Legends Ride Again at Sturgis

The Sturgis Brown High School shop class, with guidance from motorcycle experts, built a supercharged monster of a custom this year; it sold for $51K.Courtesy of www.buffalochip.com

Benefit Ride

Bikers from around the world gathered in the small town of Deadwood, SD, for the seventh annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride, which is not only a fun thing to do but which also raises money for area charities at the same time.

Bikers and their bikes, the regular and the famous, set out from the Silverado-Franklin hotel in Deadwood for a 55-mile tour through the Black Hills — spectacular cruising grounds, as anyone who's been there will tell you — to benefit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and the Black Hills Special Olympics group.

Organizers say the The Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride has raised more than $325,000 for Black Hills area charities since its 2008 inception.

Some celebs, like Frank Fritz of the History Channel TV show American Pickers, said 2014 was the 31st time he’d come to Sturgis.

Funds raised by the Legends Ride will be split between the Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame’s expansion fund. Museum officials are working toward the construction of a brand new, significantly larger building.

Students Build Supercharged Monster

The pre-ride festivities included the display and auction of the Buffalo Chip’s 2014 Student Build Challenge Bike.

The bike, a heavily customized, supercharged 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, was built by students at Sturgis Brown High School. They got help and guidance from bike industry guru Keith Terry and his Terry

Components, shop-class instructors as well as many others in the custom motorcycle world.

Organizers say the custom bagger was auctioned off with a winning bid of $51,000.