Spirit of Munro Indian Scout is a Family Tradition

One of the most remarkable underdog stories in motorsports history is that of New Zealander Burt Munro. His record-setting exploits with a highly modified 1920 Indian Scout (which was something of an antique even in the 1950s and 1960s, when Munro made most of his record attempts) on both sides of the Pacific are the stuff of motorcycling legend, and inspired the 2005 movie The World’s Fastest Indian, which starred Sir Anthony Hopkins as the speed-crazed Kiwi. Now Lee Munro – Burt’s great nephew – has hooked up with Indian Motorcycles to continue the legacy of both names at the most hallowed ground in all of land speed racing, the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Using the modern incarnation of the Scout as the starting point, the “Spirit of Munro Indian Scout” features a V-twin that’s been enlarged from the stock 69 cubic inches to 79, which helps bump output to 165 horsepower and 110 lb.-ft of torque. A pair of Roland Sands Design aluminum wheels reduces the rotating mass, while a custom fairing that pays homage to some of Burt’s originals keeps drag in check. Lee Munro and the Indian team are scheduled to make their first run at record breaking with the new bike during Bonneville Speed Week on August 13th; we’d like to think Burt (who died in 1978 aged 78) will be cheering them on wherever he is.

Source: Indian Motorcycles



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