Students Restore Motorcycle Along With Their Confidence

It's been four months in the making and work by students at the Omaha Home For Boys is done. They proudly showed off the finished product Wednesday, a rebuilt 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle.

It was all done inside the Black Rose Machine Shop under the watchful eye of co-owner and volunteer Jeremy Colchin, fresh paint and body work complete with custom handle bars and matching grips. For the kids, organizers say it was a great way for them to tackle something they had never done before.

“I was scared of the soldering gun,” said Samantha Richards, the only girl on the project who helped design, build and install the handle bars. "That I feel like I can do anything I can put my mind to now whereas before if it looked hard, I didn't do it because I didn't think I could do it, but now, even if it looks hard I know I can do it if I try."

“Just like that they learn different tools and processes they never learned before and the kids that came up and learned how to weld one night up here, to learn something new outside of your comfort zone does so much for your confidence in life, she's developed more confidence for life,” said Colchin.

The motorcycle will now go on tour where you can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to own it. The winner will be announced at a fundraiser September 26th at the Hilton Omaha by famous television motorcyclist/actor Henry Winkler, aka “The Fonz" of Happy Days. Click here to learn more about the motorcycle and raffle.


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