenders are just large enough for the chrome struts to lay claim. The minimalist design only accentuates the dramatic size differential between the front and rear wheels. Even the license plate has been side-mounted to keep that distinctively clean look.

What sets the Breakout apart from its older Softail siblings is its length. At just a hair longer than 93 inches and a wheelbase of 67 inches, the Breakout is the longest member of the family. Harley took the frame and gave the steering head a 35-degree rake, which is a dramatic difference to the 31-degree rake on the celebrated Fat Boy. Combined with the low-slung seat at just 26.4 inches, this bike has a muscular stance that is only refined by the gleam of the wheel’s alternating chrome spokes. Those looking for even more shine can opt for the Hard Candy Custom Paint in colors like Quicksilver Flake or Radioactive Green for an additional $1,200.

Throwing off a muscular look is one thing, but backing it up is another. Behind this bike is Harley’s 1690cc Twin Cam 103TM engine that carries on the brand’s engineering prowess with more “stump-pulling” torque than ever before. A six-speed transmission allows for the perfect blend of smooth shifting for power when it’s needed most. And a lower cruising RPM leaves the rumble for your ears, not your rear.

Whether you are on the bike or not, it is apparent technology and safety were important for the engineering team. The on-board security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms as you approach and walk away from the bike. Even if you forget, with the fob set on your key ring, it’s nice to know safety is always with you.

DETAILS

Engine: Air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103TM

Fuel Capacity: 5 gal.

MPG: 42 mpg

Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive

MSRP: $18,599 and up

In Print Harley-Davidson
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