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Kev Cameron at CW takes a loot at the Parallel Twin vs the V-Twin

http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/12/03/ask-kevin-cameron-honda-africa-twin-parallel-twin-engine-vs-v-twin-engine/

Another point: A parallel twin packages well. The usual claim for V-twins is that they are narrow, but in fact once an alternator is put on one end of the crank and a primary drive on the other, the overall width could be achieved just as easily with a parallel twin. So, with two (more or less) vertical cylinders, the engine can go forward toward the front wheel, and there is no rear cylinder and exhaust pipe claiming space to the rear, making some volume available behind the cylinders.
 

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So the parallel twin is a more compact package. Read one of the comments and the P-twin is supposed to be less complex to cool. Not sure if that's true or not.
 
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