Learning to Work Together: Girls Build Bike

Amy Klock

Amy KlockAt first glance, a motorcycle build and pre-teen girls may not seem like an obvious match, but Amy Klock was excited about the project the moment she heard about it.

Her sister-in-law, Laura Klock – Vice President of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and co-creator of a workshop where young girls work together to build a motorcycle – approached Amy about participating in an upcoming build. The 100 Percent Club member with RE/MAX Realty of Rapid City, in Rapid City, S.D., was in. They joined forces with Girls Incorporated of Rapid City (Girls Inc.) to rebuild and customize a 2012 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail.

“I have three boys – ages 15, 12 and 2 – so I was very excited to have an opportunity to work with girls for a change,” Amy Klock says. “I’m very much a girls girl!”

For two hours a week over 17 weeks, Klock and a variety of motorcycle specialists worked with a dozen girls, ranging in age from 8 to 12.

Although her husband rides, “I’m by no means a motorcycle expert,” she says.

However, Klock soon learned that the course was really about problem solving, and the girls didn’t expect her to have all the answers.

The group pored over parts catalogs, and each girl created her own design. They also wrote stories explaining their concepts and what the project meant to them. Finally, they voted to choose the winning design. The Phoenix, created by fifth-grader Raeshawn in honor of the mythical bird that rose from the ashes, was chosen. Fittingly, the bike is black, red and orange with flames.

The girls then stripped the bike down to its frame and, with assistance, installed the custom parts. Along the way they learned about confidence, empowerment, teamwork and problem solving.

“We all took something from the process,” Klock says.

The Phoenix bike will be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting Girls Inc.

Klock is already looking forward to another bike build this fall.

“I come from a family that didn’t have a lot of money or opportunities, but I always had strong female role models,” she says. “This is an opportunity to be one myself.”

For more about the Girls Inc. motorcycle build, click here.

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