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The City of Sturgis Soars into 2023 on a custom

Harley-Davidson Road Glide!

STURGIS, SD - The City of Sturgis is excited to announce it has reached an agreement with Laura Klock, Founder and President of Helping with Horsepower, to customize a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide for the 2023 Mecum Las Vegas Auction, using her Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program. For this project, students from Mitchell Technical College’s Powersports Program are hands-on and tear down has begun.

“What an honor to be asked to share our program to benefit the City’s Sturgis Rally Endowment fund and promote the Rally!” said Klock. The Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program began in 2011 when Klock wrote a curriculum because of her desire to share motorcycles as an effective tool to teach life lessons with at-risk youth ages 7-17 in residential treatment. Klock said the program has affected countless lives, including most recently a group of South Dakota Veterans who came together for a bike build. 

The mission of the Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program is to teach life lessons on a personal and professional level, hands-on, with youth, Veterans, or any group that would benefit from the experience, all the while providing education, empowerment, and encouragement that delivers an important message: “Just like a motorcycle, you can repair, customize and rebuild anything in your life with the right tools and inspiration,” Klock said. The hands chosen to work on this project are those of seven second-year students from Mitchell Technical College.

“Participants in the program are hands-on throughout the entire customization process, including design and marketing,” Klock said. “This one is special because the Rally connects generations, and this project is meant to honor 83 years with a nod to the history of racing through our performance bagger style.”

Chris Degen, Mitchell Technical College’s PowerSports Program Director, said he was searching for a project for his students and this collaboration was a perfect fit.


“The Helping with Horsepower bike rebuild program adds a marketing, design and teamwork aspect that pairs perfectly with the student’s hands-on mechanical course work. These programs have a significant impact on the future of powersports and the students are excited to be working on a project of this caliber,” he said. The students train on a variety of brands including Harley-Davidson, and as South Dakotans, are honored to promote the world’s largest Rally, Degen said. This project brings in a motorcycle and they get to be creative and try some fabrication ideas with no additional cost to the school. The students are working on the project in addition to their regular coursework. 

Official press release - click HERE!

This build was sold at the MECUM AUCTION in Las Vegas, January 28, 2023!

Proceeds benefit the Sturgis Rally Endowment Fund and Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program.  Helping with Horsepower is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the bike rebuild program is offered free to participants!


Special THANK YOU to our City of Sturgis/MTC Bike Rebuild Sponsors!

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  • This motorcycle has been donated by the City of Sturgis, South Dakota, with proceeds to benefit Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Rally Endowment

  • Mitchell Tech students are hands-on and relocated the horn, custom cut the MTC logo, fabricated custom shift linkage with the Sturgis Wing logo, cut Paul Yaffee lights into lower fillers, modified the front and rear fenders and modified the dash to hold a Sturgis commemorative coin

  • Harley-Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City, South Dakota, Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson in Omaha, Nebraska, and J&L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota helped supply the Screamin' Eagle and Dominion parts

  • Screamin' Eagle Milwaukee-Eight engine stage IV kit, 107 to 114 CI installed by Mitchell Tech PowerSports students

  • Dominion transmission side cover, cam cover, upper rocker box covers, derby cover, hand grips and gas cap

  • Screamin' Eagle/Ohlins remote reservoir shocks

  • Rockford Fosgate stereo upgrade with Harley-Davidson Road Glide stage-2 kit

  • Custom Chrome saddle bag filler strips, TourEase Moonshot gloss Black floorboard kit and passenger floor board with brackets and mirrors

  • Dennis Kirk, Inc. of Rush City, Minnesota provided Metzler tires and a custom handlebar clamp

  • Roland Sands Designs Black powdercoated handlebars

  • Klock Werks modified metal dash, flare windshield, fairing vent screen and modified front fender

  • Paul Yaffe/Baggernation Road Glide fairing drop block kit to lower the fairing, Stealth license plate frame, Lights cut into fender fillers, fairing lights and chin spoiler

  • Vance & Hines 2-into-1 Hi-Output RR stainless exhaust

  • Arlen Ness wheels, hubs, rotors and air cleaner

  • Custom embossed seat by Saddlemen

  • Cheeseman Fabrication bracket to raise the front of the gas tank

  • PPG Paint, Custom mixed bronze by Chris at ABS in Mitchell, SD

  • Original Concept drawing by Tex McDorman, TexEFX

  • Paint and bodywork by Todd Dozark of Liquid Designz

  • All oil provided by Schaeffer's Oil/Rich Glanzer

  • Gorilla Professional Grade by H.B. Fuller of Frankfort, Illinois, Provided their line of products, including thread lockers, epoxies, metal pipe-fitting assembly sealants, retaining compounds, anti-seize, gasketing and instant adhesives as well as onsite training for the Mitchel Tech students in the use of their products

  • The City of Sturgis will also be including a VIP package for the 2023 motorcycle rally for the winning bidder

  • The package will include a include a 5-night hotel stay at the Baymont Inn, the winning bidder may pick Fri-Tues or Wed-Sun, concert tickets, gift cards to the Loud American Roadhouse and The Knuckle Saloon, passes to the VIP Hospitality Center, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Passes, Main Street photo, 4x8 engraved sidewalk brick, official t-shirts, passes for either the Mayor's Ride or Ride with a Local, entry to either the Tattoo or Beard and Mustache contest, and 2023 pin/patch kits

  • Tex McDorman will be including a one of one autographed print of the concept drawing!

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