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
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 103 (FXSB, 2013-2017) — with a High Output Twin-Cam 103B engine
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 107 (FXBR, 2017-2019) — with the Milwaukee-Eight 8-valve engine, 107 c.i.
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 (FXBRS, 2018+) — with the Milwaukee-Eight 8-valve engine, 114 c.i.
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 117 (FXBR, 2023+), with the 117 c.i. Milwaukee-Eight engine and a larger fuel tank
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.
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 1000||5||10||15||20||25||30|
|km x 1000||8||16||24||32||40||48||Every|
|Inspection checklist (see below) – Perform||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year (some items only)|
|Engine oil – Replace|
Drain plug torque: 19-25 Nm
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 – Replace||✓||2 years|
|(Spoked rims) Spoke tightness (front and rear) – Check||✓||✓||More often if riding in severe conditions.|
|Hand control switch housing screw torque – Tighten||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Front brake handlebar clamp screw torque – Tighten||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Steering head bearings – Lubricate||✓|
|Windshield bushings – Inspect||✓||✓||✓|
|Primary chaincase lubricant – Replace||✓||✓||✓||More often if riding in severe conditions.|
|Transmission lubricant – Replace||✓||More often if riding in severe conditions.|
|Brake systems – Replace (use DOT 4 fluid)||2 years|
|Front and rear axle nut torque – Tighten||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|12 battery – Check battery, terminal torque, and clean connections. Lubricate with electrical contact lubricant||Year|
|Fuel filter – Replace||100000 mi (161000 km)|
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 Eight||Annual|
|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 (front and rear) – Wear check|
Minimum thickness: 0.4 mm / 0.016 in
|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|
|Oil cooler (if fitted) – Clean|
|Oil and brake lines – Inspect for wear / routing|
|Jiffy stand – Lubricate|
|Exhaust system, fasteners, and shields – Inspect|
|Fuel door hinge and latch – Lubricate|
|Component and system function – Road test|
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Engine oil
- Primary chaincase lubricant
- Transmission lubricant
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).
|Wheel||Tyre size||Recommended pressure (cold)|
|Front||130/60B21 63H BW||36 psi / 248 kPa / 2.48 bar|
|Rear||240/40R18 79V BW||42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar|
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).