Japanese Ken Nagai is one of the 5 most well known custom bike builders by Americans and Europeans. Not only for his custom bike work, but also for his full line of parts that he sells directly from his 2 shops, Ken’s Factory in Japan and Cycle Kraft in the US, and through big distributor catalogs on 3 continents: Asia, American & Europe. He is also the one among his Japanese peers traveling the most, transporting his new bike creations in many countries where important rallies or trade shows are going on.
As a matter of fact, my most recent meeting with Ken Nagai was in an airport lounge, him returning to Japan, me flying back home to Florida. The completed “Villain Daddy” bike you see here, a 6-month endeavor, was still a project to get started. Objective was both to build a high end bike able to compete with high honors in bike shows around the world and at the same time to use it as a beautiful showcase of his new Neo-Fusion line of custom parts for American V-Twins. Faithful to his own style, Ken built a very modern one-off bike but did it with a lot of styling inspiration coming from the past. The tech sheet below is typical of all Ken’s bikes. Hand made body fabrication, his own proprietary parts completed by modified ultra high quality parts from the best vendors of the industry. A show winner – or very close – in all competitions where Villain Daddy will be entered, but even more important for Ken, a fast-selling machine of his Neo-Fusion parts lime. Ken’s Factory.