Top 10 trends and talking points from Eicma 2017 - 6

6: Parallel twins

Top 10 trends and talking points from Eicma 2017 - 6

A few years ago the parallel twin was the ugly sister of motorcycle engine layouts. It was worthy but dull, reserved for stuff like the Kawasaki ER5. There were occasional sparks – Yamaha’s TRX850 and TDM, for instance – but they were few and far between. It’s had a resurgence over the last decade, though, and seems to be getting even more fashionable now. Notable parallel twin newcomers for 2018 include the new BMW F850GS and F750GS, the KTM 790 Duke and 790 Adventure R Concept (the latter pictured), the Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT and the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Prototype. It makes sense – parallel twins are light, compact and cheaper to make than V-twins.