2020 Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast Celebrates Tiny Strider Custom Builders

Tiny Strider Custom Builders Join Stars of “Motorcycles As Art” at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads
Buffalo Chip, SD (June 9, 2020) – The 6th annual Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast, presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, is set to kick off the 80th Anniversary Sturgis Rally at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads. This celebrity-strewn Meet & Greet held Sunday, August 9, brings together custom builders and industry influencers to support veterans and new rider initiatives through Motorcycle Missions and AllKidsBike. It also features the unveiling of the 2020 Tiny Strider Customs.

In 2018, when the Breakfast added the feature of Tiny Custom Strider Bikes built by renowned builders, it caught industry attention all the way to the prominent Mecum Auction in Las Vegas. The 2020 Class celebrates women riders and builders. They are: Savannah Rose, Lena Fairless, Ashmore Ellis, Cris Sommer Simmons and JoAnn Bortles. Two all-female teams are also collaborating on Strider builds: Genevieve Schmitt, Erin Sills, Sarah Schilke & Tricia Szulewski of WomenRidersNow; and the female build team of Motorcycle Missions spearheaded by Krystal Hess, an event beneficiary. Hall of Fame artist and builder Ron Finch rounds out the class.

Stock Strider Balance Bikes were sent to the Builders by Strider Sports International, manufacturer of balance bikes that inspire kids to ride. The resulting customs will be unveiled at the Flying Piston Breakfast and displayed at the Biker Belles Celebration and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame induction.

In addition to an exclusive first look at the Strider Customs, Builder Breakfast ticket holders also enjoy a catered breakfast and silent auction of selected items—plus the chance to meet the Chip’s owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff, photographer Michael Lichter, emcee Patrick Jansen and the builders from the prestigious Motorcycles As Art exhibition, who are on hand to meet & greet. For 2020 this is an especially historic group including Dave Perewitz, Donnie Smith, Don Hotop, Cory Ness, Jeff Cochran, Cole Foster, Arlin Fatland, Brian Klock, Billy Lane and 30 more legacy customizers.

New to the Breakfast this year: a collection of one-off original skate deck art painted by known and emerging artists, joins the auction. You don’t want to miss this!

The Builder Breakfast, organized by The Flying Piston Benefit, takes place Sunday, August 9th in the Big Engine Bar at the free-access CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip. Silent auction items are provided by Klock Werks, Biltwell, Twisted Fork & Spoon, Hot Leathers, Atomic Bob, Kirsh Helmets, Nash, Shurtape, Roy’s Toys, Mimi & Moto, The Leatherworks, CruzTools, The Quarto Group, Darren McKeag, Evel Knievel Museum, Kuryakyn and more.

A limited number of Flying Piston Builder Breakfast tickets are on sale now for $20 each at

Media, Sponsors and Participants: The Flying Piston Builders Breakfast is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Horsepower Marketing. For sponsor information or to donate auction items contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482,

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About The Flying Piston: Flying Piston Charity Events are produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros to assist in raising awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the motorcycle community. Contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, or

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip: As the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip celebrates its 38th year as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. 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 with world-class concerts, outrageous events, poignant freedom celebrations, thrilling Powersports events and more. Chip concerts are free with camping. More details at

About Motorcycles as Art: Every year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles as Art exhibition brings together the most innovative, groundbreaking customs from today’s premier builders. The 2020 theme is Heavy Mettle, Motorcycles As Art With Moxie emphasizing builders who have stood the test of time. Curated by famed photographer Michael Lichter, the exhibit is free to the public at the Chip’s Russ Brown Event Center and open just 7 days during the Sturgis Rally.

About Strider and the Custom Strider project: Strider designs lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. Strider is changing the paradigm of how kids learn to ride through AllKidsBike, which seeks to teach every kid how to ride a bike in kindergarten P.E. class.,