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Tech center students get to customize a Harley

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JANIS MCGOWAN

Schuylkill Technology Center students, on the bikes from left, Aaron Smith, Cade Stone, Jarrett Butz and Dawson Paulo are ready to get to work designing an award-winning bike for the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings. The students have been invited to get involved in the yearly competition by Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson in Orwigsburg. Mentoring them will be service technicians, kneeling, Glen Piazza, left, and “Frog” aka Matthew Raymond Yourkawitch; standing; Jason Wright, STC small engine instructor; left, and Cody Burns and J.T. Modesto, service technicians.

Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson has teamed up with the Schuylkill Technology Center, or STC, for the 2019 Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings.

Harley-Davidson is encouraging its dealerships to partner with local trade schools for this year’s build-a-bike competition. The competition, which has gone international this year, started in 2015 and is the largest dealer custom bike-building competition in the world.

The challenge is to take a standard Harley-Davidson model and turn it into something unique. This year, Harley-Davidson is hoping to grow the interest of future riders by getting the students involved in the competition.

Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson, Orwigsburg, has chosen the new Fat Bob, a 2018 Softail model, for its base model.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity,” T.J. Fitzpatrick, small engine instructor at the STC, said. “It will get the kids out of the classroom two days a week, and they will get hands-on experience with professionals. They are going to get do everything from designing to building a bike for the build-a-bike competition.”

Students will be invited to be part of the brainstorming sessions, choose parts and accessories for the build and install them under the supervision of the team of service mechanics.

The bike will be unveiled in April at the MDA Block Party. Voting will take place on a national level, with a public vote. The national winner then goes head to head with bikes from across the world. The final competition takes place in Italy at the EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show.

Contact Janis McGowan: 570-385-7358 or news@southschuylkillnews.com.