Custom Bagger Dripping With Ness

Publish Date: 
Jan 15, 2009
By Dennis Johnson

IF YOU'RE cruising around the Cincy V-Twin Expo keep your eyes peeled for a customized 2009 Road Glide loaded up with new parts from Arlen Ness.

The bike is a collaboration between Ken's Custom Paint and Graphics and Ness, who contacted the Peoria, Ill., shop about building a bike kitted out with goodies from the Godfather of Custom's new catalog.

Tony Conway, head of marketing for the custom house — whose Web site,, should give you an idea what the specialty is — said Ken's is one of the best vendors in the Midwestern market for Ness products, especially the Wide Tire conversion kits. The shop was opened in 2000 by Ken Steenrod, the former owner of an autobody shop that laid down custom graphics, paint and bodywork on tractor-trailers.

A message on the store's Internet site proclaims it's "Home of the Hot Rod Bagger," and is a "full service custom bike shop. From hard-to-find parts to custom paint. At Ken's Custom Paint and Graphics, If you can think it, we can do it. From dream to reality, get your creative juices flowing and give us a call."

As it is with these things, most of the deal came together at once so now it's run down the wire to have it ready for the show that runs Feb. 7 to Feb. 9 in Cincinnati. "It's been very hectic around here," Conway says.

In addition to going on display at the V-Twin Expo, the bike will also be featured in the national consumer magazines.