- Jan 30, 2015
Thanks Nigel. I learned a lot from building that bike. One of the things I learned was that it's really hard to build a motorcycle!So it’s not an old Brit bike... it’s a modern Canadian bike!
And a huge testament to your skills Glen. Big respect.
The breakout is a bit smallish for an HD. Seen a few women riding them, however, I dig it. Only have a 31" inseam, at 5'9" so it may be a decent fit.Following my addage of 'know your enemy' I borrowed this Breakout while my tracker was being serviced at a Humpty Dumpty dealership. The huge plus is the engine. If only the 961 engine management was so well behaved. It pulled like a train and was an absolute pussycat to ride. Downside is the component and overall build quality. AND I have never met so many dissatisfied owners of a brand. Oh yes and you have to call out the rescue services to turn it round when you want to come back. 26 degree max lean!! It almost doesn't need a side stand. But for all its faults I loved its quirks and would like one to rebuild one with decent components;
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My list (no particular order):If you were in the market for a new bike what would it be and why.
When I turned up to pick up the Breakout there was an angry owner waiting outside the store who had covered 25000 miles in 4 years and had most of his chrome and half his loom corrode away. Claimed that HD warranty people told him it was a 'recreational' motorcycle, not an everyday bike. Maybe its to do with unique features of the UK like horizontal rain and corners...I know MANY HD owners that have gone years with zero defects. Might come across one or two once in a while.
25000 is quite a bit in 4 years. I wonder how often he rinsed the salt off after a ride. I live near the beach. We gather at the beach. Pretty much my daily ride. I don't see excessive corrosion on peoples bikes that care for them. Very little to none. I have a little on my Norton and I wipe down after most rides and use S100 corrosion inhibitor. To be expected since the roads are salted all winter long. Triumph uses plastic. Plastic doesn't corrode. Good thing.....if ya like plastic.When I turned up to pick up the Breakout there was an angry owner waiting outside the store who had covered 25000 miles in 4 years and had most of his chrome and half his loom corrode away. Claimed that HD warranty people told him it was a 'recreational' motorcycle, not an everyday bike. Maybe its to do with unique features of the UK like horizontal rain and corners...
Now that 114 engine in a Buell.....
With you 99%. Swap the Griso for a 2 Valve 1200 Sport and I'm with you all the way.My list (no particular order):
New Scrambler type:
- Moto Guzzi Griso SE 8V (New leftover 2017's still available at dealers - last year of production) - Why? Transverse mounted engine with shaft drive is just a unique experience.
- Otherwise, I already own some naked bikes that I love (see signature)
New Sport Bike:
- Norton Atlas Nomad (Are we ever going to have decent sized dealer network in US?) - Why? Best looking scrambler, and don't see Norton everywhere
- Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport - Why? Ducati L-twins are terrific engines - everybody should experience owning one
- Don't like the new Triumph Street Scrambler - Why? It just looks like Triumph tried too hard to look retro
New Sport Touring:
- Norton V4RR - Why? I really like that chrome finish - don't hate on me.
- Aprilia RSV4 RF LE - Why? Aprilia's V4 engine is sublime
- Don't like the Ducati Panigale V4 - Why? Very capable bike, just don't love the looks
- Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak - Why? Best all around sport touring bike, with emphasis on sport.
- BWM R1200RT - Why? Best touring bike that isn't a road pig
- Bimota Tesi 1D SR - Why? I like different on-bike riding personalities, and this one has it in droves
- Moto Guzzi Eldorado (early 70's) - Why? Best looking cruiser ever
- Moto Morini 3 1/2 - Why? Classic Italian high revving standard motorbike
- Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 - Why? Benelli's big triple was a great engine
- MV Agusta F4 Tamburini - Why? Most beautiful bike ever. I owned an '08 MV Agusta F4 312R for five years - great bike