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Today in Gear: August 12, 2013

Adidas Originals Run DMC Series This collaboration is so perfectly awsome that there’s nearly no need to make a “walk this way” joke (though we’d never purport to usurp the original). Adidas’ classic Superstar 80s have gotten a moderate makeover for this run, with a special sockliner, logo on the tongue and an elasticized tongue…

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The Spirit of Burt Munro

The World’s Fastest Indian

Burt Munro set his first speed record in New Zealand in 1938. He was riding an eighteen-year-old motorcycle that was factory built to top out at 55 MPH. Burt clocked 120.8. That sort of bump doesn’t happen on its own. When it left the assembly line, Burt’s Indian Scout was powered by a side-valved 600cc V-Twin complete with a mechanical oil pump and helical gear transmission, a very advanced system for the time. The tinkering began almost immediately, and the speeds increased. Munro would continue to chase speed on the salt flats of Utah for the rest of his life.