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Student Build Challenge Bike Racks up Awards

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Sturgis Brown High School students earned first place in the Full Custom Bagger category and the Best Paint Overall at the 25th annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is pleased to announce that the award winning Student Build Challenge™ motorcycle has won two more awards during the 25th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show on April 13th and 14th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD. The Sturgis Brown High School Students who customized this bike took home first place in the Full Custom Bagger category and Best Paint Overall at the 25th annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show. The already recognizable one-of-a-kind motorcycle previously won first place for the Full Custom Bagger Open Class classification and Overall Best Display at the 26th annual Donnie Smith Show. More information on the motorcycle build can be found here.  

Built by a group of dedicated high school students, guided by Keith Terry of Terry Components, Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, and Instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson with parts donated by world class contributors, the Student Build Challenge Legends Ride® bike is a custom work of art like no other. In a complete tear down and rebuild, the Sturgis, SD students customized a stock Road King Harley-Davidson which has now taken multiple top honors at two of the industry’s top motorcycle competitions.

The students and staff from Sturgis Brown High School began transforming the Harley- Davidson bike from a Road King to a Road Glide in January. Together, with help from many world-class sponsors, the students and staff worked tirelessly after school and on weekends, as well as over Christmas and Spring Break to complete the bike, putting in well over 377 combined staff and student man hours on the motorcycle.

Watch the unique Bike Build Webisode Series that breaks down the build and program. Some of the dedicated students involved in the 2013 Student Build Challenge included Caden Packer, Casey Packer, David Owen, Hannah Beauvais, Richard White, Steve Remington, and Wyatt Harwood who will be further recognized for their work during the spring High School graduation ceremonies. There will also be a complete feature article of their work showcased in the next issue of American Iron magazine set to hit newsstands April 30th.

The 2013 Student Build Challenge was only made possible due to the generosity of these sponsors : Arlen Ness, Baggster, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Black Hills Plating & Polishing, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Danny Gray Seats, Diamond Fasteners, Dimension Custom Paint & Body, Fueling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Hawg Wired, Hot Leathers, Legend Suspension, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, R.C. Components, Sinister Industries, Thunder Cycle Design, Thunder Max Performance, Trask Performance, Jacob Van Kampen, Vee Rubber America, and KICKER.

“The Buffalo Chip has a tremendous appreciation for the very progressive-minded administration and teaching staff at Sturgis Brown high school,” says Rod Woodruff of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “As well as Keith Terry, Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, and all the amazing sponsors who made this high school mentorship dream a reality.”

The Legends Ride Bike, which won the multiple awards at the 2013 Black Hills Motorcycle Show and the Donnie Smith Show, will be auctioned off on August 5, 2013 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in support of the annual Legends Ride event. The Legends Ride will take place on Monday August 5th, where riders can join celebrities for a ride that has raised over $260,000 for local charities since 2008 and includes admission to the Buffalo Chip Campground where Kid Rock will perform later that night. Information on the build, the sponsors, and the ride are available at www.LegendsRIde.com.  

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