World’s Fastest (Modern) Indian

Nov 23, 2014 View Comments by

World’s Fastest (Modern) IndianIndians of old were known as some of the best performing machines of their day. So how do their Polaris-built progeny stand up to the rigors of high speed riding? Gary Gray, Polaris’ Director of Indian Motorcycle Products, and Robert Pandya, the company’s PR Manager, decided to find out. They took a lightly modified Indian Chief named “Elnora,” which Robert had already ridden cross country following Ernie “Cannonball” Baker’s original route (both on and off road) and a nearly stock (only the handlebar was changed) 2015 Indian Scout to El Mirage Lake, a lake bed in Southern California. They entered the two bikes in Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) land speed event.

Gary took the Scout while Robert piloted Elnora down the one and one-third mile-long stretch. The results were impressive for a run that short with the Scout managing 128.447 mph and Elnora reaching 130.227 mph. The Indian engineering team plans to tweak the Scout in order to see what she will do at another SCTA event in the future.

It certainly is nice to see Polaris’ managers enjoying their products and getting their hands dirty. What brand(s) would you like to see take a similar approach?

Photography by Robert Pandya and Barry Hathaway 

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