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“We did all the work:” High school students unveil bikes they built during ‘Brewtown Rumble’

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MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds of vintage motorcycles roared into Milwaukee this weekend for the second annual Brewtown Rumble. Six bikes in particular stood out, because of who built them.

Julio Sepulveda

Julio Sepulveda

"We did all the work," Julio Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda and his team, the Bradley Tech Backlash were one of six teams to participate in the 2016 "BUILD Milwaukee" -- which pairs teams of high school students with bike-building mentors in a collective effort to learn valuable life and interpersonal skills while restoring vintage motorcycles, according to the organization's website.

Sepulveda is a junior at Bradley Tech High School and he and five classmates built a world class "Road Racer" together.

Julio Sepulveda and Bradley Tech Backlash's bike

Julio Sepulveda and Bradley Tech Backlash's bike

Their bike was being judged

"I think the competition is going to be tight," Sepulveda said.

Mark Hoedel served as Bradley Tech Backlash's BUILD mentor.

Mark Hoedel

Mark Hoedel

"A way of introducing high school students to working with their hands, getting acclimated with tools, machinery," Hoedel said.

Hoedel steered his students as they restored a classic Honda into a legal road racing motorcycle.

"Everything is done by the students," Hoedel said.

On Sunday, May 15th, during Milwaukee's "Brewtown Rumble," each team debuted their finished bikes.

Julio Sepulveda and Bradley Tech Backlash's bike

Julio Sepulveda and Bradley Tech Backlash's bike

"We all went for the Hispanic look -- for our culture," Sepulveda said.

The bike was painted in the colors of Mexico's flag. All but one member of the Bradley Tech Backlash team is Hispanic.

In a few weeks, these bikes will be put to the test on the race track.

"The big finale is running them down at Road America," Hoedel said.

Bradley Tech Backlash

CLICK HERE to learn more about the "Build Milwaukee" program and the other five teams taking part.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Brewtown Rumble.

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