“Arlin Fatland, has reached a landmark few will ever attain, 40-years in the custom motorcycle industry. He is both Custom Bike Builder extraordinaire and owner of the infamous 2-Wheelers. Arlin is also, without a doubt, a razor sharp businessman. He owns shops on both Sturgis and Daytona’s Main Street as well as his original hometown store in Denver, Colorado.
He was quick to realize the value of investing in Main Street real estate way before anyone else, and the benefit of retaining the same location year after year during the World’s largest biker rallies. Walking into 2-Wheelers is like stepping into a biker’s Kasbah. You instantly know that Arlin is a parts hoarder, and you never know quite well what you will find. He has vintage Harley toys, custom bike parts that have been long forgotten, a myriad of clothing and a large selection of what he likes to call ‘novelty items’. His stores are a firm favorite with locals and rally goers alike due to his cheap prices, happy go lucky staff and constant friendly banter.
I’ve shot as many, if not more, of Arlin Fatland’s bikes over the years, than those built by the other Godfather Of Choppers named Arlen Ness who is also celebrating 40-years in the industry. It is hard for me to comprehend that I was only 10-years old when Arlin & Arlen were setting up their fledgling enterprises in 1970. A lot has changed over the years, choppers have come and gone out of fashion, as have bobbers, but Arlin always builds something totally unexpected, totally unique. He he has never been one to follow trends…
As Daytona Bike Week is here, why not do yourself a favor by dropping in to check out Arlin’s 2-Wheelers store (740 Main Street, Daytona Beach). You will find a beautifully handcrafted, 40th Anniversary tooled, Daniel Ballard leather saddle, which was presented to Arlin to mark his 40th Anniversary in the business. You will also find a historic photomontage that has been assembled by Arlin’s long-suffering girlfriend Donna. Whether you buy a bottle of iced water, a T-shirt or a complete bike, you will still get the same friendly service. It is one of the key aspects that has kept Arlin’s business flourishing for the past four decades. I’m extremely proud to call this down to earth, highly talented man a friend, and wish him continued success” (40th Anniversary Seat by Daniel Ballard a.k.a Bitchin’ Stitchn’) Steve Kelly