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Old 02-14-2012, 09:01 AM   #1579
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While the boxer twin has lower CG than a similar sized vertical or Vee twin, it doesn't improve handling appreciably as stated previously. The prime advantage over other engine layouts is reduced vibration and harshness relative to output and displacement. The lack of vibration in the Goldwing/Valk six is remarkable for the displacement. Same with the R12 engine. Compared to the other bikes in the same class, it's absolutely remarkable how smooth the bike is. Shit, it's smoother than any FJR13 I've ever ridden...

A water-cooled version is going to produce a very impressive NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) factor. Water cooling reduces all three by virtue of the ability to run closer piston/cylinder clearances and the water jacket dampens the noise and vibration. Wish I could wait for it...
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