Lee Munro, the great-nephew of Burt Munro, sets a new speed record astride an Indian Scout at El Mirage, California. This event was the proper test track for Lee and his team to check the modified Scout and how Lee is handling it. Lee reached a top speed of 300.723 kph (186.861 mph) in the 1350cc ‘Modified Partial Streamliner – Gas’ category.
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Speaking on achieving the new speed record, Lee said, “They’re not going to let any monkey on a bike twist a throttle without proving that.You’ve to prove your salt. The bike moves around a little bit but the Indian was pretty well-planted, it didn’t give me any reason to worry that it wasn’t stable. The engine’s so strong, the chassis is so stable – it felt like I was riding on a street on a well-built road bike – nothing scary.”
He also added, “Everybody’s been coming up to me and they associate me with Burt and what he accomplished on his Indian, and it’s quite a special feeling. I’ve been told ‘get used to being recognised, boy because it’s about to happen’. I’m really proud, I’m very, very proud to be able to carry the name.”
Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director, said “Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro. Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honour his legacy with an updated version of his historical record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”
50 years ago, Burt Munro set a new world record of achieving a top speed of 295.45 kph (183.59 mph) on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The record was set under the 1000cc category. Now Lee aims to set a new world record for himself in the Bonneville Speed Week which will be held later this month.