Buffalo Chip Challenge

January 4, 2012 at 8:47am

Stripping Down the Bike and Changing the Front End

A significant effort in the initial phase of the build will be to provide new geometry to the front end of the motorcycle in order to accommodate a new 23” custom wheel from RC Components.  Nick Cramer from Dakota V-Twin will be assisting Keith Terry and the students by removing the neck of the stock frame in order to modify the rake and trail of the front end as a new neck and triple trees from Hawg Haulters, Inc. will then be installed by the students.  A new rear fender from Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and custom extended saddle bags from Sinister Industries will provide the bagger lean, low swagger to round out the bikes profile from front to back. 


“This program does so much to enhance student’s skill sets, confidence and abilities,” says Keith Terry of Terry Components.  “Probably the greatest insight students are gaining with the program is how to relate things they are learning in other classes to this real world application.  Removing the front end of the bike and modifying its rake and trail, has as much to do with students geometry class as it has to do with building a bike.”


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Sturgis Buffalo Chip Challenge ™ 2012


The 3rd Annual Buffalo Chip Challenge, a bike build project designed to encourage students to get involved with the motorcycle industry has officially begun at Sturgis Brown High School.  The Sturgis Buffalo Chip ®, along with leading industry businesses including Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Hot Leathers, K & G Cycles and Corbin Seats want to give thesestudents real-world experience while helping to build an industry perfect for South Dakota. 


The program is designed to challenge students to develop skills and knowledge they can use once they graduate.  These high school students will learn the techniques used to fabricate, customize and finish a stock Road King graciously donated by Black Hills Harley-Davidson.  World-class parts will also be donated for the Buffalo Chip Challenge by K & G Cycles, one of the nation’s top retailers of aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories.


Students participating in the Buffalo Chip Challenge will not only have the advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, a new motorcycle and world-class parts for the build, they will have the dedicated support and experience of a motorcycle industry veteran, Keith Terry of Terry Components.  Terry has run a successful motorcycle aftermarket business for more than three decades.  


The finished Buffalo Chip Challenge motorcycle will be auctioned to help sponsor the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s annual Legends Ride ®, which has given more than $200,000 to local Black Hills charities in just four years.