Japanese builder Ken Nagai spends most of his time globe trotting between Asia, Europe and the US, showing the couple of custom bikes he finds the time to create each year for his clients and of course promoting his Ken’s Factory extensive line of custom parts.
The counterpart of being a successful builder is that by lack of available time you rarely have the opportunity to create something for yourself, a project truly reflecting what you like to build without any interference from a client. Ken’s fantasy? A digger style bike with blower, but not some bolt-on one, a custom one from Sprintex.
Clean designs full of very refined details are very characteristic of the Japanese culture, traits that you can identify at first glance on most custom bikes born from Japanese builders, either working in their country or abroad. So, as much as you can on small pictures, look at finesse of details from the radical Girder front end to the brake caliper bracket, from the engine rocker boxes to the exhaust ends. Ken hammered and massaged a beautiful aluminum gas tank, the rear fender and prototyped many other custom parts that you will see soon in his catalog at his 2 websites, Ken’s Factory Website in Japan and Cycle Kraft Motorcycle Products in the USA. 2 weeks ago, Blow N’ Digger won Best Of Show at the Germany CUSTOMBIKE Show and will be exhibited in January on Ken’s Factory display at the Verona, Italy MotorBike Expo.
Ken wants to thank Masa at the “Center Roots Custom Paint” for his paint job and Ace at “Back Drop Custom Seat Factory” for his seat leather work. Photography courtesy Makoto Watanabe at “Chopper Journal Magazine”