Legendary motorcycle designer Arlen Ness known as “The King of Custom Motorcycles” would have turned 80 years old this July. He sadly lost his battle with cancer back in March of this year. His motorcycles are a work of art and he changed the motorcycle community forever.
Arlen first started tinkering with his Harley-Davidson back in 1947, that sparked his joy of building and customizing motorcycles. He was known for creating custom motorcycle parts and many of his designs included outlandish paint-jobs and even some with gold-plated handle bars, making his designs truly unique. Ness received many accolades, including a lifetime achievement award from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and was also inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame back in 1992. His death is a significant loss to the motorcycle community and and everyone that knew him. Arlen Ness’ builds will live on as some of the most innovative and iconic in history.
Here is a beautiful video of photos from his life, submitted by his friends and family. Video made by Robert Pandya; Warren Zevon and Aaron LaCombe added the wonderful music.
A letter recently received by Arlen’s wife, Beverly from President Trump with his condolences.
Great video of Arlen describing his first custom bike ‘Untouchable’ and how he began following his passion.
He was an amazing and inspiring man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Arlen’s family and friends.
‘Aquaman’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Jason Momoa recently shared this video about his three decade journey to build a Harley-Davidson from scratch. It has been a long road for him and many things have changed in his life. Now the time has come for Jason to make his dream a reality with his children.
The video is not only visually stunning with scenes of backroads and joy on everyone’s faces as they feel the freedom of the open road, but his words help you to remember how you felt the first time you were on two wheels.
He takes you back to the first time he ever rode a motorcycle, when he was only 6 years old and the rush he felt. He remembers that “it looked like a beast, fierce and proud” and how turning the “throttle was like being able to control it’s breathing”. Momoa has since then been craving that feeling and now he gets to share it with his family. He talks of how this bike will forever be a family heirloom, not just the Harley itself but the everlasting memories that they will create.
We hope this video brings back a little nostalgia and happiness. Share with us in the comments the first time you ever rode.
Matias Ferreira, a 28 year old motorcyclist and Marine Corps Veteran just became the first double-amputee to hold a full-time Police Officer position in the United States. The Afghanistan War Veteran was sworn in as an officer to the Suffolk County, NY Police Department on Friday, March 24, 2017 after having just completed 29 weeks of police training at the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island. Ferreria was a Lance Corporal in the Marines in 2011 when he was injured; he lost his legs just below the knee during a nighttime operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Pro Harley-Davidson Stunt Rider Christina Billings is one of the most badass lady bikers out there today. She is well versed in the world of motorcycle stunt riding, and competes regularly in motorcycle stunt competitions. Her bike of choice? The 2015 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. Weighing in at 584 lbs in running condition, the 2015 Sportster 1200 is a difficult bike for anyone to perform stunts on, as its much heavier than the typical stunt bikes, but Christina does it with ease. Today, we have exclusive video of her performing stunts on her personal Sportster (plus, other bikes), and it is amazing!
Wild Willy Parsons is an outstanding biker, who has also been a successful comedian since 1985. Since then, he has pushed to remove the typical biker stereotypes, and has done so by taking the stage in search of laughs, fun times, and a great audience. He tours the country steadily, and headlines clubs, corporate functions, benefits, and of course, biker events. The now divorced father of two has made himself as household name, known nationally as The World’s Original Biker Comic. Today we’re sharing with you, one of his live shows, from a few years back at Caroline’s in New York City.
The story we’re about to share with you takes an in-depth look into the history of Harley Davidson, and what the brand meant to an exceptionally brave woman, as she and her Harley faced historically tough times, and a never-ending series of rough roads. Bessie Stringfield was a driving force in shaping the history of motorcycles – Harley Davidson motorcycles in particular. Back in 1930, when Bessie was just 19 years old, she faced immeasurable backlash for participating in the world of motorcycles – which back then, was considered highly taboo.
Awwwe this might be the cutest thing you see all day. A lady biker is sitting at a red light waiting in traffic, and finds herself delayed for one of the most important reasons. As she’s sitting at the light, she notices the tiniest little golden kitten sitting in the middle of the road, and immediately takes action. She starts waving down cars in traffic, trying to get them to stop. She then puts herself and her bike into the middle of traffic to save the kitten’s life.
Riding a Harley has always been a man’s thing, right? When you think of someone straddling that leather seat, gunning the throttle, and chasing the wind, you normally picture a man – the tattoos, the beard, the vest, the jeans, the boots….it’s an image that has been branded into our minds for years. Mainstream media, advertising, television….they’ve always portrayed motorcycles to be in the hands of a man. But that imagery is quickly changing, as more and more women are grabbing a hold of the handlebars – and the reasons why are just amazing.
This darling photo of a newborn baby girl swaddled in a pink blanket, being held by her father’s motorcycle gloves, will absolutely melt your heart, but the story behind it will absolutely break your heart. Aubrey, the baby girl, lost her father, Hector Ferrer-Alvarez, in a tragic shooting a month before she was born. Her family wanted him and his memory to live on in this heartbreaking photo.
Second Chance Motorcycle Club out of Iowa is not quite like the other motorcycle clubs we’ve come to know. They’re the oldest sober motorcycle club known – and they’re making efforts within their community to host alcohol and drug free events for residents to participate in. The Second Chance MC consists of roughly 17 members, who have 2 things in common – they love motorcycles, and have struggled with addiction in the past.
Every day we hear horror stories of drivers cutting bikers off in traffic. The roads are the most dangerous for those travelling on two wheels instead of four, and why? Because drivers behind the steering wheel of a car do not see them, plain and simple. The woman in today’s video sets an example of herself, when she decides to prove exactly why drivers don’t notice bikers on the road. He revvs his bike to get her attention, then he totally lets loose on her!
One of the most terrifying jumps for the motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel was at Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. On September 8th, 1974, Knievel planned to jump across the 1,600 ft. canyon in a custom-built rocket known as the Skycycle X-2, but, that jump was not successfully completed. Continue reading “Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon Jump of 1974”→
Gloria Struck started riding in 1941 on her Indian Bonneville Scout and she’s not stopping anytime soon. At the age of 90, she’s still making it out to the big motorcycle rallies including Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis. Gloria is determined to make a cross-country trip motorcycle trip on her 100th birthday. Continue reading “90-Year-Old Woman Rides Her Harley To Daytona Bike Week”→
B.A.C.A. stands for Bikers Against Child Abuse and they’re transforming the lives of abused children.The B.A.C.A. organization is a group of bikers with big hearts whose goal is to empower children who’ve suffered abuse and they’ll do whatever it takes to make a child feel safe again. Continue reading “Bikers Changing Lives Of Abused Children”→