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Buffalo Chip Campground, College Team Up on Project

January 12, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Buffalo Chip Campground near Sturgis, S.D., and Western Dakota Technical Institute announced the 2012 Buffalo Chip Challenge on Tuesday (Jan. 10).

The Buffalo Chip Challenge is a motorcycle building project for the students at Western Dakota Tech. For the third year, students will take a Road King and convert it into a Road Glide by May so that it can be displayed at the school’s spring graduation, the Rapid City Journal reported.

During the rally in August, the bike will be ridden from Deadwood to the Buffalo Chip near Sturgis in the Legend’s Ride. It will be auctioned off at the end of the ride.

“It doesn’t get much cooler than that,” Rod Woodruff, president of the Buffalo Chip, said.

The challenge began three years ago when Woodruff approached Western Dakota Tech with an idea to create more of a motorcycle industry in the Black Hills.

“There is no real motorcycle industry around here,” said Woodruff, adding that with the popularity of the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, it was odd that there wasn’t an industry in the Hills.

“They are applying their skills in a real-world project that they can ride down the road,” Western Dakota Tech president Craig Bailey said. “We want them to have real world experience.”

The Road King was donated by Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Parts for the project were donated by Corbin Seats, Dakota Digital, Dakota V-Twin, Dimension Custom Paint and Body, Hawg Halters, Inc., K&G Cycles, LLC, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, Legend Air Suspension, RC Components and Sinister Industries.

“The most exciting thing is that we’re building a touring bike that you can go out on the road and ride it as far as you can,” said Keith Terry, president of Terry Components, which will help the students build the bike. “It will look good; it will run good; it will perform well. Wherever you go, it will be state of the art. We’re trying not to build a motorcycle that will sit in a show room and never ride.”

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