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Arlen Ness Motorcycles

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles, where motorcycle aficionados should check out “Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels” at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which opens this Saturday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, September 8th.

This exhibit features motorcycle masterpieces built by Arlen Ness that embody a style and spirit that blends sculpture and and thrill of motoring on two wheels. Three generations of the Ness family have crafted custom motorcycles. Visitors to the exhibit can see bikes built by Arlen’s son, Cory and his grandson, Zach. 

Arlen Ness began his career in the 1960s with the customization of a 1847 Harley Knucklehead. After entering the bike in local shows, he was noticed by future customers and started a business custom painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs.

After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Saturday’s exhibit opening begins with a V-Twin Cruise-in from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle to the Petersen will receive FREE parking and two-for-one admission to the museum. Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11:00 a.m. 

If you can’t wait for Saturday, tickets are still available for the “Arlen Ness Birthday Bash” on Friday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m. This celebration will include cocktails and dinner along with a preview of “Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels.” Friends of Arlen Ness will speak to honor the legend, who will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets for this event are $95. For tickets or more information on the Birthday Bash or V-Twin Cruise-in, e-mail sscott@petersen.org or call (323) 964-6370.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and over), $5 for students with I.D. and active military with I.D., $3 for children (ages 5-12), and FREE for children under 5 and Museum members. Save $1 on general adult admission when you purchase e-tickets online and print right from your home- just click here.

Museum parking is FREE for the first 30 minutes and then $2 for each additional 30 minutes with a maximum cost of $12. 1 hour validation is available with a purchase of $20 or more at the Museum Store or at the Johnny Rockets located in the Museum lobby.  

 Friday, July 12th
6:00 p.m. 
Arlen Ness Birthday Bash

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 923-CARS

Saturday, July 13th 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
V-Twin Cruise-In 

Saturday, July 13th through Sunday, September 8th
Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles, where motorcycle aficionados should check out “Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels” at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which opens this Saturday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, September 8th.

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles, where motorcycle aficionados should check out “Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels” at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which opens this Saturday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, September 8th.

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles, where motorcycle aficionados should check out “Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels” at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which opens this Saturday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, September 8th.

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