Ken Nagai’s Orange Passion Chopper

Although working in Nagoya City, Japan Custom Builder Ken Nagai  spends close to half the year traveling around the US and Europe. His 2-wheel creations must have as many frequent flyer miles than him because he send them wherever he goes. And the reason is that Ken is also the builder behind the line of custom parts sold under the name of Cycle Kraft Motorcycle Products based in Torrance, CA and that it is proven, over and over, that there is no better way to sell your ware than showing them on attractive custom bikes.

Of course, Orange Passion was built for this purpose and is now on its way to Sin City to participate to the competition “Artistry In Iron” during Las Vegas Bike Fest (September 29 to October 2) If I would define Ken Nagai’s style, I would say old world craftsmanship details to complement high tech design. In this sense, he differs from many Japanese fellow builders more inclined to work at redefining the vintage and classic looks.

Main features of this “Orange Passion” chopper are: a modified by Ken beautiful Patrick Racing Engine with round style cylinders, a complete driveline (transmission & primary) from Baker Drivetrain and a bunch of accessories from Cycle Kraft Products (also distributed in part by CCI & CCE)  like the newly designed triple tree, the very cool “Vanquist” gas cap, the Inboard brake System, the “Neo Fusion” grips and pegs, etc and “El Mirage” wheels. Frame and all the sheet metal fabbing was done at Ken’s Factory Shop in Japan. (Photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD)

18 Responses to “Ken Nagai’s Orange Passion Chopper”

  1. 1 ChopperKulture Sep 26th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Great bike again Ken! It was good to see you again in Sturgis this year!

  2. 2 THUG CUSTOM CYCLES Sep 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am


  3. 3 Jason Hallman Sep 26th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    That is a beautiful machine! I always love to see choppers!

  4. 4 TPJ Customs Sep 26th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Great job again ken. See you in a few days.

  5. 5 hk Sep 26th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    i love everything except the wheels and fork choice.Overall its an amazing build .

  6. 6 CafeSportyTC Sep 26th, 2011 at 3:31 pm


  7. 7 Manahattn Choppers Sep 26th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Stunning,well done!!

  8. 8 AFT Customs Sep 26th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Great job Ken – see you in Vegas.

  9. 9 Smittydog Sep 26th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    That chop is F% ing awesome.

  10. 10 Kustoms and Choppers Sep 26th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Reminds me of something by Big Bear Choppers, nice.

  11. 11 Eric Maurer Sep 26th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Kustoms and Choppers….. sorry, but you could not be more wrong.
    Kevin (Alsop) builds and sells cool stuff, but the details of this bike are what makes it soo bad ass! It is pure modern chopper through and through!

  12. 12 ken Sep 27th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Thanks,,,,, ,see you in Vegas.

  13. 13 Carolyn Tomas Sep 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    It was nice meeting you at Sturgis this past August, Ken-San. We will see in at Artistry in Iron in a few days. See you then.

  14. 14 bigalyts Sep 28th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Outrageous! This Bike is the way to Roll .

  15. 15 burnout Sep 28th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Nice stance. peace

  16. 16 ger Sep 29th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    saw this in sturgis..well surprised it wasnt placed way higher with the votes,
    amazing attention to detail all over the bike.
    not too sure about the paintwork though
    but thats only my opinion 🙂

  17. 17 chaos george Sep 29th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    seen this bike at amd, and at first glance it was cool . but when you really start tearing it apart the detail and enginering was incredible. The bike deserved much better placing and was a top five in my book.

  18. 18 live2rideaglide Sep 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Some are bad , some are bold and some are just plain beautiful. Nice build. I call it ‘” Glidin’ Beauty “.

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