Ask MO Anything: Transverse or Longitudinal V-Twin? : KawiForums.com Kawasaki Forums: Kawasaki motorcycle forums
Go Back   KawiForums - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums > Open Discussion > Kawasaki News
New User? Register - Forgot Password

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 04-12-2017, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
Sponsored Editorial Content
Jr. Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 95
Motorcycle.com has at least 50 rep pointsMotorcycle.com has at least 50 rep points
Ask MO Anything: Transverse or Longitudinal V-Twin?



Quote:
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?

Navigational Ade


Dear Ade,

It has to do with the orientation of the crankshaft. 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 motorcycles have transversely mounted cranks, including all Harley-Davidson V-Twins, nearly all four-cylinder sportbikes like the Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Aprilia RSV4, all Ducati 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 crankshaft spinning in the same plane as the rear wheel means power can be transferred through the gearbox and straight on into the drive chain and rear sprocket without making any power-sucking changes of direction.
Read more about Ask MO Anything: Transverse or Longitudinal V-Twin? at Motorcycle.com.
Motorcycle.com is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the KawiForums - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


» Recent Discussions
dog bone bolts
08-23-2019 11:02 AM
by trexmon
Last post by badassjake
Today 12:41 AM
5 Replies, 54 Views
New
Yesterday 02:08 AM
by Seabass
Last post by bpe
Yesterday 10:48 AM
2 Replies, 25 Views
New
Yesterday 03:40 AM
by Kensio
Last post by bpe
Yesterday 10:46 AM
2 Replies, 23 Views
New here, Bike might be...
08-23-2019 05:28 PM
by rem636
Last post by bpe
08-23-2019 08:53 PM
1 Replies, 35 Views
2013 ZX6R Front Break...
07-16-2019 06:01 PM
by theteju
Last post by MOTO-D
08-23-2019 05:07 PM
3 Replies, 130 Views
MOTO-D Fuel Cap for...
10-27-2014 02:54 PM
by MOTO-D
Last post by MOTO-D
08-23-2019 04:58 PM
1 Replies, 516 Views
Yoyoyo
08-23-2019 08:41 AM
Last post by bpe
08-23-2019 04:53 PM
1 Replies, 27 Views
Frame Crash...
08-14-2019 08:26 AM
Last post by Piston_Broke
08-23-2019 12:56 PM
8 Replies, 168 Views
MOTO-D wishes everyone...
08-23-2019 12:07 PM
by MOTO-D
Last post by MOTO-D
08-23-2019 12:07 PM
0 Replies, 19 Views
When did the zx14 vs...
05-11-2018 06:32 PM
Last post by bucknrolls
08-23-2019 08:20 AM
4 Replies, 1,129 Views
» Sponsors





Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:27 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.