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Indian’s Spirit Of Munro Scout To Tackle Land Speed Record Attempt!

Indian Motorcycle’s New Spirit of Munro Scout To Challenge Land Speed Record

Updated August 21, 2018

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The World’s Fastest Indian,” where Burt Munro famously piloted his Indian Scout Streamliner into the history books at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Indian have decided to recreate the iconic event – but with a modern twist.

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For the special attempt, which will take place on Sunday 13th August 20177 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Indian will be racing their very modern looking Spirit of Munro Scout (pictured here) and it will be piloted by none other than Burt Munro’s great nephew: Lee Munro. And Lee isn’t just some relative they’ve roped into this publicity stunt. The Kiwi rider is a seasoned road racer with quite a few trophies in his cabinet.

Indian Return To Bonneville To Make History!

Although this anniversary attempt is more of a recreation than a genuine challenge to a land speed record, it doesn’t mean that Indian aren’t going to give it their all – they only want to earn the title for the “world’s fastest Indian” after all. They’re entering into no particular class or category, but they want to see their Spirit of Munro Scout fly and rocket down the flats as fast as possible. And there’s no harm in that, is there?

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Here’s what Indian Motorcycle’s Marketing Director, Reid Wilson, had to say about the event: “Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro. Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honor his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

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This updated version of the Spirit of Munro Scout is based around a modern Indian Scout with a slightly modified powertrain and a very aerodynamically charged racing fairing at the front. It’s all been put together in house by Indian Motorcycle’s Engineering Team, but here’s an interesting fact for you: the engineers didn’t do this on company time – it was an “extra-curricular” activity.

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With the bike prepped and ready to go, we’ll have to wait until August to say how this fares on the Flats – but we’re positive it will do well. With Lee Munro at the controls, the Spirit of Munro Scout is in safe hands. Here’s what he had to say about the whole project: “My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.”

Good luck, Lee!


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