Harley-Davidson has announced the 2023 Breakout, Nightster Special and Freewheeler models, as well as new 120th Anniversary limited editions of the Ultra Limited Anniversary, Tri Glide Ultra Anniversary, Street Glide Special Anniversary, Road Glide Special Anniversary, Fat Boy 114 Anniversary.
This afternoon’s update from America’s most famous motorcycle makers marks a significant amount of updated bikes and new limited editions, although that is not to say that it is the full extent of the factory’s 2023 offerings, as more yet still be to come throughout 2023.
In this article, we’ll be going over all the high-level information about the new bikes, and this page will link to more detailed pages about the bikes should you want to find out more.
Harley-Davidson 2023 model updates
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
A nameplate makes a welcome return to the H-D range in 2023, as, after being discontinued in 2020, the Breakout returns with some updates and mechanical changes. when last sold in the UK, the Breakout was a bike of choice for those looking for a H-D cruiser that comes ready-equipped with aggressive, factory custom styling. That theme hasn’t changed for this year and if anything, H-D has ramped up the muscular stance of the bike with revised styling and more.
The bike also features more power, torque and technology than the previous version, while still maintaining that distinctive ‘Softail’ look that became synonymous with the model.
A more detailed look at the new 2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout can be found here.
2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special
Confirming Visordown’s report on the model from earlier this month, Harley has introduced a new variant of the highly-entertaining Nightster for 2023, as the Nightster Special bursts into the middleweight class.
The new model introduces some upgrades over the stock Nightster we reviewed last year, thanks to ergonomic changes, new tech, and attractive cast wheels. One significant change for the model, and one that will likely appeal to the younger riding audience, is the introduction of a TFT dash that replaces the analogue/LCD item found on the stock bike.
A more detailed view of the new 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special can be found here.
2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
The Harley Freewheeler has also gained updates for 2023, as the bike heads down a more aggressive, blacked-out road from now on. To sum the new bike up, where there once was chrome, there now is black, as the front end, headlamp nacelle, tank console, hand and foot controls, powertrain and exhaust all have black finishes in place of previous bright ones.
The change to the finish of the components completely transforms the funky three-wheeler, taking it from a cutesy, old-school cruiser, and turning it into a much more modern and aggressive-looking machine.
The new Freewheeler also sits on low-profile tires that are wrapped around 18-inch rims – replacing the 15-inch items of the outgoing model. The result is a much more dramatic stance to the bike, with the rear wheels of the machine no longer looking like a parts-bin bolt-on, and much more like an informed design decision.
The new Freewheeler will be freewheeling its way into dealerships in 2023 with an SRP starting at £31,495 for Vivid Black, £31,995 for the base colour, and £32,345 for the two-tone model.
. For 2023, the Freewheeler will be the only trike offered to European customers, as the updated model replaces the Tri Glide Ultra.
More information on the bike can be found on the official H-D website.
120th Anniversary Models
Obviously, H-D wasn’t going to let the occasion of its 120th birthday slip by unnoticed, and to mark the occasion, it has wheeled out a series of limited-edition bikes that it claims feature the ‘most intricate paint schemes ever offered by Harley-Davidson’.
Each bike features a distinctive glossy red paint, with panels of ‘Heirloom Red’ that are applied over a base coat of ‘Anniversary Black’, with each then outlined with a bright red pinstripe and a hand-applied gold paint scallop. Each of the new 120th Anniversary models also features special edition badging which is an Art Deco rendition of the eagle and shield logo. The red paint colour of the new bikes is highlighted with a bright-red pinstripe and filled with a darker Midnight Crimson fade. The bikes also feature Alcantara seats, gold-tone powertrain inserts, bright red rocker boxes, pushrod tube collars, red side panels and gold embroidered Harley-Davidson logo and red fade powertrain inserts.
You can take a deeper dive into the Harley-Davidson 120th Anniversary models by checking out this page.
Harley-Davidson 120th Anniversary Models price and production numbers (SRP £)
- CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary model is £50,395 | 1,500 models
- Ultra Limited Anniversary – £35,495 | 1,300 models
- Tri Glide Ultra Anniversary – £51,495 | 1,100 models
- Street Glide Special Anniversary – £32,995 | 1,600 models
- Road Glide Special Anniversary – £32,995 | 1,600 models
- Fat Boy 114 Anniversary – £27,895 | 3,000 models