'Spirit of Munro' Star of Indian Motorcycle Video
Monday, July 08, 2013
You can’t call a motorcycle ‘The Spirit of Munro’
and not take it out on an old dry lake bed to find out what it’s got. Since seeing the beautiful custom streamliner known as the “Spirit of Munro” at its Daytona Bike Week debut, I’ve longed to see the streamliner in action. Polaris Industries, the new owners of Indian Motorcycle, enlisted the services of Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed out of Long Beach, CA, to build the streamliner to showcase the Thunder Stroke 111
engine that will be powering the 2014 Indian Chief. From the all-aluminum bodywork encasing its custom-built chassis to the chain drive conversion designed to accommodate the tall gearing necessary for the speeds of a streamliner, the ‘Spirit of Munro’ was designed to be much more than a show piece. It was built to run, exactly the way its namesake Burt Munro would have wanted.
So when I got an email from my friend Robert Pandya, who serves as Indian Motorcycle’s External Relations Manager, saying they had taken the ‘Spirit of Munro’ out for its first run ever and documented it in a captivating mini-feature, I stopped everything I was doing to watch it. I’ve heard the engine, I’ve smelled its spent fumes, and have been close enough to climb into the cockpit of the streamliner, and to know that Indian actually took it out instead of simply displaying it on a dais made my day. It took the determination and effort of many people to make it happen, one of them being Robert himself, though he would humbly downplay his role. It took the skill of Jeb to build it, Todd Eagen to ride it, and Adam Brummond and the crew from The Factory to capture not only the physical aspect of it running on a dry lake bed, but to capture the essence of what the streamliner symbolizes as well. Pandya says others working behind the scenes to make it happen in the first place deserve credit too, including Polaris media team members David Shelleny and Mark Nevils who got the project pushed through and approved by Polaris. Photographer Barry Hathaway has been there every step of the way, chronicling the build through his lens from inception to completion.
“This complete film project was shot in only two days. It took guts to makes the commitments, skill to tell the story and faith in people that it would represent what is truly a key piece in the long history of motorcycling. This is the first motorcycle to be publically seen powered by the Thunder Stroke 111, and the Spirit of Munro film captures the legacy of this great brand while pushing it forward to the future,” wrote Pandya.
If you love motorcycling like we do, take ten minutes out of your day to watch the videos. It pays tribute to the past while giving you a peek into the future of the Indian Motorcycle company. Hope we see you in Sturgis for the 2014 Indian Chief
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