On a lighter note, I have been thinking about the story of Burt Munro ever since I saw the movie. The guy had all qualities we Objectivists look for in a hero.

He did it his own way. It never even occurred to him to do it any other way. Owned that bike for fifty seven years until his death in 1978. It was a central point of his adult life.

In 1967 at Bonnetville, he willed that old Indian scout up to an estimated 206 mph, It’s estimated because he had some problems and actually had to slow down, if you call 201 mph slow. The world land speed record reads: the fastest streamlined motorcycle under 1000cc

I can’t help but think that this must be a cronic headache at Kawasaki reseach & development. They have some of the fastest, firebreathing, crouchrockets on the planet and they are still chasing an old man on a 1920 Indian Scout. How many millions have they spent trying to best him, they would probably be embarrassed to say. Way to go Burt.

Maybe if Indian motorbikes had hired him for a design consultantÂthe companyÂwould still be around today. Â

I think Miss Rand would have liked him.

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