Indian, Munro Aiming for 200MPH at Bonneville

Team hoping to surpass previous efforts at this year's Bonneville Speed Week

Indian Motorcycle and Lee Munro – great-nephew of Bonneville legend Burt Munro – will be teaming up again at the Bonneville Salt Flats this month, hoping to push the company’s “Spirit of Munro” Scout beyond the 200mph mark.

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This will be taking things a step further than the team’s attempts at last year’s Bonneville Speed Week, where it managed an official speed of 191.286 mph in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. That’s not bad for a bike originally put forward as a tribute to Burt Munro. Its initial objective was simply to match the 184mph speed that Burt hit in 1967 astride a heavily modified 1920 Scout. Last year was the 50th anniversary of that feat (immortalized in the film The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Anthony Hopkins with an abysmally half-hearted Kiwi accent).


It seems the team had so much fun that they’ve decided to tweak the bike and push farther, seeking to put it into the 200mph club.

“Our engineering team, led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais, have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal,” said Indian Motorcycle VP Gary Gray. “Indian Motorcycle was honored to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments… We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Spirit of Munro.'”

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This year marks the 70th running of Bonneville Speed Week, an event that may not last too much longer as climate change continues to negatively affect conditions on the famous salt flat. With luck, however, it will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah.

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Lee Munro – who some readers may remember invited contributor Leah Misch to ride with him in New Zealand not too long ago – attributes his love of speed to the influence of his great-uncle.

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“Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” he said.