Motorcycle Mentorship Program Challenges Future Technicians
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is proud to bring back the Student Build Challenge for 2014. By teaming up with Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components and Dakota V-Twin, the Chip® will again give Sturgis Brown High School students the special opportunity to participate in the motorcycle industry’s premier student bike build program.
The Student Build Challenge is an innovative motorcycle mentorship program designed to empower students and promote technical education in South Dakota. The bike build project teaches valuable life skills, builds confidence and creates community. Under the instruction of industry veterans, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, Sturgis Brown High School students learn state-of-the-art techniques to customize a stock Street Glide provided by Harley-Davidson in the 2014 program.
While students undoubtedly come away from this chopper class with some exceptional technical know-how, they also learn important life lessons like teamwork and the value of seeing a project through to completion. In addition, by working alongside leading motorcycle industry professionals, the bike build project opens students’ eyes to industry careers and provides them the skills and experience to put them one step ahead.
In 2013, the Student Build Challenge participants proved their motorcycle project had what it takes to compete with the world’s best builders. The students took their custom Road Glide to the Donnie Smith Bike Show, where they won first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class and Overall Best Display. The students also took first place in the Full Custom Bagger category and best custom paint job at the Black Hills Bike Show.
Pulling off a project of such massive proportions is a task that requires the efforts of many. “There’s no one entity that makes the Student Build Challenge happen. It takes tremendous volunteer, community member and donor support,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “This program has been successful because dozens of leading companies in the motorcycle industry are willing pitch in, a progressive-minded school administration is willing to support a non-traditional learning program, and teachers and students are willing to put in hundreds of after-school hours. We couldn’t be more proud of the collaboration between everyone associated with the bike build project.”
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.
Dirty Bird Concepts
Hawg Halters, Inc.
Jacob Van Kampen
Thunder Cycle Design
Vee Rubber America, Inc.
The Student Build Challenge custom motorcycle will be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride on Aug. 4, 2014.