Breakout Opens up
CVO Breakout Opened-Up
It has to be said, the Harley Davidson CVO Breakout is a serious piece of kit but there is always room to improve.
The Breakout has loads of power, stunning looks and Harley have done a great job with it... but there is always ways to put your personal stamp on it.
Most folk are content with the odd bolt-on accessory, but Big Dave doesn’t do things by half.
Normally an open primary conversion is straight forward, we’ve done loads of them.
Open Primary in full glory
Erm... Just a little overhang
You buy the kit, remove the old primary and fit the new kit and its job done. Not the case when it comes to the CVO Breakout.
"none of the aftermarket suppliers provided a kit for this model of CVO Breakout"
Also the Breakout clutch doesn’t use a swivel bearing at the end of the pushrod... the BDL clutch does require one. Make sure you pop it in there or you will melt the end of the clutch pushrod.
"BINGO! Nobody lost a finger or an eye!!!"
Having found where everything needed to sit, we then set about machining the spacers for real using our nylon mock-ups and the outcome was pretty cool.
With the correct spacers and front shaft extension machined up, it all bolted together with frightening ease.
In the middle of the mockup
Primary Case Gap
When we ran the motor, even under maximum load, there was little or no deviation between the pulleys and the belt worked a treat.
The finishing touch was to remove the rear fender extender and fit one of our bespoke custom side-mount plates.
At Big Dave’s request we used the original CVO number plate light!
The bike has since toured Europe and despite one minor mishap on a Sunday run when the open primary picked up a rusty old bolt off the road, causing the belt to snap and damage to a few of the teeth, she has performed flawlessly.
Harley done a great job to begin with but it's always nice to do a one-off job, and at the time of writing we are not aware of any other CVO's running an open primary... Nice
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