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Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Student Build Challenge™ high school Bike Build wins first place at Donnie Smith Bike Show

High school students take home first place at Donnie Smith Bike Show

Last weekend the students of Sturgis Brown High School won first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class with their customized Student Build Challenge Harley Davidson at the 26th Annual Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show. The Student Build Challenge bike competed alongside industry leaders in the Professional Class for the first time. The Donnie Smith show, held in St. Paul, MN, brought together bike builders from around the country to showcase their latest builds and parts and featured 35 different competition classes.

The Student Build Challenge students not only proved their skills and prowess by converting a Road King motorcycle graciously donated By Black Hills Harley Davidson into a beautiful custom Road Glide under the guidance of Keith Terry of Terry Components, Nick and Randy Cramer from Dakota V-Twin and Sturgis Brown High School Teaching Staff, using world-class parts donated by generous industry leaders, the students also took home an award for Overall Best Display at the Donnie Smith show.

“Winning multiple awards at the Donnie Smith Show is an accomplishment in which these students can truly take great pride,” stated Rod Woodruff, owner of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground. “It’s a dream come true.”

The students and staff with the Sturgis Brown High School bike build class began work on the bike in January, turning the bike into a striking customized Road Glide after school and on weekends. Their work will be showcased in a feature issue of American Iron magazine set to hit newsstands in late April.

“I learned a lot and had a blast, but none of this would have been possible without our sponsors,” stated Hannah Jade Beauvais, Student Build Challenge Student, on Facebook. “No school could budget a bike build, so to the sponsors who donated their parts, paint, and time- thank you from all of the students involved.”

Sponsors who made the 2013 Student Build Challenge bike build possible include Arlen Ness, Baggster, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Black Hills Plating & Polishing, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Danny Gray Seats, Diamond Fasteners, Dimension Custom Paint & Body, Fueling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Hawg Wired, Hot Leathers, Legend Suspension, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, R.C. Components, Sinister Industries, Thunder Cycle Design, Thunder Max Performance, Trask Performance, Jacob Van Kampen, and Vee Rubber America.

The next stop for the award-winning custom Road Glide will be the 25th annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show held April 13th and 14th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  From the show, the bike will become the centerpiece of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride held Monday – August 5th during the Sturgis Rally and sold to one lucky bidder at a special sponsor auction to support the event that has raised over $260,000 for local Black Hills charities since 2008.

Congratulations on your accomplishment students! We knew you could do it! Stay tuned to American Iron Magazine for a full article and imagery on the bike in April!

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