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 16 July 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 honour 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) 2000 cc 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) 1350 cc 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) 1350 cc 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 recognise and honour all Burt Munro did for motorcycling.”
Learn more about Indian Motorcycle: www.indianmotorcycle.com.au.