The Buffalo Chip Challenge Returns

Now taking 2017 entries for builder scholarship program

Black Hills area high school students are invited to apply for a position in the prestigious Buffalo Chip Challenge 2017 custom motorcycle build program, which offers a chance at significant educational scholarships. Ten students will be accepted to learn valuable mechanical skills and customization techniques through hands-on instruction from industry professionals at Terry Components in Spearfish. The 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 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 to 10 students. Interested students should visit and submit an application before the Dec. 19, 2016 deadline.

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The 2016 competitors showing off the great work they did this year.

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The 2016 Victory bagger coming together.

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The Buffalo Chip Challenge allows students the opportunity to work with motorcycle industry veteran Keith Terry in a real shop environment. Students will be customizing a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road King. 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 Bike and Car Show in St. Paul, MN March 25-26, 2017 where the motorcycle will compete against the nation’s top builders. The completed motorcycle will then be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride charity event in Deadwood on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

For more information on the program contact Brad Schneck at 605-347-9000.

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...and its Indian counterpart.

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About the 2017 Buffalo Chip Challenge

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its seventh annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. Program director, Keith Terry works with industry veterans teaching students to customizing a stock 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 Buffalo Chip Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions, including winning first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip celebrates 36 years as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ in 2017. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. The venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. 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

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