Students’ Collision Repair Skills Excellent, Motorcycle Rider Says

Kennebunk motorcycle rider Troy Hogg, left, with students from the Sanford Regional Technical Center who performed extensive body work on his motorcycle. At Hogg’s request, the students painted it in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Joining Hogg are Ethan Clough, Marshall Vance, Jack Cesario, Carlos Martin, Gavin Poer, Seth Hulstrom, Aiden Tice, Camden Angell, Professor Jason Brown, Jenna Dixon and Alli Gnirk. Photo by Tammy Wells

There was no doubt that the bike needed work. The upper fairing and the tail were badly damaged in an accident. The lower fairing suffered less damage, but it was scratched.

Kennebunk motorcycle racer Troy Hogg had always intended to take his 2018 Kramer EVO-II to students in the auto collision repair course at the Sanford Regional Technical Center for a new paint job. After his mishap on a racetrack in August, he became more critical, and there was more to the project than paint.

“They did a fantastic job,” Hogg said. “They remodeled it.”

Sanford Regional Technical Center students take courses in their chosen field during their junior and senior years. They come from high schools in Kennebunk, Wells, Waterboro, Berwicks, York, Kittery and Sanford.

Jason Brown, an auto collision repair professor, estimated the students put in 30 to 40 hours of labor on the motorcycle project. He told Hogg it was good exercise for his students.

First, they had to refinish the parts – with a fiberglass repair, followed by body filler. Then came sanding, priming and sanding again, Brown explained.

All of the students contributed to the project, from the early stages to printing the graphic that was on the tailpiece.

“We prepped and sanded, and had to find the right colors and mix them,” said college student Carlos Martin, who already has a job in the field, just down the road a few miles at Cabana’s Auto Body.

They sanded some more, washed the parts, and removed any debris – dust or other particles – before applying the basecoat.

“I love to paint,” said student Seth Hultstrom.

Aware of the war in Ukraine, Hogg said he wanted to show his support for the Ukrainian people in some way and chose the yellow and blue colors of the country’s flag for his motorcycle.

Hogg raced motorcycles for a while – for about five years in the 1990s and again since 2015, and racing with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association and the United States Classic Racing Association. These days, he can be seen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Canaan (New Hampshire) Motor Club track, New Jersey, Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Illinois, and he plans to race nationally at Barber , Alabama , in October.

He played semi-professional football until about 15 years ago and continues to be involved in officiating high school games.

Brown said the motorcycle project is one of many students undertake each year – people with automotive, marine or in this case motorcycle body work to do contact the program and receive an estimate. The students do the work and the profits are reinvested in the program.

Hogg said he first spoke to Brown about a paint job for the bike three years ago. Over time, COVID arrived, which changed school hours.

He was racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track on August 2 when he crashed to about 70 mph. He suffered injuries, which repaired themselves, as did the bike, which is now in perfect condition.

He invited students to come visit him on the track if they are in New Hampshire for the upcoming Bike Week.

“I’m so content and happy,” Hogg said. “It’s an incredible program. They did a great job.”

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