Indian Motorcycle Showcases New Thunder Stroke 111 Engine With Custom Built “Spirit Of Munro” Streamliner

Spirit-of-Munro1Spirit-of-Munro2Spirit-of-Munr3Spirit-of-Munr4On Saturday evening March 8 2013, immediately following the unveiling of the all-new 111-Cubic Inch V-Twin power plant that will equip the 2014 line up, Indian Motorcycle had a big surprise announcement for the crowd gathered at Dirty Harry’s on Daytona Main Street. A one-of-a-Kind vehicle powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 Engine paying tribute to Burt Munro’s ‘Munro Special’ as portrayed in the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ motion picture.
Spirit-of-Munr6Fully custom-built, the Spirit of Munro is an all-metal tribute to the racers and mechanics throughout history who have collectively built the legacy of record-breaking racing performance and strength that is Indian Motorcycle. The streamliner was named in honor of Burt Munro’s, “Munro Special,” the historic 1920 Indian Scout that broke the under-1000cc land-speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats as famously portrayed in the motion picture “The World’s Fastest Indian.” “The Munro family is very happy to see such a wonderful tribute to our Father,” says Burt’s Son, John Munro. “We see how Dad’s passion inspires motorcycle riders to this day, as the Spirit of Munro will surely do for years to come.”

Spirit-of-Munr7“We are a brand that will always strive to push the envelope in everything we do, so when the idea of building a streamliner to both showcase the new engine and pay homage to the racers, mechanics and engineers of the past landed on my desk, it was an easy decision,” says Vice President of Polaris Motorcycles, Steve Menneto. “We are proud to showcase America’s passion for Indian Motorcycle in such a unique and historic way.”

The streamliner was designed from the ground up to house the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine and showcases its awe-inspiring power and performance. The Spirit of Munro is not simply a display; it was built to run. A custom exhaust and intake system is mated with a chain drive conversion to allow for the tall gearing necessary for top speed runs. The all-aluminum bodywork was hand-formed using traditional tools and techniques. Wrapped around the modern Thunder Stroke 111 engine is a custom chassis capable of handling top speeds.

Spirit-of-Munr8“Part of the process of building a new motorcycle is building many pre-production and production test engines,” said 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.”
Spirit-of-Munr9Tapped to construct the Spirit of Munro was Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, California. Jeb’s extensive credentials building land speed racers, along with his hand-formed bodywork on a Stutz Blackhawk replica revealed him as the perfect builder for this tribute machine.

“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,” said Jeb 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.”

Spirit-of-Munro_RightFace-LogoThe bodywork was sculpted to reflect seminal machines from history, as well as creating a unique package for rider and mechanicals. Using aircraft inspired and traditional custom techniques, the Spirit of Munro is a striking tribute to the past, and an irrepressible inspiration for the future of America’s first motorcycle company. Adorning the tail of the machine is the logo of another iconic American brand, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey who is helping sponsor the motorcycle through their “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” responsibility campaign.

The “Spirit of Munro” is currently on display at the Daytona International Speedway every day of Daytona Bike Week, and will take part in the Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash lap of the Daytona 200 on March 16, 2013. Indian Motorcycle. www.indianmotorcycle.com

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43 Responses to “Indian Motorcycle Showcases New Thunder Stroke 111 Engine With Custom Built “Spirit Of Munro” Streamliner”


  1. 1 chopmonster66 Mar 12th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Way Cool !! can’t wait to see it run the salt.

  2. 2 Rick Lossner Mar 12th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    You’ve got to admit.. these boys aren’t screwing around….

    With Polaris doing a marketing blitz with the Victory brand, and now cranking up the Marketing machine with their Indian brand…. it’s going to be a very interesting year peaking at Sturgis in August

  3. 3 Rodent Mar 12th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    To bad they screw up the tribute with Jack Daniels logo!

  4. 4 fuji Mar 12th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    kudos.

  5. 5 Ho Lee Schitt. Mar 12th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The new Indian Co has done more R&D than ” Hardley ” has in the last twenty years.

  6. 6 Homer Mar 12th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Awesome !!

  7. 7 A 1 CYCLES INC. Mar 12th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    INCREDIBLE..WOULDNT MIND WORKING IN THE R&D DEPT. FOR THOSE GUYS..COOL STUFF COMING FROM THEM

  8. 8 BERTRAND Mar 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hope to see it on the salt at the BUB ! ! !

  9. 9 Rodent Mar 12th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Too bad it won’t be in Hollister, the birthplace of the American Biker to sit next to the actual Munro Indian in July!

  10. 10 BobS Mar 12th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The naysayers are going to have to stick their heads pretty far into the sand to keep from seeing how impressive this effort is. These guys are going far beyond what they would need to do just to sell t-shirts and a few thousand half-assed built bikes to Cool-aid drinkers. I’m not much for brand new retro, but it wouldn’t be out of line to call the effort being put into this relaunch as “world class”. Kudos to Polaris. Dear broker, “please double up my stock”.

  11. 11 GuitarSlinger Mar 12th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    The more Polaris/Indian tries to lean on the ‘ real ‘ Indian’s past ….. the more convinced I’m becoming they’ve got no future what so ever . J.T. Nesbit hit the nail on the head with the ‘ new ‘ Indian from the moment Polaris announced this little adventure

    BobS – Look around . The tech details are available elsewhere . If you’ve even a modicum of knowledge/understanding of what it takes to be competitive on the salt you’ll see within the first ten lines this pastiche is anything but impressive .

  12. 12 highrpm Mar 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    very, very cool.

    i wish man would discover a super ultralight material so that we could build roadster bicycles and motorcycles. think of the two wheeled austin healys and mg roadsters and 58 corverttes.

    anyway, indian has really added a cool dimension with this streamliner.

  13. 13 Vrat Mar 12th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    GuitarSlinger

    No thread would be complete with out you words of wisdom. Keep em coming…

  14. 14 Dave Blevins Mar 12th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I got to admit, I like what these guys are up to.

  15. 15 Black Shadow Mar 12th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    @ Rodent
    Most racers and streamliners have a few sponsors logos plastered on the sides. Makes it more authentic! Very nice Polaris.

  16. 16 fuji Mar 12th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Are you and JT of starship fame joined at the hip. metaphorically speaking, of course.

    It smells like swamp cabbage when you write / flatulate.

    lets get another movement from you. LOL

    ” Go Polaris and Indian. Fan-tastic ”

    What a pleasant surprise, who would have expected all of this.

    Carefull Slinger dont get a Muck in your pants you would have to change your name

  17. 17 SIGFREED Mar 12th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    My first comment seems to have done a cyberspace Apollo 13.., nonetheless to reiterate..,

    I am with the (lone) GuitarSlinger on this one – the ‘all metal’ Whiskey Wagon is as much a Munro tribute as O.J. Simpson is the major of Springfield.

    While ‘marketing magic’ can be the flavor that separates the bland from the bold – this has to be taken with a pinch of… … SALT…

  18. 18 McGilicutty Mar 12th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Nice job by Polaris to bust-out the old Munro racer and to hookup with Burt Monro’s son. These guys are doing it right – I’m kind of excited about the new models. I read that Indian began designing the new Thunder Stroke they pumped a lot of money into getting the sound right first and then worked backwards. Good stuff.

    http://goo.gl/uJzaW

  19. 19 BobS Mar 12th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Guitar, I have looked around, A LOT. You may have mistaken my point. I do not think they’ve built a serious salt flats racer. I do think they’ve seriously put a lot more into this relaunch than they need to, IF…if all they wanted to do was skate on Indian’s history thinking they could cash in on it’s “heritage”. Take a step back and think about what a company would do if they were all the things you’ve accused them of. It wouldn’t look like this. This company is dumping truck loads of money that they’ll be lucky if they get back in ten years. They are a 3 BILLION dollar company. Corporations that size don’t spend this kind of money unless they’re committed to the long term.

  20. 20 ray c wheeler Mar 12th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    August on the salt will be interesting and fast…..

    See ya on the starting line……..

  21. 21 cooldaddy51 Mar 12th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Mmmm………and I wonder what the price will be on this new Indian? If its low enough , they will be a contender and bang heads with HD. Keep it in the 35K range and they will disappear .

  22. 22 KD Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Funny thing is: GuitarSlinger and Rodent can’t help themselves but to read everything Cyril writes about Indian nor can they keep from writing comments about how they think Indian is screwing up and doomed to fail. Look around you two, you are almost the only ones complaining. You must be really annoyed that now anytime anyone says Indian, they also say “Americas first motorcycle” as wll as really hating that now the Indian/HD wars are coming back.

    I think Indian is back for the long run, done a hell of a lot to re-ignite interest in the Indian brand, and still has a lot to prove. I for one encourage them to keep it up (as do 95% of everyone else that’s not riding a HD clone).

  23. 23 Patrick Mar 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Poor old Burt should turning in his grave…

    You’ll fit nearly 10 of his streamliners into that ugly shell shown above…

    Patrick

  24. 24 burnout Mar 13th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Regardless, this is a cool bike. peace

  25. 25 Jason Dietrich Mar 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    The very few people criticizing the new Indian are unable to present any rationale for their negative comments. Polaris is doing right now a fabulous job and I am convinced that they will succeed where all others failed. Go New Indian. Go!

  26. 26 Steve Hog Radio Producer Johann Mar 13th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hey i like it a lot. Its a TRIBUTE REPLICA as for getting on the flats i will be asking Robery Pandya about that this week.

    As for Polaris – These guys are putting people to work right here in America. People like Jeb Scolman and his crew in Long Beach. They are putting people to work in their factory.Polaris has been putting Americans to work since the 50’s by build high quality goods and they will continue to do so. Lets not forget the dealer network.and they will most likley export these machines abroad again supplying Americans with jobs.
    So in my humble opionion to all the naysayer’s – Get Off Their Back Already and let them build something unique and quality minded and sell a tanker load there is plenty of room for another American made bike.

  27. 27 Steve Hog Radio Producer Johann Mar 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    That’s Robert!

  28. 28 Tussuck Mar 13th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I like it! It’s a great tribute to Burt and I do not give a stuff if it breaks any records on the salt, at least they know their brand and history.

    Burt lived around the corner from me so I can tell you his hometown are excited by this.

    Tussuck
    DLRA #1174

  29. 29 Martin Twofeather Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I wish Polaris the best and hope it’s a large success…..

  30. 30 rags Mar 13th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    congrats ,see ya at bonneville

  31. 31 nicker Mar 13th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Looks Soooooo cool..!!!!

    -nicker-

  32. 32 Trail Boss Mar 14th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The Spirit Lake Indian already has achieved an impressive start with their new 111 Thunder Stroke engine. The proof will be in the design of the new bike, its cost, and the dealer network and support. Still a lot to materialize. However, this is an impressive beginning.

  33. 33 Tooj Mar 14th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Most folks should be very glad that Victory and Indian do not presently have factory racing teams. Lloyd and the crew in Spirit Lake is a force to be reckoned with.

  34. 34 Robert Pandya Mar 14th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hello all and thanks for the kind words. The crew at the new Indian Motorcycle Company have nothing but respect and admiration for those who preceded us. We in fact approached John Munro, Burt (Bert) Munro’s son, to get express permission to christen this machine the “Spirit of Munro”. I know that for many people it’s fun to think of a large company as a soul-less and inhuman blob that pumps out products for consumption. I can say with all confidence that every time I meet an employee who touches the Indian Motorcycle brand in any way, they are infused with exactly the kind of passion and dedication as many of you are.

    We know there are haters no matter what we do – that’s expected with any product surrounded by dedicated individuals. Frankly if we only produced a yawn, that would be the greatest disservice to the industry.

    This project was a long time in coming, and was a stretch for many of us who are already very busy working on as quick and thorough a launch as possible, let alone an incredibly talented and enthusiastic builder in Jeb Scolman. We are designing and engineering an iconic brand. That alone is a threat to many who prefer to clutch their view of IMC as their own truth. However the genuine truth for this era of Indian Motorcycle is that the ball will not be dropped, and there will be a new and strong player in the American motorcycle scene. It will not happen overnight, it may not happen the way some people want, with the models some people want, but it will happen with a respect for the past, and a drive for the future that is worthy of the name Indian Motorcycle. We do hope that Hendee and Hedstrom would approve of what we have done, we do know that the Munro family has. And for this project, that is a humbling and proud moment in our history.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  35. 35 roscoe Mar 14th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Robert Pandya,

    Please give all the folks at Polaris/Victory a big thumbs up and a Thank You for everything they have done so far.
    I am extremely happy with my Vision and maybe someday I will own an Indian too!

  36. 36 paolo Mar 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    OK… Polaris…. Poooolaaaaaris..

    We get the point. Turn off the marketing machine and let’s see the bike.

  37. 37 Tooj Mar 15th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    @paolo,

    Yes, an iconic brand in and of itself. Snowmobiles, quads… and now TWO motorcycle companies.

    So what, MANG? You gotta problem with success and quality?

  38. 38 Tooj Mar 15th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    @Robert Pandya,

    What’s UP with the modern speedo? Couldn’t you find something off a vintage 20’s model?

    (LOL, LMAO and sundry other “I’m just jerkin yer chain acronyms…)

  39. 39 Engineer Mar 15th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    The “modern speedo” is a display for a Racepak data acquisition system that can display and record information from numerous sensors on the bike/engine. The display is programmable so you can select what you would like to see on four different screens and can also program shift indicators, warning lights, etc… Speed is obtained via GPS.

  40. 40 courtney Mar 16th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    BobS,
    Well, you may not be much for “Brand-New Retro,” but that’s exactly what’s being peddled off by Polaris at this very moment. And you are eating that stuff up Hook, Line, and Sinker.

    Moreover, my head is certainly not in the sand concerning Polaris’ efforts to revive a long extinct (yet storied) motorcycle brand. In fact, I fully respect how much time, effort, and money that Polaris is putting into this very effort to revive a once proud American brand.

    *However*… (lol. you knew THAT was coming, huh). The only real thing tying the past Indian marque to the present Polaris-owned Indian brand is Polaris’ blatant attempt to ride the coattails of Indian’s (selective) storied history that was long ago perceived as having been cut short.

    The basic problem that Polaris has faced over the past decade+ is that their new Victory brand did not exist 100 years ago, nor 75 years ago, nor 50 years ago, and not even 25 years ago. But with purchasing the Indian marque, Polaris is attempting instant 100+ year credibility and gratification.

    That’s the problem as I see it. There is no 100+ year credibility here. It does not matter how many brand new “Indian” transmissions Mike Wolfe brandishes whilst posing out in the dead weeds just outside a 110 year-old dilapidated barn. The brand-new Indian is just that: New, and a cousin of that other brand-new bike: Victory; It will be an Indian tribute bike, no more, no less.

    That’s not to say that the new Polaris interpretation of Indian will suck. In fact, it (they) may very well rock! Nice for a change!

    The point is that Polaris is attempting to ride the long coattails of an extinct motorcycle brand’s selective history — a history Polaris had absolutely no involvement with, ever, and in a way that sickens me personally. In fact, there is no Indian Motorcycle history at Spirit Lake at all. Only nostalgia.

    Obviously, nostalgia doesn’t sell Victory’s….

  41. 41 Terence Tory Mar 21st, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I see no plans of it ever going to Bonneville for a run.Honest indian.

  42. 42 Robert Pandya Mar 25th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Courtney – I suspect you would be complaining had we just shuttered out the IMC past and heritage.

    HD has been owned by different companies and in different iterations, Cadillac was bought by General Motors, Ducati was bought by Audi, Dodge was bought by Chrysler, Moto Guzzi was bought by Aprilia then Piaggio bought Aprila, Chrysler was bought by Mercedes, Mini was bought by BMW and so on and so on. This is the history of automotive and motorcycle brands. Brands do not simply “re-set” when bought; they are bought because of pride and heritage as well as the brand value in the marketplace. That is the business.

    Polaris Industries proudly maintains both the Victory Motorcycle Brand, and the Indian Motorcycle brand under its large umbrella alongside of Polaris off-road products, snow machines, GEM Electric vehicles and other great products. Having a diverse and technologically advanced engineering group as well as a design group that can clearly create unique design languages for each brand creates the diversity and stability that Polaris Industries has long been credited for. In due course there will be many many more Indian Motorcycle riders as we deliver the quality of motorcycle that the brand deserves, in the styles that enthusiasts wish to buy and backed by a financially sound company that delivers the confidence that riders need to commit to a purchase. Businesses adapt and change over time. Brands grow and are bought and developed and may be sold again.

    I’ll leave you with this piece of History: “Motorcycles are the heart, soul and passion of Harley-Davidson, Buell and MV Agusta,” said Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziemer. “Both have great products and close connections with incredibly devoted customers. The MV Agusta and Cagiva brands are well-known and highly regarded in Europe. They are synonymous with beautiful, premium, Italian performance motorcycles,” Ziemer said. – http://investor.harley-davidson.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=87981&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1584398&highlight=

    The times – they are a-changin’. And if you are a motorcycle rider today – the times have never been better.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  43. 43 Robert Pandya Mar 25th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Courtney – I suspect you would be complaining had we just shuttered out the IMC past and heritage.

    HD has been owned by different companies and in different iterations, Cadillac was bought by General Motors, Ducati was bought by Audi, Dodge was bought by Chrysler, Moto Guzzi was bought by Aprilia then Piaggio bought Aprila, Chrysler was bought by Mercedes, Mini was bought by BMW and so on and so on. This is the history of automotive and motorcycle brands. Brands do not simply “re-set” when bought; they are bought because of pride and heritage as well as the brand value in the marketplace. That is the business.

    Polaris Industries proudly maintains both the Victory Motorcycle Brand, and the Indian Motorcycle brand under its large umbrella alongside of Polaris off-road products, snow machines, GEM Electric vehicles and other great products. Having a diverse and technologically advanced engineering group as well as a design group that can clearly create unique design languages for each brand creates the diversity and stability that Polaris Industries has long been credited for. In due course there will be many many more Indian Motorcycle riders as we deliver the quality of motorcycle that the brand deserves, in the styles that enthusiasts wish to buy and backed by a financially sound company that delivers the confidence that riders need to commit to a purchase. Businesses adapt and change over time. Brands grow and are bought and developed and may be sold again.

    I’ll leave you with this piece of History: “Motorcycles are the heart, soul and passion of Harley-Davidson, Buell and MV Agusta,” said Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziemer. “Both have great products and close connections with incredibly devoted customers. The MV Agusta and Cagiva brands are well-known and highly regarded in Europe. They are synonymous with beautiful, premium, Italian performance motorcycles,” Ziemer said. – http://investor.harley-davidson.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=87981&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1584398&highlight=

    The times – they are a-changin’. And if you ride motorcycles today – the times have never been better.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

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