Buffalo Chip Challenge Students Score Big at Black Hills Motorcycle Show

Black Hills area high school students participating in the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge scored their first big win this weekend at the Black Hills Motorcycle Show. Just days after completing two world-class, custom baggers, the students unveiled the bikes at the Black Hills show and received two first place trophies. The students will now take the motorcycles on to compete at the prestigious Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show in St. Paul, Minn. on April 2 & 3. The program, developed by Sturgis Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff and coordinated by Keith Terry of Terry Components, was designed to prepare the next generation of American motorcycle experts and cultivate motorcycle industry economic development.

The 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge participants had the opportunity to fully customize a 2016 Victory Cross Country and a 2015 Indian Chief Classic under the instruction of some of the industry’s most celebrated customizers. Randy Cramer of Dakota V-Twin and Chris Malo of Baggster provided hands-on instruction to students from start to finish to create signature builds that fit the style of their teams’ esteemed captains. Renowned builders Rusty Jones of Rusty Jones Customs and John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts served as team captains and provided a great deal of influence on the look and style of each bike, with their extensive lines of custom body parts and components.

2016 BHMS Challenge Group

The students in the Buffalo Chip Challenge unveiled this years bikes at the Black Hills Motorcycle Show and rode off with two first places.

The student-built custom Victory Cross Country took top honors, winning first place in the Full Custom Bagger – Victory class and the Indian Chief Classic took first place in the Full Custom Bagger – Indian class. The students competed against professional custom bike builders, which makes winning these awards an even more remarkable achievement.

“The students are the big winners in the Buffalo Chip Challenge program,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “They’ve spent countless hours after school and on weekends learning from the pros to build these magnificent bikes. I couldn’t be more proud to see them succeed and win such well-deserved awards.”

The two award-winning custom motorcycles will be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s signature Legends Ride charity event on Deadwood’s Main Street on Monday, Aug. 8.
The Buffalo Chip Challenge is a collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin, Baggster and a large group of industry-leading sponsors. This is the sixth consecutive year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has led the regional program focused on American innovation and craftsmanship.

2016 Students of the Buffalo Chip Challenge Celebrate Victory

Students in the Buffalo Chip Challenge stand proudly with their first award of the season. Something tells us more are on the way.

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, Baggster, Dakota V-Twin, Dirty Bird Concepts, Hot Leathers, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis, Rusty Jones Customs, Terry Components, Arlen Ness Enterprises, Carl Brouhard Designs, CT Designs, Flat Earth Art, Hawg Halters, Inc., Jamie’s Repair, KewlMetal, Kreun Kustom, Legend Suspensions, Lloyd’z Motor Workz, MTX Audio, RC Components, Sturdevant’s Refinish Supply Center, Trask Performance, and Vee Rubber America for contributing to the program.

Those interested in bidding to win one of these award-winning bikes can visit LegendsRide.com or call (605) 347-9000.

About the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its sixth annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing two stock motorcycles. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Buffalo Chip Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions, including winning multiple first place trophies at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Guests from all 50 states and 22 countries have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling powersports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.buffalochip.com.

Sturgis History & Our Plans

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

The annual black hills classic, otherwise known to most riders simply as Sturgis, is right down the road. And this year’s event looks like it’s going to be off the charts. Billed as one of the largest motorcycle events in the world, Sturgis certainly is one of my personal favorites. I’m not so much into the scene on Lazelle Street or what takes place at some of the campgrounds, as I prefer to be riding the amazing roads you find once you get out of town.

This year marks the 75th Black Hills Classic, and you know how much we riders and enthusiasts love anniversary years. Did you know this event was started on August 14, 1938, by “Pappy” Hoel and the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club? The highlight of that first event was nine locals in a scrappy motorcycle race on a backyard track. While today the event is dominated by Harley riders, it didn’t start out that way because Pappy was the local Indian dealer.

Given that scenario, we thought it would be a great year to celebrate history with a salute to the old timers who started the Sturgis rally in the first place, especially those Indian motor­cycle riders who supported Pappy’s ambitions.

Indian Motorcycle Black Hills Run 2015
As we go to press, we’re supporting­ rides to Sturgis. I will lead one from Iowa, and my friend Mike “Kiwi” Tomas will take charge of the Ross Tomas Memorial Ride from Southern California. My ride starts at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, the morning of Thursday, July 30, and we should pull into Sturgis on Saturday evening. Riders interested in the Ross Tomas Memorial Ride should call Kiwi Indian at 951/788-0048 for dates and info.

Both rides are free and open to riders of all makes, models, and years of motorcycles. Each rider will be responsible for his own bike, transportation, hotel, etc. Everyone is welcome to ride with us, but please keep in mind that we’re honoring Indian’s role in Sturgis by inviting all Indian riders (old or new bikes) to ride at the front of the pack. Please note, too, that we intend to stay off the major highways as much as possible so we can ride at an appropriate pace for classic motorcycles. We will post updates on AIMag.com and the American Iron Magazine Facebook page as needed.

Indian-Rally-ad-2015Indian & Classic American Iron — Black Hills Rally 2015
Years ago, our magazine created the Indian & Classic American Iron Rallies in Daytona and Sturgis. I loved those rallies, and they were run in the spirit of old-fashioned fun, with great machines, people and stories, fun field events, and a terrific vintage bike show.

We usually don’t hear about free motorcycle shows anymore. Thanks to a number of sponsors, though, we’re bringing this free event back on Tuesday, August 4, at the Buffalo Chip. Free registration opens around 9 am, the field events are scheduled to begin at noon, and trophies will be awarded at 4 pm.

It’s free and open to all (old and new) Indian motorcycles and all other classic pre-1984 American motorcycles. A big thank you to Dennis Kirk for sponsoring the bike show and also to a growing list of participating companies, including Kiwi Indian, Heather’s Leathers, Jerry Greer’s Engineering, and others for their support.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz

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Sturgis Motorcycle News: City To Appeal Buffalo Chip Incorporation

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis city leaders approved spending money Monday night to appeal the Meade County Commission decision to approve an amended petition allowing the Buffalo Chip to hold an election to incorporate.

The city last week filed a notice of appeal with the Meade County Auditor that states several reasons why the commission acted without legal basis when it approved the petition.

Among them, the city argues the Buffalo Chip is within the 3-mile jurisdiction of the city of Sturgis. Furthermore, the city argues the residency validity of those who signed the petition. The city also argues the validity of an amended petition that the commission accepted.

The city also lists concerns about the environmental impact a new municipality could have on the surrounding area – particularly the Sturgis Municipal Airport – which has been annexed into the city of Sturgis.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the city’s approval last night state’s he, himself, can file the appeal if a judge throws out the city’s appeal as a whole.

“Because I did provide personal testimony when the commissioners were making their statement, there is the possibility that I would also be able to file my own appeal to the commissioners decision,” Ainslie said.

“By making my own personal appeal, that way there’s two separate lawsuits challenging the petition.”

Ainslie says he believes it’s in the city’s best interests to have a judge actually review the actions of the commission to make sure they align with the current state statute and the Buffalo Chip meets all the requirements of a municipality.

74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Preview

2014-Sturgis-previewEVENT by Dain Gingerelli

To borrow from the late Rodney Dangerfield’s comedy shtick: I tell you, I went to the Buffalo Chip to watch a rock concert and a bike rally broke out.

Of course, I exaggerate, but as one of the most famous motorcycle rallies in America approaches its 75th anniversary next year, music has become an integral part of the week-long Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that’s headquartered in South Dakota’s Black Hills. You want to watch a top-rate rock concert? Then check in at the Buffalo Chip any night during rally week, or visit one of the other major watering holes near or in Sturgis and you’ll be treated to equally top-rate live music from a number of top regional or national rock-and-roll and blues bands.

But while rockin’ sounds fill the air throughout the week, the real draw for this rally continues to be the bikes and the people who ride them.

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Buffalo Chip Offers Customized Victory & Epiphone Guitar with The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes

Sturgis, S.D. (March 5, 2012) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the largest music festival in motorcycling™, today announced the Sturgis Rider® Sweepstakes where one lucky Buffalo Chip® visitor will take home a newly customized Victory Cross Roads motorcycle and matching Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar.  The winner will be announced live on the main concert stage of the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Friday, August 10, 2012 prior to the headlining performance by Sugarland. Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes registrations may now be made at www.buffalochip.com for this one of a kind prize package that combines the world of music and motorcycling.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s flagship entertainment venue, partnered with Victory Motorcycles, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and Epiphone Guitar to create the free entry Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes as a unique thank you to all the tourists and enthusiasts who register for the contest as well as visit the Black Hills of South Dakota each August during the Sturgis Rally.

“The Buffalo Chip has the most passionate and loyal motorcycle riders in the world. The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes is just one of many ways to thank all the fans and supporters.” Said Rod Woodruff, owner of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Last year’s Sweepstakes was a roaring success, and we can’t wait to see a fan walk away with this year’s one of a kind bike and guitar. The Chip family grows each year, and having partners like Victory, Klock Werks and Epiphone to help throw the Best Party Anywhere ® and keeps the Buffalo Chip atop the list of biker destinations.”

The Victory Cross Roads is being customized by the famed Klock Werks Kustom Cycles shop in Mitchell, S.D. Starting off Victory Motorcycles touring bike model the Cross Roads, the Klock Werks team turn this road bike into a true one of a kind custom machine. The Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar, which will also be customized by the Klock Werks, is an innovation of Les Paul’s classic dream guitar. Introduced in the early 1980s, the Epiphone Les Paul Studio instantly became a fan favorite, and today’s guitar is still a classic favorite. Both the bike and guitar will be one-of-a-kind pieces that will help commemorate one lucky winner’s 2012 journey to the Black Hills and the Buffalo Chip.

Fans of the Legendary Buffalo Chip can register to win the Klock Werks customized Victory Cross Roads and Epiphone Les Paul Studio by clicking www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/contests/bikegiveaway.aspx.

“Our crown jewel summer event is the Sturgis Rally for sure,” said Steve Menneto of Victory Motorcycles. “We are pulling out all of the stops for 2012, and are happy to be part of the build again this year. I’m sure the Klocks and the Buffalo Chip will up the ante over last year and we are looking forward to riding with Victory fans again.”

The Legendary Buffalo Chip has been offering its guests a true Sturgis motorcycling experience for more than 30 years with its premium camping resort and world class entertainment. Among the headline act taking the Chip stage in 2012 is Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston and the Zac Brown Band with more performers to be announced soon. Visit www.buffalochip.com now or call (605) 347 9000 to make your reservations for the 72nd annual Sturgis Rally at “The Best Party Anywhere! ™”

The public is invited to follow the Buffalo Chip Challenge build at http://www.facebook.com/SturgisLegendsRide, where pictures and video of the Buffalo Chip Challenge will be published, or to get more information and make reservations for the Legends Ride by visiting www.buffalochip.com.

Bachman and Turner to Play Sturgis Buffalo Chip

BUFFALO CHIP CAMPGROUND, S.D. –  With a staggering 120 platinum, gold and silver discs, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner’s, stripped down blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll is a perfect fit for the motorcycle-riding music lovers who come to the Buffalo Chip each year. Bachman & Turner will help celebrate the iconic biker campground’s 30th annual party on Sunday, Aug. 7.

After more than 20 years apart, Canadians Bachman & Turner have reunited to bring a huge fan base a welcome reminder of the long list of hits that made them one of the biggest hit machines of the 1970s.

Bachman & Turner join Alice Cooper, Toby Keith and George Thorogood and the Destroyers for the Buffalo Chip’s annual party, which has, over the last 30 years, become one of the most significant music festivals in the world. Woodruff said more announcements are forthcoming and that reservations for multi-day passes or daily admissions are available online at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Rats Hole Custom Bike Show Sturgis Buffalo Chip


STURGIS, SD – December 14, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Rats Hole Custom Bike show brought in over 100 bikes to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. The bikes and builders were from all over the world, and the spectators got a chance to see some amazing, one of a kind motorcycles. The Rats Hole is sure to be bigger and better in 2011, so don’t miss this famous bike show at the Legendary, Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Source: Buffalo Chip

Come Party with American Iron at the Buffalo Chip

You’re Invited!
We want to do our part in celebrating the 70th anniversary of Sturgis Rally, so we’ve teamed up with the folks at the Buffalo Chip and Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications for a party at the Chip! We’re inviting everyone to come hang with some of the staff of American Iron Magazineand RoadBike.

Our little soiree is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Garden At The Chip, a free access section of the Buffalo Chip, which is easily accessed from the Chip’s east entrance.

What we know for sure is that there will be two bars set up with good looking bartenders on hand. Rumor has it that Editor Chris Maida is buying a beer for the first 50 people to show up.

Sturgis News: Legends Ride Sells Out

Word is spreading that the Legends Ride is the ride to be on during the Sturgis Rally. The August 9 Legends Ride, one of the largest charity-celebrity events in motorcycling, is on track to be at full capacity once again in 2010. This is the third year for the Ride, and it sold out the first two years.
The Legends Ride begins in Deadwood and takes riders on a scenic path to Sturgis and the Legendary Buffalo Chip through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Celebrities and the nation’s top bike builders will join the riders. The Legends Ride raised nearly $100,000 for its charities in its first two years. Contributions from the 2010 Ride will benefit The Sky Ranch For Boys and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.
“The Legends Ride continues to gain momentum as the premier ride during the Rally, and it’s great to see such charity and support from riders,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, a partner in the Legends Ride. “2010 looks to be bigger and better, and we look forward to donating even more to charity and having a lot of fun while we’re at it.”
An all-star roster of celebrities are scheduled to participate including Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), America’s Most Beloved Survivor, Rupert, and Lorenzo Lamas, plus masterbuilders Roger Bourget, Brian and Laura Klock, Michael Prugh, Mike “Kiwi” Tomas and many more. Rod Woodruff, the Buffalo Chip’s owner, said “We’re all thrilled with the generosity shown by Legends Riders and look forward to making it all look good to a national television audience.”
Legends Ride riders donate $150 to participate in the ride, 100 percent of which goes to the two charities. That tax-deductible contribution entitles the Riders to participate in the pre- and post-ride events in Deadwood and at the Buffalo Chip. Other benifits of paticipating include:  free parking, complimentary food and drink at the post-Ride reception, meet-and-greet opportunities with master builders and celebrities, a special souvenir gift pack and attendance to concert performances by Trailer Choir, Buckcherry and ZZ Top.
“This bike is an absolute work of both form and function,” says Lon Nordbye, Buffalo Chip Sponsorship Director. At the conclusion of the live auction, it can be assured that its owner will be riding off with one of the best custom motorcycles built in 2010.”
The Legends Ride is sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Deadwood Tobacco Company, Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Black Hills Harley-Davidson, First Interstate Bank, Hot Leathers, Interstate Battery Systems of America, Inc., Knology, K & G Cycles, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Progressive Insurance, the Renewable Fuels Association and Victory Motorcycles. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.legendsride.com or call (605) 347-9000.

Word is spreading that the Legends Ride is the ride to be on during the Sturgis Rally. The August 9 Legends Ride, one of the largest charity-celebrity events in motorcycling, is on track to be at full capacity once again in 2010. This is the third year for the Ride, and it sold out the first two years.
The Legends Ride begins in Deadwood and takes riders on a scenic path to Sturgis and the Legendary Buffalo Chip through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Celebrities and the nation’s top bike builders will join the riders. The Legends Ride raised nearly $100,000 for its charities in its first two years. Contributions from the 2010 Ride will benefit The Sky Ranch For Boys and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.
“The Legends Ride continues to gain momentum as the premier ride during the Rally, and it’s great to see such charity and support from riders,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, a partner in the Legends Ride. “2010 looks to be bigger and better, and we look forward to donating even more to charity and having a lot of fun while we’re at it.”
An all-star roster of celebrities are scheduled to participate including Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), America’s Most Beloved Survivor, Rupert, and Lorenzo Lamas, plus masterbuilders Roger Bourget, Brian and Laura Klock, Michael Prugh, Mike “Kiwi” Tomas and many more. Rod Woodruff, the Buffalo Chip’s owner, said “We’re all thrilled with the generosity shown by Legends Riders and look forward to making it all look good to a national television audience.”
Legends Ride riders donate $150 to participate in the ride, 100 percent of which goes to the two charities. That tax-deductible contribution entitles the Riders to participate in the pre- and post-ride events in Deadwood and at the Buffalo Chip. Other benifits of paticipating include:  free parking, complimentary food and drink at the post-Ride reception, meet-and-greet opportunities with master builders and celebrities, a special souvenir gift pack and attendance to concert performances by Trailer Choir, Buckcherry and ZZ Top.
“This bike is an absolute work of both form and function,” says Lon Nordbye, Buffalo Chip Sponsorship Director. At the conclusion of the live auction, it can be assured that its owner will be riding off with one of the best custom motorcycles built in 2010.”
The Legends Ride is sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Deadwood Tobacco Company, Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Black Hills Harley-Davidson, First Interstate Bank, Hot Leathers, Interstate Battery Systems of America, Inc., Knology, K & G Cycles, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Progressive Insurance, the Renewable Fuels Association and Victory Motorcycles. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.legendsride.com or call (605) 347-9000.

Talk of American Choppers Star Paul Jr. coming to Sturgis in 2010

Producers have made arrangements to debut the first ever motorcycle built by OCC creative designer Paul Jr. at the Legendary Buffalo Chip on August 11th.  Sources say that cameras will be rolling as Paul Jr. unveils what he calls the best custom build he’s ever crafted to tens of thousands of fans right before Motley Crue takes the stage.  This is the first motorcycle that Paul Jr. has finished since leaving the family business.  The second season of the new show American Choppers: Sr. vs Jr. premiers August 12 at 9pm on TLC.

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