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2016 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Road Glide

Feb 20 2018

For nine days every summer, the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip plays host to hundreds of thousands of bikers who share one thing in common: a love for motorcycles and music.

When the Buffalo Chip team presented us with an opportunity to build a custom bike that commemorated their 35th anniversary in 2016, we jumped at the challenge. If you had to choose just three words that describe life at the Buffalo Chip during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better match than “Rock, Rumble & Rebellion”.

Our Industrial Design Manager, Michael Bates, led the build team, working closely with the Buffalo Chip to give the stock 2015 Road Glide a complete overhaul. The build incorporates more than 40 Kuryakyn parts into the overall design, including nearly the entire collection of Tri-Line accessories for Road Glides, satin black Teardrop Mirrors, Kinetic Grips and foot controls, L.E.D. Turn Signal Conversions and Saddlebag Extensions, and much more. A number of outside brands also stepped up to support the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion project, including Bahn, Jim Nasi Customs (front fender and dash panel), Mustang Seats (custom Tripper Fastback), Performance Machine (calipers and fork legs), Progressive Suspension (444 Series Shocks), Roland Sands Design (Convoy Handlebars), and Xtreme Machine (Execute wheels and rotor).

Horsepower is supplied by our Performance Division, Crusher. TC-24D Cams, Easy Install Adjustable Pushrods, High-Performance Hydraulic Lifters, the Maverick Pro Air Cleaner and Crusader 4” Slip-Ons put out a respectable 93 horsepower at the rear wheel, with 113 ft/lbs of torque. The Buffalo Chip 35th anniversary Road Glide is a true performance bagger designed to rip up the streets in style.

“Kuryakyn has created a motorcycle masterpiece. It’s so much more than I expected. The fine attention to detail and design is remarkable, and it’s a joy to ride. There is no mistaking that the muscle and melodious grace embodied in this bike and matching Epiphone guitar clearly represent 35 years of rock, rumble and rebellion at the Buffalo Chip.”
-Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President

We collaborated with renowned custom shop Gilby’s Street Dept. (River Falls, Wis.) to craft a paint scheme that embodies the natural rhythm and artistry behind music in order to bring the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion theme to life. Various color-matched Kuryakyn parts seamlessly blend in with the smooth satin graphite base coat. Inspired by the Epiphone Sheraton II, Gilby laid down line after line of intricate pin striping that provides a pure, organic flow throughout the entire build.

Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, and Holger Mohr, Kuryakyn President

“The response we received with this bike was remarkable. We’re incredibly honored Rod and the Buffalo Chip team presented Kuryakyn with the opportunity to commemorate their legacy through a custom bike build. People love both the bike and guitar. I think our product development and design team really shocked the industry with this project, proving there’s much more to Kuryakyn than just chrome.”
-Holger Mohr, Kuryakyn President

Check out the full feature from Baggers Magazine, our official media partner for 2016 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion: www.baggersmag.com/2015-harley-davidson-road-glide.

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