The Sturgis Buffalo Chip announced that its Student Build Challenge would return in 2014. The bike build project is a collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Brown High School, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin and a large group of parts sponsors. The program provides the opportunity for Sturgis Brown High School students to learn from motorcycle industry professionals in order to create a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle from a stock Harley-Davidson.
For the first time ever, the class will customize a new year model Harley-Davidson — the 2014 Street Glide. Most of the custom parts installed on the bike are not yet available to consumers, allowing the build to bring them to market for the very first time.
The Buffalo Chip created the school program in 2010 as a means to promote technical education in South Dakota and provide students with expanded career opportunities in the motorcycle industry. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip strives to assist in providing local career opportunities for students by creating a hands-on curriculum that teaches youth about motorcycle fabrication and customization.
In 2013, the Student Build Challenge participants took their custom Road Glide to the Donnie Smith Bike Show, where it won first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class and Overall Best Display. The students also took first place in the Full Custom Bagger category and won Best Custom Paint Job at the Black Hills Bike Show.
“One of the program’s major goals is to empower young adults to feel like a job in the industry is well within their reach,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “I can’t think of anything more empowering than when the team takes home prestigious awards and beat out competitors who have been building bikes for years.”
Under the instruction of industry veterans Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, Sturgis Brown High School students will learn techniques needed to customize the 2014 Street Glide. Black Hills Harley-Davidson has sponsored the bike for the project and some of the industry’s top manufacturers provided the world-class parts needed to customize it.
“We are thrilled to again be sponsoring the bike for this year’s Student Build Challenge,” says Terry Rymer, managing partner of Black Hills Harley-Davidson. “We’ve seen firsthand how this project can transform both a bike and a group of students for the better, and I can’t wait to watch this transformation take place again this year.”
The completed Student Build Challenge creation will be auctioned off during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in support of the Buffalo Chip’s annual Legends Ride charity event on Aug. 4, 2014.
Follow the Student Build Challenge online at www.buffalochip.com to see photos, videos and articles updating the public on the project’s progress.