For the past few months, members from YFS Girls Inc. (Youth And Family Services) have been working on designing and rebuilding a 2012 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, donated by Black Hills Harley Davidson, as part of the fun and exciting “Helping with HorsepowerTM Bike Rebuild Program”. The program utilizes a motorcycle as an effective tool to teach life lessons such as team work, self-confidence, problem solving, and self-esteem, through hands on learning and instruction. The 21 Girls Inc. members— all between the ages of 9-11— who participated in the program also learned about tools, motorcycle parts, mechanics, and design.
The project began in late January when each of the girls used their creativity and imaginations to come up with a design for the bike. After spending a couple of weeks drafting designs, the group of girls voted on their favorite concept, Phoenix. With a concept for the bike in mind, the girls worked motorcycle designer Michael Prugh, to prepare the design concept that was originally done on a coloring sheet for painting. The girls also chose new parts that would add a customized element to the motorcycle. These parts, from new exhaust pipes to handle grips, add a personal element that truly makes Phoenix unique. Throughout the duration of the project, the girls were also given the unique opportunity to meet professionals within this line of work.
The bike will be on display at Black Hills Harley Davidson during the Sturgis Rally on the Biker Belles ride, Tuesday, August 6th which starts at the Lodge in Deadwood and ends at the Buffalo Chip Campground. Raffle tickets for the bike are being sold for $20 each or 3 for $50 all summer long. On October 3, the winner of the motorcycle will be announced. Please call 605-341-4195 or visit Youth And Family Services or their blog at YFS Girls Inc. (photos provided by American Bagger Mag.)