High School Students Win Custom Bike Award

Students of Sturgis Brown High School take home a first place award at Donnie Smith Show

Go to school and learn, kids. Students at Sturgis Brown High School did, and they proved it by winning first place in the High School Build Open Class at the 27th annual Donnie Smith Bike Show this past Sunday, March 30. Their custom 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide (built for the Buffalo Chip's Student Build Challenge) was the result of working steadily since Jan. 6 under the instruction of top professionals to complete customizations in time for the unveiling. The finished bike features a fully overhauled and customized motor for increased performance, a lowered, stretched body, and an eye-catching paint job. It also happens to be one of the first custom 2014 Street Glides in existence.

2014 marked the first year the Student Build worked on a new-year motorcycle sponsored by Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and the students found customizing a brand new Street Glide to be a pretty big hurdle. The Motor Company had made drastic changes between the 2013 and 2014 models, which meant most of the custom parts for the bike had yet to be created. This was also the first year the bike build program placed the same focus on the motorcycle’s performance as on appearance. The bike features a Trask turbo system with a 10:1 compression ratio, Dave Mackie Engineering hemi Harley heads, CP Carrillo dome pistons and performance parts from Feuling Parts. The class anticipates that all those mods will work to produce 175 horsepower once the motorcycle has enough miles on it to safely run a dyno test.

Custom stretched body parts allowed the students to create a longer, lower-sitting motorcycle. They replaced the 19-inch front wheel with a 26-inch from R.C. Components and swapped the standard black seat for a buff leather seat made by Howard Knight. Finally, the students took the bike to Ian Strachan Designs to give it a striking Ferrari-red graffiti paint job.

The next stop for the award-winning Student Build Challenge bike is the Black Hills Motorcycle Show in Rapid City, SD, April 12-13, and on Aug. 4, the bike will be auctioned off during the Sturgis Rally in support of the Buffalo Chip’s 7th annual Legends Ride® charity event.

The Student Build Challenge is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Brown High School, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin and a large group of industry-leading parts sponsors.

Special thanks to the motorcycle industry leaders who make the Student Build Challenge possible: Arlen Ness Enterprises, Adventure Power, Baggster, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Inc., Dave Mackie Engineering, Diamond Heads, Dirty Bird Concepts, Feuling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Inc., Horsepower, Inc., Hot Leathers, Howard Knight, Ian Strachan Designs, Jamie’s Repair, KICKER Audio, Kinetik, Legend Air Suspensions, Owens Interstate Sales, R.C. Components, Thunder Cycle Design, Inc., Thunder Max, Trask Performance, Jack Van Kampen and Vee Rubber America, Inc.

About the 2014 Student Build Challenge™

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its fifth annual Student Build Challenge. The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing a stock Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation