TThe fifth annual Student Build Challenge™ has officially begun. This Sturgis Buffalo Chip® bike build project is designed both to provide students with hands-on technical experience and to support the iconic Legends Ride® charity event.
The award-winning motorcycle mentorship program challenges Sturgis Brown High School students to create a custom motorcycle from a stock 2014 Street Glide, graciously donated by Black Hills Harley-Davidson®. Industry veterans, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, work with students twice weekly to teach them the state-of-the-art techniques needed to transform their bike. The students use world-class parts donated by leading industry businesses to create their one-of-a-kind custom bike.
The bike build project empowers students to develop skills and knowledge they can use for the rest of their lives. Program participants take pride in their teamwork, learn the value of charity and take the skills they’ve learned from the motorcycle mentorship program into their careers once they leave school.
“The Student Build Challenge bike build project is designed to give students valuable life skills, build confidence, and create community,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “For many students, it’s been life changing experience that has given them an incentive to stay in school.”
In 2013, the Student Build Challenge bike brought home top honors at both the Donnie Smith Bike Show and the Black Hills Motorcycle Show. It also earned a 6-page feature in American Iron magazine.
Join 2014 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 2014 Student Build Challenge:
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis Brown High School
Black Hills Harley-Davidson
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Dakota Digital, Inc.
Dave Mackie Engineering
Dirty Bird Concepts
Hawg Halters, Inc.
Ian Strachan Designs
Owens Interstate Sales
Thunder Cycle Design
Jack Van Kampen
Vee Rubber America, Inc.
Adventure Power / Kinetik