According to the Facebook page for Arlen Ness Motorcycles, the legendary American custom motorcycle designer and
Born in Minnesota on July 12, 1939, Ness spent his early years in a small city near Fargo. He moved to California in sixth grade and eventually started his business there too.
His first motorcycle was a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. He joked to Cycle World, in 2007, that “[his] wife really didn’t like motorcycles … and didn’t talk to [him] for a couple weeks.” They must have gotten past that, as they remained married until Ness passed away on March 22, 2019.
He first started making custom motorcycles in California in his garage. He quickly became recognized at bike shows and in magazines for, among other things, his unique painting style.
Not surprisingly, in 1992, the AMA inducted him into their Motorcycle Hall of Fame. They said what is most amazing about Ness is that “through it all, Arlen Ness, the king of the customizers, remains grounded in the place where it all began.”
His son, Cory Ness, continues in his father’s footsteps. He now runs the day-to-day operations of Arlen Ness, Inc. Cory’s son, Zach Ness, also works there. This makes Arlen Ness, Inc. a three-generation custom motorcycle brand.
On the Facebook page, they said “they will announce a memorial service and celebration of life after some private time, and appreciate your understanding. We thank you for your respects and condolences.”
Arlen Ness is a huge figure in the motorcycle industry. His legacy will surely live on for years to come. Has Arlen Ness or his motorcycles had an impact on