Big Wheel Harley-Davidson Breakout

“…but it was not enough! I wanted more for this build… then it hit me—big wheel Breakout!” said Doug.

I HAVE always had a huge passion for Harley-Davidsons even from a very young age. So naturally I wanted to be part of the industry. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of customising from researching parts to pushing boundaries and thinking outside the square. Creating someone’s dream motorcycle has and always will be why I am in this industry. Thanks to Gold Coast Harley-Davidson, I finally got the chance to do it for myself. This is the first motorcycle I have purchased brand new. 

It all started with wanting to be different. I decided on 120-spoke Ridewright wheels—black rim, black hub and gold spokes with matching discs and pulley—but it was not enough! I wanted more for this build… then it hit me—big wheel Breakout!

It was time for research to see how big I could go without having to cut and weld. I discovered a 26-inch wheel was the limit. I looked around and discovered that no Breakout had been built with a 26-inch front wheel in Australia; mine would be the first. Now I was getting really excited!

I came up with a paint scheme that would go with the wheels. I wanted it two-tone matt and gloss black with a gold pinstripe.

Then it was on to the Chop Z fender eliminator and LED front indicators.

The exhaust pipes are a prototype produced by Rinehart and were fitted by Judd, the owner of Rinehart (the first time fitted to any motorcycle outside the factory).

I changed the console and had the seat re-upholstered by Craig at Nerang Motor Trimmers with two-tone black leather, croc skin and gold stitching to compliment the paint.

The boys in the workshop completed the Stage 1 with a Roland Sands Design (RSD) Power air/cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Supertuner. I added a set of RSD brass Chrono grips and Genuine Harley-Davidson Edge Cut pegs and brake pedal.

I then did around 14,000 km in six months and decided it was time for some more horses in the garage. I talked to the Gold Coast H-D’s Service Manager, and booked it in to have the Screamin’ Eagle 110 Stage V Tyre Shredder Kit installed… and the performance gain was so impressive I couldn’t stay off it. The 500 km run-in was over in no time and so was the 1000 km mark so it was booked in with Fred at ProCycle Dyno. It now has 120 rear wheel horsepower and 124 ft/lb of torque.

I raced it at Willowbank’s All Bike Day where I did four passes each one quicker than the last as I was still learning. I managed to run it in the low 12s. I honestly believe with some more track time we could crack into the 10s.

I then ordered a pair of gold, DLC-coated front fork tubes from the USA to add even more contrast. I have also recently converted it to chain drive with a Performance Machine Contrast Cut sprocket and gold chain.

The bike has around 24,000 km on it now and is a work in progress. If any one knows me, they would know I am always looking for the next big thing.

Photos by Rod Cole; story by Doug

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