2014 Buffalo Chip’s Student Build Challenge

studentbuildchallenge1The Buffalo Chip’s groundbreaking Student Build Challenge is returning for its fifth year. 2014 is the first year the students customize a brand new motorcycle, a 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide sponsored by Black Hills Harley-Davidson.

At event kick-off,  Student Build Challenge mentor Keith Terry, explained that this will pose a new set of obstacles for the students. “Harley-Davidson has changed a lot of the features, and that is going to make it a real challenge. The frame is different. lot of the body parts are different. But the good news is that the [sponsors] that are helping us out are already on top of it,” Terry said.

studentbuildchallenge2Most of the custom parts installed on the bike are not yet available to consumers, which means the build will bring them to market for the very first time. Because the students have the unique opportunity to install the custom parts before other builders, this year’s Student Build Challenge bike could be one of the first custom Street Glide in existence. You can follow along with the progress of the 2014 Student Build Challenge on the Sturgis Legends Ride Facebook Page. Only Sturgis Legends Ride participants will have a chance to bid on this custom bike. So reserve your tickets today and you could be the lucky bidder who rides it home!

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7 Responses to “2014 Buffalo Chip’s Student Build Challenge”


  1. 1 X H-D Rider Jan 1st, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Terry is one of the nicest men you can meet. Extremely smart on how things should work and be.

  2. 2 richard Jan 2nd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Very cool! FYI…There’s a guy in Minnesota who teaches at a Twin City H.S. (Bloomington High I think). His kids have been building bikes for years now….most of them old chops, bobbers. I’ve seen them at shows also and think they are first class. He likes old knucks and pans. His name is Kevin Bass. Toy can read about him by googling kevin bass motorcycles. This is a great way to keep some kids in school by introducing them to the wonderful world of mototcycles…Also, Kevin has written a book titled “how to build old school bobbers”.

  3. 3 Saltwaterjoe Jan 2nd, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Richard, I. Think its Kevin Baas.he has a blog. awesome guy and very talented builder.anyone with skills like his but still has the patience and desire to teach is awesome in my book.never met him but his reputation is golden and I have heard good things for years now.Hats off to mr. Terry as well.I loved metal shop as a kid,I would have killed to have had a chopper class!

  4. 4 nicker Jan 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the link:

    Very nice to see a slice of the past is still working today.

    -nicker-

  5. 5 Bill Schwab Jan 4th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations Keith on a fine program. These students are extremely lucky to be mentored by a class act like yourself.

  6. 6 Mazz Jan 6th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The teacher in Minnesota, Kevin “Teach” Baas, has been building bikes with kids for just over 10 years now, I started my program up here in Canada a year later in 2004 building custom bikes with grade school aged kids. There are a lot of great programs in the US, to the best of my knowledge I am the only one in Canada to date. Programs like this are truly great for the kids, great for the industry and great for the economy. It brings back the much needed trades to the educational institutes and a skilled workforce. Not all the kids go into the motorcycle world, however, they feed other industries that contribute to the motorcycle industry as well as many others. I am not taking anything away from this kick ass program!! I just want to say, those of us running grass roots programs at the grade school level, in individual schools need support as well. If there was anyway I could participate in a program like this, it would be really cool but running my program in Canada has it’s draw backs and being in very rural Canada even more so. I would love to see the other school programs in the US have the opportunity to participate, like they did with the S&S Anniversary event last year. I think it kicks ass to see events like this, it makes what I do worth while and makes me want to keep it going. We are in our 10 year now, didn’t think it would last this long and I am thankful for that and all who helped us out on the way.

  7. 7 Glen Henderson Jan 8th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Keith Terry watching that young lady do my favorite thing in the whole world….cut the neck off of a new bike !!! Way to go Keith..as always youre leading the charge in giving back to our favorite industry.
    Kudos….

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