For those who may not be familiar with the ‘Wall of Death’, it’s an epic stunt that involves riding a motorcycle around a circular vertical wall at high speeds. The spectacle dates back to the early 1900s and became a popular staple of traveling fairgrounds across America and Britain. Another connection to this recent record? Indian Motorcycles were often used in these traveling shows.
The latest record related to this stunt was set by accomplished English road racer and flourishing daredevil TV presenter Guy Martin. He used an Indian Scout motorcycle to prepare for the new world record he recently set for the fastest speed around a ‘Wall of Death’.
The feat was televised live on Channel 4 in the UK on March 28 and immediately certified as a Guinness World Record. At the time of writing, the broadcast can be seen here.
A silo-shaped cylinder made of wooden planks, a Wall of Death installation usually ranges from 20 to 36 feet in diameter. Motorcyclists traveling along the vertical wall of the silo at a typical speed of approx. 20 mph are held in place by centrifugal force. To reach the 60 mph Martin needed to achieve, yet limit the g-force plying his body, the Wall of Death built for him in an otherwise unused hangar featured a 387-ft. circumference.
Viewers saw Martin set the overall speed record on his own custom-built motorcycle, but to prepare for the live attempt, he used an Indian Scout supplied by Krazy Horse, an Indian Motorcycle dealership in Bury St Edmunds, UK, seen below.
Riding the Indian Scout, Martin hit 60.1 mph, an instant Guinness World Record on his first attempt and reached a confirmed 70.33 mph on his second attempt. Then he switched to his own custom-built BSA R3 powered by aviation fuel. The result: 78.15 mph, the speed logged for the official Guinness World Record.
The Indian Scout Martin rode was a standard machine lightly prepared by Krazy Horse to be 'Wall ready'. Add-ons included Renthal handlebars, lay-back risers, and modified lower frame struts to accommodate foot-plates, 18" wheels, a shortened rear fender and a special paint job.
“Seeing Guy ride the Indian Scout in preparation for the live show and initially setting a new world record was an extremely proud moment for us,” says Jim Clarke, Country Manager for Polaris UK & Ireland. “It’s testament to the Scout that a production motorcycle with very little modification could ride around that gigantic Wall of Death and help to set a new World Record."