Spirit of Munro with pilot Todd Eagan and Indian Motorcycle's Robert Pandya (photo credit: Barry Hathaway)
Spirit of Munro with pilot Todd Eagan and Indian Motorcycle’s Robert Pandya (photo credit: Barry Hathaway)

Indian Spirit of Munro Tribute Video

Regardless of where your passion resides in the world of motorcycles, one story every rider should know is the one Burt Munro.

Between 1926 and 1961, Munro beefed up a 1920 Indian Scout, which had a factory top-speed of around 55 mph. The New Zealander’s  goal was to break the top speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, and he completed the feat in 1962, 1966 and again in 1967.

His under-1000cc land-speed record from 1967 still stands. Munro’s story had such appeal that Hollywood got involved, releasing a movie that documents Munro’s continuing attempts at breaking the land speed record, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” featuring Anthony Hopkins (2005).

To further honor Munro, Indian Motorcycle recently built an all-metal tribute bike – the Spirit of Munro. The machine, which was built by Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, Calif., features Indian’s newest engine that will be featured in the 2014 Chief, the Thunder Stroke 111.

The Spirit of Munro, which unites the rich past of the Indian Motorcycle brand with modern technology, was run on a dry lake bed in California this past May. The run was filmed, and the footage was used as part of the short film attached below, titled “Indian Motorcycle: The Spirit of Munro.” The film captures Indian Motorcycle’s mission of “Honoring the past. Powering the future.”

The Spirit of Munro will be on display at Sturgis when Indian will unveil its 2014 Chief at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. The unveiling will occur at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3,  at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, 999 Main St. in downtown Sturgis.

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