Donnie Smith Bike Show Features Buffalo Chip Challenge Contenders


The Buffalo Chip Challenge is always a standoff between great builders. This past year, industry giants John Shope and Paul Yaffe faced off representing not only two great bike builders but also two great marques: Indian vs Harley respectively.

The Challenge teams up industry builders with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, and Sturgis Brown High School in South Dakota to teach these Black Hills area high school students about building bikes.  It’s a mentorship program kicked into high gear.  This past year, students worked on both an Indian and a Harley Davidson. They transformed the Indian with John Shope’s Dirty Bird Concepts fabrications and the H-D with Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation sponsorship.  According the website, they also worked with “Dave Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fab, Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin and Keith Terry of Terry Components, as well as Sturgis Brown High School instructors Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson.”

In March, the teams brought these two exciting builds to the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show in St. Paul, MN to compete against other builds all over the country where the public will get the first glance at the work.  On August 3, 2015, bidding will open for the bikes in support of the Legends Ride at Sturgis.

For now, congratulations to both teams. Team John Shope's Dirty Bird Concepts Indian Motorcycle won a 1st place in the Full Custom/other bagger division at Donnie Smith, while team Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation Harley-Davidson won a 2nd place in the Harley Roadking w/26" wheel full custom division.

The true winner are the students who both learn the art and skills of a build, and who are eligible for three scholarships based upon their participation and commitment to the program that will help them continue their education.

To see the teams in action at the Donne Smith Bike and Car Show, check out the video below.






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