Wow canít believe nobody replied to counter this. The V4 is more compact. It is also wider. Engines have more than one dimension. One of the primary advantages of the V4 is packaging and fitting the engine forward enough in the frame to have a long swing arm. Good for rear traction. The L twin always resulted in a short swing arm. Itís why factory race bikes had ~1-2Ē longer swing arms than standard. The v4 is far more compact from a packaging perspective as it relates to handling. Width has almost zero impact on the handling characteristics of a motorcycle (within reason, not talking CBX here).
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Trading one dimension for another doesn't make it more compact. It's wider, therefore it can't be more compact.