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Students Take Award Winning Bike To Black Hills Bike Show

Published on Thursday, April 11, 2013



With one amazing bike build accomplishment and one big win at the Donnie Smith show under their belts, the students of the Sturgis Brown High School are taking the Student Build Challenge™ Legends Ride® bike which they built, with the help of some very progressive minded high school staff and a few industry professionals, to the Black Hills Bike Show this weekend. The one of a kind Harley-Davidson Road Glide transformed from a Road King will be on display at the Black Hills Bike Show, showcasing the award winning student build bike.

The bike will be on display at the Black Hills Bike Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center all weekend, April 13 and 14. Students will be available to answer questions and share their experiences in building the one-of-a-kind bike. Instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson will also be available to share their experiences about how they transformed this rideable work of art in a complete tear down and rebuild, featuring a customized engine coating, paint job, sleek floor boards, and other customizations. Stop by the booth at the Black Hills Bike Show and check out some of the beautiful custom creations on display at the bike show.

The students and staff from Sturgis Brown High School began transforming the Harley Davidson bike from a Road King to a Road Glide in January with the guidance of Instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson, industry leaders Keith Terry of Terry Components and Nick and Randy Cramer of Dakota V-Twin. Together, with the help from many world-class sponsors, the students and staff worked tirelessly after school and on weekends, as well as over Christmas and Spring Break to complete the bike, putting in well over 377 combined staff and student man hours on the bike. Watch the unique Bike Build Webisode Series that breaks down the build and program.

“This experience was really amazing,” student Hannah Beauvais said. “Getting to build the bike was a life experience. I learned a lot and had a blast.”

The Black Hills Bike Show will take place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Get on down there and show these students some support. After the Bike Show, keep your eyes out on the newsstands, as the bike will be showcased in a feature issue of American Iron Magazine.

The Bike Build mentor program was only made possible because of the High School Staff such as instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson, superintendent Don Kirkegaard, and high school principal Jeff Simmons, industry leaders and the generous donations of parts from various sponsors including Arlen Ness Enterprises, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Chris Malo of Baggster, CP Carrillo, Danny Gray, Handy Industries, Diamond Fasteners, Eddie Trotta of Thunder Cycle Design, Hot Leathers, Dimension Custom Paint and Body, Jacob Van Kampen, Thunder Max Performance, Legend Air Suspensions, John Shope of Sinister Industries,  Fueling Parts, Hawg Halters, Inc., Black Hills Plating and Polishing, Dakota Digital, Inc., Trask performance, Hawg Wired, Inc., Bagger Nation, RC Components and Vee Rubber America, Inc.

You can also get a chance to bid on this bike live and see it in action when it appears in the Legends Ride® on Monday, August 5. For more information on the Auction, the bike, or the Ride go to

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