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)