For three-and-a-half decades bikers and music fans from around the world annually migrate to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to experience the freedom, camaraderie and world-class concerts at the legendary campground. This late-summer rite of passage is truly an experience unlike anything else. At its essence is a celebration of all-things motorcycles and live music, combining the best of both unique worlds into one epic nine-day party that almost defies description. Almost.
2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the Buffalo Chip. To salute the milestone, Kuryakyn was presented with the honor and challenge of designing and building a custom bagger and matching Epiphone Sheraton II guitar that represents the lifestyle born from 35 years of “Rock, Rumble & Rebellion” in the Black Hills. A tall task, indeed; but with a little help from some of our friends in the industry, we took the challenge head on.
Along with more than 40 Kuryakyn products incorporated into the build, several additional brands stepped up to support the project. We sought out some killer parts from our compadres that we knew would seamlessly enhance the overall design. The end result is a harmonious mix of power and elegance that truly embodies 35 years of Rock, Rumble & Rebellion at The Chip.
Here’s a closer look at the supporting cast of brands and products donated to the project:
Bahn Tuxedo Levers
Bahn’s Tuxedo Levers were a natural fit to complement the gloss black and machined textures features elsewhere in the build. Comfortable and in control.
Jim Nasi Customs JNC 23” Bagger Fender & Custom Dash Panel
Quality, fit and finish is what made Jim Nasi a longstanding custom king. The Jim Nasi Customs 23” Bagger Fender and Custom Bagger Dash are streamlined, sexy and perfect for this or any bagger project.
Mustang Seats: Custom-designed Tripper Fastback Seat
The folks at Mustang Seats went big and showed off the mad skills comin’ from their crew in Massachusetts. This amazing handcrafted, completely one-off custom saddle is truly a work of art. Based off the ever-so-comfortable Tripper Fastback.
Performance Machine: 6 & 4 Piston Diff Bore Calipers, Contrast Cut Fork Legs
Our friends at Performance Machine provided the stopping power and a little bit of elegance in the form of their Contrast Cut Fork Legs. Their 6 Pistion Diff. Bore (front) and 4 Piston Diff. Bore (rear) Calipers sport killer looks and let this powerful beast stop on a dime.
Progressive Suspension: 444 Series Shocks
This bike rides and handles amazing. Flat out. And one of the major contributing factors is the 444 Series Shocks from Progressive Suspension. Their breakthrough Frequency Sensing Technology (FST) design dynamically adjusts dampening as you ride for complete long-haul comfort.
Roland Sands Design: Convoy Handlebars
Attitude from every angle best describes the Roland Sands Design Convoy Handlebars. Ideal hand placement and aggressive, controlled riding positioning make these one of the more functional and stylish set of bagger bars around.
Xtreme Machine: 23” & 18” Execute, Black Cut Xquisite Wheels & Rotor
Xtreme Machine’s Execute 23” front and 18” rear wheels are bold, beautiful and no doubt a 100% contributor to the badass stance of the Rock Rumble and Rebellion Road Glide. The matching Execute Rotor in Black Cut Xquisite finish sets this Xotic rolling package off!
We also owe a very special thanks to Those Dyno Guys out of Zimmerman, MN, who dialed in the motor on this beast for optimum performance. Speaking of performance, stay tuned for the next blog breaking down the complete performance package from our Performance Division, Crusher.