Nobody can pretend to have started sooner in the motorcycle industry than Cory Ness, except maybe his own son Zach. Raised in the atmosphere of steel shaping, engine tuning, chrome plating and paint spraying, step by step his professional presence grew to the point where he is since a few years the man both in charge of the day to day operations and Chief Designer at Arlen Ness enterprises, designing new parts, accessories and high end motorcycles.
With his father, he is also a key element in the partnership formed with Victory Motorcycles now offering a line of Arlen Ness/Cory Ness signature models. Add to this the responsibility and enormous work of producing a catalog (paper and web) featuring more than a 1000 custom parts. I took some of his time to ask him to answer some personal questions. (photography. Cory on Victory courtesy of Buck Lowell. Young Cory courtesy of the “Sheriff”)
Cyril. In High School, what your teachers said about you? Cory. He sure is a nice kid.
Cyril. Who were your childhood heroes? Cory. Captain Kangaroo, Batman, Jerry West, my Dad.
Cyril. What was your 1st vehicle? Cory. A Honda CB 360.
Cyril. If you were not working in the motorcycle industry, what would you do? Cory. Work at the beach in Hawaii.
Cyril. What are you afraid of? Cory. Mean women.
Cyril. What is the person you would love to meet? Cory. Actor Will Ferrell.
Cyril. Which film made you cry? Cory. Brian’s Song.
Cyril. Name five things you hate. Cory. Fishy stuff, stepping in dog crap, someone bitching at me, someone with bad body odor, watching the news.
Cyril. What was the last book you read? Cory. How to get six pack abs…Never finished it!
Cyril. Do you have any guilty pleasures? Cory. Ceasars Fried Chicken
Cyril. Do you collect anything? Cory. Hard Rock shot glasses.
Cyril. What was your worst buy? Cory. China Tire stock.
Cyril. How do you take your coffee? Cory. With Chocolate.
Cyril. What was the most embarrassing thing you have ever made? Cory. Its too embarrassing to discuss.
Cyril. What is the best thing you can cook? Cory. Turkey gravy.
Cyril. When was the time you were really angry? Cory. Hard to say. Probably when someone has gone out of their way to hurt me or my family or friends.
Cyril. What is your perfect weekend when you are at home? Cory. Doing anything with my girl on Saturday. Watching football with my kids on Sunday
Cyril. What is your preferred rally? Cory. Sturgis
Cyril. What is the worst question a journalist asked you? Cory. Do you like motorcycles?