Arlen Ness Motorcycle Builder Featured on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Dead at 79

Arlen Ness dubbed the “King of custom made bikes,” and had his motorcycles featured on “Sons of Anarchy” died in his home on March 22, 2019. He was 79 years old, and the cause of death is unknown.

Arlen Ness Motorcycles, the builder’s bike company announced their founder’s death on Facebook on March 23. The post said that Ness was a loving husband, visionary, leader of the family, father, and grandfather. The added he died at home on March 22 surrounded by the ones he loved.

The statement continued by saying the most important thing to Ness was Beverly, his wife he was married to for 59 years, children, friends, grandchildren, and of course motorcycles.

In 1947, Ness purchased with $300 that he won as a semipro bowler his first motorcycle a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead.

In 1970 while working as an installer of windows and doors, he started to customize motorcycles in his garage in California. The store was moved to a larger area in Dublin California.

In 2016 Ness earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sturgis. He was also inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

His custom motorcycles were featured on magazines and television shows including “Sons of Anarchy” on the FX network.

Travis Titt, country music icon wrote a tribute to Ness on Twitter. He stated he was saddened to hear that Ness died. The motorcycles he created were a work of art. He sent his condolences and sympathy to Ness’ family.

Ness is survived by wife Beverly, children, and grandchildren. Cory, his son, and Zach his grandson are also custom made motorcycle builders.

According to the Ultimate Motorcycling website, a celebration of Ness’ life and memorial service is being planned.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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