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for those of us that remember the Indian Motocycle and the characters who rode them.The Worlds Fastest Indian came out on dvd today.i picked up 2 copies .one for me and one for my 89 year friend who was a jack pine racer.its looks like a great movie.i'll let you know later tonite.

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I saw it at the theatre. It took some liberties with the truth perhaps but that's show biz. I loved it!

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having an indian in the shed, it interested me, took my father and one of his old m/c mates, they loved it. Now all I have to do is kepp the silly old bugger off the indian.. (The guy can barely stand up, he had a couple of strokes a few years ago)

Will have to look into getting my hands on a copy of that DVD. Looks like I have christmas sorted

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GREAT movie, too bad it wasn't shown in more theaters, we had a bit of a drive to see it. The original bike was shown at Hershey in the late 1980's.

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I bought a copy today. Hope to watch it tonight. I have the slimmest of connections to Bert Munro and his bike. Back in the 70s, my brother and I as well as a friend of mine had Indians. Living in SoCal, we made the pilgrimage to Pierce Indian on a monthly basis at least. Sam Pierce was one of Bert's sponsors. He stored the bike at his shop, hanging from the ceiling. Bert would take the engine back to NZ with him to work on it after Bonneville. One day, I was at the shop buying another part to replace something that I killed, when the whole building began to shake and a glorious sound came bellowing out of the back room. "What the hell is that" sez I. The counter guy says it's Bert Munro tuning his bike. That thing put out some serious power. I saw the bike again at The L.A. Roadsters Father's Day show about 5 years ago. A bit over restored, but very nice. I'm glad it survived. They should take it to the salt and let it roar again one more time in memory of Bert. BTW, is the 72 documentary available? JC

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I too am an Indian Fan, had a 37 scout in college. I'm down in New Zealand, and just had a chance to visit Burt's hometown and to see his stuff at the Hammer Hardware store there (The owner bought everything fro Burt in 1977, I think it was). They had for sale a newish (2009 publish date maybe?) book about Burt, basically a big scrapbook with lots of original pics and info on the bikes, speed trials, etc. A must read if your really interested.

The original speed record motor is there in Burt's 1926 springer sprung frame that he would use to test the engine before taking it to the us to reunite with the frame Pierce kept in his shop for him. Fantastic, and all the stuff in the movie happened, it was just shuffled around a bit to make the story flow. Book is by the movie producer, and he talks in it a lot about how the movie came about. Burt was (is!) an inspiration, wish I'd known about him and bonneville in the sixties when I was running my Scout, I'd like to think I'd have gone to the salt to meet him. get the book, see the movies, awesome!

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Saw the movie myself with a "mate" and his son - we all enjoyed it! They still ride, I like my four wheels. Still available for rent up north here, but will probably buy a copy when I see one! |Thanks for the memories. TT

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