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Paul Yaffe’s Through The Years Motorcycle Retrospective Big Hit at Arizona Bike Week

Paul Yaffe’s Through The Years Motorcycle Retrospective Big Hit at Arizona Bike Week

Phoenix, AZ (April 13, 2017) – A retrospective exhibit celebrating legendary custom motorcycle builder Paul Yaffe’s storied career was on display at the Legends Pavilion for the duration of Arizona Bike Week 2017. Sponsored by Chuck Franklin LawYaffe Through the Years showcased 19 of the most spectacular bikes that Paul has created during his 26 years in the bike building and custom parts business. Tens of thousands of people cycled through throughout the week, taking in photos and testimonies and witnessing firsthand and up close the beauty and power of Paul Yaffe’s metal masterpieces.

“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” says Paul. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid eighties, that it would have led to where we are today.”

An amazing collection of some of Paul’s most memorable custom creations was on display, featuring bikes from all around the country, including one of his take on an aluminum FXR from 1995. Nineteen motorcycles provided a visual representation of the evolution of Paul’s career, from choppers to baggers to pro-streets, including both Discovery bikes (Phantom and Suzy-Q), Whitey (the bike he gave his bride her first ride on) and the world-famous Prodigy.

A longtime Hamster, Paul also helped organize and participated in the Seventh Annual Hamster’s Charity “Dry Heat Run,” which drew over a thousand riders and raised over twenty thousand dollars for children’s charity. Beginning at Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, the ride stretched for 60 miles, winding through some of the most beautiful desert terrain Arizona has to offer, and culminating at Arizona Bike Week for a concert with Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

But people were really taken with the Paul Yaffe Through The Years exhibit.

“We did a smaller event as part of my birthday celebration late last year,” says Paul. “But we expanded the concept, added about twice as many bikes, more photos, artwork and memorabilia. Plus, it was really special to hold the event here in Phoenix, where I opened my first shop so many years ago.”

That first shop was American Legend Motorcycle Co., which opened in 1991. Since then, Paul has enjoyed one of the most illustrious and influential careers in motorcycle designing and building. Today, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, together with Paul Yaffe Originals, is recognized as one of—if not the—preeminent custom bike building outfits.

 About Paul Yaffe

Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders Magazine. Paul opened his custom shop Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are recognized as being among the best and most sought after in the world. For Paul’s latest news, designs and appearances, follow him on FacebookTwitter (@BaggerNation) and Instagram (@pybaggernation).


Black Hills Students Awarded 2015

Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Scholarships

How often have you heard long time riders lament that not enough younger riders are into motorcycles? And if you work in the industry, how many times do you hear others lamenting the lack of new blood in the workforce?2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge students w bikes

Well, at least one group of community-minded riders is doing something about that. Over the past five years, the Buffalo Chip Challenge has brought together veteran motorcycle builders, fabricators and manufacturers with Sturgis area high school students. While working with industry professionals to customize a stock motorcycle into a stunner for the Legends Ride charity auction, the students develop not only technical and interpersonal skills but perhaps an interest in motorcycling as a career, too. Keith Terry, Randy Cramer, Nick Cramer and Chris Malo are among those who have served as instructors and mentors to the students.

Initially partnered with only Sturgis Brown High School, the program expanded to include additional regional high schools this year resulting in greater participation and broader reach. Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff also offered students the opportunity to apply for $8,500 in scholarship money and three outstanding students have been chosen.

Sidney May, a junior at Spearfish High School, received the top award of $5,000. May showed great enthusiasm and invested more than 78 hours in the three-month bike building program. Shon Williamson, a junior at Sturgis Brown High School, won a $2,500 scholarship and Arianna Nelson, a junior at Sturgis Brown High School won $1,000.

“These students are simply outstanding and I am very pleased to be able to help them continue their education and further their career goals,” said Woodruff. “These three students alone invested nearly 200 hours in the program, learning motorcycle customization skills from some of the best in the business. They took advantage of an opportunity not offered to many, let alone high school students, and showed great initiative.”

A variety of criteria was used to determine scholarship awards including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program.

In addition to input from Keith Terry of Terry Components, Chris Malo of Baggster led Team Indian to build a John Shope Signature 2014 Indian Chieftain and Nick and Randy Cramer led Team Harley to build a Paul Yaffe Signature Harley-Davidson Road King. The addition of industry super stars, John Shope and Paul Yaffe was just another of the many exciting changes to the program this year.

In March, the students competed against professional custom bike builders from around the country at the prestigious Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul, MN. The student-built Chieftain received first place in the Full Custom/Other Bagger class and the 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King took second place in the Harley Road King (w/26″ wheel, full custom) category, both remarkable achievements.

About the 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge™
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. The program pairs award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry, Randy Cramer, Nick Cramer and Chris Malo with Black Hills area high school students to customize motorcycles. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world environment as a career-path springboard after graduation.