Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Custom Motorcycle Build and Scholarship Program Registration Open To Black Hills Students

bcBlack Hills area high school students are invited to apply for a position in the prestigious Buffalo Chip Challenge 2016 custom motorcycle build program with a chance at $8,500 in scholarships. Students accepted will learn valuable mechanical skills and customization techniques through hands-on instruction from industry professionals at Dakota V-Twin and Baggster, both in Spearfish.

2015-Buffalo-Chip-ChallengeThe class will meet two to three days per week December through April during after-school hours and on weekends. A variety of criteria including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program will determine the three scholarships to be awarded in May by Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff.

There is no fee for students to join the program, but space is limited. Interested students should visit Legends Ride Scholarship to register before the Dec. 11, 2015 deadline. For more information on the program contact Brad Schneck at 605-347-9000.

The Buffalo Chip Challenge allows students the opportunity to work with motorcycle industry veterans Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo in a real shop environment. Students will split into two teams to customize an Indian Chief Classic and a Victory Cross Country. Celebrity customizers John Shope of Phoenix’s Dirty Bird Customs and Rusty Jones of Sioux Falls’ Rusty Jones Customs will also serve as major parts sponsors in the program. Many of the motorcycle industry’s top companies continue to sponsor world-class parts for this Buffalo Chip build program each year, recognizing its significance as part of the growth and success in American custom bike building.

In addition to working with the industry’s finest, participating students will also have the opportunity to accompany program instructors to the world-renowned Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show in St. Paul, MN April 2-3, 2016 where both motorcycles will be entered. The completed motorcycles will then be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® in Deadwood on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

4 Responses to “Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Custom Motorcycle Build and Scholarship Program Registration Open To Black Hills Students”

  1. 1 Doug Nov 25th, 2015 at 11:13 am

    cool program and good job to the sponsors. Who will fix the pushrods on the sculpture?

  2. 2 Zenaldo Nov 25th, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Keith Terry is a stand up guy doing a great job giving back to his community….I bow to Mr Terry & company…nice work buddy..

  3. 3 Blackmax Nov 26th, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Excellent program to get some/any of the next generation involved in this sport.
    To all the individuals & companies involved a hearty “Way to go” !!!!

  4. 4 nicker Dec 3rd, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Well, basic skill development will serve anyone for a life time. That’s good any way ya look at it.
    Basic skills can always be applied to a wide range of endeavors student can expect to encounter as they progress through their working careers.

    US manufacturing needs a boost that a new generation of well schooled youngsters could bring to any “industry” not just one limited “custom motorcycling.”

    Let’s face it, this industry hasn’t exactly had a meteoric impact on the US GDP…
    ( eg. the number of shops that have sprung up and closed down through the last decade or so)

    Over promising is worse than uncompromising when it comes to young people.


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