High School Students From The Black Hills Win Big in Donnie Smith Bike Show

StudentsDuring last weekend the High school students who participated in the Buffalo Chip Challenge were participating in the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St Paul. Minnesota. They came back home with 2 new trophies.The student-built custom 2014 Indian Chieftain received 1st place in the “The Full Custom/other bagger” class, and the 2014 Harley- Davidson Road King took 2nd place in the “Harley Road King Full Custom”” category.

“The kids worked very hard for these awards and the scholarships we are offering with this program,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Their dedication has paid off. We are very proud to be a part of their success.” The 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge program, themed “When 2 Legends Collide,” pitted superstar bike builders and tutors John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts and Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation in a head-to-head competition. Shope’s team worked to customize the Indian, and Yaffe’s team transformed the Harley. While Team Shope came out as the winner at the Donnie Smith Show, all of the students came away victorious, learning valuable lessons from the best in the business. The two custom motorcycles will go head to head once more when the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® auctions both off Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in support of its signature Legends Ride®. http://www.legendsride.com. Those interested in bidding to win one of these award winning bikes can visit Legends Ride or call (605) 347-9000.

Many of the motorcycle industry’s top companies continue to supply world-class parts and services for the Buffalo Chip’s build program each year, recognizing its significance as part of the growth and success in American custom bike building. Special thanks to:

American Iron Magazine, AirFX, Baggster, Arlen Ness Enterprises, Hot Leathers, C.P. Carrillo, Dirty Bird Concepts, Dakota Digital, Danny Gray, Dave Mackie Engineering, Diamond Heads, Fueling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Inc., Horsepower, Inc., Hofmann Designs, Jamie’s Repair, Klock Werks, Legend Air Suspension, MTX Audio, Owens Interstate Sales, RC Components, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, Perewitz Cycle Fab, Thunder Cycle Design, Thunder Max, Trask Performance, Jack Van Kampen and Vee Rubber America for contributing to the program.

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7 Responses to “High School Students From The Black Hills Win Big in Donnie Smith Bike Show”


  1. 1 richards Mar 31st, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Great work by the kids. Prompts me to share. There’s a school teacher in Minnesota (Bloomington, I think) who has been doing this for years at a grass roots level with the young people who attend school at his school. They also do great work restoring old Harleys. His name is Kevin Baas.

  2. 2 SportsterMike Mar 31st, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Lucky kids, all I got at school was car maintenance on a bunch of wrecks….

  3. 3 CabanaDan Mar 31st, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Great job everybody!!!!!!

  4. 4 Zenaldo Apr 1st, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Nice work guys…

  5. 5 Boomer Apr 1st, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I’d really like to see a lot more pics of both bikes. They look great from what I can see in this one picture.

    It’s great to see the potential of what can be done with the new Indian’s. Having just test rode three of them last week at AZ Bike Week; I must say I am smitten with all 3 styles – including the Scout although too small for me personally.

    I met Karlee Cobb (from Klockworks) there outside the Handlebar Saloon with her Custom Scout. What a beautiful lady; inside and out. The bike looked even better in person.

  6. 6 Brian Klock Apr 1st, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Boomer, thanks for the compliment for Karlee Cobb, we will certainly make sure she reads this post, very gracious of you.

    Congrats to all the schools participating in the process at the Donnie Smith invitational, while some don’t have the budget the other kids do, its the process of learning hands on and keeping motorcycle passion burning in our youth that really matters. Great job instructors and students both!

  7. 7 Steve Hog Radio Show Producer Apr 2nd, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Wow this is cool. Keep in up everyone.

    On another note my son Noah is off competing this weekend at a First Robotics Competition. The First program is still another outlet for high school kids to get first hand experience building competitive robots that do various tasks on a playing field.

    The kids do everything from design to build and they learn and apply mechanical, electrical and programing aptitudes while learning to work as a team and create a business model.

    Look up First Robotics you will be amazed at what these kids are doing.

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