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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Indian Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Fires Up at Daytona

At Daytona Bike Week, Polaris has introduced the new engine that will power their 2014 Indian motorcycles. In addition, Indian introduced a streamliner, the Spirit of Monro that also housed the new engine, dubbed Thunder Stroke 111. This streamliner is in tribute to Burt Monro who set the world speed record for motorcycles under 1000cc in 1967 riding an Indian motorcycle. This story comes to us from an article in MotorcycleUSA.com by Bryan Harley. Here's an excerpt:
"The pulse of the new Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 powered to life Friday night in front of a packed house at Dirty Harry’s on Main Street when elated American Picker Mike Wolfe flipped the switch. After whetting the appetite of the public with sound bites of the first Polaris-developed Indian V-Twin over the course of the last few months as the Indian display traveled across the country with the IMS, the striking new powerplant with the ribbed heads was a hit with the large Bike Week crowd gathered to witness this next evolution of Indian Motorcycles." -- Bryan Harley, Cruiser Editor, MotorcycleUSA.com
Read the complete article.

The history of Indian Motorcycles over the years can be found in my article, Indian Motorcycles. Also, check out my movie review, The World's Fastest Indian - A Review to learn more about Burt Monro and his world record riding an Indian motorcycle in 1967.

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