Custom 2014 Street Glide Built by Sturgis Students Wins Prestigious Award

z donnie smithSturgis, SD (March 31, 2014) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® proudly announces that the custom 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by participants of the Chip’sStudent Build Challenge received first place in the High School Build Open Class at the 27th annual Donnie Smith Bike Show this past Sunday, March 30. The Sturgis Brown High School students participating in the build had been working steadily since Jan. 6 under the instruction of the industry’s top professionals in order to complete customizations in time for this past weekend’s unveiling. The finished bike features a fully overhauled and customized motor for increased performance, a lowered stretched body and an eye-catching graffiti-themed paint job. It is also one of the first custom 2014 Street Glides in existence.

“The motorcycle these students created has absolutely blown away my expectations for this year’s bike build project,” says Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Moreover, these young students created a machine that wowed the industry’s top builders at the Donnie Smith Show. That’s something the students, the school, the community and all those involved in the Student Build Challenge should be very, very proud of.”

2014 marked the first year the Student Build worked on a new-year motorcycle sponsored by Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and the students found customizing a brand new Street Glide to be one of their largest hurdles. The Motor Company had made drastic changes between the 2013 and 2014 models, which meant most of the custom parts for the bike had yet to be created.

This was also the first year the bike build program placed the same focus on the motorcycle’s performance as it did its appearance. The bike features a Trask turbo system with a 10:1 compression ratio, Dave Mackie Engineering hemi Harley heads, CP Carrillo dome pistons and performance parts from Feuling Parts. The class anticipates that together these parts will work to produce 175 horsepower once the motorcycle has enough miles on it to safely run a dyno test.

“If somebody’s a motorhead, they’re going to get really excited about the performance of this motorcycle,” says Student Build Challenge mentor, Keith Terry of Terry Components. “Those who care more about how the bike looks will love it too. We’ve got both elements going for our bike this year.”

 

Custom stretched body parts allowed the students to create a longer, lower-sitting motorcycle. They replaced the 19-inch front wheel with a 26-inch from R.C. Components and swapped the standard black seat for a buff leather seat made by Howard Knight. Finally, the students took the bike to Ian Strachan Designs to give it a striking Ferrari-red graffiti paint job.

 

“It was hard for some of the students to comprehend just how amazing the end product was going to be,” says Sturgis Brown High School instructor, Chad Hedderman. “But once everything came together and the students stood next to their bike at this renowned bike show, it finally hit them that they were part of something really big.”

 

The next stop for the award-winning Student Build Challenge bike is the Black Hills Motorcycle Show in Rapid City, SD, April 12-13. The bike will later appear in Easyriders Magazine, where it will receive its own photo spread and feature-length article. On Aug. 4, the bike will be auctioned off during the Sturgis Rally in support of the Buffalo Chip’s 7th annual Legends Ride® charity event.

 

Students worked closely with industry veterans, Keith Terry of Terry Components and Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, along with high school instructors, Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson, to learn the state-of-the-art techniques needed to customize their 2014 Street Glide. The bike build project taught students important values and life lessons while vastly increasing their technical knowledge. The skills learned will give these students an overall advantage should any decide to pursue a career in motorcycle fabrication or customization.

The Student Build Challenge is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Brown High School, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin and a large group of industry-leading parts sponsors.

Special thanks to the sponsors and motorcycle industry leaders who make the Student Build Challenge possible: Arlen Ness Enterprises, Adventure Power, Baggster, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Inc., Dave Mackie Engineering, Diamond Heads, Dirty Bird Concepts, Feuling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Inc., Horsepower, Inc., Hot Leathers, Howard Knight, Ian Strachan Designs, Jamie’s Repair, KICKER Audio, Kinetik, Legend Air Suspensions, Owens Interstate Sales, R.C. Components, Thunder Cycle Design, Inc., Thunder Max, Trask Performance, Jack Van Kampen and Vee Rubber America, Inc.

To see photos, videos and articles chronicling the 2014 Student Build Challenge, visit the Legends Ride Facebook page.

 

About the 2014 Student Build Challenge™

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its fifth annual Student Build Challenge.The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing a stock Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. 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 Student Build Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions. This year’s Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned on Aug. 4, 2014 in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® charity event.

  The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. Concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Zero Offers Three Day Evaluation For Law Enforcement Agencies

zero-motorcycle-police_mainSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced a new program to support law enforcement agencies. In response to growing interest and demand from police departments, Zero is offering 100% electric patrol motorcycles for a 3-day evaluation period, allowing officers to experience the advantages in their own jurisdictions.

“Over a dozen departments have added Zero motorcycles to their patrol fleets in the last six months,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Zero Motorcycles. “The feedback from our law enforcement customers is extremely positive, so we are looking at ways to make it easier for agencies to see for themselves how well Zero motorcycles can work in a wide variety of applications.”

“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit. The bikes are quiet, cost effective and ‘green,’ making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers,” said Ron Levine, Chief of Police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots, which can be targets for auto burglars. Because the bikes are almost silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth.”

“We like to use the Zero when patrolling parks and rural areas. It’s environmentally friendly for us and keeps the noise down…one, for the neighbors, and two, it allows the ability to sneak up on people,” said Sgt. David Ball of Scotts Valley Police Department.

Stealth and the element of surprise are common themes expressed by the officers who have used the motorcycles in the field. Departments are seeing performance and economic benefits, as well: instant torque from zero RPM, a high degree of maneuverability, no need to shift gears, maintenance-free powertrain, and about a penny-per-mile operating costs adding up to long-term savings.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to apply for the 3-day evaluation program, visit zeromotorcycles.com. Note that Zero Motorcycles Police and Security models are available exclusively to authorized organizations. Demo motorcycles and the 3-day evaluation program are subject to availability, and certain terms and conditions apply. Contact Zero Motorcycles at (888) 786-9376, ext. 105, or FleetSales@zeromotorcycles.com for details.

About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity, and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

When Licensing Deals Don’t Make Sense

Successful brands often seek out ways to expand their profits by licensing their name to be used on other unrelated products.  Motorcycle companies are no different.   So it’s no surprise that a company that’s been around as long as Harley-Davidson (est. 1903) would have licensed it’s name and logo on a few products that are unrelated to motorcycling.

A few years ago, the brand sold “Harley Barbies” and they were a big hit.  A few of those are floating around Ebayland and selling for more than the original price tag.

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There are, however, some products that we’re sure the brand managers didn’t quite think out.   Here are a couple that have us scratching our collective heads over.

1. HOT ROAD cologne….or specifically, “EAU DE TOILETTE.”   First off, what biker ever used the phrase, “eau de toilette” and lived to tell about it?    Picture this;  You walk past a line of bikes parked outside a road house bar, somewhere along a lonely stretch of highway in southern Arizona or New Mexico.  The place smells of sweat, leather urine, grease and stale beer.  You sit down at the bar and order a beer.  A big hairy biker wearing a dirty, patch covered leather vest, no shirt  sits down beside you.  You catch a whiff of something different..something exotic.  Something hot… “Excuse me sir” you say, turning to the grizzled road veteran. “Is that “Hot Road, eau de toilette you’re wearing?”      They find you 3 days later, stuffed in the men’s toilet, smelling of sweat, grease, stale beer and urine.

ducatiBut, on the other hand, if you’re on a Ducati, then you’ll probably be wearing this fragrance.

scooter_juice_packThen there is the Harley-Davidson wine cooler.  Another product that we’re thinking was way ahead of its’ time.  Produced in the mid-1980′s, these sophisticated drinks for the softer side of the hard-core Harley rider never quite caught on.  Imagine a similar scenario from the previous example where you walk into that same bar, and order a Harley-Davidson “wine cooler.”  We’re pretty sure there’s a toilet stall, stale beer, sweat and urine in your immediate future.

 

What products did we miss?  Comment in the section below and if they’re weird, we’ll add them to the story.

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You’ll Need To Win The Lotto To Afford This Custom Bike

101452267-LJ-Gold_01_R1_RGB.530x298Lauge Jensen, the Denmark-based maker of customized motorcycles, recently sold what is believed to be the most expensive bike (of current production) ever.

“Goldfinger” recently sold to an unnamed buyer for $850,000.  The bike is gold plated, and covered with 250 diamonds totaling 7 carats.  The seat is crocodile skin and all the parts were individually “gold plated” by hand.

Lauge Jensen the man behind the excess says he’s working on a new bike that will easily top $1 million dollars in value.  ”It’s going to have a lot of stones and diamonds,” he said. “We’re talking pretty wild stuff.  It’s a piece of jewelry on two wheels.”

We’re betting you won’t find this bike parked on Main Street in Daytona this week or Sturgis this summer.

AMSOIL Joins Lawbike.Com Best of The Beach Bike Show As Sponsor

Amsoil will give away free product to each person who enters the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show. (actual product may differ from shown)

March 10, 2014 Panama City Beach:  USRiderNews announced  that Amsoil will co-sponsor the Lawbike.com Best of The Beach Bike show to be held May 3rd in Pier Park, Panama City Beach.  The semi-annual bike show is held in conjunction with Thunder Beach Bike Week and officially sanctioned by Thunder Beach Productions, Pier Park and USRiderNews.

Amsoil will be providing free product to each bike show entrant, as well as displaying their line of products for motorcycles and powersports equipment.

A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away from  industry leading companies such as Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics,  HHI, RC Components, and Renegade Wheels.     Wizards Products has also signed on to provide FREE cleaning products to every bike entered in the show (valued $20)   (gift certificates subject to change without notice)

Best of Show will win $1000 from Lawbike.com

In addition, USRiderNews will award a Kindle Fire to some lucky participant or spectator at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon after the awards have been announced.

The show benefits Toys for Kids Foundation, a local charity that provides to underprivileged children during the holidays.

Early registration is $10 cheaper than the day of the show and can be purchased here

 

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Tennessee Dealership Facing Stiff Opposition from Residents

HDCS-LogoHarley-Davidson of Cool Springs wants to invest several million dollarsto build a new store in a new location but the local homeowners association is fighting the plan tooth and nail.
In this report by WZTV in Nashville, the owners of Cool Springs HD want to build a new dealership on 8 acres and install an amphitheater and become a “destination” dealership and that’s what nearby residents say they don’t want to happen.

 NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather

Why You Shouldn’t Allow Anyone To Test Drive Your Bike

There’s a bike thief on the loose who is using Craigslist to steal motorcycles from unsuspecting sellers and police are warning the suspect is armed and has shot at least one victim in the leg.   Police now have a photo of the suspect and are asking for your help to catch him.  Police hope enough people will share his image on social media that someone will recognize him and report him to the authorities.

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

The latest theft took place in Gallatin Tennessee on Feb 19th when the suspect and an accomplice showed up at a residence on Stonehouse Drive when the victim advertised the sale of a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road Glide on Craigslist.

The suspect took the vehicle on a test drive but never returned.  Another person, who had been hiding in the suspect’s 2004-05 black GMC Yukon or Denali, got into the driver’s seat and fled the victim’s residence.

Police say the same suspect is involved in three other Craigslist thefts dating back to earlier 2013 in Gallatin, Bowling Green KY and Lafayette, TN.

In Bowling Green the suspect shot the owner of the stolen motorcycle after he refused to allow him to take the bike for a test drive.

flash-meIf you’re selling your bike online, Police recommend not showing the bike at your home and don’t take it to a parking lot, or other deserted location to show the vehicle, and don’t go alone.  Police say that thieves and con artists will use excuses such as “I don’t get off work until 9pm” or they’ll ask you to meet them in a parking lot of a motorcycle dealer but “after hours” hoping you won’t realize the business is closed.

The best way to deter thieves is to suggest meeting in the parking lot of the local fire department or police station, or a local shopping center where a sheriff’s department substation is located.  Also, never allow anyone to test drive the motorcycle if you have the slightest suspicion they’re not legitimate.  Ask to keep their driver’s license and make sure the photo matches and they have more than one form of identification.

If you have any information, contact Gallatin Tennessee Police Department at 615-452-1313.

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department

St Louis Chopper Builder Donate Custom Bike & 2.5 Million to College

Savill-BikeGary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, residents of St. Louis, and owners and operators of Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis  have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit (GDB). The GDB will be held on April 5 and serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships for the College of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to the motorcycle, the couple made an estate commitment of $2.5 million to the college. That gift will create an endowment to support scholarships for veterinary students and will encourage volunteer work among its recipients.

“We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine with the intent that it will support the development of future veterinarians for years to come,” Gary Savill said. “Barbara and I are animal lovers, and we hope this gift will help care for animals around the nation and the world by educating future classes of veterinarians. We also wish to enable students who otherwise would not be able to afford the education and training required to enter this noble profession. Another important aspect of this scholarship is volunteer work; we hope that students who receive this scholarship will be inspired to continue such charitable work throughout their careers.”

The Stampfli-Savill endowment will provide one or more scholarships to cover 50 percent of all tuition and fees each year to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be shown to students from underrepresented ethnic groups. Students awarded scholarships from the endowment will be required to perform at least 120 hours of animal-related community and volunteer service each year.

The Stampfli-Savills, who had no prior affiliation with MU or the College of Veterinary Medicine, were inspired to give their gift to the college after reading about the philanthropy of other donors.

Raffle tickets for the motorcycle are currently on sale. For more information about the motorcycle and to purchase tickets, visit: http://gdb.missouri.edu/motorcycle-raffle/.

Indian Ink; Wearing the Brand

In honor of Tat Tuesday, (also known as Fat Tuesday) we wanted to bring you this story of a unique tattoo.

Lonnie Hannah has been riding Harley-Davidson’s for a long time and he’s been a loyal customer. But, his connection with Indian motorcycles goes back longer to when his father built an Indian from spare parts. Now Lonnie, (who started working for the new Indian motorcycle company) is getting the ink to show he’s ready to change brands.

Yes, this is a promotional video from Indian, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks like the Harley/Indian rivalry is back, in a big way. Is the market big enough for both? What do you think?

Lotus Enters Luxury Motorcycle Market

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It’s not a bike you’re likely to see parked on Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week.  Nor are you likely to see it pull up at your local bike night.

The C-01 from Lotus, designed by Daniel Stern (who designed the bike in TRON) is a limited production, extremely expensive and stupidly powerful collectors edition machine for those who can afford expensive toys.

Designed in conjunction with the Holzer Group, the CEO said, ”The design process of the C-01 was a labor of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” says Günther Holzer.

 

What do you think?  Do these types of motorcycles help the industry overall (as in the concept car designs) or are they just rich collector toys?  Comment below.