Indian Sets 3 New Land Speed Records
Ahead of the Burt Munro 50th Anniversary Commemorative Run August 12-13, Munro’s great nephew, Lee, and Indian Motorcycle technicians headed to El Mirage, Calif., for some practice.
That practice at on the El Mirage Dry Lakebed turned into three new land speed records, as recorded by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA).
“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.”
Chet Michaelson, engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle, was the first to set a land speed record 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 explore the Streamliner’s potential. Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new record.
The third and final Indian rider was Dan Gervais, senior engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. Gervais was competing in the M-G (Modified-Gasoline) 1350cc class aboard a lightly modified 2015 Indian Scout. Gervais’ 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 engineering team. The attempt will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling.
The record-setting run at El Mirage was the team’s second and final test runs before heading to the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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