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Kinda like the Howard Hughes of bikes once you made a bunch of money and get older you get a little eccentric and start to do whatever you want.He has always been a innovator I just think he needs to get back to the stuff that helped build the house of ness.Funny how they dont forget where they came from when they want to tell there story to whoever will listen.But when it comes to stuff they build they sometimes forget what got them where they are today.I can appreciate the work and craftsmanship but if I rolled up on this in front of the local wateringhole my bros would be laughing their asses off.Before you Arlen lovers start to hammer me, I have been a Arlen fan for a long time and have used many pieces from him on my HD's just think he needs to reel'er back in a bit and make some workin man parts.Also there are some other builders that come to mind but thats for another day.

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P.S. Taildragger fenders need I say anymore one of the coolest things out of the ness camp ever, come on Arlen make me proud make me somethin I can afford.

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since the wheel was invented and all...but cmon! WTF?

 

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I think Ness has pretty much thought outside the box since the 60's and built bikes that push the design limits ever since then. If every concept or bike has to be a little more radical than the last one, then things are gonna get pretty "different" after 40 or 50 years. I don't really like most of the stuff he does now, but you gotta admire the man for his vision and for building his empire.
I still like his older bikes (especially the knucklehead) with lots of shine and goldleaf. I even thought about trying to use some goldleaf on the tank I'm working on now, but I'm not a painter, pinstriper or artist.
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kinda funny how ness is know as the yuppie rich guy bike parts just as he was back when he first hit fame. now his old parts are praised and searched for buy us looking to build old time bikes.

even I am guilty of buying his old parts.

below is just a small bunch of old ness parts on one bike i have
 

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I saw some pictures of his stuff when he started back in the 50's and it was cool. You know how it is...some folks start out havin' sex the usual way, but as they get older and more into it it gets a little twisted. The next thing you know a couple decades go by and their into feet, midgets, spoken word or who knows what! The man has loads of money and can probably pay every pervmunchkin in California to do his bidding...He's doin' SOMETHING RIGHT. Kinky @#$%er!
 

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I saw some pictures of his stuff when he started back in the 50's and it was cool. You know how it is...some folks start out havin' sex the usual way, but as they get older and more into it it gets a little twisted. The next thing you know a couple decades go by and their into feet, midgets, spoken word or who knows what! The man has loads of money and can probably pay every pervmunchkin in California to do his bidding...He's doin' SOMETHING RIGHT. Kinky @#$%er!
As such, some of his new stuff is like snuff films then. It just seems to me a god complex. Kind of like - "I AM Arlen Ness, and the people will swallow what I give them...." Its not even a thinking outside the box thing anymore. Cool a turbine on a bike, speed (maybe), but give it some useful structure to handle the speed, and stylize that. Its like trying to tell me a sole red cube in an empty parking lot is high art. Pretentious assumption.

Its true the guy needs to get back to some roots.
 

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I don't particularly care for his style of building today, but.......I was diggin this one around 30 years ago.........Hank Young musta seen it somewhere along the line too!!!
yeah! that "nesstique" is perfect! Mr. Ness now builds bikes that are meant to adorn Casinos and Hotel lobbies.
 

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yeah! that "nesstique" is perfect! Mr. Ness now builds bikes that are meant to adorn Casinos and Hotel lobbies.
Exactly...
Now, if the thing could fly, or propel itself under water, then THAT would be cool. Otherwise, thats gotta be one of the silliest looking things that he's done.

Oh, to be rich and bored...
 

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he's built about everything there is to build over the years. he aint a hero of mine, but if he wants to build streamlined popsicles i guess he can. personally i wish some of these guys with a few bucks would actually put some of thier big brains towards building an actual motorcycle shaped more like a performance jap bike or confederate and pass that off on the masses like they have passed off the long bikes and the single sided contraption concept crap. then maybe this business wouldnt be as lame as it is.
 

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Arlene's haircut is the worst, it's like a super modified mullet, in fact it looks like that horrible pregnant cow bike in the field.
 
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