Whatever the way people make reference to him – the Patriarch, the King Of Choppers or affectionately the Godfather – nobody can deny the fact that from his Hayward, CA garage in the mid 60’s where he started building frames and spraying paint on peanut gas tanks to today where, helped by his family, he manages a custom empire in Dublin, CA, Arlen Ness is the man who created the path and always led the way into the future of custom motorcycles building and parts designing.
Has everything already been said about Arlen? I don’t think so, and I would suggest he tells us more, for example by writing his memoirs…Waiting for them, Arlen revealed to me, and now to you, some details about his personal life, likes and dislikes.
Cyril. In High School, what your teachers said about you? Arlen. Not a hell of a lot.
Cyril. Who were your childhood heroes? Arlen. Gene Autry and the Lone Range.
Cyril. What was your 1st vehicle? Arlen. 1947 Oldsmobile Coupe Fastback.
Cyril. If you were not working in the motorcycle industry, what would you do? Arlen. Probably would have been in the automotive industry.
Cyril. What is your favorite way to relax? Arlen. Go to Maui.
Cyril. Which film made you cry? Arlen. TV series “American Chopper.”
Cyril. Name five things you hate. Arlen. Sushi, speeding tickets, bad martinis, C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board)
Cyril. What is the person you would love to meet? Arlen. Actor Jack Nicholson.
Cyril. What was the last book you read? Arlen. Sonny Barger’s book.
Cyril. Do you have any guilty pleasures? Arlen. None.
Cyril. Do you collect anything? Arlen. Motorcycles.
Cyril. What was your worst buy? Arlen. Investment in oil wells.
Cyril. How do you take your coffee? Arlen. I don’t…I drink green ice tea.
Cyril. What was the most embarrassing thing you have ever made? Arlen. No comment
Cyril. What is the best thing you can cook? Arlen. Hot water.
Cyril. When was the last time you were really angry? Arlen. Theft at my store.
Cyril. What is your perfect weekend when you are at home? Arlen. Walking, sitting on my deck and BBQ in the evening.
Cyril. What is your preferred rally? Arlen. Sturgis.
Cyril. What is the worst question a journalist asked you? Arlen. It hasn’t been asked yet!