Our friends over at the PowerSport Institute, who carry out our S&S Dealer technical training program, along with tech training for all aspects of the powersports industry, have a new project to show off. Last August during the 2011 Sturgis rally, the students and instructors at PSI unveiled a custom bike build that was entered into the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
This build is the pride and vision of PowerSport Institute Students. Hence the bike's name, "Students Pride". This 2004 Big Dog has an S&S 107" engine and was hand built by the students from fabrication of fuel tank, forming of handmade side covers, fitting the seat pan to Corbin one-off seat and mounting Corbin bags to a Softail Frame. The one-off pipes were designed and manufactured by SuperTrapp. All molding, paint prep, selection and application completed by PSI students with assistance of PSI Instructors.
Student Builders (from left to right): Brenda Riley, Angelica Hrach, Brandon Timberman, Matt Laughbaum, Tom Lucas, John Fabrizio, Carl Lehman. Not pictured: Samuel Doyle, Nat John, Lucas Berkes, Wade Haller and Thomas McDaniel
PSI's Campus Director, Bernie Thompson reflected: "I enjoyed the enthusiasm and the passion the students demonstrated during the build, they knew it was for a special event and took a lot of pride in the workmanship. I enjoyed the entire event to see the industries creative minds with their unique craftsmanship skill was incredible. PSI was the only technical school entered into the event with some of the best bike builders in the world. A special thanks to S&S for your support."
This bike was built with industry partners support.
- S&S supplied engine components
- Baker Driveline supplied a complete transmission
- Gardner Westcott supplied all the fastners
- Super Trap built a one off exhaust for our students
- Jim’s supplied all tools that the students used for this build
- Tricky Air supplied the rear and front Springer air suspension
- Avon supplied the tires for this build
- Corbin supplied the rear bag and fender assembly
- Diamond Heads supplied PSI with a great job on cutting the heads and cylinders
- Daytona Sensors supplied the Ignition
- Accel supplied other ign parts
- Cosmetics supplied all the gaskets and seals
- Frame Lock supplied a frame loc system for the bike to be transported with... and worked GREAT
- Sherwin Auto Paint supplied the paint and supplies for this build
This is PSI's first entry into the AMD World Championship and their efforts were well recieved. The PSI bike placed 8th in the Production Manufacturer class and walked away with a very nice 9th place, out of 87 bikes, for the people's choice internet contest. Well done! We look forward to seeing what the students at the PowerSport Institute comes up with next year for the AMD build.
But, that's not all... PSI is gearing up for SEMA in November. At this show, a couple of lucky students have been invited to attend and build a bike during the show. This bike started out as a 2002 Stock CVO bike and will be air brushed by the Ohio Technical College during the show and as the students from PSI are building.
Related: S&S takes a road trip to the PowerSport Institute facility for S&S Dealer training classes.