It's been a busy year for us here and we've all been very focused on
moving forward and conquering new challenges in the custom bike
world. We've tackled a lot of new and exciting projects and have always
been very satisfied with the results. Recently, we were given the
opportunity to take on another challenge. A very big challenge, in fact.
We were contacted by Arlen Ness and asked to build a completely
custom bagger for the V-Twin Expo in February! We will be purchasing a
2009 Road Glide and doing a complete tear-down and rebuild. The
project will begin on Monday, January 12th and we will have until
Thursday February 6th to complete the build. This bike will feature many
of the new products from Arlen Ness's Products for 09 baggers (many not
on the market yet) and have that unique flare that we bring to all of our
bikes. We will try to update this page as much as possible throughout
the build to keep you all updated on what's going on and we hope to
have a public viewing of the bike either right before or right after the
V-Twin show in February. Thanks for your support and check back often!
**UPDATE**
1/9/09-
We have purchased our 2009 Road Glide and
it is in our shop now! It was delivered to us with
only .5 miles on it and it's already torn down! No
warranty left on this baby! Parts will be showing up
this coming week and all hell is about to break
loose!!
**UPDATE**
1/12/09-
We have just been contacted by American
Bagger Magazine and will be featured in an
upcoming edition with this bike! Keep Checking
back here with us for publication dates and how to
get your copy!
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**UPDATE**
1/13/09-
The Journal Star visited us today and
will be covering the build in tomorrow's
Business Section of the Paper. We will also be
featured on their web-site in video clips and can
be seen at
www.pjstar.com. Make sure you go
get your copy of the Journal Star on your way
to work tomorrow!
Here is the actual bike we started with. Looks great
right? All of the pictures to the right is what's left of
this bad boy! Just a shelf full of parts and a stripped
down frame! Keep an eye on this page, things will be
moving very fast this week!
Here is a video clip from the Journal Star covering the build.
Thanks Journal Star!
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**UPDATE**
1/13/09-
Well it turns out that we are not in
the Business Section of the Journal Star
today....We're on the FRONT PAGE!! Make sure
you get todays paper, and don't forget to
check out their web-site at
www.pjstar.com
to read the story, view pictures, and leave
comments.
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**UPDATE**
1/14/09-
The first round of parts made their way
into the shop this afternoon and the build is going
pretty smooth. The entire front should be ready to
go on late this evening or early tomorrow which
includes the never before seen 21" chrome front
wheel! All of the remaining parts will be received
tomorrow and the build will be moving forward
very fast. Check back here tomorrow for the
update of the day!
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**UPDATE**
1/19/09-
Sorry it's taken so long to get you all up to
speed! Things have been EXTREMELY BUSY!! In the
short time that we have not updated this page, we
have been contacted by
Dealer News Magazine, (a
motorcycle magazine that caters to dealers of all
makes of bikes updating them on  the hot new
things in the industry) and are now featured online
and soon in print of their publication. You can read
the full article at the following link:
http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Breaking+
News/Custom-Bagger-Dripping-With-Ness/ArticleStan
dard/Article/detail/575778?contextCategoryId=2704

The custom fabrication of the bike is almost
complete and will be going back to paint today or
tomorrow. Check out the pictures of the bike in
primer (pictured on the right.)
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1/19/09- Bassani Exhaust has just contacted us and
is engineering a custom exhaust system for this
bike. This will not be in production and will be
custom fit to this bike! Also, Bikers PHD will be
down here today and will be doing what they do
best with the heads on the Ness bike...BIG
HORSEPOWER GAINS!!! This bike WILL BE FOR SALE
after the V-twin show. We are hoping to sell it
locally, but are not opposed to any other locations.
If you want a one of a kind, it doesn't get much
better than this! Check back with us tomorrow for
the scoop on what's happening!
Here is the bike as of January 19th...We're ahead of
schedule (fingers crossed!)
Get your Ken's Custom
"RetroNess" T-shirt!
We're taking pre-orders now, so call or send a
contact email to get on the list
before they're gone!
Take a look at the progress we're making as of January
22nd. It's finally starting to look like a bike!
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**UPDATE**
1/22/09-
A lot has happened in the last few days.
The bike is coming together very quickly and with
no major hang ups. In the short time since we last
updated the site, we have a lot of news to talk
about! We have been contacted by WEEK News 25
and will be appearing on the "Postcards from Home"
segment within the next few days (check back for
date and time.) Our phone lines have been flooded
this week with calls from around the country
getting in line to have their baggers pimped! We
want to thank everyone that has given us the
opportunity to work on their bike from the
customers that have completely customized your
bike to the customers that just needed a light bulb.
You are our highest priority! We also want to thank
Born Paint for all of their help with everything
throughout this project, and all projects for that
matter. And a big shout-out to Scott "wants an
autograph" Weistart from Busey Bank for providing
us with lunch this week so that we didn't have to
stop working to get food! (We are always accepting
food donations...we're not picky,and our address is
at the bottom of this page!!) Well that's all for
tonight and we'll update you as soon as we get a
chance.
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**UPDATE**
1/25/09-
Well I know I'm in the dog house for not
updating this page everyday, but here's what's going
on. We ran into our first minor problem. Hey, this is
the custom world...problems happen! The fairing is
back on the bike and the wiring has begun. We will
have the heads back on tomorrow and begin with
the braking system. There are still a ton of parts
that haven't shown up yet, so you can bet this build
will come down to the last second. WEEK News
came in on Saturday and conducted their interview
with Ken and will be making a 2nd trip to the shop
tomorrow to finish up. You can look for the
segment to air on Feb. 13th or 14th.

We are still looking for sponsors for the build, but
the cut-off is coming up real soon. If your business
is interested in sponsorship, contact Tony at
tony@pimpmybagger.com
Check out the pictures as of the 24th to the right
and let us know what you think!
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**UPDATE**
1/26/09-
IT'S CRUNCH TIME!!! A lot went progress
on the bike overall. All of the body has been clear
coated and (God willing) will be buffed and polished
tomorrow. Some much needed parts finally came in
this morning which allowed us to get the heads put
back on the bike and buttoned up. Thanks to Bikers
PHD for all your help on such short notice! A lot of
the smaller parts and chrome accent pieces were
put on, but we're still waiting on a good amount of
pieces to finish it off. WEEK News came back in
today and gave us a definite date of the segment
they will be running. It will air on t.v. that day. Our
custom made exhaust system from our friends at
Bassani showed up late this evening and is on the
bike! We are beginning to see the light at the end of
the tunnel on the build and though it will be very
hectic the rest of this week throughout the shop,
we are expecting to have the bike complete by the
end of this coming weekend. That will leave just
enough time for American Bagger to take their
photos for the magazine and allow me to clean the
hell out of the bike, making sure that every nut &
bolt sparkles for the show. Check back tomorrow
for more news!
Thanks to Gary Cave from Biker's PHD for doing what he
does best with the heads on the bike. We appreciate it!
Gary's dog Star was a huge help too.
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**UPDATE**
1/27/09-
Not a lot of action in the shop today.
Between waiting on parts, which has become a
regular event, and waiting for paint to dry, there
wasn't much we could get done. system will be
complete and we will be able to start assembly of
the rest of the bike. Our hopes are still high on
completing the build this weekend, so keep your
fingers crossed! Well, sorry todays update wasn't
extremely exciting, but I hope to bring you all some
great news tomorrow! Thanks for reading and
check back tomorrow!
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**UPDATE**
1/28/09-
What a day! Thanks to Nate, who buffed,
and buffed, and buffed some more, all day
today...we now have the body parts to put back on
the bike! The braking system parts came in today
which allowed us to finish up on the brake
modifications. The "to do list" is decreasing more
and more and it's getting to the point that we can
start focusing on the fit and finish of the bike. We
have confirmed that the final round of parts will be
arriving on Friday, which means the bike WILL BE
FINISHED this weekend. That will leave me plenty of
time to wash, wax, & polish 5 times over before
American Bagger comes and the bike is unveiled at
the V-Twin show. Take a look at the most recent
pictures to the right and let us know what you
think! See you all tomorrow.
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**UPDATE**
1/29/09-
Stressful doesn't even begin to describe the
day we're having today at the shop! This morning,
WEEK News 25 had a complete studio set up in the
shop to get some really good footage of the bike
being finished up and a relatively large crowd
showed up to watch the filming take place. It
looked like a Hollywood studio in here! We have
been putting the bike back together piece by piece
and have noticed a few fitment issues that need to
be addressed. What most people haven't really
thought about is the regular day to day operations
of the shop that has still been taking place while this
build is happening. We are still involved in quite a
few projects that have deadlines of their own and
have not neglected our regular customers as we
know they are the reason we are here in the first
place! So thanks to all of you who are still bringing
us work, we really appreciate it. It has been a very
busy day, full of phone calls, interviews,
advertising, and oh yeah...that other thing we do
here....BUILDING BIKES!! Check out the cool
pictures we have for todays update and I'll see you
all right back here tomorrow!
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**UPDATE**
2/3/09-
Well, the V-Twin Expo is breathing down our
necks! The bike needs to be on the trailer and
hitting the road on Friday morning around 5:00
a.m. The good news is.... WE HAVE COMPLETED
THE BUILD!!! That's right, the bike is completely
finished and all that's left to do now is shine up the
chrome and strap it down in the trailer. There have
been a lot of bumps in the road to get to this point,
but we overcame every issue and the bike looks
great! There were a lot of changes that were made
during the build that were not part of the original
game plan, but it all came together and we wouldn't
change a single thing. The Journal Star stopped
back down this morning to cover the end of the
build and we look for that to hit the news stands
tomorrow or the day after....we're hoping for the
same feedback as we had the last time we were
featured. Also, WEEK News 25 stopped back in this
morning to wrap up the final few things for the
special segment that will be airing on Friday,
February 13th on prime time news and again on
Monday, February 16th on their daytime segment.
American Bagger Magazine is scheduled to be in
here this afternoon to shoot the photos for our
feature spot. We can't thank everybody enough for
all of the support they have given us throughout the
process. Thanks to Brad Grimm for his amazing
work as usual, Biker's PHD, Performance Dual, Born
Paint, Peoria Journal Star, WEEK News 25, Image
Innovations, Busey Bank, Meadows Tap, 95.5 WGLO,
Bill Martin Insurance, Addy, Bush & Associates, Bill
& Sue Engelke, Cady Oil, T.D.I., and of course Arlen
Ness.  We will be updating more pictures after the
V-Twin Expo of everything that goes down over
there. We will also be posting a new products page
to let you know what's new in the bike world so
that you are all in the loop with what's happening.
Make sure you all get your orders in for the
"RetroNess" T-shirts. Supplies are limited so get
your name on the list. You can either call in, or
send us an email through our contact page. Be sure
to include your size, how many you want, and the
shipping address. Once the shirts come in, we will
be calling you to let you know they are here.
Thanks again everybody for checking back with us
everyday to see the progress! Spring is just around
the corner, so be sure to contact us with all of your
service needs to get your bike ready to ride!
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**UPDATE**
2/3/09-
Just wanted to let you all know that you
need to get a copy of the Peoria Journal Star. We
will be in the Wednesday, February 4th edition. If
you can't pick one up, follow this link to read the
article and view the video segment they have posted
on their web-site. The link to the article is
PJ Star's
"Pimp My Road Glide" Article
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**UPDATE**
2/9/09-
We survived the build! The trip to Cincinnati
was the end of a stressful but enjoyable project and
we had a great time showing it off to the thousands
of dealers at the V-Twin Expo this weekend. The
bike received a better response than we ever could
have asked for and the Arlen Ness team seemed
very pleased. We met a lot of great vendors and
dealers that are offering some great products that
we hope to be able to bring to you very soon and
we picked up a lot of work from other businesses
as well. The bike generated such good feedback,
that Arlen asked for it to be the feature bike in his
booth at the Indianapolis Bike Show this coming
weekend. The show is open to the public and is
from Friday the 13th through Monday the 16th. If
you have time to take a day trip to Indianapolis, we
would love to see you there! We also wanted to let
you all know that the RetroNess will make it's first
public appearance in the Peoria area on Friday
Night, February 20th at Meadows Avenue Tap. It is
sure to be a great time! Stop down for some drinks
and get your picture taken with the bike!! Well,
take a look at the short slide show I put together of
the weekend in Cinci and let us know what you
think! Thanks everybody!

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**UPDATE**
2/10/09-
Well it's official, the RetroNess will be
featured in either the April or May edition of
American Bagger. I just got off the phone with
them and they are pumped to push this project. But
don't think that this is it for us exciting things
coming! This Ness project was only the beginning
for us and we are very happy to be able to bring
Peoria some amazing custom projects. We have a
lot of things cooking down here and just as soon as
we can let you all know what they are, we will be
sure to post it for you! Also, don't forget that we
now have a forum for you to leave comments,
questions, and whatever else you want to leave for
us. Just click on the Guestbook link on the home
page.
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