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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

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. 

Wyatt Harwood cuts the neck of the frame of a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide while his classmates look on during the 2014 bike build..

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!

​2014 participants pose with their fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, their first place plaque, Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff and Sturgis Brown High School instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson during the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show.

The real winner in this competition will be the bike that can raise the most charitable funds during the Legends Ride auction. Proceeds from one bike will support a new scholarship program for participants, and the other will support the Legends Ride’s mission. 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. 

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

Stake Holders 
Bagger Nation
Dakota V-Twin
Dirty Bird Concepts
Indian Motorcycles
Sturgis Buffalo Chip                
Sturgis Brown High School                
Terry Components

Parts Sponsors
Arlen Ness Enterprises            
Bagger Nation
C.P. Carillo                    
Dakota Digital, Inc.    
Danny Gray
Dave Mackie Engineering            
Diamond Heads    
Dirty Bird Concepts                
Feuling Parts                    
Handy Enterprises
Hawg Halters, Inc.    
Horsepower, Inc.            
Hot Leathers                    
Howard Knight                
Jack Van Kampen    
Jamie Repair
Legend Suspension    
Owens Interstate Sales            
R.C. Components                
Thunder Cycle Design
Thunder Max            
Trask Performance                
Vee Rubber America, Inc.