Like the Breakout 107, the Breakout 114 was born of the customer desire for something long, low, and modern. It gets the same new 3.5-gallon fuel tank as the 107 model, and also borrows the headlight from used on Harley-Davidson’s prototype electric motorcycle called Livewire.
But unlike the standard Breakout, the 114 model’s Milwaukee-Eight packs extra displacement for more power and torque across the rev range. Like the 107, dual counterbalancers cancel primary vibration, which allows the 45-degree V-twin to be mounted directly to the frame, improving handling and helping to reduce weight.
Harley-Davidson claims this version of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 is 9 percent faster from 0-60 and 13 percent faster from 60-80 in fifth gear than the Milwaukee-Eight 107 (which itself is 10 percent faster than the High Output Twin Cam 103 in the 2017 Breakout).
The mild-steel tubular frame has been redesigned and is 65 percent stiffer than the outgoing Softail frame. This new frame has 50 percent fewer component parts and 22 percent fewer welds and, with the solid-mount engine, makes for an overall 34 percent more rigid chassis. This new frame (along with other changes) help reduce the weight of the Breakout by 35 pounds for 2018.
The Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) fork Harley-Davidson introduced to much praise on the FL touring line last year is now applied to 2018 Softail motorcycles. The fork reduces weight and provides linear damping characteristics to provide a more comfortable, better controlled ride and improved handling.
At the rear, Harley ditched the old Softail’s under-engine hidden twin shocks in favor of a single under-seat coil-over unit. The changes make shock action conventional--that is the rear wheel hits a bump and compresses the shock--whereas the old design extended the shocks when the wheel hit a bump. The new design improves performance by offering increased wheel travel, improved damping and a larger range of spring preload adjustment, while still maintaining the hardtail look brought about by the “shockless” rear frame triangle.
The 2018 Breakout gets a smattering of other updates in addition to those coming to the entire Softail line. The 5.0-gallon fuel tank has been ditched for a reshaped, smaller 3.5-gallon one, while the analog speedometer has been replaced by a semi-hidden digital one.
The 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout 114 starts at $20,299 in vivid black, and goes up to $20,699 for other paint schemes. ABS is standard.
|2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114|
|Engine:||New Milwaukee-Eight 114|
|Displacement:||114 cu. in./1868cc|
|Transmission:||6-Speed Cruise Drive|
|Torque:||119 lb.-ft. @ 3000 RPM|
|Fuel Economy:||47 mpg|
|Overall Length:||93.3 in.|
|Overall Width:||37.4 in.|
|Seat Height:||25.6 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||4.5 in.|
|Lean Angle (left/right):||26.8/26.8 deg.|
|Wheel Size Front:||21 in.|
|Wheel Size Rear:||18 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||3.5 gal.|
|Running Weight:||672 lb.|