Radical Dyna Glide By Ken’s Factory

This new custom is called “Night Cap” because of the chosen whiskey-like paint color. At the opposite of an alcoholic beverage consumed to fall asleep, this new custom from Ken Nagai will keep you awake and surely will get your blood going when spinning it around town. It was designed to look like “unleashed adrenaline” although it was the client  decision to keep the Harley motor  in its stock configuration after a full rebuilt, except some aesthetic add-ons. If I didn’t tell you, you would not find out that the donor bike was a 1996 Dyna Glide. It’s always in Ken Nagai’s philosophy to rebuild Harleys to look like true one-off customs built from the ground up. And as illustrated, he is quite successful at this full makeover task.

To accomplish such a challenge, the Harley was stripped down to bare frame. Then tubing was cut in pieces to be either discarded or re-used to build the new frame platform. Of course, the neck piece where there is the factory stamped H-D VIN number was preserved to legally preserve the Harley title with the Japan DMV. Far from being prisoner of the Dyna classic look, Ken worked his magic to give the rebuilt H-D its own very unique personality. Helped by a big bag of money from his client, “Night Cap” got a new and interesting geometry with a 35-degree rake frame, a shop fabricated double-rail swingarm and an unusual rear suspension setup (2″ lower than stock) using a set of Ohlins shocks mounted almost  horizontally.

In the front, Ken Nagai installed his awesome 3D cut propriatary system also working with anOhlins branded shock. For bodywork, Ken has always privileged aluminum beating. He formed and massaged a gas tank in the Sportster spirit and a very short rear fender tucked very close to the tire, a safe setup since the swingarm and fender move together. “Night Cap” rolls on a set of Renegade Wheels 23 x 3.75” front, 20 x 7” rear, respectively in Avon 130-23” front and 220-250 rear. Front and rear braking are both the duty of a Performance Machine 4-piston radial caliper. Most of the project was completed with Ken’s Factory own proprietary parts: grips, pegs, headlight, marker/taillights, air cleaner, rocker covers, cam cover, points cover, gas cap. They are all standard production items in stock and available through Drag Specialties or directly on Ken’s Online Store. Full detailed tech sheet is below. Ken’s Factory USA (photos courtesy Ken’s for C. Huze)

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22 Responses to “Radical Dyna Glide By Ken’s Factory”


  1. 1 pj98rider Feb 27th, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful!

  2. 2 Iron Horse Feb 27th, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Ken and his team build some stunning bikes and this one is no exception.

  3. 3 SoCalPhun Feb 27th, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Wow….awesome. I love it.

  4. 4 economessed Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:12 am

    That is a fine looking scooter.

  5. 5 P. Hamilton Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Yep. Looks like a one-off built from the ground up. Terrific custom. Congrats.

  6. 6 Renegade chuck Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Congratulations Ken, you continue to raise the bar…

    Awesome job….

  7. 7 Guy Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Now that is a beautiful looking, well built Machine. It just looks right and the finish is immaculate. Love it. Bagger builders and stupid size wheel fanciers please take note.

  8. 8 Henry Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:44 am

    A true custom Harley. Meaning made to ride. Beautiful.

  9. 9 Stony Crane Feb 27th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Sweet ride and I’m so happy it has real suspension. That’s a back saver.

  10. 10 Tommy Feb 27th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Ken’s Factory line of parts really drew me into his site. His level of bikes really showcases his talents.

    I just picked up a set of his grips, pegs and mirrors. Can’t wait to get them on!

  11. 11 Sherri Feb 27th, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I just got to meet Ken at the Indy NVP show. His prototype Milwaukee Eight parts look amazing. I’m impatiently waiting until they’re available! He sure has an eye for design and detail.

  12. 12 Donnie Feb 27th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    A custom like it was down in the mid 90’s by the best builders (wink to Cyril) : taking a stork Harley and turning to it in an ultra custom that you can still use as a motorcycle. Beautiful job.

  13. 13 Paul Kagan Feb 27th, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Quality builds pay the builder in selling lots of quality custom parts. It’s what Ken is doing very well.

  14. 14 K Feb 27th, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Is Ken going to have a booth in Daytona during Bike week?

  15. 15 Dave Blevins Feb 27th, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Nice looking bike

  16. 16 rcupp Feb 27th, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I’d hang a 2 into 1 on it and ride the hell out of that!

  17. 17 Pat h Feb 27th, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    It’s a nice looking bike would like to see clearer pictures

  18. 18 nicker Feb 27th, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Nice..!!!

    -nicker-

  19. 19 Glennrock Feb 28th, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Sweeeeet !!

  20. 20 SIGFREED Feb 28th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Bet it is a sharp handling thing. The Sporster inspired tank is on the button – to my eye.

    HOWEVER, to my (same) eye it is now a Softail – a technicality sure, but still.

    Bar the big bag of money and a stiff double, I will take it with a good 2 into 1 pipe layout, to make the best of the linear torque hiding in the EX-DYNA motor, to take that gorgeous front-end to the max…

  21. 21 Jim Palam Feb 28th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful execution. Love the stance, the colors, the tank – but not 100% on-board with the wheels. Also wondering if a tad fewer shiny parts would have made the look even more ballsy. Kudos to the talented gang at Ken’s.

  22. 22 LARRY DIXON Mar 1st, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Very, very nice bike. This bike is awesome !

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