Get free access to the best motorcycle newsletter on the planet. I’ve met so many nice people. The most important things in Arlen’s life were his wife of 59 years Beverly, his children, grandchildren, friends and motorcycles. Friends all over the world. May the Peace of God comfort you during your time of mourning. He always treated everyone with respect. Anyway at that time in my life I could care less about the women but instead was only looking to see what Arlen Ness bike might be featured in that months issue. Thank you for all your work and inspiration. Arlen Ness, The King of Custom Motorcycles, has died at 79 years old. Arlen was an inspiration to us at CROSS MC Ministries and to the biker world! We thank you for your respects and condolences. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Freelance writer for various national magazines and websites, plus founder of MotorbikeWriter.com. He was a true inspiration and a great friend and one who could always be counted on… God bless…. His work will last the ages. Iconic bike builder Arlen Ness dies aged 79. May your family, forever bask in your glory. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on.". He was such an inspiration to many. In addition to Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, Calif., which dates back to the 1970s, Ness had a fruitful relationship with Victory Motorcycles. Although the Ness family cannot put their loss into words, they can look up and smile knowing Arlen has done something that few men do in a lifetime of trying. RIP . I stopped by his shop in Dublin, just hoping to see some of his customs. It’s been great.”, 2019 Vespa Elettrica and 2020 GTS 300 HPE Review, 2019 Seattle Supercross Results and Coverage (10 Fast Facts), Klim Adventure GTX Boots Review: Target Audience Perfection, Harley-Davidson Gift of Riding H-D Riding Academy Contest, 2021 Suzuki 650 V-Twins: New Colors Sneak Peek First Look, 2021 Honda Rebel 500 ABS SE First Look (5 Fast Facts), Sena SRL2 Review: Bluetooth Communications for Select Shoei Helmets, 2021 Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini First Look (12 Fast Facts). He was a great motorcycle builder and a great man and will be deeply missed ….. i am pretty sure his first job was at a bowling alley and not a blowing alley? He was one hell of a guy… He may be gone but could NEVER EVER be forgotten. Truly one of greatest souls that I ever met. Arlen rarely reflected on his own success. I’m so so very sorry to hear of your terrible loss! Arlen Ness - 1939-2019. Had a picture taken with Arlen in RedDeer with my bike. In 1996 we moved our shop to Sonora CA and my Son really took over the frames for Arlen. My whole life since I’ve been motorcycling has been wonderful. Learn how your comment data is processed. We could never get them out fast enough for his demand. It was followed by many more custom motorcycles. No crap, we promise. just sayin. Maybe it was because we spoke the same language (motorcycles) or maybe he realized he was a big influence on me when I was a kid, but whatever the reason, he treated me like we were just a couple of riders checking out some cool bikes. A series of Special Edition Arlen Ness Victory motorcycles amplified the Minnesota-based brand’s credibility in the 2000s. RIP my friend ….. Paul Barrasso , A Hamster Brother …. The Shoei Neotec II is a sweet upgrade from the original Neotec, and it incorporates many improvements. After moving to California and working in a bowling alley, he raised money to buy his first bike, a 1947 Knucklehead Harley-Davidson which he customised. Get the best motorbike news, rumors, deals and events each week. He was born in Moorhead, Minnesota, on July 12, 1939. Although mic crop is a cliché these days, some situations and products deserve that accolade. He was such a key and and down to earth man. Ness received acclaim for his designs, most of which are noted for their unique body style and paintwork. Friends all over the world…. I kneel for the Ness family and all of thousands of people he touched. I started MotorbikeWriter to bring the world all the daily motorcycle news, views, reviews and lifestyle happenings. We lost a legend, a great man, way to early in his life. It’s a day I’ll never forget. RIP Arlen Ness, my Heartfelt Condolences to the entire Ness Family. I remember visiting the first shop years ago and to see what the Ness legend grew into is a true testament to his success. Utmost respect to all family and friends, from Essex UK With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. God bless you all and hope you all find peace. As well as producing his own customs, he worked with several motorcycle brands. I got to spend the better part of an hour with a legend. Your email address will not be published. His company’s Facebook page has published this eulogy: It is with heavy hearts that we announce Arlen Ness the visionary, loving husband, father, grandfather and leader of our family passed away last night March 22, 2019. With the two marques owned by the... great ride. He always made you feel important and always shook your hand when he saw you. I met Arlen Ness in 2009 while in California for work. I will miss him. Was one of the hilights of my life. I met Arlen once at Sturgis once. He helped define a specific type of custom motorcycle and motorcycling in general. 1 of 4 JOHNSONXXF-C-12JUN01-MT-MAC Arlen Ness with a custom bike he calls "Ness Stalgia"inspired by a 1957 Chevrolet. Born on July 12, 1939, Arlen Ness became a giant in the custom motorcycle business, often referred to as The King of Custom Motorcycles. Arlen was the reason I became obsessed with motorcycles and the art work that could be created customizing them. I stopped by his shop in Dublin, just hoping to see some of his customs. maybe he’s blasting some really MAJOR illegal pipes and God’s loving it! Your email address will not be published. Arlen Ness of custom motorcycle building fame has died at the age of 79. Thanks Arlen. Everyone who knew Arlen respects him for his achievements and for who he was as a person, both of which are superlatives. Ness described our sport this way: “Motorcycling has been a great ride. Mr. Ness, will be sorely missed on this world, I first met him, at his shop in San Leandro, he had a way about him, very casual, unassuming, very magnetic. Godspeed, Mr. Ness. One truly wonderful human being, Of course he was a legend, that goes without saying, but his true greatness is how great he made people feel. It’s been great.” With few words Arlen conveyed his priorities every day, family and friends. There is no better gift in the world than turning a non-rider into a motorcyclist. You will be missed. Required fields are marked *. Ness was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1992. He is without pain now and with God. His brother, Kevin greeted me at the door like I was an old friend. After a few minutes in the shop, Arlen himself approached us and Kevin introduced me. We can go almost anyplace and stay with friends. A memory her and I will both cherish A true gentleman. Ness also designed motorcycles for Victory. I met Arlen Ness in 2009 while in California for work. COPYRIGHT 2013 - 2020 © MOTORBIKE WRITER. Deepest condolences to the Ness family ….. A few years later Creative Machine went out of business and my Husband’s shop took over the frames for Arlen. We worked with Arlen Ness Motorcycles for years and knew everyone in the family, they were like family. Condelences to all his family and all his close friends. Working for him was one of the highlights of my life. I met Arlen in the mid 80’s while I was working at Creative Machining in the Santa Cruz mountains. My whole life since I’ve been motorcycling has been wonderful. In 2016, Ness earned the Sturgis Lifetime Achievement Award. Ride On, you’ve got some of the greatest company, that ever lived, riding with you, thank you for gracing our lives. Godspeed and our hearts go out to the entire Ness family, wife Beverly, son Cory, his daughter, and He could speak to anyone and make them feel that he very much cared what it was they were saying. He also branched out into riding apparel and merchandise featuring his wild designs. “RIP”. The grandchildren. We will keep you up to date on the cool stuff only. We have a heavy heart for the loss of a fabulously talented man.. My heart and thoughts go out to the Ness family. Mr. Arlen Ness treated me like I was somebody important. The legend himself took time to show me around his second floor museum with all the amazing bikes I remembered from the magazines. The Arlen Ness Motorcycles Facebook page has announced the passing of its patriarch on March 22, 2019. The respect is how Arlen came to deserve the commonly spoken nickname “The King of Custom Motorcycles”. It’s been great.”. Hey, ya never know.. A life well lived and creative genius. Arlen was a colleague and friend. Arlen once said that “Motorcycling has been a great ride…my whole life since I’ve been motorcycling has been wonderful.
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