Factory-Fine Victory Custom 2014 Victory High Ball

Zach Ness’s Beveled High Ball

Zach Ness custom build bike no longer looks like a stock High Ball.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Zach Ness custom build bike no longer looks like a stock High Ball.

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What was the goal with your 2015 Hot Bike Tour bike?
ZN: We built this bike with two intentions: show what’s possible when working with the Victory platform and to build a rider. I wanted to keep the factory Victory dimensions and most of the bodywork so when people see it, it would open their eyes to what’s possible with a Victory cruiser.

Both sides look just as good.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Both sides look just as good.

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What was the hardest part of accomplishing that?
ZN: The Victory powertrain and motorcycle itself is visually pretty wide, and a goal was to slim it down. Cutting the factory tank at the bodyline and building the tailsection to flow right into the newly narrowed tank completely changed the look of the bike. It slimmed it down and gave it the light race look we were going for. The Freedom 106 has plenty of power to move the thing as fast as you would like, and the reliability is damn near unmatched so you can have as much fun as you want without worrying about breaking anything.

The profile of the bike looks completely different.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

The profile of the bike looks completely different.

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Looks like you added your own bit of Ness magic to it.
ZN: The Victory Beveled Collection by Ness is a project I spent a lot of time on with Victory, and the bike is loaded front to back with all the accessories now available through factory Polaris. The blacked-out line with beveled accents match the machine’s aesthetics perfectly, giving a clean, murdered-out look that still stands out without being over the top.

Paint by Eric Reyes.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Paint by Eric Reyes.

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Tell us more about that unique headlight.
ZN: The Baja Designs lights (all three of them) put out a total of 8,600 lumens when they are all engaged and give off one bitchin’ look. The LED light in the number plate is the full-time running light, while the additional two other lights in the pods attached to the lower frame rails are engaged when you hit the high-beam switch.

One-off Corbin to fit custom tailsection

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

One-off Corbin to fit custom tailsection

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Are you happy with the finished product?
ZN: Definitely. Basically we built a clean street machine that utilized the countless hours of proven Victory engineering that really shows Victory has versatility in its design.

Mid-controls (Modified Victory)

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Mid-controls (Modified Victory)

Photo: John Zamora

2014/Victory Freedom/106 in.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

2014/Victory Freedom/106 in.

Photo: John Zamora

One-off hand-built by Ness

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

One-off hand-built by Ness

Photo: John Zamora

Flurry by Arlen Ness

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Flurry by Arlen Ness

Photo: John Zamora

Arlen Ness by Magnaflow Prototype Exhaust

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Arlen Ness by Magnaflow Prototype Exhaust

Photo: John Zamora

Flurry by Arlen Ness

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Flurry by Arlen Ness

Photo: John Zamora

Baja Designs Auxiliary lights.

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Baja Designs Auxiliary lights.

Photo: John Zamora

Zach Ness

2015 Hot Bike Tour Invited Build Zach Ness' 2014 Victory High Ball

Zach Ness

Photo: John Zamora

General
Specifications
Owner Zach Ness
Shop Arlen Ness
Shop Phone (925) 479-6350
Website arlenness.com
Year/Make/Model 2014/Victory/High Ball
Fabrication Ness
Build Time 3 weeks
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2014/Victory Freedom/106 in.
Builder Victory
Cases Victory
Cylinders Victory|
Heads Victory
Rocker Boxes Victory
Cam(s) Victory
Throttle Body Victory
Air Cleaner Ness
EFI Controller Ness Big Shot II
Exhaust Arlen Ness by Magnaflow Prototype Exhaust|
Transmission
Year/Type 2014/Victory|
Gears 6
Clutch Lloyd’z
Frame
Year/Type Victory Highball |
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension
Front end Victory
Length Stock
Triple Trees Victory
Swingarm Victory
Rear Shocks Victory
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Flurry by Arlen Ness/18 x 3.5
Tire/Size 18 in.
Calipers Victory
Rotors Flurry by Arlen Ness
Rear
Builder/Size Flurry by Arlen Ness/18 x 3.5
Tire/Size 18 inch.
Caliper Victory
Rotor Flurry by Arlen Ness
Pulley Flurry by Arlen Ness
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer PPG
Colors Brown/Red/Silver/Gold Leaf
Paint/Graphics Eric Reyes
Accessories
Rear Fender One-off hand-built by Ness
Gas Tank Modified Factory Victory
Tailsection Ness all metal
Handlebars One-off Ness
Grips Victory/Ness Beveled Collection
Hand Controls Victory
Foot Controls Mid-controls (Modified Victory)
Pegs Victory/Ness Beveled Collection
Headlight Baja Designs
Number Plate Ness with Baja Designs LED
Lighting Sheet-metal pods housing two additional Baja Designs LEDs
Taillight Alloy Art
License Mount Alloy Art
Seat One-off Corbin to fit custom tailsection