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Buffalo Chip Challenge Build Completed


2012 Buffalo Chip Challenge Custom Motorcycle Build

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip held a press conference at Sturgis Brown High School to announce the completion of the Buffalo Chip Challenge custom motorcycle build program.

For the first time in the history of the challenge program, the one-of-a-kind custom Harley-Davidson was built by a dedicated group of local Sturgis high school students. The custom bike will be auctioned off in support of the Legends Ride, a charity event that has donated more than $200,000 to local Black Hills charities.

The auction will be held during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Legendary Buffalo Chip camp resort after the Legends Ride on Aug. 6, 2012. Images of the innovative-designed challenge bike, Legends Ride tickets and auction information are available at

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, famous for its 9 day”concert line up during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is also a driving force for local South Dakota charity events. The annual Buffalo Chip Challenge contributes to the growth of the local Sturgis community as well as offers a world class value to the bid winner – a one-of-a-kind, world-class custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The stock bike, donated by Black Hill Harley-Davidson, was torn down and, with high end aftermarket components and design modifications, customized by the students of Sturgis High School under the tutelage of Keith Terry of Terry Components, transforming it into a ridable masterpiece of metal art.

Keith Terry says: “The Buffalo Chip Challenge program gives students hands on education that is not possible at any other high school that I know of. Students use skills they learned in classes like geometry and art in a practical, real world environment. This 21st century learning environment is what helps make the Buffalo Chip Challenge program so unique and rewarding to all those involved.”

Janet Long (Mother of Bailey Long, a builder) says: “This is a great program. Bailey has really enjoyed the class and has included the fact that this is for a local charity on his college applications. He has even driven to school on Saturdays to take part. It’s exciting as parents to see the teacher promoting and bragging about this program at the parent teacher conferences.”

Rod Woodruff (President of Sturgis Buffalo Chip) says: “Our goal with the Buffalo Chip Challenge has always been about giving back to the community and giving local students a cross over curriculum, educational experience. I am proud that these students took on the challenge to design and build one of the best looking and performing bikes to hit the Black Hills in a long time. Being part of the Buffalo Chip Challenge is something that will stay with these students for the rest of their lives and should give them a leg up when entering the South Dakota workforce.”

The 2012 Buffalo Chip Challenge bike features custom fabrication and top end aftermarket products from Challenge Partners like RC Components, Legend Air Suspensions, K & G Cycle, Avon tires, Sinister Industries, Handy Lifts, Hawg Wired, Inc., Thunder Cycle Design, Corbin Seats, Dakota Digital, Inc., Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, Body, Hawg Halters Inc., Black Widow Cams, Dimension Custom Paint, Dakota V-Twin & and Jacob Van Kampen.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is proud to champion the Buffalo Chip Challenge that provides local students in Sturgis the skills they need to become great technicians in the South Dakota and American workforce. The Buffalo Chip Challenge motorcycle will be featured in the August 2012 issue of American Iron Magazine available on newsstands nationwide July 3. The Challenge bike will also be auctioned off during the 2012 Sturgis Rally in support of the 5th annual Legends Ride.

The public is invited to follow the Buffalo Chip Challenge build at, where pictures and video of the Buffalo Chip Challenge are published. Get more information and make reservations for the Legends Ride by visiting or calling (605) 347 9000.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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