The Arlen Ness Motorcycles Facebook page has announced the passing of its patriarch on March 22, 2019. Born on July 12, 1939, Arlen Ness became a giant in the custom motorcycle business, often referred to as The King of Custom Motorcycles.In addition to Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, Calif., which dates back to the 1970s, Ness had a fruitful relationship with Victory Motorcycles. A series of Special Edition Arlen Ness Victory motorcycles amplified the Minnesota-based brand’s credibility in the 2000s. In 2016, Ness earned the Sturgis Lifetime Achievement Award. Ness was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1992.
Ness described our sport this way: “Motorcycling has been a great ride. My whole life since I’ve been motorcycling has been wonderful. I’ve met so many nice people. Friends all over the world. We can go almost anyplace and stay with friends. It’s been great.”There will be a memorial service and celebration of life at a later date. Ness is survived by Beverly, his wife of 59 years, along with his children and grandchildren. Ness’s son Cory and grandson Zach are also noted custom motorcycle builders.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!