Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner

Fifty years ago a motorcyclist from New Zealand entered the record books in a never-to-be-forgotten moment on the Bonneville Salt Flats on his Indian Scout Streamliner. Celebrated in the featured film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” Burt Munro transcends motorcycling and is an icon for pushing personal boundaries and rising above conventional limitations.

To commemorate Burt’s feat, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to race a current-day Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 13.  To create the modern day “world’s fastest Indian,” a team of seven Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered, worked after hours, and from production Scout and added horsepower, cut weight, and added aerodynamic improvements.

“Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honor his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

The team will perform several test runs in El Mirage, California before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville. Lee Munro will pilot a modern-day Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and a slick aerodynamic shell in an effort to become the world’s fastest modern day Indian motorcycle. The run will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling.

Burt Munro’s name is known by shed builders across the globe and is the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lee Munro said: “My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.”

Born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, the same town as his great uncle Burt, Lee Munro first began his life on two wheels via the high-adrenaline sport of downhill mountain biking. After winning many local races, even finishing fifth in the 2002 New Zealand Championship, Lee entered into motorcycle road racing. He won his first race and captured numerous titles on every road and street race circuit in the South Island of New Zealand. With plans to race the Isle of Man, Lee attended the Manx GP in 2016 to gain knowledge of the track and better prepare himself. Most recently, Lee won the vintage class at the Methven Street Races earlier this year on a 1941 Indian motorcycle.

A replica streamliner with a ThunderStroke 111 engine will be on display at Bike Shed London this coming weekend to pay homage to the ultimate bike shed builder Burt Munro.

17 Responses to “Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner”

  1. 1 Coffeebeans May 24th, 2017 at 3:50 pm


    Wish him the best of luck.

    With the factory engineers backing him up that thing should flat-out fly.

  2. 2 jon May 24th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    brilliant, great to see stuff like this happening… a great post, good luck guy’s

  3. 3 Dave Nlevins May 24th, 2017 at 6:17 pm


  4. 4 richards May 24th, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Good luck Lee. This is a great gesture to honor Burt and his achievements. By the way, Beautiful ride!

  5. 5 James just another crazy kiwi May 25th, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Clever Marketing ! Better from Indian, may the God’s of Speed be kind ..

  6. 6 JohnnySpeed May 25th, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Yet another version of the polaris scout that should have been sold instead. The ghost of what could have been.

  7. 7 boston jim May 25th, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I love it ! But, Burt’s bike was a 47 year old flathead, with cracked tires? This bike has 100 HP out of the Box ! Burt didn’t have 7 Engineers on his behalf ? Burt’s Feat was 50 years ago! Surely, Polaris could Break the Record? Why not use the 111 Streamliner? I don’t get it ! Bonny is on my Bucket List !!

    PS, The Engineers, don’t have a lemon tree?

  8. 8 Dantes9thcircle May 25th, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The bike is gorgeous begging the question why in the name of sam hill hasn’t Indian seen fit to create a street version finally expanding beyond their current HD wanna be status ?

    As for the ‘ run ‘ at Bonneville this year ? Might as well put an end to that idea what with record rains once again and Utah / Salt Lake City’s persistent and intentional degradation of the ‘ Salt ‘

    Assuming they’re serious about this Indian needs to take a page out of Ack Attack’s playbook and head south : as in South America . Or alternatively Australia . Cause folks . The ‘ Salt ‘ is a dead issue no longer to be revived

  9. 9 burnout May 25th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This is cool! Even better I get to see it live! Checking off number 3 on my bucket list! And number 4 if I get to make a amateur run! Woo Hoo!! peace

  10. 10 Chief Waldo May 25th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Very cool!

  11. 11 Gym May 25th, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I think it only fitting that he wears a leather sack on a necklace with dried scrotum while making his attempt.

  12. 12 Tom May 25th, 2017 at 1:03 pm


  13. 13 Kts May 25th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    They can’t break Burts record, even if they go faster. Burts record is for normally aspirated UNDER 1100 cc streamlines. This new one is nearly double that.

  14. 14 hacksaw May 25th, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    this bike is gorgeous.
    Victory is deader than the salt. so who knows? Go Lee wherever!

  15. 15 kaferdave May 26th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I was VERY fortunate, a few years back, to have the REAL, restored, Burt Munro Special in my driveway in Crescent City, CA, for about a week…Thank You Tom and Claudia !!!

  16. 16 Motorman May 26th, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    What a beautiful beast of a bike, I’m a huge fan of the ThunderStroke 111 engine.
    Burt is a beast!

  17. 17 coma Jun 1st, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Nice effort.

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