Indian Motorcycle Engineers Passion For Speed. Seven-Episode Video Series Records After-Hours Development Of Land Speed Racers

Huze-Indian1Melding their careers with a shared fervor for going fast, a team of Indian Motorcycle engineers continues to practice their art on two-wheeled skunk-works type projects after-hours in the office and at home. Now, in a seven-episode video series titled “A Passion For Speed”, you are able to capture a glimpse of what happens in these creative sessions as the team prepares an Indian® Scout® and Indian® Chief Dark Horse® for land speed racing in El Mirage, Calif.

Huze-Indian2Located in the Mojave Desert, El Mirage dry lakebed has attracted speed enthusiasts for more than 60 years. At its best, the 1.3-mile-long hard and smooth track serves as a unique venue for testing a machine’s maximum velocity. At its worst, under spectacular summer thunderstorms, it becomes an impassible quagmire of clay and silt.

In “A Passion For Speed”, you can follow the Indian Motorcycle team – Calibration Engineer Wayne Kolden, Senior Development Technician Chet Michaelson, Development Technician Dan Gervais and Powertrain Development Technician Neil Sikora – as they build a Scout and Chief Dark Horse specifically for dry lakebed duty, recall where their passion for fast machines came from, work together to overcome setbacks, and then travel 1,800 miles to realize their dream. The series begins when the team has only 22 days remaining until race day and culminates in a surprise ending that has team members counting the days to their next opportunity. Below the 1st out of 7 episodes.

“It’s not a one-man show, by any means,” says Michaelson. “It’s everybody coming together and chipping in and building something phenomenal. And that really is the foundation of where Indian Motorcycle came from – a bunch of guys in the shop working for the win. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.” 

Huze-Indian3“The first motorized bike that I had was actually a homemade minibike that my dad built with me,” Kolden explains while assembling an engine in his home workshop. “All of the kids our age had minibikes, motorcycles and go-karts. Everyone was a motor-head. That was just the environment we had growing up. To go to El Mirage, or hopefully someday Bonneville, is one of my dreams.”

“At Indian Motorcycle we love riding and racing as much as our dedicated and passionate owners,” says Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Wayne, Chet, Dan and Neil reflect the obsession we all have for motorcycling. All we needed to do was follow them with a camera and do some interviews. This was their passion project.”

Watch all 7 episodes of “A Passion For Speed” by going HERE.

11 Responses to “Indian Motorcycle Engineers Passion For Speed. Seven-Episode Video Series Records After-Hours Development Of Land Speed Racers”

  1. 1 Steal Your Face May 25th, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I will have to watch that. I like the fact that Polaris and Indian are racing.

  2. 2 NoH2oh May 25th, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    With all of this racing by Polaris one would hope a Sport Scout or Street 156 will not be too long from now.

  3. 3 Badams May 25th, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Harley you better get on the rails with marketing. Drop the mix marketing models and get out there and connect with the people. Sponsoring Born Free isn’t going to cut it.

  4. 4 nicker May 25th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    How Cool is that!

    “… two-wheeled skunk-works type projects after-hours in the office and at home…”

    In other words they; “Eat, Sleep, Dream, Breath, Live & Love Motorcycles.”

    And that my friends is the legacy of American motorcycling.
    Rugged individual challenging themselves to be the best they can be…… in the Real World.


  5. 5 Jim Tom May 26th, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Go Indian!

  6. 6 X HD Rider May 26th, 2016 at 11:05 am

    the music sucks. tobad they didn’t say more on what they were doing

  7. 7 Hillbilly Jim May 26th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Perhaps this is why Milwaukee unveiled the new liquid cooled flat tracker today? As I said in the past competition is a win win for the consumer.

  8. 8 burnout May 26th, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Now THIS is news I like to hear! The ‘Motor Company’ best take heed. peace

  9. 9 Blackmax May 27th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Agree with everyone !!!
    Enjoyed all of the videos & the “inside” look
    You just gotta know H-D is looking over the shoulder going, “Damn, again” !

  10. 10 BobS May 27th, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The ghost of Burt Monroe smiles…

  11. 11 Woody's May 29th, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Wasn’t Mr. Munroe the polar opposite of these folks?

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