Posted on March 16, 2010 18:12
Chip hands down a Challenge to Western Dakota Tech Students
The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and Prugh Design have officially made a commitment to the future of motorcycling. The kick-off event took place at Western Dakota Tech in late January as students and faculty officially accepted the 2k10 Challenge, an in-classroom bike build project, pairing an elite motorcycle builder and exceptional parts with students seeking a future in the motorcycle industry. The finished motorcycle is scheduled to roll out of the shop in less than 16 weeks and is expected to exceed the standards of a world-class, custom bike.
How it All Started
The Legendary Buffalo Chip took the initiative to develop a challenge that makes an impact directly on the motorcycling industry. Other leading area businesses have come together with the staff and students of Western Dakota Technical Institute to get the project underway. The bike build will take place at WDT’s state-of-the-art welding and manufacturing facility under Michael Prugh’s direction and Luke Steinmetz’s classroom supervision. First and second year WDT students will have the opportunity to work on the project, which will put the machining, welding and fabrication skills of these students to the test.
“This bike will definitely have its own personality, as it is being built with the efforts of 25 future technicians,” explains Michael Prugh, the bike’s designer and owner of Prugh Design. “The goals of this project are broader than just the nuts and bolts of a motorcycle. We hope to inspire a new generation of talent.”
What This Means to Students
Students who are part of the 2K10 Challenge will get the benefit of a real world, real work atmosphere without the costs associated in building a world-class motorcycle. “It’s extraordinary to have this rare combination of business and education coming together on this scale to provide something truly special for our students,” said Luke Steinmetz, WDT’s Welding Manufacturing program lead instructor. “We think our students are up to the challenge and capable of building a world-class motorcycle with the help of top motorcycle businesses.”
Major Motorcycle Industry Leaders On Board
The industry’s top parts manufacturers Custom Chrome, Jaybrake, Performance Machine and Black Hills Harley-Davidson have all graciously donated parts to aid in completion of the build. “The 2K10 Challenge is a way for all of us to come together and give these students a competitive edge by providing the best, high-quality parts in the industry,” said Terry Reimer, general manager of Black Hills Harley-Davidson.” Hot Leather’s, the leader in motorcycle apparel and accessories has also provided the official apparel for the 2k10 Challenge which makes this build more than just a classroom project.
The originator of the 2K10 Challenge, the Legendary Buffalo Chip, will provide WDT students with the ultimate stage to debut the finished bike which will be the finale of the 2k10 Challenge Tour. Rod Woodruff, owner of the Legendary Buffalo Chip is thrilled to be a part of the ground-breaking 2K10 Challenge bike build. “We are proud to join leading area and motorcycle industry businesses to promote technical education and the future technicians of the motorcycle industry.”
Follow the build online with pictures and webisodes at www.buffalochip.com to get an inside look at the 2k10 Bike, the builders behind the work and the challenges they face as this world class motorcycle is built for the 2010 Sturgis rally.
For more information about WDT and its more than 20 programs, visit www.wdt.edu. Visit www.prughdesign.com to view Michael Prugh’s previous and exceptional builds or to learn more about Black Hills Harley Davidson make sure to check out www.blackhillshd.com.