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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE SHOWCASES NEW ENGINE WITH CUSTOM-BUILT &ldquo;SPIRIT OF MUNRO&rdquo; STREAMLINER

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<pre>One-of-a-Kind Vehicle Powered by All-New Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Pays
Tribute to Burt Munro&rsquo;s &lsquo;Munro Special&rsquo; Portrayed in &lsquo;World&rsquo;s Fastest Indian&rsquo;
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MEDINA, Minn. &mdash; March 9, 2013 &mdash; Indian Motorcycle, the first American
motorcycle company, revealed a custom-built streamliner named the
&ldquo;Spirit of Munro.&rdquo; The one-of-a-kind vehicle was unveiled in a special surprise
announcement on Saturday, March 9 at Daytona Bike Week following the
reveal of Indian Motorcycle&rsquo;s new Thunder Stroke 111&trade; engine &mdash; the incredible
new power plant for the upcoming 2014 Indian Motorcycle.

&ldquo;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,&rdquo; says Vice President of Polaris Motorcycles,
Steve Menneto. &ldquo;We are proud to showcase America&rsquo;s passion for Indian
Motorcycle in such a unique and historic way.&rdquo;









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.&ldquo;Part of the process of building a new motorcycle is building many pre-production and production test engines,&rdquo; said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. &ldquo;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.&rdquo;



Tapped to construct the Spirit of Munro was Jeb Scolman of Jeb&rsquo;s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, California. Jeb&rsquo;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.&ldquo;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 &lsquo;yes&rsquo; fast enough,&rdquo; said Jeb Scolman. &ldquo;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.&rdquo;The 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&rsquo;s first motorcycle company. Adorning the tail of the machine is the logo of another iconic American brand, Jack Daniel&rsquo;s Whiskey who is helping sponsor the motorcycle through their &ldquo;Bottles and Throttles Don&rsquo;t Mix&rdquo; responsibility campaign.Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel&rsquo;s are brands that are forever sewn into the fabric of American history. Both brands stand proudly to represent the best at what they do. &ldquo;When the team at Indian Motorcycle shared their plans to build the Spirit of Munro we knew we had to be part of that project,&rdquo; says David Stang, AVP Events/Sponsorships for Jack Daniel&rsquo;s Whiskey. &ldquo;We proudly promote the responsible enjoyment of our products, and a serious environment such as land speed racing shows what can be achieved when individuals strive for perfection. When the racing is done, we will toast our heroes of the past and the future.&rdquo;The Spirit of Munro will be 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.
 
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Damm now I really wish I was at Bikeweek.

I would love to see this in person
 
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That engine meets the expectations that I put forth in the other Indian thread.
It looks like they may have a handle on what an Indian engine should look like.
I hope they have the performance included and bumped up the reliability.
 
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Did you see the prices of the 2013 Indians why would you buy one and next year the new motor comes out in the new model bikes.

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Did you see the prices of the 2013 Indians why would you buy one and next year the new motor comes out in the new model bikes.

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The answer to that question is that NOBODY is buying them.
 
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someone who doesn't like the new style may jump all over the old one. they probably didn't make a boat load of them anyway. i'm guessing they can afford to sit on them for a while and see what happens. friend of mine loves his 09 chief,,,, you talk about a bike that draws a crowd, he loves the thing !
 
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Damm now I really wish I was at Bikeweek.

I would love to see this in person
It looks awesome! Even better in person. I'll try and get a shot of it this week and post.
 
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I really like what Polaris is doing with all the history and background to unveil this new Indian. By the way, if you never saw the movie 'The Fastest Indian' it is awesome!
 
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<span>The Spirit of Munro will be on display at the Daytona International Speedway every day of Daytona Bike Week,

and will take part in

<em>The</em><em>Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash lap of the Daytona 200 on March 16, 2013</em><em>.
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A fantastic piece of mechanical artwork. I luv it.
Glad to see a new post from you Ddawg. Haven't heard much from you lately. As for the Indian, that is a cool project. It's kinda cool to see the factory having some fun with the brand. After seeing the new motor on here, I might have to check out the Indians in a couple of years.
Rob
 
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After seeing the new motor on here, I might have to check out the Indians in a couple of years.
Rob
How ironic would it be to see Indian run Victory out of business. (ha-ha)
 
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How ironic would it be to see Indian run Victory out of business. (ha-ha)
One way to increase the value of your Victory, look at Indian...
 
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- 6 years ago, I said I would never be married, then I bought a little redhead (for every penny I have or ever will have)
- 4 years ago, I said I'd never own a Touring Bike. Who wants a station wagon on wheels?!
- 2 years ago I bought a Vision ( the biggest high speed lounge chair ever invented)
- Last year, I firmly decided I just wasn't interested In the nostalgia of Indian, or pushrod engines
- 2014 may end up being very expensive,,,,,,no more decision making or proclamations for me!!!

There is a need for adult supervision in my life!

Dear Andy,

Please stop posting 2014 Indian motorcycle stuff before its too late.

Thanks,
The Remains of Keith
 
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That thing is friggen' BA! See it in person? Shit, I want to slip into it and run it, HARD!
 
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That thing is friggen' BA! See it in person? sh%t, I want to slip into it and run it, HARD!
You and me both...Would love to take it to the salt flats and have go.....
 
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Man I saw the new 111 at Destination in Ormand beach. I looks awesome in person. Everything about it screams power. Got them to start it and thats when the crowd gathered around. It idles with a slight potatoe sound. truly their own sound. The exhaust they had hooked up to it allowed you to hear the what was going on inside the motor. pretty smooth. Then the tech reved the shit out of it. Impressive to say the least. If the price of their new models were more realistic I would get in line now! The future of Polaris is lookin pretty good from here.
 
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I was there ,it's real nice. they also had a bike there that monro's son built.
 
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