Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Chronicles: Kuryakyn & Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Bad to the Bone Bagger
It’s called the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bagger for a reason. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, home to “The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling,” has been providing the “Rock” to Sturgis rally goers for over 35 years. The tradition continues this year as Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Shinedown and Blink 182 will amp up energy levels on the Wolfman Jack Stage this summer.
The “Rumble” is twofold. It starts with Kuryakyn taking a stock 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide and injecting it with an attitude and stance that’d be right at home at the Crazy John Street Drags that run right through the heart of the Chip’s amphitheater. From the hot rod design of its Kuryakyn Hypercharger ES Air Cleaner to its stout Crusher Maverick Slip-Ons to the sick FMB drag bars to that sweet custom seat from Mustang, the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bagger looks primed to grip and rip. The stripes Gilby’s Street Department artistically applied are the perfect complement to the Glide’s sporty new look.
Part two of the “Rumble” will come from the racing action taking place at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip come August. Racing roots run deep at the rally, and The Chip is doing its damnedest to keep those roots alive with its Moto Stampede. They’ve gone as far as knocking buildings down so they could build a new TT track in the middle of the amphitheater in order to host the best flat track racers in the world when American Flat Track rolls in to rip at The Chip August 6. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s the Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John we already mentioned to go along with RSD Super Hooligans, AMA Supermoto, and the Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing. To say it’s going to be nuts at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this summer is an understatement.
And the “Rebellion?” Kuryakyn’s been displaying a little rebellious nature lately by upping its game in the aftermarket arena with products that reflect what’s current in the industry. The Chip? The Chip’s always been a rebel, one of the few remaining bastions of unbridled biker fun. The Chip’s never been afraid to do its own thing.
American Iron is proud to be a media partner with this rebellious duo as we feature this year’s Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bagger in Issue #352 of our magazine. We’re also going to be taking an intimate look at the pieces of the puzzle that make up the whole in a series of articles online as the bike features parts that just hit the market as well as some that haven’t even been officially launched yet! We’ll also bring you conversations with people who made this project happen. Additionally we’ll let you know where you can check it out in person as it makes the rounds at rallies and various events this summer. In July it’s slated to be at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City before it heads to The Chip for another promotional stint. And you’ll want to get an up-close-and-personal look at this bike because ultimately it’s going up for sale to the highest bidder.
Until then, we leave you with this gallery of photos to whet your appetite! Keep an eye out for the next installment of the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Chronicles coming soon.