Student Build Challenge™ Legends Ride® Bike Wins First Place at 2013 Donnie Smith Show

Sturgis, South Dakota (March 26, 2013) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is pleased to announce that the Student Build Challenge bike, customized by Sturgis Brown High School Students, won multiple awards during the 26th annual Donnie Smith show March 23 and 24 in St. Paul, MN. The nation’s top student built bike took first place for the Full Custom Bagger classification in the Open Class and also won Overall Best Display. The award-winning bike will be auctioned off on August 5, 2013 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in support of the annual Legends Ride event. More information can be found about the bike build and the 6th annual Legends Ride at
Built by a group of dedicated high school students, guided by Keith Terry of Terry Components and Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, with parts donated by world class contributors, the Student Build Challenge Legends Ride bike is a custom work of art like no other. In a complete tear down and rebuild, the Sturgis, SD students customized a stock Road King Harley Davidson that took top honors at the bike show. Their work will be showcased in a feature issue of American Iron magazine set to hit newsstands in July

“Entering the Student Build Challenge Bike and 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 Buffalo Chip has a tremendous appreciation for Keith Terry, Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, the very progressive-minded administration and teaching staff at Sturgis Brown high school and all the amazing sponsors who made this high school mentorship dream a reality.”

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Student Build Challenge is a bike build mentorship program that works each year with local high school students, teachers, industry veterans, and sponsors to create a unique custom bike. 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 where it will be sold to one lucky bidder at a special sponsor auction to support the event on Monday August 5. Information on the build, the sponsors, and the ride are available at

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip would like to thank all sponsors who made the 2013 Student Build Challenge bike build possible. Sponsors 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. Compontents, Sinister Industries, Thunder Cycle Design, Thunder Max Performance, Trask Performance, Jacob Van Kampen, and Vee Rubber America.

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