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New CVO Breakout and Hard Candy Custom Options Highlight 2013 Harley-Davidsons

For 2013, Harley is introducing the all new CVO Breakout, a stunning Softail (pictured above) with the brawny 110CI Twin Cam engine and loads of high end features…just like the rest of the CVO lineup.

Metal Flake is back with the Hard Candy Custom paint and styling options available on five Harley models, including the striking, green Seventy-Two pictured.

Here is how Harley describes the rest of the changes for 2013.

  • Ten Harley-Davidson models are offered as 110th Anniversary Editions, each serialized and featuring exclusive paint and commemorative solid bronze fuel tank badges. Production will vary by model and will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity. These models come with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment. (See separate release for more details on the 110th Anniversary Editions.)
  • The Harley-Davidson® Street Bob® gets a tougher profile for 2013 with new blacked-out triple clamps and powertrain, and a chopped rear fender with side-mounted license plate and stop/turn/tail lights. This rowdy Dyna bobber features a solo seat and mini-ape handlebar mounted on new risers that make it easier to customize the Street Bob. New paint options include Hard Candy Custom metalflake and a scalloped two-tone option. (See separate release for more details on the 2013 Street Bob.)
  • The Street Bob serves as a great starting point for customization, and now along with the 1200 Custom it can be personalized through H-D1 Factory Customization with options selected by the customer using the online Bike Builder on, and installed as the motorcycle is assembled by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. By choosing from different wheels, paint and engine finishes, the customer can dramatically alter the look of the motorcycle. Different combinations of foot-control location, seat choices and handlebar can be selected to adjust the fit of the motorcycle to rider stature.

  • Hard Candy Custom embraces a trend that’s reemerged from garages around the globe. Now the sparkle of Hard Candy Big Red Flake, Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake and Hard Candy Coloma Gold Flake can be ordered as Original Equipment paint and serve as the foundation for personal customization. At least one Hard Candy Custom color will be offered on these Harley-Davidson motorcycle models: Seventy-Two™, Street Bob®, Blackline®, Softail®Deluxe, and Forty-Eight. New and recently introduced Genuine Motor Accessory and Harley-Davidson®MotorClothes® items extend the Hard Candy Custom theme. (See separate release for more details on Hard Candy Custom.)
  • The 2013 CVO series of limited-production premium custom motorcycles features the new CVO™ Breakout®, a bold Softail® model that takes production motorcycle finishes to a new level with two paint schemes that feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. The CVO Road King® offers the first factory-installed Road King® audio system, and the new detachable Vented Wind Splitter windshield. The super-premium touring CVOUltra Classic® Electra Glide® and shark-nose CVO Road Glide® Custom bagger return with new features for 2013.(See separate release for more details on the 2013 CVO line.)
  • The versatile Harley-Davidson® Sportster® line includes five models, plus the Sportster® 1200 Custom Anniversary Edition. New colors and graphics are offered on all Sportster® models.
  • The traditional “hard tail” lines of the Harley-Davidson Softail® platform are offered on six models, including the Softail® Slim™, a back-to-basics 1950’s-style bobber introduce mid-year 2012. The 2013 Fat Boy® now features Mirror Chrome Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc wheels as standard equipment. The Softail® line also includes Heritage Softail®Classic Anniversary Edition and the Fat Boy® Lo Anniversary Edition.
  • Eight Harley-Davidson® Touring models, from the slammed-and-trimmed Street Glide® to the fully equipped Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, are ready to tackle the long road with fresh color and graphics options. The Road King®Anniversary Edition and Electra Glide® Ultra Limited Anniversary Edition are available in limited quantities for 2013.
  • The smooth-handling 2013 Dyna® line includes the re-styled Street Bob and four more models, plus the Super Glide® Custom Anniversary Edition.
  • The aggressive Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® power-cruiser line features the Night Rod® Special and V-Rod Muscle®, each available in new colors for 2013.
  • Riders looking for a Trike option with Harley-Davidson quality can turn to the Tri Glide® Ultra Classic®, also available Tri Glide® Ultra Classic® Anniversary Edition to celebrate a milestone.

For further details and specifications, visit the Harley-Davidson website.


  1. coleman says:

    I’ve never understood the neigh-sayers against HD. Its just doesn’t matter what you think about another man’s bike. I ride a Duc M696 and I love it. I’ve ridden my friends M1100 and Mutis and 1198’s. Each bike has its aspects that I enjoy. I also ride my Dad’s 07 Street Glide every now and again, and especially if I’m planning on anything over 500 miles. I get it. Its not as fast, its not as light, but its still a cool f****** ride. Its his baby and he loves it… Its what he likes and I can respect that. My pops is not a poser… He rides 10,000 miles a year and has for the past 20 years. He doesn’t buy HD because he thinks they make him look cool. He buys HD because he likes riding them. He likes the riding position and the sound and the feel. So, if you’re a hater and think all HD riders are posers the you’re just wrong. And I don’t understand why the hell you care what another man riders. Spend your money on what you like, ride all you want, and keep your lame ass opinions on what is a better bike to yourself. People are different, bikes are different… Just accept that and move one. You haters make me sick…

  2. richard says:

    Non Riders? seen more klms on HD touring models than any Japanese bike ive ever sold

  3. Jim says:

    I have a 1992 Softail custom. It still looks awesome, and its been handed down by family for the last 20 years. I get quit a few comments on how pretty the bike is.
    I really like riding the bike becuase I know the history and adventures people have had on it.
    If I want fast, I ride Triumph street triple or my Kaw ZX6 track bike.

  4. Auphliam says:

    Nice lookin, but I’d never dump the cash they want for CVO models. Way too steep for my bank account.

    I really don’t understand the people that line up to bash cruiser models with the negative comments. “Form over Function, Useless this or useless that, slow and heavy”. So what?

    Does every chair in your house look like this ? Is every room painted stark white? Just because the function is different, doesn’t mean its wrong. I can’t be the only person in the world that can look at a Harley, Laverda and Suzuki sitting side by side and appreciate all 3 for what they are. WTF?

    • John Tuttle says:

      Dude! I’ve been looking for some chairs exactly like that!

      You make a valid point that it is wrong for people to completely dismiss this type of bike, especially when some people just trash them to H#ll, verbally. That isn’t right. Aesthetics count with any bike. No one wants to ride an ugly bike.

      You point out that “just because the function is different, doesn’t mean its wrong”. I totally agree. But that just doesn’t say very much. All it says is that if a particular bike or type of bike is functionally inferior, the reason can’t simply be that it is different. I like lots of different types of bikes, but with most other types of motorcycle, I do not have much difficulty identifying riding scenarios where that type of bike would be particularly well suited to that riding scenario. For example, some people dismiss adventure tourers, but I don’t, because I can easily identify a riding scenario where that type of bike is particularly well suited. I’ll leave it at that.

  5. Larry says:

    Ok I can appreciate a Harley for what they are. Show. The engine design, transmission, drive system, handling, are still back in the 1950’s. A gentleman commented that he can keep up with sportbikes with his v-rod. OMG!!! like where? I live in mountains of British Columbia, where we have something called coners….lots of them!! If you enjoy going the speed of a motorhome (which is fine) a Harley is a nice cruiser. But if you want to enjoy a “spirited” ride, you will grind your floor boards to nothing. A v-rod can not do much, except go in a straight line.
    Here are simple facts. ie; 2012 V-rod. 1250cc 125hp- 86lbs torque. On the dyno ( HP 105.46 72lbs torque. dry weight 640lbs. 34 degree lean angle. 6.09 lbs per 1 hp
    Lets compare to my 2011 KTM RC-8 (which is by no means the fastest sportbike out there)
    1190 cc 175 hp 95lbs torque. on the Dyno 151.25 hp 84.65lbs torque dry weight 410 lbs
    3.7 lbs per 1 hp.
    So good luck keepin up to a sportbike unless you both happen to be sitting in traffic! LOL
    Harley’s are about a “look”. Belonging to certain culture. But the crap about handling power, reliability,….well… I will just take my 2008 Concours and lay a spanking on anything you got!
    PS Don’t drink Harley’s purple cool-aid. (Damn I guess I am not cool though)

  6. jon says:

    Metal flake paint job! I’m buying…..

  7. Ricardo says:

    Get a V-Rod (I own one) and can keep up with most of the bikes on the road, even sportbikes, you will be amazed of what a wonderful machine it is and is a Harley!! I also own a Ducati 999 by the way, so I know what I am talking about on performance for a cruiser.

  8. John Tuttle says:

    Whatever floats your boat.

    That air filter sticking out to the side and pointing to the front the way it does seems to sort of epitomize the motorcycle as a whole. But of course these bikes are certainly not the only bikes where function takes a back seat to form. But it just seems to me that with these bikes and this type of bike in general, the extent to which form is prioritized over function goes much too far. For my preferences, anyway.

    But what I really wanted to say is that when I look at that air filter sticking out to the side that way, I can’t help but think that it would work vastly better if only a simple cylinder were slid over it, left mostly or fully open in front, and closed off at the back.

  9. Felix says:

    Nice thing about Harleys: they never go obsolete. You can buy a new Harley in 2012 and it will look and perform and feel just like the new ones in 2022 or 2032. That’s great to know. Who wants a bike that looks old in two years?

  10. Doc says:

    And you ride what?

  11. richard says:

    Ive been selling bikes for over 32 years…sold everything…im new to Harley..been in sales for 6 months…people go nuts for these bikes and open their wallets..never understood the mysique when i was selling Japanese bikes until i started riding them ,they have character and now understand why Harley owners love them so much.
    When a customer comes into the store they want a Harley…nothing else..selling Japanese
    was a lot more difficult..always competition between the four major brands..not to mention most of the bikes ona Japanese showroom floor are non -currents, the last dealer had 2009’s on the floor and they dont move, Japanese bikes flood the market ..too many available…Harley always sells out. Quit whining and just ride !

  12. Rooster says:

    Not really a cruiser guy, so these warmed over remixes of last years models dont really do anything for me (yawn). Harley almost had me with the XR1200, if it had been just a little more “sporty” and about 75 lbs lighter, and had not had problems with the plastic gas tank swelling and popping off its decorative cover, I think i would have bought one. I loved the way the Buells looked, I thought their styling was killer, but at 6’2″ and 230lb, it looked like I was riding my little brothers bmx bike when I was sitting on one. If Harley would make a big Standard/Muscle Bike/Naked sport bike kind of rig with 100+HP, decent brakes and suspension, upright riding position, under 600lb wet, sort of their version of a Bandit, ZRX1200, FZ1, etc., that would make my day. Oh yeah, price under 16,000$. Hell, I might even buy 2.

    • DCE says:

      You mean like a modernized version of the 1965 Electra Glide? H-D could do a lot of things if they wanted to appeal to the broader riding public rather than the poser public -but the posers also vote with their wallets.

  13. Jamo says:

    Harley’s are great. After 30 years motorcycling, I finally tried one. Much more to it, more involving, doesn’t need annual re-designs. SCTS. I’ll never go back.

  14. Gary says:

    I don’t know why every year we go through this exercise of talking about the ‘New’ Harley Davidson’s. I’d like to see the moto-journalists get together and only report if there really is something more interesting than re-arranging pieces.

    Remember ‘Colorforms’ ? I suspect that the harley design department just has a set of colorforms that they use to mix and match and . . . Ta-Da! New model.

  15. Gary says:

    Harley is the master of mixing paint and chrome, it is all high quality. They are also the master of promoting the “image”. That is why Harley has been in so much demand and most think they are the ultimate. Having endless accessory options at comparitively reasonable prices are also at the top of the list. However, there are many bikers that are finding out that other brands just plain are better performing, more reliable, and can look very good also. These bikes (the new Harleys) look good, but sooner or later, like women, looks aren’t everything and they will continue to loose market share overall. I was hoping Harley would modernize up and do well, even had high hopes when they had Buell under their umbrella, but now, especially after giving Buell the shaft, I don’t think I could care less. So in the end, great looking bikes, but I won’t be riding one.

  16. Provalogna says:


    • Neil says:

      Ditto!!! Ha! – I was at my local Harley dealer the other day. All Sons of Anarchy types and women who looked like they’ve been passed around and then some. To each his own. I rode a VROD on the highway the other day. Might as well Skydive! Owned a Nightster. What suspension!? Ouch! And for the money? Has anyone looked at the unemployment numbers lately, especially if we include those working at Walmart and McDonalds? I also saw a Sportster guy dodging every bump in the road the other day. How safe is that? How about the idiots with open pipes who open the throttle at every opportunity and let their brains buzz out their ears?

  17. Tom says:

    but you won’t get chicks on the Victory, while you would on the Harley? (Better rethink your plan.)

  18. dino says:

    So, for 2013, new paint and colors… Chrome it up and call it CVO… black it out and it “has a tougher profile” and is “ready to customize”…

    Got it.

    I do like the retro paint. Wonder what the big green metal flake would look like on a Goldwing?? Like a pimp on two wheels probably! The Ho better have my money!

    (BTW, the Captcha thing is getting out of control! Takes forever to cycle through to something readable.)

  19. Doc says:

    Would ya’ll like a little cheese with your w(h)ine???

  20. MotoChris says:

    The guys in Milwaukee leaf through the Harley aftermarket catalog, pick out a couple of new parts, bolt them onto an existing bike and voila, a new model. Puleeze…

  21. Reinhart says:

    Harleys are a option, not a mandatory purchase. If you don’t like Harleys, you don’t have to own one. The people that ride Harleys don’t necesarily want the fastest, lightest, best braking and best handling motorcycle out there. If they did, Harley would have went out of business years ago. Sure, lots of riders believe Victory to be a better bike, but the last I heard they sell 17 Harleys for every Victory sold. So the riding public speaks with their wallet and they prefer Harleys over any other motorcycle offered. What’s more, they could care less if your bike is “better” in performance and cheaper to buy. I guess the slogan is correct: “If you have to ask…”

    • dino says:

      Harley’s are the best bike out there for looking cool, cruising slow, and getting chicks. That is without question. If that is what you want, go get it (save up your dough… it will cost you!).

      As for performance, most any other bike, including scooters, can outperform most HDs for less money. If you want a bike that performs, or costs less, there are lots of choices.

      If I ever slow down enough to want a cruiser, it would have to be a Victory, so I can still have my performance, handling, and style. Plus, I won’t have to memorize the miniscule changes from model to model through the decades, so I can talk to all the other Harley owners when I stop at the bars!

  22. HalfBaked says:

    Interesting new tangent from the haters that I’ve not seen before: Harleys are mainly for non-riders. It never ceases to amaze me the endless sorts of criticism that are generated by the anti-MoCo types.

  23. Kent says:

    I love that the first bike makes so much power it needs a HUGE K&N filter attached to a piece of sewer pipe, attached directly to the carb (or FI system).

    Seriously guys, you really need that much air? All fashion. All the time.

  24. Eviljim says:

    I have owned several different motorcycles, Kawasaki Vulcan and Concours, Honda VTX 1800 and the latest is a 2011 HD Street Glide. Harley has to be the most under engineered motorcycles out there. I’m guessing they do this by design so you have to come back and buy the wickedly expensive parts to “fix” what should have been on the bike to begin with. Smart move on their part but a pain in the wallet for the Harley owners. After 3000 miles on mine I’m not anti Harley, it is what it is. Just know that you are going to be changing out key components for something else that makes it a better ride/fit for you. I made a mistake and test rode the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and now I am a few weeks away from getting one.

    • J$ says:

      “I made a mistake and test rode the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and now I am a few weeks away from getting one.”

      And your complaining about Harley prices?? Man are you in for sticker shock on Duc parts not to mention the Multi is $$$.

  25. Russell says:

    I often wonder?????
    Does what motorcycle you ride, reflect who you are.
    Seems like MOST of the Harley’s I see, are LOUD and Flashy.

    Just saying…….

  26. Doug Westly says:

    No matter how you dress a pig…

  27. Nick says:

    Let’s face it, everything else just isn’t a Harley. They’ve become fashion statements, even among the previous non-rider. It’s all about lookin’ good among your peer group.

    We have a local newswoman that the station has been promoting as becoming a rider and to guess which one. No surprise, she owns a new Harley. Unfortunately (to my thinking) it’s the brand that has gained and held onto the broadest appeal. As a PR piece it’s the perfect bike for this promotion. Any other just wouldn’t be as effective with as many. I don’t like it when the whole of motorcycling is thought of as one brand by so many.

    • LarryC says:

      “They’ve become fashion statements, even among the previous non-rider.”

      Almost exclusively among non-riders. Here’s a little secret the MoCo® would prefer you didn’t know. Most HD riders you see coming down the street at you on their store-bought customs probably have less than 6 mos riding experience. These things are built to appeal to non-riders. Who else would get sucked in by their lack of functionality?

  28. takehikes says:

    another HD pile dressed up in new clothes…I own one but its an old Ironhead that I chopped 60’s style. Paid a couple grand for it and thats about all they are worth. I did it for fun as I used to build them, my rider is a Road Star…..which I can buy two of for what HD’s stuff is going for.
    Their market (my age) is going away and they have no bikes to bring people in the doors as youth….they will survive but it will be as a niche builder. I will have lots of cheap EVO motors soon though!

  29. Tom Shields says:

    HD’s copy looks like it has measles, with all the “reserved” and trademark notations.

  30. Tom Shields says:

    I’m not a HD fan (all the normal reasons usually given by sportbikers). But: The top picture (CVO Breakout Softtail) makes me think that a liberal dose of HR Geiger-inspired styling cues – particularly on the metal parts – could make that bike look effin’ killer.

    Also, I really like the spoke wheels and whitewalls in the second pic.

    I am not liking the in-your-face metalflake paint. It reminds me of cheap fiberglass kit cars from the ’70s.

  31. Tom says:

    Hard Candy…

    My 20+ daughters were watching that movie at my house last weekend. I made them change the channel.

    I wonder how much longer this market will survive. Most of the H-D riders around here are all moving to baggers as the hard on the body bar hoppers are just too painful for the 50-60+ crew. The used Softail prices have crashed to around 8$k for a clean late 90’s version around here.

    I’m still waiting for H-D to make a Cal Rayborn replica. Much like the Ducati Paul Smart replica. It they had a CVO of that I don’t think I could resist.

  32. Tim says:

    I’m not at all a cruiser guy, but that bike in the top photo looks good.

  33. Michael H says:

    Hmmm…looks like huge diameter front wheels are the new big thing. Add them to a bike that has very little suspension travel, a small gas tank and ape hangers and you’ve got a nearly unridable bar hopper. An expensive nearly unridable bar hopper at that.

    I love the MoCo, but every time they introduce a new bike like these I think “Victoryy makes better bikes and a lower price.”

  34. Mark says:

    Horribly 70’s. I love it!

  35. pat walker says:

    This news release gave me an idea. I am going to get a metal flake harley davidson cvo breakout tattoo.

  36. mike says:

    It is a shame that HD does not exploit the VRod platform to enscapulate a sports tourer and a more sporty cycle (i.e. nimble and agile with excellent handling and powerful brakes. Likewise how about a dual sport based on a big bore “sporty” engine (up to 1600cc).

    • MGNorge says:

      “Likewise how about a dual sport based on a big bore “sporty” engine (up to 1600cc).”

      I’m afraid it would be met by too many as being overweight for a dual-sport and more than likely pricey.

  37. mxman420 says:

    over priced and underwhelming. When did CVO’s become so…. wimpy?
    No thanks, for that kind of cash, a Victory with the stock motor, and everything I can throw at it, that will blow this CVO away would be in my garage. “But they only make 1900 of them.” Yeah, that 1800 too many.

    Used to be a time when the CVO looked like nothing else and actually where powerhouses compared to everything else.

    H-D FAIL!

  38. ConRad says:

    Rented a Harley Fat Boy low this weekend to take on a 600 mile ride with about 95 other harleys… Big mistake. I have always been intrigued as to why so many people out here in the west ride harleys. All I can say now is I was “sorely” dissapointed with the Harley Softail and almost everything about it. First off and foremost the suspension. There is a manufacturer defect with the Fat Boy Low, the dual pipe exhaust on the right side bottoms out the suspension after about 1/2″ of travel on the rear axle nut. (When I brought this up to the dealer they told me it was a common problem with the fat boy exhaust….. WOW) After that I dislike the way you have to move your entire leg to shift the bike, and the same for the right side. You have to lift your entire leg and push forward on the rear brake pedal if you want to aid the front brake in stopping the beast. The 96cubic inch motor had power all the way up to 85mph and then pretty much killed over but it was fun getting it there. It even surprised me going through the twisties and I was able to keep a smile on my face speeding through the canyons. The motor does feel like its being beat with a sledge hammer every time a cylinder fires and same with the tranny but I guess people like that.. After two days of riding while being crippled due to a horrid suspension issue (keep in mind I’m 24 and ride sport bikes for commuters) I was able to walk away and say I will never get on a Harley softail again. I would still like to try out a DYNA and even a Road King or Street Glide but for now I will be extremely happy with my 08′ Yamaha R6 and my 12′ Triumph Thruxton.

  39. kawzies says:

    Can there be more COPYRIGHT symbols in an article? Call Guiness!!!

  40. Tom says:

    BNG. Woo-hoo!!!!!!

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