To mark the unveiling of its new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, Indian Motorcycle revealed a custom-built streamliner motorcycle dubbed the “Spirit of Munro“, equipped with the new Indian engine.

The “Spirit of Munro” is a tribute to the Munro Special, the 1920 Indian scout that set a new land-speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats for under-1000cc motorcycles. The Munro Special was famously depicted in the 2005 film “The World’s Fastest Indian“, starring Anthony Hopkins.

The streamliner is fully operational, designed from the ground up around the new Thunder Stroke engine. The engine is paired with a custom exhaust and intake system as well as a chain drive conversion for the tall gearing required of a motorcycle built to set speed records.

“Part of the process of building a new motorcycle is building many pre-production and production test engines,” says Gary Gray, product director for Indian Motorcycle. “The Indian Motorcycle engineering team is fully conscious that every day we are working with history and over the course of design and development many parts and complete engines are built, tested, disassembled and measured. We thought it a fitting tribute to place one of our pre-production engines in a one-of-a-kind vehicle to pay homage to the racers who have helped build the legend of the Indian Motorcycle brand over its 112-year history.”

Surrounding the engine is a custom chassis and all-aluminum bodywork constructed by Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, Calif.

“When the guys from Indian Motorcycle called to ask if I would be willing to play a part in this historic endeavor, I could not say ‘yes’ fast enough,” says Scolman. “We built the Spirit of Munro in just three months of straight long work days. It was a brutal schedule, but to be a part of re-launching this brand and giving Indian Motorcycle fans a historic new piece of Americana makes it all worth the effort.”

[Source: Indian]

  • CB77

    Great…another “Potato Bike”…just what we needed. As I have said in previous posts here, how many more times do we have to watch the once-proud name of “Indian” dragged thru the mud in one of these abortive attempts to revive it? The current-count is about 8 or 9 times.

    Although the previous attempts were by small, underfunded, incompetent, companies, which was probably the biggest reason for their failure. With Polaris’s money and resources, this time might be different.

    Although you really have to wonder how much “brand equity” the Indian name still has. After all, the guys who were lusting after the last true Indian sold in the U.S. are now in their late 80’s and 90’s…not a lot of Indian customers in that demographic.

    And contrary to what some riders are saying (and hoping for), this bike is NOT going to be “value priced” to try to eclipse and undercut HD. Rather it is going to be stratospherically-priced to try to appeal to poseurs.

    I also wonder, in light of the increasing Political Correctness calls for sports teams to drop the Indian names and mascots (Washington Redskins, KC Chiefs, Cleveland Indians…with their goofy, leering, cartoon-character mascot), if the whole idea of trying to use the “Indian” name again may not work in today’s social climate.

    Of course, with many motorcyclists, the idea of putting a finger in the eye of those concerned about political correctness will be a plus. Especially with those more redneck among us.

    And could they have thought of a more juvenile-sounding name for the engine: “Thunder Stroke 111″…really? It is also amusing to see them boasting about a single-pin crank for this engine. As I recall, that technology has been around for a while. The last true news about crank design was Honda’s dual-pin crank on the 1983 VT750C. Of course, they had to go with a single-pin crank to get the all-important Potato sound.

    Oh, and by the way, it needs much deeper finning on the fake flatheads. Polaris, if you are going to do this…don’t do it half-assed.