Has Indian Returned to Bonneville?

Indian has a long and storied history with the Bonneville Salt Flats. As a matter of fact, Indian holds a record that has stood the test of time for 50 years! So, what is the manufacturer going to do to celebrate this awesome milestone? Set some more records, of course!

Indian Motorcycles Returns to the Salt Flats

Every year, speed freaks gather on the salt flats of the Bonneville Dry Lakebed in order to roar through the desert as fast as their vehicles will carry them. This event is called Speed Week, and it draws racers from all over the world to try to not only beat the clock, but to break some speedometers too. However, this year’s festivities are special for Indian Motorcycles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Burt Munro took his 1920 Indian Scout down the flats for a two-run average speed of 183.586 mph (184.087 mph corrected). This record was so incredible that it has stood the test of time, and now fast-forward to 2017 and the legacy Munro and Indian created is looking to continue.

Indian will bring Lee Munro, the great grandnephew of Burt, to Bonneville on a 2017 Indian Scout. The bike has already managed to take three land speed records while testing in El Mirage Dry Lakebed. However, it won’t be shattering Burt Munro’s record at Bonneville.

As it turns out, the new Scout is not in the same racing category as the old 1920 version. So, it looks like Burt’s record may continue on to see the age of 51. The only question remaining is whether Lee will manage to set a record as enduring as his great granduncle’s.

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