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Old 05-20-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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Saw this at a little local show.Owner say's it's Arlen's 2nd build ever.It does have a 1977 sticker on the license plate. I dig it.




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Old 05-20-2012, 01:00 AM   #2
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While that might be a neat bike, there is literally zero chance it was arlen's second build. His first, second and third builds were all his same knucklehead. Depending on the year of that motor, I doubt it was even available when he did his second bike. I also don't know of a single non-harley ness bike (other than the new victory thingies).
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Yeah, zero chance that is Arlens secend build. It appears to have several of Arlens catalog parts on it, like the rear fender, but I have serious doubts Arlen had anything personally to do with it. It's just not that radical or personalized to be an Arlen original and Arlen never really fucked with Hondas at all.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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I've got to agree that Arlen wouldn't build anything with struts on it, even if he built a 750.

And it seems like he really got into the Universal Engineering/Century Enterprises style Sportster deal right after the Knuckhead builds.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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Default Re: Arlen's 2nd build?

He also did the yellow generator Shovel in the VL frame in that time period as well.

Arlen opened Arlen's Motorcycle Ness-sessities in San Leandro, right around the corner from Century Ent., officially in 1970. He didn't start making the Hardhead sections and parts for Hondas until way after that.

That bike is definately not Ness' second build.

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While that might be a neat bike, there is literally zero chance it was arlen's second build. His first, second and third builds were all his same knucklehead. Depending on the year of that motor, I doubt it was even available when he did his second bike. I also don't know of a single non-harley ness bike (other than the new victory thingies).
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #6
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Well,maybe the owner meant "the 2nd Honda bike ever built with Ness parts"

Man...you guys sure know how to fuck up a good story with facts...
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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the guy probably believed the facts he was given when he bought it,but I'm pretty sure that bike was owned by Evel Kneivel,it was the only chopper he owned,and the only bike he never made a jump on,that can be documented.I think,well you never know
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Go to post #80 and #90 in the "Digger pics ?" thread..
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Danny,
I was sitting here and it hit me that a lot of bikes ran Ness hardheads with a swingarm (springs or struts), so I was gonna amend my post above.

Then I figured I was pretty safe on the no struts on a Honda (back end looks kinda like a bridge truss--or Sportster/FXR) until I looked at your post 90 above.

I guess I'll go sit in the corner now.
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Here's a CB750 that Arlen actually did build. This is taken from Ness's catalog dated 1980.

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That bike must have been built before 1980, though, if it has prototype versions of the rocket tank & his fender.. they were seen on his bikes from the mid to late 70's.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #12
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HAH...I told you!
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Well, it certainly LOOKS horrible enough to be one of Ness's abortions.
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The Bike May Have a few Ness Parts but Arlen's first Bike was a Knucklehead, it went on to be a Single Loop Frame with Updraft Coarbs, that bike later became the
Untouchable Knuckle...
he may have mean't his second Honda that he Customized?

http://shop.arlenness.com/about_history.aspx

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Well, it certainly LOOKS horrible enough to be one of Ness's abortions.
Yep, junk.
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I have his first catalog, I'll have to dig it out and look in it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:40 AM   #17
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Your avatar alone should be enough for you to sit in the corner in shame, this quote takes you over the top though.

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He ain't dead yet...why not just ask him and put the speculation to rest?
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Well, it certainly LOOKS horrible enough to be one of Ness's abortions.

This may not be the right forum for you then....you may want to research some of his builds.
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Well, it certainly LOOKS horrible enough to be one of Ness's abortions.


Were you even ALIVE when Arlen built this???

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