Buffalo Chip kicks off motorcycle build challenge for South Dakota students

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip this week kicked off the 3rd annual Buffalo Chip Challenge, a motorcycle build project designed to encourage Western Dakota Tech Welding, Manufacturing and Collision Repair students to get more involved with the motorcycle industry.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, along with Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Hot Leathers and other businesses, want to give these students real-world experience while promoting economic development in the state of South Dakota, according to the organizers.

The program is designed to challenge students to develop skills and knowledge they can use to enhance their employ-ability upon graduation. Students will learn the techniques used to fabricate, customize and finish a stock Road King donated by Rapid City, S.D.-based Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Parts will be donated for the build by Corbin Seats, Dakota Digital, Dakota V-Twin, Dimension Custom Paint & Body, Hawg Halters, K&G Cycles, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, Legend Air Suspension, RC Components and Sinister Industries.

"The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is proud to champion programs that provide students with expanded opportunities in the motorcycle industry. Our goal is to provide these students with the skills they need to become great technicians in the South Dakota workforce," said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Students participating in the Buffalo Chip Challenge will not only have the advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, a new motorcycle and world-class parts for the build, they will have the dedicated support and experience of industry veteran Keith Terry of Terry Components (see photo). "This dynamic partnership between business and technical education has been a huge success due to the collective efforts of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and leading motorcycle industry businesses. We know our students are up for the challenge of building another world-class custom bike alongside Keith Terry. We look forward to the debut of the finished bike at our graduation ceremony in early May," said Craig Bailey, WDT president.

The finished Buffalo Chip Challenge motorcycle will be auctioned to help sponsor the Sturgis Buffalo Chip's annual Legends Ride, which has donated more than $200,000 to local Black Hills charities in just four years.

Follow the build online (click here).

Posted by Mary Slepicka