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    Default R.I.P Arlen

    Just heard Arlen Ness died. Liked his early stuff and was an innovator early on . No one does it by themselves of course ( nod to Jeff McCaan here ) but someone has to lead the charge. Either way take it easy Arlen. Maybe someone up there will like your 57 Chevy bike.

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    Bummer .... Met him in 75 at the Cincinnati Trade Show ...
    Bought a few parts from him back in 75 for my 52 ..
    Then again at the Grand opening of his store in Vegas ...

    Hell of a nice Guy ..


    RIP ..
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    I didn't dig everything he did, but you don't get to stay in front doing the same old things. I believe he had class , and more drive and talent than a lot of 'master builders'. Condolences to Beverly and the boys.

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    Bummer. He made some rad bikes back in the daze.

    I have one of his old prism tanks that He used on his early digger builds.
    and also a rare 90's ness softail frame.
    Rest His Soul.

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    He was one of a kind. I went to his old shop in the mid '90's and was given the tour of the upstairs where some of his more famous bikes were kept. They had a cable winch set up to get them up a set of wooden stairs. A lot of variety, bikes with blowers, wild sheet metal and Arlen was quite the painter. Arlen had a lot going on in his head. Like many folks, I didn't dig everything he did but he certainly made a positive mark in the motorcycle world.

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    Arlen subbed out a lot of his paintwork to Jeff McCaan.
    Look him up.

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    He had that cool "my hair looks like its blowing back in the wind when Im standing still" hair. RIP

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    I snapped this photo at a born free show a couple years ago.
    this is my favorite Arlen Ness bike. This style of bike is His legacy
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    This one is my favorite ....



    Although Cory did most of it, I bet Dad had a hand in it..

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    This truly sucks. I did some sub work for his shop in fla. Best people I have ever worked for. The custom motorcycle world has lost one of the finest .RIP friend.

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    I hated almost every thing he built after about 1985, but there is no doubt the man was an innovator and a pioneer in the custom world. His 70's diggers had a style that will always be cool. Sad to see him pass on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    This one is my favorite ....



    Although Cory did most of it, I bet Dad had a hand in it..
    I totally disagree Jesse............. That's one ugly mother fucker............. I don't care if it does have three cylinders.... It's just butt ugly....

    But that's isn't my style bike....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Bummer .... Met him in 75 at the Cincinnati Trade Show ...
    Bought a few parts from him back in 75 for my 52 ..
    Then again at the Grand opening of his store in Vegas ...

    Hell of a nice Guy ..


    RIP ..
    you from cincy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovel625 View Post
    you from cincy?
    Sorry to be a smart ass, but anyone who has talked to Dragstews at all knows his accent is as far removed from a Cincy accent as you can get. He's a Kentucky boy.

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    Hey .... I been wearing shoes for over a year now ... !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillSCB View Post
    Sorry to be a smart ass, but anyone who has talked to Dragstews at all knows his accent is as far removed from a Cincy accent as you can get. He's a Kentucky boy.
    No he his from the planet feldecarb

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillSCB View Post
    Sorry to be a smart ass, but anyone who has talked to Dragstews at all knows his accent is as far removed from a Cincy accent as you can get. He's a Kentucky boy.
    cincinnati and kentucky border each other, im a ky boy as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Hey .... I been wearing shoes for over a year now ... !!
    i only lace mine up when i cross the river, campbell county KY here

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