Top 5 Favorite Things About the 2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout Softail
The High Output Twin Cam 103B of the 2017 Breakout was by no means a slouch. In fact, it was one of my favorite features of the 2017 Breakout. But the 114 – oh, man. This things got some kick. Bigger pistons (3.87” to 4.016”), longer stroke (4.374” to 4.5”) a higher compression ratio (9.6:1 to 10.5:1) add up to almost 20 more claimed ft-lbs. of torque. The engine is super responsive thanks to a ton of low-end. The needle climbs a little higher on the speedo and revs a bit higher in first gear compared to the ’17 Breakout. Slipping into second gear snapped my head back. Just above 3000 rpm is its happy place in the middle gears, and roll-on in higher gears is markedly improved. Quicker off the line and more passing power, the Milwaukee-Eight 114 delivered everything I hoped it would.