If you haven’t seen Roger Donaldson’s 2005 film, The World’s Fastest Indian, you really are missing a tremendous movie based on a true story, that just happens to be about motorcycles. New Zealander, Bert Munro, tunes a 1920’s Indian Scout to such an extent that it sets the World Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. It turns out that the streamlined motorcycles used for the movie were Ducati powered!!
Indian Motorbikes has obtained some photos from TurnTru Machining in Invercargill, New Zealand which apparently did some work for the film in creating some streamliner bikes that could used for the movie. The pictures clearly show a 2-valve, Ducati Pantah engine of unknown origin.
The black engine could be from a Ducati Paso 750, although CV carbs are clearly shown suggesting something different. Perhaps the engine comes from a Cagiva Allazura, Cagiva 650 Elephant or the hideous Ducati Indiana custom? I’m all out of ideas. Feel free to weigh in in the comments.