Harley-Davidson Breakout FXBRS (Milwaukee-Eight, 114) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 with the Milwaukee Eight 114 engine, also known as the FXBRS.

The Harley-Davidson Breakout has been Harley-Davidson’s long, sleek chopper motorcycle for a number of years, since the 2013 CVO FXSBSE Breakout (which was the first in the line). Since then, Harley-Davidson released the 2017 FXBR Harley-Davidson Breakout with the Milwaukee-Eight motor, and shortly afterwards this, the Harley Davidson Breakout 114, code-named FXBRS.

Here are the models of Harley-Davidson Breakout you might be looking for

On top of the engine improvements, there are a number of improvements to the suspension and chassis which give the FXBRS improved handling over the FXSB. Otherwise, it’s a very similar motorcycle to the base-model FXBR.

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Harley-Davidson Breakout (FXBRS, M8 114) Service Intervals

Like most Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Harley-Davidson FXBRS Breakout has 5000 mile / 8000 km or annual service intervals.

At every scheduled service you change the oil and filter, and look over the motorcycle for items needing lubrication, adjustment, or cleaning. Also check wearable items (like hoses and tires) to see if they’re still in good condition.

As the Harley-Davidson Breakout (like all H-D big twins, other than some liquid-cooled ones in the V-Rod line) has self-adjusting hydraulic valves, there is no prescribed valve service interval. However, Harley-Davidson does suggest you change the spark plugs every 30000 miles / 48000 km or two years. If the valve train becomes noisy, then the tappets might need inspecting for correct function.

As well as changing engine oil, you need to periodically replace both primary chaincase lubricant and transmission lubricant, though less often than the oil (see the schedule below). Many owners do them at the same time.

A number of items need to be done less frequently, like changing the brake fluid. See the schedule for more details.

Maintenance schedule for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS

Below is the service schedule for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS. This comes from the manual, but has been clarified for legibility — adding all the notes into the table, and making it all easier to read.

Generally maintenance for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS can be summarised as

  • 5000 mile / 8000 km maintenance intervals where you have to change the oil and filter, and check everything.
  • Every two services, tighten everything up back to torque spec, and lubricate major bearings.
  • Every 2-4 years replace fluids, or as needed.

Service schedule

For convenience, we’ve ordered it so that the most important elements (fluid changes and major checks) are at the top, and we’ve separated the items to inspect (e.g. condition of cables and moving parts) into a separate “inspection checklist”.

mi x 100051015202530
km x 100081624324048Every
Inspection checklist (see below) – PerformYear (some items only)
Engine oil – Replace
Drain plug torque: 19-25 Nm / 14-21 lb-ft
See notes below
Oil filter – Replace
Hand-tighten with a rag
Air cleaner filter – Inspect
Clean as necessary in lukewarm water with mild detergent
More often if riding in severe conditions.
Spark plugs – Replace2 years
(Spoked rims) Spoke tightness (front and rear) – CheckMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Hand control switch housing screw torque – TightenYear
Master cylinder handlebar clamp screw torque — TightenYear
Front brake handlebar clamp screw torque – TightenYear
Steering head bearings — Adjust / Lubricate as necessary
Steering head bearings – Lubricate
Windshield (if fitted) bushings – Inspect
Primary chaincase lubricant – ReplaceMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Transmission lubricant – ReplaceMore often if riding in severe conditions.
Brake fluid – Replace (use DOT 4 fluid e.g. Castrol DOT 4)2 years, or if moisture is >3%
Front and rear axle nut torque – TightenYear
12 battery – Check battery, terminal torque, and clean connections. Lubricate with electrical contact lubricantYear
Front forks — Rebuild (seals, fluid)50,000 mi (80,000 km)
Fuel filter – Replace100000 mi (161000 km)
Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight (Air/Oil-cooled) Softail Maintenance Schedule

Inspection checklist for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114

Below is the regular inspection checklist for the Breakout 114 / FXBRS. Do this checklist at every service, per the schedule above. There are more notes below on some aspects of it.

Standard Inspection Checklist — Softail, Milwaukee EightAnnual
Drive belt and sprockets – Inspect for wear
Drive belt – Check / Adjust tension
See notes below on checking / adjusting belt tension
Rear sprocket isolators – Inspect at every tire change
Electrical equipment and switches – Inspect for correct function
Tire pressure and tread (front and rear) – Check
Brake and clutch controls – Lubricate
Brake pads and discs (front and rear) – Check wear and that the discs run true
Minimum pad thickness: 0.04 in / 1 mm
Brake fluid level (front and rear) – Inspect level (fluid drops as pads wear), and check moisture content. Replace if moisture over 3%. (Castrol DOT 4)
Clutch cable – Adjust and check for leaks, contact, or abrasion. Lubricate cable with Harley-Davidson lubricant
Fuel lines and fittings — Inspect for routing, condition, leaks, and abrasion
Oil cooler – Clean
Oil and brake lines – Inspect for wear / routing
Jiffy stand – Lubricate
Exhaust system, fasteners, and shields – Inspect
Fuel tank cap / hinge / latch – Lubricate
Component and system function – Road test
Standard Annual Service (Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight, Softail)

Breakout 114 Belt Maintenance

Below are more details on belt maintenance of your FXBRS Harley-Davidson Breakout 114.

To check the belt tension on the Breakout, follow the procedure below.

Firstly, you need a belt tension tool and a ruler. You can use either the standard Harley-Davidson tool or a generic one from Amazon – they do the same thing (and they’re also usable on other cruisers).

  1. Put the motorcycle in neutral on its stand, with the rear wheel on the ground. There should be no luggage or load on the bike, either.
  2. Push up on the middle of the bottom half of the belt until the belt tension gauge shows 10 lb (4.5 kg) of pressure.
  3. Use the ruler to measure belt tension deflection. Some models have a deflection window — you can use that too.

Target belt tension for the Harley-Davidson FXBRS: 1/2-9/16 in / 12.7-14.2 mm

If the belt tension is out of spec, you can either adjust it yourself if you know how, or take it to a dealer.

Breakout 114 Oil / lubricant change

There are three fluids that need to be changed on the Breakout 114, as with most Harley-Davidsons.

For all of them, you can use the same oil — Castrol V-Twin 20W50, a popular oil for Harley-Davidson big twins, or Mobil 1 V-twin 20W-50. You can also use Screamin’ Eagle Syn3 Synthetic 20W50, Harley-Davidson’s own in-house high-quality synthetic, which you can get from dealers.

These are the places oil needs to be changed:

  1. Engine oil
  2. Primary chaincase lubricant
  3. Transmission lubricant
Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 engine close-up
Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 engine close-up

While the standard oil change interval for the Breakout 114 is 5000 miles / 8000 km, in the off chance that you ride your cruiser in cold weather (e.g. the North American or European winter), Harley-Davidson recommends you change the oil every 1500 mi / 2400 km if you frequently ride the motorcycle short distances (less than 15 mi / 24 km) in ambient temperatures below 60 degrees F / 16 C.

Tires sizes for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS

The Breakout 114 ships with Michelin Scorcher 11 tyres out of the box. It has a monster low-profile 240 rear tire, which puts it in a fairly unique class of motorcycles (along with the Suzuki M109R, for a non-Harley example).

WheelTyre sizeRecommended pressure (cold)
Front130/60B21 63H BW36 psi / 248 kPa / 2.48 bar
Rear240/40R18 79V BW42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS tyre sizes and pressures

About the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS

The Harley-Davidson Breakout is a long, kicked-out, dragster-style cruiser motorcycle with a fat 240mm-wide 18-inch rear tyre and a big 21-inch front wheel. It has obvious Harley-Davidson style everywhere you look.

The 2018 Breakout 114 model got the updates to the Softail frame (from the prior year) and the updated Milwaukee-Eight engine that give the Breakout 114 better handling and more power.

The Milwaukee-Eight 114 ci engine is an 1868cc air/oil-cooled V-twin. It puts a measured 78 hp at the rear wheel (per Cycle World), but the bags of torque tell a better story. The drivetrain is via a six-speed “Cruise Drive” gearbox and a low-maintenance belt drive (you just have to check and adjust the tension periodically, and not clean it regularly like you would a chain).

There’s a single front disc brake on the Breakout 114, which at least helps you enjoy that big front wheel aesthetically. ABS is standard.

The Breakout 114’s frame is 65 percent stiffer and has half the components of the outgoing Breakout, which helps both improve handling and reduce the weight by 35 pounds (16 kg). Even for a relatively heavy bike, that’s no small feat.

The Breakout 114 has a “form over function” geometry, stretching you out like a parachute. Coupled with the large front wheel and fat rear tyre, handling can be a little awkward — so this isn’t really a bike you would comfortably do distance on unless you were head-over-heels in love with the style. Some are, but many move on to other Harley-Davidsons that are better suited for everyday use, e.g. a Road King 114.

One interesting improvement in the Milwaukee-Eight serie+ Breakout 114 is the suspension. There’s a single rear shock with a hand adjuster at the rear, which means you can dial in your preload in a jiffy without any special tools.

At the front, the fork is a Showa Dual Bending valve fork. It’s lighter weight, and gives a plusher ride than the previous Twin Cam Breakout.

The tank is the only part of the 2018+ Breakout that might spoil the party. With only 3.5 US gallon capacity (13.2L), this is another sign that the Breakout is more of a short-distance brawler than a long-distance tourer. Harley rectified this, luckily, from the 2023+ Harley-Davidson Breakout 117 (FXBR).

Manual for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS

The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 FXBRS.

The maintenance schedule is similar to that for other Softail models with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine.

You can find it online here (login required).

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