Watch the Epic Faceoff Between the World’s Most Iconic Motorcycles and Builders
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 the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will see which can bring a higher dollar during the Legends Ride® charity auction. Proceeds from one bike will support a new scholarship program for participants, and the other will support the Legends Ride. 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:
Dirty Bird Concepts
Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Sturgis Brown High School
Arlen Ness Enterprises
Dakota Digital, Inc.
Dave Mackie Engineering
Dirty Bird Concepts
Hawg Halters, Inc.
Jack Van Kampen
Owens Interstate Sales
Thunder Cycle Design
Vee Rubber America, Inc.