Music, Motorcycles, Racing and Pop Culture
Sturgis, SD (June 23, 2020): A growing list of Hollywood stars, racing icons, custom builders, professional athletes and industry icons will be taking part in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s three signature rides this August. Attendees participating in the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride®, Biker Belles® and Rusty Wallace Ride™ will have the unique opportunity to mingle with these celebrities to raise funds for worthy local charities. To date these Buffalo Chip charity rides have raised more than $985,000. More information on the Buffalo Chip’s signature rides, as well as links to rider registration can be found at www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/
Riders who participate in the Buffalo Chip’s premier charity event, the 13th annual Legends Ride, will have the opportunity to ride and rub elbows with true legends. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning actor Tom Berenger will be captaining the ride that leads participants from Historic Deadwood’s Main Street to the reception at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Berenger has starred in over 100 acting roles since the 1970s. Some of his most notable work includes blockbuster hits “Platoon,” “Inception,” “Major League I and II” and the “Sniper” series of films. Berenger has also guest starred on dozens of TV shows throughout his career and has received two Primetime Emmys for his work in “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Cheers.”
Sean McNabb is a well-established musician and actor. McNabb has played bass in big name bands such as Quiet Riot, Dokken, and Queensrÿche, and has seen success as a solo artist. As an actor, McNabb has notably appeared in FX TV’s “Sons of Anarchy” and “Mayans M.C.”
Cory Ness is the business and key design arm of Arlen Ness Motorcycles, running the day-to-day operations and serving as the chief designer behind all that is Arlen Ness Motorcycles today. His award-winning innovations can be seen on covers and spreads in national and international motorcycle magazines and have made appearances at all major international custom bike shows.
Zach Ness is the third generation of Ness builders. Though he comes from a long line of legendary builders and has learned from his father and grandfather, his personal style comes through on every motorcycle he builds.
Billy Lane entered the chopper scene ahead of the curve with the formation of Choppers Inc. in 1995 and helped to pioneer the massive chopper movement. Since then, Lane has cast a wide net of success in the chopper industry with seven patents on his popular Six Gun parts. Lane has been featured in notable magazines, been featured on several TV shows including Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build Off,” organizes Sons of Speed races and has published two books on chopper building.
Paul Yaffe is one of the most recognizable and influential builders and parts manufacturers in the motorcycle industry today. His Yaffe Originals and Bagger Nation shops carry hundreds of unique parts options for almost every Harley-Davidson model. Yaffe was one of the pioneers of the custom Bagger scene and has been featured in dozens of publications and TV shows including HISTORY Channel’s Biker Battleground throughout his 30-year career.
Rick Fairless is the founder and owner of the world-famous Strokers Dallas and Strokers Ice House. Fairless is a renowned chopper builder known around the industry for his fabrication ability and his unique, psychedelic styling. Fairless has been featured on Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build Off,” “Ma’s Roadhouse” and “Texas Hardtails.”
Brian Klock of Klock Werks in Mitchell, SD is one of the motorcycle industry’s most diverse and award-winning builders and aftermarket parts creators. He is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, and Klock and his team were featured on Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build Off” in 2007, which they won. Klock has been named as one of the five most influential men in the world of motorcycles.
Mondo Porras of Denver’s Choppers helped create some of the first aftermarket parts for the Chopper industry in the late ‘60s and has since continued to define the look of custom motorcycles, helping to influence the “long bike” phenomenon synonymous with choppers.
Shannon Aikau has been building bikes at Count’s Kustoms in Las Vegas for over 20 years. He is one of the stars of HISTORY’s hit series “Counting Cars,” which is filmed on location at Count’s Kustoms.
Jeff Cochran of SpeedKing Racing reimagined the look of the custom bobber, and in doing so changed the definition of what a modern bobber is. Cochran builds on average 13 hand-crafted motorcycles a year and has been featured in the movie “Choppertown.”
Jerry Covington is the mastermind and owner Covington’s Customs. Covington is recognized for clean, high-quality designs and has built custom motorcycles for comedian Carlos Mencia, musician Sammy Hagar and racecar driver Billy Boat. Covington is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame.
David Covington is a designer and builder working alongside his parents Jerry and Kathleen at Covington’s Customs. As a designer, he adds his own personal design touch to almost every custom bike or part that comes out of the Covington’s Customs Shop
Kiwi Mike Tomas is a vintage Indian expert and founded Kiwi Indian Motorcycles in 1988, but he has been fabricating and reengineering parts since long before then. Kiwi not only is a parts manufacturer but a gifted custom bike builder who has built bikes for Billy Joel, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.
Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs has put a unique stamp on the often-overlooked world of custom Sportsters. Over the years, Patterson has transformed Led Sled Customs from doing mostly paint jobs to full custom builds and a growing line of Sportster parts distributed around the world.
Paul Wideman is the owner and lead designer of Bare Knuckle Choppers. Through many custom builds, Wideman and his team realized the need for creating one-of-a-kind custom parts. Bare Knuckle Choppers now offers hundreds of unique parts for sale.
Earl Dotson is a Super Bowl champion and is known as one of the premier offensive linemen in Green Bay Packers’ history. Dotson retired from the NFL in 2003 and is the current CEO of the Green Empire Group.
Michael Lichter is a world-renowned custom bike and biker-lifestyle photographer. Lichter has produced 800 stories for Easyriders Magazine since 1979, is a regular contributor to 16 other publications around the world and has 11 coffee table books to his credit. He is the curator of the annual Motorcycles As Art exhibition held at the Buffalo Chip every Sturgis Rally.
Rod “Woody” Woodruff is the President and CEO of the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Since its beginnings in 1981, Woody has transformed what was once 20 acres of leased land into a 600-acre entertainment destination that has long been the focal point of the Sturgis Rally.
More information is available at LegendsRide.com.