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Indian Scouts sets new record
IN preparation for the Burt Munro 50th
anniversary commemorative run, Indian
Motorcycle has set three new land speed
records, according to the Southern California
Timing Association (SCTA). Burt Munro’s
great nephew, Lee Munro, and a pair of Indian
Motorcycle technicians entered the record
books on July 16 at El Mirage Dry Lakebed.
“When you’re breaking records during test
runs, you know your machine is on point. Our
team of engineers has done an incredible
job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative
Scout.” said Gary Gray, Vice President –
Product Development for Indian Motorcycle.
“Running within a different class has allowed
Lee to truly honor his great uncle Burt. As
Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt
within the record book.”
First among the three Indian riders
was Chet Michaelson, engine calibration
technician at Indian Motorcycle. In the M-PG
(Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class,
riding a 2015 Indian Chief Classic, Chet
eclipsed the record of 151 MPH with a speed
of 154.132 MPH.
The second Indian rider was Lee Munro –
aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary
2017 Indian Scout.
Competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial
Streamliner) 1350cc class, Lee needed to
exceed 167 MPH for a new record. After
completing his rookie runs during the May
meet at El Mirage, this was the first chance
to let the bike loose and explore its potential.
Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new
record and the Indian team was two for two.
The third and final Indian rider was Dan
Gervais, senior engine calibration technician
at Indian Motorcycle. Dan was competing in
the M-G (Modified-Gasoline) 1350cc class
with a lightly modified 2015 Indian Scout.
Like Lee Munro, Dan also completed his rookie
runs at the May meet at El Mirage.
Dan’s speed of 154.354 MPH edged out
the 153 MPH record and gave Indian its third
record of the day.
“It’s an incredible feat to join my great
uncle Burt within the land speed record
book,” said Lee Munro, the grandson of
Burt’s first cousin. “Indian has been a great
partner in not only providing me with an
incredible machine, but providing me with an
opportunity to recognize and honor all Burt
Munro did for motorcycling.”
On August 12 and 13, Lee Munro will
pilot the modern Indian Scout with a
powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle
The attempt will not break Burt’s record,
but instead will honor his storied legacy in
the world of motorcycling. Fueled by their
own ambition to push beyond boundaries,
Indian’s team of engineers volunteered to be
a part of this historic attempt, working on the
project “after hours.”
The recordsetting run at El Mirage was
the team’s second and final test runs before
heading to the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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