The Daytona Short Track double-header, the GNC's traditional season opener, takes place this Thursday and Friday, but the late season signings continue. The latest news is Briar Bauman joining a Memphis Shades-sponsored Yamaha team.
This is big news because Yamaha haven't run a big twin for years. Our friend in the US, Roger reminded us the last big twin Yamaha of any note, was a Vision-based V-twin framer Sammy Halbert put in a few Mains some years back (see below).
Bauman will race a Yamaha 450 at Daytona, but, according to the AMA's website, in the first twins race of the year - in May - he'll be on a Super Tenere-based framer.
The Super Ten is a 1200 parallel twin, with shaft-drive. The shots above are from the pre-launch concept bike, but they show the engine architecture. I want to see exactly how they swap it to chain drive. G