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Students unveil motorcycle built for Battle of the Kings Competition


A group of students got a once in a lifetime experience that involves building a motorcycle. 

You’re looking at a Harley-Davidson bike that was entirely made by students from programs at Schuylkill Technology Center. 

“Getting the last layer of clear on and seeing them finish was honestly the best part of all of it,” Bailee Nauyalis, senior from Schuylkill Haven who painted the bike said.

This bike will compete in the the 2019 Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings competition. The finished product was revealed Monday afternoon. 

“You’re waiting to see this end product. And right when you here it start up, it’s just satisfying,” Aaron smith, junior from Tamaqua who helped make bike said.

This year’s competition required participants to partner with a career and technical school. For the last two months four students from the outdoor power technology program worked on the bike two days a week at Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson. 

“This is a very delicate bike to put together. They couldn’t really make mistakes on it. So they really took their time and it was fun to guide them and show them how to do it,” Cody Burns, mechanic at Shaeffer’s Harley-Dividson 

And two girls from the collision repair program painted it.

“We worked really hard to get where we are now so he believed in us. And wanted us to prove to the world that we are women. We can do this,” Rebekkah Kramer, senior from Blue Mountain painted the bike.

“The design of the bike was inspired by a off road, mad max theme. And they actually used parts from harley davidson, which will add points in the competition.”

Students named the bike ‘The Dirt Chip.’

“I’m very proud of these students. It was a great opportunity for them. Gives them that boost of confidence. Saying ‘hey. We can do something amazing’,” Jason Wright, Outdoor Power Technology instructor said.

There are three categories in the competition. The winners in those categories will go on to the next round to enter the U.S. championship to see who will claim the global Battle of the Kings title. People can submit votes from now until May 15 for the People’s Choice. 

There will be another reveal for the general public  on April 27th at 1:30 during the spring open house and vendor showcase.
      The event benefits muscular dystrophy association. 

You can vote in the People’s Choice award for the Battle of the Kings here.

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