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Arlen Ness: The King of Choppers Hardcover – August 26, 2005
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As you read through the book, you are enamoured with extremely well photographed bike builds from Arlen (photographed by Michael Lichter). The photos are glossy and full page. The amount of, and degree of detail in the bikes is immense. This is not a book about how to build one of these creations, rather a look at the collection from the master himself.
It really does highlight why he has earned the title: "The King of Choppers" He has created some original works of rolling art, in a completely inimitable style that others have only been trying to follow.
Even if you do not like biographies, this book is worth the price of admission for the cool, radical, high dollar choppers and outstanding builds. A must for any self respecting biker and fan of choppers in general.
You will not be disappointed.
Sonny Barger wrote the forward and says they have a lot in common. Barger and Ness have endured and flourished all these years. It is befitting to have Barger write the foreword because the counterculture Hells Angels and their mystique have contributed enormously to American Culture inspiring film, literature, art, the original and new wave of motorcycle chopper art that has found yet a new ever expanding audience in the 21 century.
My favorite photo in the book is Hulk Hogan sitting on his customized bike "Hulkster". The book doesn't focus on celebrities but on the "art" of Arlen Ness and his story. Motorcycle creativity combined with the American Dream business machine which remains a family business and endurance are an art form that is uniquely Arlen Ness. If you are an Arlen Ness fan this book is for you.