2007 High Liner – Ness Production Bikes

Cory Ness Updates Us On Ness's '07 Lineup

High Liner
The big chopper of the family, Ness’s High Liner has the epic proportions long-chop riders have come to expect. It’s got some serious stretch to it (5 inches of stretch in the backbone, 8 more up) which, when combined with the 12-over forks, makes for some big bike.

Low Liner
If low and aggressive is more your meat and potatoes, the Low Liner fits the bill nicely. It’s stretched 6 inches in the spine and 2 inches under at the neck to keep it low and angry.

Speed Liner
The Speed Liner is the Little Joe to the High Liner’s Hoss. It’s a chopper like its big brother but not as extreme. Still, with 5 inches out and 4 inches up, it’s a sizable bike in its own right.

I don’t know about you, but when I think “production custom,” my tiny little brain pictures either a Softail or a rigid. You just don’t see too many rubber-mount production V-Twins outside the Harley factory. That’s exactly what Arlen and Cory Ness have done with their production bikes, though: three machines based on their rubber-mount Y2K-300 frame. “A lot of us ride rubber-mount bikes up here,” Cory Ness said. “It’s a smooth platform that eliminates a lot of vibration. Not only is that easier on the rider, it’s easier on the components, too.”

Ever since that chassis was introduced several years ago, the Nesses have promoted it to the hilt. In 2005 they decided to take it into one of the few custom segments their empire hadn’t conquered: the production bike. The end result was a family of three two-wheeled siblings with a lot in common, yet distinctly different from one another. Cory told us, “It’s something we’d meant to do for years. As dealers ourselves, we saw the success that Big Dog and American IronHorse were enjoying and thought the time was right. We’ve also learned a lot as dealers and brought that experience to our own bikes.”

That’s the attitude Clan Ness took when it launched the new line in 2006. They’ve been happy with the results so far. “We plan on offering 100 to 200 bikes a year. We even created a new company just for the production bikes. It has a small dealer network; we keep it fun and fairly simple,” Cory told us.

Last year they saw their first production run, but, never content to sit on their laurels, Arlen and Cory have introduced changes for ’07: bigger front wheels; each has a 23-inch (yes, that’s 2-3) now, something rarely even seen on ground-up custom bikes. “We changed the rear tire to an Avon 300 with an 18×10.5-inch rear wheel,” Cory said. “Everything on these bikes is either Ness or designed especially for Ness, even down to the cylinders on the S&S; motors.” As for the future, Cory alluded that 2008 could see a fourth pony in the stable, based on a totally different platform.

The VitalsAlthough they’re different from one another, here’s a brief rundown of what each of the three motorcycles has in common:Frame: Ness rubber-mount Y2K-300 nMotor: S&S; 124-inch

Carburetor: S&S; Super G

Exhaust: Ness two-into-one with SuperTrapp muffler

Transmission: Ness six-speed RSD

Clutch: Rivera Pro-Clutch

Wheels: Ness 23×3.5-inch front,1810.5-inch rear

Tires: Avon 130/60R-23 front, Avon 300/35R-18 rear

Brakes: Ness/PM six-piston front, Ness/PM four-piston rear, 11.5-inch one-piece rotors

Suspension: Ness 63.5mm forks and billet shocks

Rake: 38 degrees with 4 more in the trees

Warranty: One year, limited mileage