What was your intended objective when you started the build?
I already had changes come into my head when I first sat on it. I still have plans for a Springer front end after the warranty runs out.
What motivated you to start your project?
It was Winter when I got it. Plus, I can’t leave things as they are. I want looking at buying a new bike, as I already had a 2008 VROD that was paid for. It was the end of the year and the dealership didn’t want to carry it over into the next year, so they dropped the price way down until they had my attention. Anyways, the dragbars were too far forward for my aching back, so I ordered the beach style bars that were designed after the early years Harley bars. I had to make aluminum sleeves to make the bars fit. Then I could sit back comfortably. The cross bar was large enough to put any toys I wanted on it, like a GPS, clock, thermometer… Harley didnt make a decent sissy bar for the Breakout, so I got as 2004 Sportster bar, bent it where I needed. I didnt like the cheap looking stock headlight, so I got a cast brass front light to replace it. I still have to make a pad for the sissy bar. I’ve assembled a taillight to match the headlight and have a mount to relocate the license plate. I’ve hit my leg on the stock side mount, I don’t know how many times.
What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?
The handlebars. They changed the look and made the handling of the bike completely effortless. I can ride this bike all day compared to my VROD.
What are you most proud of?
Just that it’s different from other Breakouts. I’m not much for following what’s popular. I just do things my way. I don’t really care if anyone doesn’t like something I did. Its mine and if I’m happy with it, that’s all that matters. If I get tired of something, I just make changes, experiment until I do like it. If I screw something up, we’ll that’s on me. I like being different.
What do other people say about your motorcycle?
So far, I haven’t had anything negative said to me, just positive remarks, so I guess that’s ok.