The SSR Harley Breakout. When A 2014 Harley CVO Is Not Exclusive Enough For You. .

SSR1SSR3SSR4SSR2The 2014 Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Breakout® motorcycle is a beautiful Softail® model that combines the power of the Twin Cam 110B™ engine with a high level of custom chrome-plated detailing and dazzling finish rarely offered on a production motorcycle. It is currently offered in a choice of 3 exclusive paint schemes for the price of $26,900. But guess what? Some for who money is not an issue complain to their Harley dealer that too many (?) can be seen in big rallies, that a Harley CVO (Custom Vehicle Operation) is still not as exclusive as they would like.

It doesn’t mean that high-end buyers are all rushing to the best independent pro-custom builders to order their own built-from-the-ground-up custom bike. They don’t want a show bike, they don’t care about their bike featured in magazines  or winning giant trophies in bike show competitions. They just want a genuine Harley-Davidson, its brand image, the reliability and of course the H-D warranty, but in a very individualized package to show the street who they are…

SSR5SSR6When Gilles Stiwinski, the young owner of official French Harley dealer “Milwaukee Twin” met a client asking him if he would customize a brand new CVO model, he wondered. Is there a niche market fulfilling this type of requests from clients who always have the money to satisfy all their wants? He shared his thoughts with long time friend and well-known pro-builder Betrand Dubet from Odyseey Motorcycles. Both concluded that the solution was not to try to restyle a brand new Harley CVO taken from the show floor by adding more chrome, badges and redoing already beautiful factory produced custom paint jobs. Result could be extremely tacky, the exact opposite of what true upscale clients wish, ultimate class without being too flashy. It’s the way the custom Harley SSR (for Super Sport Roadster) Harley Breakout was born, one of only ten that will ever being offered to a very exclusive clientele.

SSR6bisSSR7SSR8Evidently, the SSR had to remain 100% street legal.Reason why no technical and geometrical modification were made on the original Harley Breakout chassis. Even the new wheels from Performance Machine are kept in factory sizes. But to add some responsiveness and plushness to the ride a custom inverted front end specific to the SSR was ordered from Ohlins with the swingarm suspension trusted to Legend Air Suspension. Bertrand Dubet did a virtuoso job at shaping the whole carbon fiber bodywork, adding exclusive and intricate details on both the gas and oil tanks. Adding to the word sport in the name SSR, an open primary was fitted on the HD 6-speed transmission, clutch was converted to hydraulic and a very racy one-off 2 into 1 exhaust system built from ceramic treated pipes from Akrapovic with custom made muffler was installed. The Breakout Big Twin Engine is only 103” versus the 110″ CVO version, but the less than 100 cc lower difference has been erased by the addition of a heavy breather air filter and of a Thundermax module optimizing in real time the best amount of fuel to be delivered for maximum performance.

HD Wiring was not modified except the addition of a keyless system to start the SSR without a key, a feature now extremely popular on both cars and motorcycles. For added touches of class and of exclusivity, notice the V-Rod light “frenched” in the rear fender, the mini fairing equipped with a genuine Harley Daymaker headlight complemented with exquisite custom fabricated and recessed turn signals, the custom dash where the number, from 1 to 10 will be engraved with the owner’s name. And since you don’t want your SSR Breakout exactly alike the 9 others, you get 3 color options for the frame and 4 for the body carbon fiber treatment. Of course you wonder how much rolling with such class is going to set you back. The answer is 83,000 US dollars or 60,000 euros. Odyssey Motorcycles (photography copyright Laurent Barranco for Cyril Huze)

Tech Sheet SSR Breakout

FRONT TIRE : 130 X 21
REAR TIRE : 240 X 18

29 Responses to “The SSR Harley Breakout. When A 2014 Harley CVO Is Not Exclusive Enough For You. .”

  1. 1 Bob Semla Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    It is a GREAT custom

  2. 2 Drake Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Maybe it’s the type of exhaust the Indian Scout needs.

  3. 3 morpion Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    very nice machine,,,,,,,,,,,

  4. 4 SIGFREED Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    YES..! I like it a lot.

    In fact this is the direction the Motor Co should take with the V-Rod (they have the rear fender already). Eg the Night Rod’s stance is all wrong + that weird tail-end just does not work – irrespective how they try and rework it.

    Advice: employ a European designer (apart from already employing such for the original engine design).

    I do not have that kind of money for a motorcycle, I wish i did, for I would get one one in a heartbeat…

  5. 5 Woody Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Looks great except for the golden exhaust. It totally distracts from the rest of the black/gray/red theme, and draws attention to a part of the bike that is best left to blending in.

  6. 6 Boomer Aug 11th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I agree with Woody. I like everything about this bike except for the exhaust. Otherwise it’s a work of art I’d be proud to roll on regularly. That is if I could afford it.

  7. 7 Boss Hawg Aug 11th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Very impressive, splendid work indeed!

    Every man should have one of these, or one alike, to blast around on and truly enjoy the breeze between the knees! Vroom vroom vroom.

    Love it,
    Boss Hawg

  8. 8 BobS Aug 11th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Cool bike, looks like they lifted that tank right off a Victory Gunner…

  9. 9 X H-D Rider Aug 11th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Am I seeing right on the price ?

  10. 10 MDSPHOTO Aug 11th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I am not a Harley guy by any means, but that is damn fine looking bike!

  11. 11 Jim Watson Aug 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    That’s some serious coin, but it’s a good looking machine for sure. Strong work!

  12. 12 domino Aug 11th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I like the look … and rideable!!! Way toooo much $$$$$
    domino dave

  13. 13 Woody Aug 11th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    If that carbon fiber body work is going to be kept exclusive to these bikes and not sold mass market to everyone, the pricing on these bikes doesn’t seem that unreasonable. There are a lot of hours and skill dedicated to that body work. I also wonder if there was money spent on certification to keep it street legal where it was built? We in the colonies are kind of spoiled as to what we can get away with 🙂

  14. 14 LedBoots Aug 11th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Looks good. Funny though…remember the days when somebody wanted an “individualized package”, they built it? In the words of a legend…”If you didn’t chop it, it ain’t your chopper”.

  15. 15 Tom Ryan Aug 11th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Great looking bike except for the exhaust system! I think this bike would look even better if it had a set of Thunderbike Customs Jekill and Hyde exhausts with carbon fiber barrels.

  16. 16 nicker Aug 11th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Very Tasty Indeed…..!!!


  17. 17 Blackmax Aug 11th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    It is a VERY nice machine
    Not for $83,000, but some people have more $$$ that brains
    You could buy 4 regular H-D’s for that
    Or only buy 3 of them & fix them so they don’t look like & run better than everyone else’s
    Problem solved !!!!!

  18. 18 Doug Aug 11th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    @LedBoots…here’s another one: “if people don’t pay to get their bike chopped, ain’t no chopper shops!”

    Cool bike & agree about the gold. Great fairing

  19. 19 Seymour Aug 11th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hah yeah there are a few cool design cues that would look great on the new Scout!

  20. 20 Mike Aug 11th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Its nice but they are overcharging/ robbing the customer by at least $50,000.

  21. 21 Jim Castro Aug 12th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    When I win the Lottery I will definitely order one.

    Expensive, but absolutely beautiful.

    It will still need heads, cams , pistons, etc. to run as good as it looks.

    I would take it to Bill at Motorcycle Garage in Phoenix for those upgrades.

  22. 22 USAYGO Aug 12th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Like the look and stance of the bike lots, the price get real. Add those parts up even add a ridiculous cost of say 10k labor what do you get, not that 83k asking price

  23. 23 badams Aug 12th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    The OEM version needs very little to be right; overall its a good factory styled bike. Going nuts with cosmetic parts is for little boys and C U Next Thursdays………

  24. 24 ricardo Fernandez Aug 12th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Nice bike but to much on the price…. if you wanna sell it they must come down on the price!!!

  25. 25 Sharrack Aug 14th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    83,000……. Figures……

  26. 26 BCinSoCal Aug 15th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    A lot of dough, but a great looking bike! There will be a market for it, just look at the Prevosts at Sturgis.

  27. 27 Zenaldo Aug 19th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Looks a lot like a bike some of the high end custom builders have been building for decades. Just this guys slant, that’s all. Im sure HD will sell them all in very short order.


  28. 28 Street Nov 25th, 2014 at 4:18 pm


    can someone tell me where i can become this rear fender?
    Its a very nice bike!!! but in Germany we can make all this customs.

  29. 29 Nicholas Reed Nov 28th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Beautiful ,but naaaaa with that exhuast ,totally over priced $$ but I mean it’s nice . But buy three and look just as good. Guys ,the exhaust has to go. Completely takes away from the artistic view we all know they were looking for . Hmmmmmm surprised they did that? It’s ok

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