Motorcycle Project Teaches Important Lessons to Local Youth
 
 

Two Legends Collide in Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Motorcycle Mentorship Program

Watch the Epic Faceoff Between the World’s Most Iconic Motorcycles and Builders

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John Shope vs. Paul Yaffe. Indian vs. Harley. Last year, viewers at home and Buffalo Chip guests watched these superstar builders and bikes go head to head on HISTORY’s “Biker Battleground: Phoenix,” but now you’re about to find out who will reign supreme when these legends collide in the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge! 


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, these two world-renowned builders have joined forces with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, Sturgis Brown High School and a team of the industry’s top customization leaders to teach Black Hills area high school students the most cutting-edge motorcycle customization techniques. 

The innovative high school mentorship program has upped the ante in 2015 by taking on the customization of not one, but two different motorcycles—a 2014 Indian Chieftain and a 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King. 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 work under the close supervision and direction of 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 these leading professionals, this motorcycle project opens students’ eyes to industry careers and provides them the skills and experience to put them one step ahead. 


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. 

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 on March 28, 2015. Motorcycles from the Buffalo Chip Challenge have brought home numerous first-place trophies from this show in past years, but in 2015, there can only be one winner!


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

You can have a say in which bike wins the final competition, because on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 bidders will determine which bike brings the higher dollar during the Legends Ride® charity auction. Proceeds from the sale of the bikes will go to support the Legends Ride. New to the program this year, the Buffalo Chip has added a sizable incentive for Challenge students to participate in the program by offering to provide three scholarships based on student dedication and hard work.

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 total - $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second and $1,000 for third. 

Would you like to ride one of these bikes home? Let us know in the comments below!

Pulling off a motorcycle project of such massive proportions is a task that requires the efforts of many. Thank you to the following industry leaders for powering the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge:

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

Parts Sponsors
AirFX, LLC
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Baggster
CP-Carrillo
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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