Sunday, 24 March 2019

Arlen Ness 1939 – 2019

Arlen Ness 1939 – 2019
With great sadness we heard that Arlen Ness, The King of Custom, died on march 22nd. 


Besides Arlen being an inspiration for the whole international custom bike scene, he was an inventor, a customizer who set the standards and was a man with a gifted talent, who built custom motorcycles that were ingenious, with technical challenges, incredible craftmanship, beautiful flowing lines and an eye for detail that only a handful of people in the world has.
 A recent visit to Arlen in California

Despite being so famous, he was always approachable, always had time for some small talk, an autograph, but more than that, he was always friendly, smiling and interested in somebody else too. 
Arlen, signing the tanks of my motorcycle
It’s such great loss that words cannot describe this. I am very, very proud to have known Arlen for over 30 years and as we had recently visited him and his family, good memories and an ever lasting friendship will be in my heart forever. 
Arlen and his wife Bev, early days
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go to his wife Beverly, married with him for 59 years, son Cory Ness and Grandsons Max and Zach Ness who now will continue the family tradition and business.
Thanks for everything Arlen, Ride Free!

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