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Few things could make the Legends Ride more legendary. But the ante was officially upped when the stars of HISTORY’s “Biker Batteground: Phoenix,” John Shope and Paul Yaffe, joined forces with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, Sturgis Brown High School and a team of the industry’s top customization leaders for the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge! As a Legends Rider, you’ll be able to witness the epic finale of these superstars’ fiercely competitive faceoff.
John Shope is announced as winner of “Biker Battleground: Phoenix” on the Buffalo Chip main stage during the 2014 Sturgis Rally.
For the first time ever, two jaw-dropping custom motorcycles will be making their way to the Legends Ride auction block. On Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 you’ll have the chance to bid on a 2014 Indian Chieftain and 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King, both fully customized by a group of Black Hills area high school students under the instruction of the world’s most renowned customization experts.
In order to get the big 26" wheel on their build, the students of the Buffalo Chip Challenge have to cut the frame to stretch it so the rake and trail stays even and the bike has the best ride possible.
Student participants from across the Black Hills have transformed the Indian primarily using John Shope’s Dirty Bird Concepts fabrications, and the Harley made its transformation primarily with parts from Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation as well as other sponsors. In addition to Shope and Yaffe, the students learned state-of-the-art customization techniques from motorcycle industry veterans Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, Chris Malo of Baggster and Keith Terry of Terry Components, as well as Sturgis Brown High School instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson. Students were also exposed to the work of Dave Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab. By working alongside leading professionals, the bike build project opens students’ eyes to industry careers and provides them with the skills and experience to put them one step ahead.
The world got its first glimpse of the incredible Indian and head-turning Harley during an unveiling at the world-famous Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show. This competition has brought the bike build program many first place trophies throughout the years, and 2015 was no different. The student-built custom 2014 Indian Chieftain received 1st place in the Full Custom/Other Bagger Class and the 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King took 2nd place in the Harley Road King with 26” Wheel (Full Custom) Category. The students competed against professional custom bike builders from around the country, which makes winning these awards a remarkable achievement.
The real winner in this competition will be the bike that can raise the most funds during the Legends Ride auction. Join 2015 Legends Ride guests and celebrity riders in support of a good cause, and follow the amazing progress of this year’s Student Build Challenge on the Sturgis Legends Ride Facebook Page.
Students and instructors Randy Cramer, Nick Cramer, Bill Johnson and Keith Terry pose with their awards at the conclusion of the Donnie Smith Bike Show.
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Thank you to the following industry leaders for powering the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge:
American Iron Magazine
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis Brown High School
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Dakota Digital, Inc.
Dave Mackie Engineering
Perewitz Cycle Fab
Dirty Bird Concepts
Hawg Halters, Inc.
Jack Van Kampen
Legend Air Suspensions
Owens Interstate Sales
Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation
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