Villain Daddy From Japan

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.

 

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21 Responses to “Villain Daddy From Japan”


  1. 1 dub Jul 2nd, 2012 at 7:52 am

    king of japan !!! congratulation my friend 😉

  2. 2 Ray Jul 2nd, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Great sled. Very rideable.

  3. 3 Oldude Jul 2nd, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I’m liking it! Lets see a TV show featuring foreign builders that is about building bikes and not about disfunctional families and ego manaics.

  4. 4 Boss Hawg Jul 2nd, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Ken…that’s one hell of a SWEET Bike!

    Love it…great bar hopper.

    Boss Hawg

  5. 5 Kevin Boyle Kustoms Jul 2nd, 2012 at 9:29 am

    sweeeeet!

  6. 6 TPJ Customs Jul 2nd, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Another great bike by ken. What a great guy and one great builder. Can’t wait to have a beer in Sturgis ken.

  7. 7 ray c wheeler Jul 2nd, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Very nice build………..

  8. 8 Aft Customs Jul 2nd, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Great job again Ken. Hopefully we’ll see you this summer & see the bike in person. Like the color combo.

  9. 9 Racetrack Style Jul 2nd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    nice bike. Most of you know, it is not easy to combine old and new

    @TPJ Customs – very cool Sportster-based super motard

  10. 10 Steve Carr Jul 2nd, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Me likey lots….

  11. 11 Eric Maurer Jul 2nd, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    love this bike….. the paint is awesome! I cannot express how much I love seeing custom softails. They are such great platforms to build from. The fact that Ken did a relatively small discplacement motor and a magneto is soo cool!

  12. 12 Jeff Nicklus Jul 2nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I like it!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  13. 13 Paul Jul 2nd, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Ya great ! Another one for a 5′ – 2″

  14. 14 nicker Jul 2nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Nice lines.
    Simple and to the point, as it should be.

    -nicker-

  15. 15 Kens Factory Jul 2nd, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you .
    Cyril , Great Article .
    And thank you good comment, Everyone !!

    Ken

  16. 16 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) Jul 2nd, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Stunning!

  17. 17 Greeko Jul 2nd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Another superb find by Cyril. Wow…

  18. 18 Woody Jul 2nd, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Nice! Love the way the lines of the tank and seat are one. Would love to see it in person because I’m sure I’m missing a hundred little details. Great look.

  19. 19 Top Cat Jul 3rd, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful Ride, Sexy as hell!

  20. 20 Patrick Gallo Jul 3rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent custom job. Macho, still elegant.

  21. 21 Martin twofeather Jul 4th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Excellent job and I like what was done with the headlight…

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