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 Two Legends Collide During 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge™


Experience the Finale of a Faceoff Between the World’s Most Iconic Motorcycles and Builders

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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 will transform the Indian primarily using John Shope’s Dirty Bird Concepts fabrications, and the Harley will make its transformation primarily with parts from Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation as well as other sponsors. In addition to Shope and Yaffe, the students will learn state-of-the-art customization techniques from motorcycle industry veterans including Dave Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab, Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin and Keith Terry of Terry Components, as well as Sturgis Brown High School instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson. 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 will get 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, but with two bikes this year, there can only be one first place!

​Students have to clean the metal off in order to prep the frame for the welding of the new headstock to the spine.

The real winner in this competition will be the bike that can raise the most charitable funds during the Legends Ride auction. Proceeds will benefit both the Legends Ride and a new scholarship program for Challenge participants.

Three students will receive scholarships based upon participation in and commitment to the program, as well as plans for continuing their education. The Buffalo Chip will award $8,500 - $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second and $1,000 for third. 

Join 2015 Legends Ride guests and celebrity riders in support of a good cause, and follow the amazing progress of this year's Buffalo Chip Challenge on the Sturgis Legends Ride Facebook page.

Thank you to the following industry leaders for powering the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge:

American Iron Magazine
Dakota V-Twin
Indian Motorcycles
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis Brown High School 
Terry Components

Parts Sponsors
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Dakota Digital, Inc.
Dakota V-Twin
Danny Gray
Dave Mackie Engineering
Diamond Heads
Perewitz Cycle Fab
Dirty Bird Concepts
Feuling Parts
Handy Industries
Hawg Halters, Inc.
Hofmann Designs
Horsepower, Inc.
Hot Leathers
Jamie's Repair
Jack Van Kampen
Klock Werks
Legend Air Suspensions
MTX Audio
Owens Interstate Sales
Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation
R.C. Components
Thunder Cycle Design, Inc.
Thunder Max

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