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Indian Motorcycle Summit, January 18th, 2013

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New Engine to be unvaled at Daytona during Bike Week 2013, 10:40 mark on Video.

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The Legend will continue...

While we can all agree that Indian&rsquo;s new <a title='Exclusive: Inside the all-new Indian Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin Engine' href='http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/03/09/exclusive-inside-the-all-new-indian-thunder-stroke-111-v-twin-engine/'>Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin</a> is perhaps the most significant cruiser news since, well, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod, what about the cool retro-looking machine it powered at today&rsquo;s historic Daytona unveiling? The stunning creation is called the &ldquo;Spirit of Munro,&rdquo; and in addition to being a rolling technology demonstrator for the new engine, this red streamliner adorned with gold-leaf Indian heads is a moving tribute to the &ldquo;Munro Special,&rdquo; the 1920 Scout-based creation that set speed records at Bonneville in the 1960s and was later immortalized in 2005&rsquo;s &ldquo;The World&rsquo;s Fastest Indian.&rdquo;
&ldquo;We wanted to bring the engine to life in a compelling way,&rdquo; explained Indian&rsquo;s Robert Pandya, who called the &ldquo;Spirit of Munro&rdquo; an &ldquo;emotional piece that celebrates the new engine while honoring all at Indian who came before us.&rdquo; Entrusted with the build was Jeb Scolman, the 32-year-old proprietor of Jeb&rsquo;s Metal and Speed, a Long Beach, California, shop that specializes in metal shaping and building hot rods. Scolman&mdash;a Bonneville veteran perhaps best known for his stunning recreation of Frank Lockhart&rsquo;s 1928 Stutz Black Hawk land-speed-record car&mdash;is an old-school builder who relies on his eyes and hands more than computers and schematics.








Although the new bike has the same overall length as Munro&rsquo;s original (13 feet, 7 inches), Scolman says it&rsquo;s a bigger machine, largely because the crankcase of the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine spans 20 inches from side to side. The result, even with the hand-formed aluminum body&rsquo;s exceptionally tight tolerances, is an overall shape that looks &ldquo;more like a tuna than a salmon,&rdquo; said Scolman, who fitted it with a &ldquo;less organic&rdquo; dorsal fin and also made sure the rider straddles the machine to emphasize it&rsquo;s a motorcycle and not just a streamliner that happens to have two wheels. Moreover, while the new Indian clearly looks different from the original &ldquo;Munro Special,&rdquo; Pandya said he and his team really liked the idea of having the rider&rsquo;s legs a bit exposed, which allows a boot to be put down when needed. &ldquo;The bike is a clear reference to history,&rdquo; explained Pandya, &ldquo;but with a forward-looking vision of building something unique.&rdquo;
Scolman said the bike, with a custom mild-steel frame, inverted, heavily raked fork, conventional twin-shock swingarm and large Brembo brakes (with proportioning valve), has not been built for a specific class at Bonneville, but he feels it could safely hit 200 mph, provided the engine has enough power. But that won&rsquo;t happen this year, as the bike will be traveling the country on a publicity tour (on a special Scolman-built trailer, replete with Indian&rsquo;s famous skirted fenders) , which will prevent it from getting the testing it clearly will need. But mark our words: The &ldquo;Spirit of Munro&rdquo; is no empty shell. It will see the salt in 2014.


Here is a great set of high-res pics, including some of the wooden markups
http://www.mcnews.com.au/2013_Bikes/Indian/Engine111/Introduction.htm
 
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I like what you put together. I can't wait to see the new bikes!!. Finally after being tossed around and beaten up , This is going to be the real deal. Polaris is the only company that truly has the credentials as well as ability to do this proud name justice. I'm excited. I hope to own one in the future. P.S. Hearings Burt Monroe's bike run that was pretty cool.
 
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What I found interesting was that Polaris made an attempt to buy Indian back in 2000 but no deal could be made at that time, 13 years ago when Victoy was in it's early infancy, with 2009 being their 10th year Anniversary.
 
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I can't wait to see the new Indian! But one thing Is for sure, Mike Wolf is an outstanding spokesperson and does one heck of a job promoting the brand. How do you not get excited listening to him.......
 
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its going to be a V-Twin for sure, and not an inline 4. How do i know you ask? well, i guess if it wasnt for the sound of the sound clip, watch the first vid at 3:51 - 'we can offfer a choice it what amaricans want in a V-Twin'. but i guess the sound clip of the engine, realy, should have been the clincher....... now that i think of it.......... probably didnt need to quote the interview................ :-S
 
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What I found interesting was that Polaris made an attempt to buy Indian back in 2000 but no deal could be made at that time, 13 years ago when Victoy was in it's early infancy, with 2009 being their 10th year Anniversary.
The copyright years. What a fiasco. I'm sure happy Polaris was able to pull this off. All the years of not doing things right. From Harley clones with Indian inspired fenders. To the latest incarnation that buy the way the Motor is based off the Harley evo motor. These bikes were so expensive because they were hand made in small numbers. I can't wait to see what's coming. I'm certain there will be one in my future. I'll still keep the Victory. I just love livening 30 miles from Milwaukee with the option to ride something different. Bob.
 
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What I found interesting was that Polaris made an attempt to buy Indian back in 2000 but no deal could be made at that time, 13 years ago when Victoy was in it's early infancy, with 2009 being their 10th year Anniversary.

If truth would be known, I bet Polaris felt they had no other choice, but to buy Indian, in 2000 and then again in 2011. They couldn't afford for another company, with equal resources to purchase them. Polaris has big plans for their motorcycle division.
 
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The copyright years. What a fiasco. I'm sure happy Polaris was able to pull this off. All the years of not doing things right. From Harley clones with Indian inspired fenders. To the latest incarnation that buy the way the Motor is based off the Harley evo motor. These bikes were so expensive because they were hand made in small numbers. I can't wait to see what's coming. I'm certain there will be one in my future. I'll still keep the Victory. I just love livening 30 miles from Milwaukee with the option to ride something different. Bob.
I also feel that Victory's now recognized level of perfomance and quality will serve the Indian brand much better than had Polaris been successful in buying the company 13 years ago.
Exciting times.
 
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So, Indian Motorcycles are back with a bang, or at least that's what Polaris, the actual owner of Indian tells us. The new generation of Indians are to be lighter, more, powerful, and cheaper, Polaris officials say. Maybe they should also pay designer Wojtek Bachleda a visit and have a chat, for he seems to have some great ideas.


Indian Concept Motorcycle Slide show.

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I dont think you really need overhead cams for a low rpm engine although I think a Victory engine is a great engine.
 
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