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Ask MO Anything: Transverse or Longitudinal V-Twin?


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Dear MOby,

Excuse the noob question, but what’s the difference between a transverse V-Twin and a longitudinal one, and what are the advantages of each?

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Dear Ade,

It has to do with the orientation of the
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. Any engine, be it a V-Twin, V-Four, or inline-Four, is considered to be “transverse” if its crankshaft lies perpendicular to the motorcycle’s wheels, i.e. across the frame, parallel to the axles. Most
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have transversely mounted cranks, including all
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V-Twins, nearly all four-cylinder sportbikes like the
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R1
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ZX-10R
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V-Twins and V-Fours… including the Monster 797 pictured on the left, above.

Chain or belt drive to the bike’s rear wheel is simplest and lightest with this layout, and having the
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spinning in the same plane as the rear wheel means power can be transferred through the gearbox and straight on into the
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and rear sprocket without making any power-sucking changes of direction.
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