Most powerful twin cylinder motorcycles

Top 40 most powerful twin bikes ever made. Updated June 2021.

Twin cylinder motorcycles (or simply "twins") strike balance between weight of 4 cylinder bikes and lack of refinement of single cylinder bikes.

Therefore, it is not surprising that most iconic road motorcycles of 1950s, 60s 70s and even 80s were two cylinder bikes. Even today, twin cylinder engines still make a lot of sense for use in motorcycles, and certain market segments continue to be dominated by V-twins.

Twin cylinder engines can be arranged either in a V-configuration ("V2" or "V-twin"), in parallel ("R2", "parallel twin" or "inline 2") or with cylinders opposing each other ("boxer twin"). All configurations have advantages and disadvantages. Recently more manufacturers have started to use parallel twin configuration in combination with cross-plane crankshaft, combining advantages of V2 and R2 configurations.

# make & model Power (hp)▼ Image
1. 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition 206 Photo of 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
2. 2014 Ducati 1299 Panigale 205 Photo of 2014 Ducati 1299 Panigale
3. 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S 192 Photo of 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S
4. 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R 176 Photo of 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
5. 2012 KTM RC8 1190 R Track 173 Photo of 2012 KTM RC8 1190 R Track
6. 2010 KTM RC8 1190R 173 Photo of 2010 KTM RC8 1190R
7. 2010 Ducati 1198 S 170 Photo of 2010 Ducati 1198 S
8. 2011 Ducati 1198SP 168 Photo of 2011 Ducati 1198SP
9. 2012 Aprilia Tuono 167 Photo of 2012 Aprilia Tuono
10. 2007 Ducati 1098 160 Photo of 2007 Ducati 1098
11. 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R 158 Photo of 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R
12. 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale 155 Photo of 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale
13. 2009 Ducati Streetfighter 1098 S 153 Photo of 2009 Ducati Streetfighter 1098 S
14. 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special 150 Photo of 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special
15. 2008 KTM RC8 1190 149 Photo of 2008 KTM RC8 1190
16. 2013 Ducati 899 Panigale 146 Photo of 2013 Ducati 899 Panigale
17. 2002 Honda VTR 1000 SP2 133 Photo of 2002 Honda VTR 1000 SP2
18. 2008 Ducati 848 132 Photo of 2008 Ducati 848
19. 2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R 130 Photo of 2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R
20. 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille 126 Photo of 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille
21. 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S 123 Photo of 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S
22. 2020 KTM 890 Duke R 119 Photo of 2020 KTM 890 Duke R
23. 2007 KTM 990 Super Duke 118 Photo of 2007 KTM 990 Super Duke
24. 1991 Ducati 851 116 Photo of 1991 Ducati 851
25. 2020 KTM 890 Duke 113 Photo of 2020 KTM 890 Duke
26. 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP 112 Photo of 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP
27. 2021 Ducati Monster 109 Photo of 2021 Ducati Monster
28. 2018 Ducati Monster 821 108 Photo of 2018 Ducati Monster 821
29. 1994 Ducati 916 108 Photo of 1994 Ducati 916
30. 1988 Ducati 851 108 Photo of 1988 Ducati 851
31. 2021 BMW F 900 R 104 Photo of 2021 BMW F 900 R
32. 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R 104 Photo of 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R
33. 2021 KTM 890 Adventure 104 Photo of 2021 KTM 890 Adventure
34. 2021 KTM 790 Duke 104 Photo of 2021 KTM 790 Duke
35. 2006 KTM 990 Adventure 102 Photo of 2006 KTM 990 Adventure
36. 2004 Kawasaki VN2000 Vulcan 102 Photo of 2004 Kawasaki VN2000 Vulcan
37. 2003 KTM 950 Adventure 101 Photo of 2003 KTM 950 Adventure
38. 2020 Aprilia RS 660 99 Photo of 2020 Aprilia RS 660
39. 2020 Aprilia Tuono 660 94 Photo of 2020 Aprilia Tuono 660
40. 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure 94 Photo of 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 06/14/2021, last addition - Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special.