Originally Posted by Anorak
A 180 degree firing order twin is going to have the same power delivery no matter the way the cylinders are arrayed. The perception of the smoothness will differ according to the cylinder arrangement. The mass of the crankshaft and flywheel will also influence power delivery and smoothness. As well as camshaft specifications and engine control electronics tuning.
I had the F800GS with the "Boxer sound" but I didn't like that engine, the boxer is so much better.
I'm no specialist but the vibrations around 5000-6000rpm were really bad (very fine vibrations).
Not sure why but I think it has to do with the counter balance arrangement.
So are you saying you could achieve exactly the same engine feel (not the low center of gravity) with a