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Hello new to the forum so look forward to learning lots about Harley's in the future. I eventually wanted to either get the Breakout, or the Slim and just wanted your opinions of which bike would be better over all for me. I'll take them both for a test ride of course, but until then any pros and cons for each would be appreciated. BTW I'm about 6'2 180 if that helps. Which bike is easier to ride, smoother, better on road trips, etc,, I have a Triumph Bonneville T100 now which I love, but know the HD will feel, and handle more bulky, but if either one of these bikes handle half as easy as the Bonnie I'd be happy. Thanks for your input.
 

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As you probably know, HD's are commonly customized. Just be aware that the Breakout (the model I have), is a vastly different handling bike with apes or a comparable bar modification installed. I'm a new rider and found my stock BO with forward foot controls and forward lean to the bars a bit of a struggle during low speed maneuvering. With apes installed, the BO handles like an absolute dream. Don't take my word. Google around and you'll find plenty of similar comments.

Also know that the BO stock mirrors are useless. Apes fix this or you can install different mirrors but you will need to do something.

You may have heard that aftermarket custom parts are as yet a rarity for the BO. "Take heart", there are a wealth of parts to customize a BO but suppliers haven't gotten around to endorsing them for that purpose. A competing HD website has a dedicated BO thread with over 175 pages largely devoted to BO ideas that work. Blackline consoles fit the BO perfectly, for instance, as do an array of exhaust systems, wider tires, and other stuff that requires minor to zero modification to install.



 

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Good comments HKMark23, agree with you on your points. I've had my Breakout for 13 months and could not imagine riding anything different. To me you have a bike that is comfortable, forward controls let you stretch out a bit more than the slim. Ride wise, you can ride all day long on that bike. The rake of the bike is greater as well as the wheelbase longer on the Breakout. Center of gravity of the bike is lower, which I thing adds to stability.

To me it is about the style of the bike, very different than the Slim. If you want to go 2 up, this is a good bike for that as well, with a change of the passenger seat.

Not a fan of footboards and large break pedal on the Slim either.

To each his own, I'm sure Slim owners could add a lot about why they like their Slim.
 

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"Most certainly" ! I have nothing against the Slim, I simply don't know it.

That Sunglow CVO is my dream bike. I should have saved my $$ and gotten one.
 

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Thanks for the reply's guys! I've heard about the mirrors being pretty useless on the BO which I'm sure is a fairly easy fix. Regarding the other upgrades what do they cost? If the breakout is one of those bikes were I'm going to have to spend a lot of extra money to get it riding and feeling right, I may have to pass.
 

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Thanks for the reply's guys! I've heard about the mirrors being pretty useless on the BO which I'm sure is a fairly easy fix. Regarding the other upgrades what do they cost? If the breakout is one of those bikes were I'm going to have to spend a lot of extra money to get it riding and feeling right, I may have to pass.
To pull a number out of the air, I'd tack on a thousand for bars and braided cables installed and that cures the mirror problem automatically. You've really got to ride the bikes to see exactly what you need and see what the dealer can do for you too. With your height, you may also need a tweak on a Slim. I dunno of course, just sayin.

I'll also say, these are Harleys bro. "Personalizing", is part of the HD journey. Someone who ought to know confided to me that a dealer generally figures he'll sell, on average, $2000.00 in personalizing bolt-ons per new bike sold. I blew that all to hell but some guys do ride em stock. CVO buyers have correctly calculated that by biting the bullet up front they have a bike with gobs of custom stuff on em without accumulating a basement full of OEM parts they've paid for and will never sell.
 

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I hear you Mark. I don't mind if i have to upgrade on things here and there, but if I'm spending thousands to do so on a bike I probably can't afford to begin with that could be a problem. haha. I'll figure it out either way though. :)
 

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I have no problem with drag bars. I actually enjoy the hell out them!
Same here.

Ive been running drag bars for 25 years now.
 

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My wife had her 14 slim for about 4 months before trading it it for her V Rod. She liked the looks but once she had it for awhile she didn't like it.....................
 

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Is being taller really that big of a deal breaker for a slim? I'm 6'2 so if it's a uncomfortable ride because of that, I may have to pass.
 

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It sounds like the breakouts for you.forward controls and drag bars . As long as you don't mess with the suspension it handles great. But me personally I like the slammed look and don't mind wrestling with the bike a little. After all it is a softail


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A lot of taller guys ride the Slim. I am part of a Softail Slim group on Facebook , and there is a large percentage of 6' + riders.
 

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I'm just under 6'. I'm used to riding with the forward mounted pegs now and the leg room they provide. Whenever I try a demo bike with floorboards, I feel like I'm trying to step dance with buckets on my feet. I quite realize the uncomfortable sensation would pass once I got used to the boards, however, so my next bike :D may have em.
 

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I was concerned about the BO having the wide back tire and an extended rake, I expected it to handle on the poor side but was super happy to be wrong. It grabs the corners and screams to go faster. I loved the floorboards on my 97 Heritage and thought I would miss them more.
 

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I was concerned about the BO having the wide back tire and an extended rake, I expected it to handle on the poor side but was super happy to be wrong. It grabs the corners and screams to go faster. I loved the floorboards on my 97 Heritage and thought I would miss them more.
If you miss the floorboards you could always add the heel rests to the footpegs, kind of the best of both worlds.
 

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My foot pegs are getting ground down. I started taking it easier once I saw that I was also dragging my primary, too many Skyline Drive trips! Would the heel rests worsen this?
 
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