They feverishly work on a few adjustments to get the bike back out for a second attempt. By that time, the sun is sweltering down, and the adjustments take the team in the wrong direction, with a slower time of 186.415 mph.
As the week goes on, Lee and team put up more times in the 180s, but the initial attempt of 191.861 stands above as the fastest attempt. The legacy of Burt Munro is duly affirmed, and although the Indian Team’s goal was not to break Burt’s record, one can rest assured that over the past 50 years, many others have tried.
It’s simply amazing that with all the advancements in technology and mechanics, a record from 1967 can still stand. Of course, Burt’s record will be broken someday, as the allure of the salt and the thrill of speed keeps the Cult of the Salt alive and well.
Photography by Alfonse Palaima, with Jess McKinley
The Cult of the Salt & the Return of Munro and Indian | Photo Gallery