The Gang Star Chopper

0Gangstar2Gangstar3Gangstar4Gangstar5GangstarThose who have attended the 75th Sturgis rally and who visited the Michael Lichter’s “Naked Truth” exhibition got a chance to see up close this chopper beauty stripped down to its mechanical essence. Modeled after the 70’s choppers, it features some new “classic” modern parts that builder Ken Nagai is currently introducing as part of his new . Among them, the Gang Star wheels, the Shovelhead Vintech Rocker Covers, the Vintech Air Cleaner.

8Gangstar6Gangstar7GangstarNaked, unencumbered by unnecessary accessories, paint and graphics, offering an open view from every angle, Gang Star is the type of custom bike for which I don’t feel the necessity to write 800 words to describe it to you. I will just mention a flawless steel body work, a very cool looking inboard dual function calipers setup, an Al Strong kicker arm and a gorgeous seat by Ace at Back Drop. For the rest, admire the details and the craftsmanship required to create them. . (photos courtesy K. Nagai)

28 Responses to “The Gang Star Chopper”

  1. 1 Josh Brady Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Very, very nice.

  2. 2 Donnie Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Chopper art at its best.

  3. 3 domino Feb 29th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Wow, just right.

  4. 4 Jester Feb 29th, 2016 at 9:15 am


  5. 5 Ray Mansfield Feb 29th, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Difficult to beat this one. A great chopper without a stupid jet ski candy paint job.

  6. 6 Larry Tyrell Feb 29th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I appreciate the fact that Nagai didn’t try to reproduce a 70’s chopper, but instead created a modern interpretation without betraying the past. The difference between an amateur and a pro is the ability to create and innovate. Details are great.

  7. 7 Marty Sorel Feb 29th, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Love 99% of it.

  8. 8 Paul Corso Feb 29th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Best Chop I have seen in a long time. Amazing work.

  9. 9 William Denver Feb 29th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    A naked bike shows how good you are at building a bike. Quality of craftsmanship is everywhere on this chop.

  10. 10 Bruno Feb 29th, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Could not find something wrong or that I didn’t like. Great job Nagai.

  11. 11 Eric Maney Feb 29th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Love these Star wheels.

  12. 12 Terence Bohler Feb 29th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    How much for a beautiful piece like that Sir Nagai. 50K? 60K? More?

  13. 13 F. Petersen Feb 29th, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Great bike name, great bike, great builder.

  14. 14 Mdsphoto Feb 29th, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    My back can’t handle hardtails any longer, but I wouldn’t mind taking that bike for a spin. Well done!

  15. 15 Feb 29th, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Badass chopper

  16. 16 Sheridan Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Phenomenal bike, absolutely amazing!

  17. 17 Mark Scheffer Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    What an awesome custom. Class.

  18. 18 JohnyLetGo Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    If it’s in Daytona in the bike shows that Cyril listed yesterday, Nagai is going to get all the gold. Easy.

  19. 19 Gary Feb 29th, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    All details are very nice. Love the seat, simple and different.

  20. 20 nicker Feb 29th, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Interesting oil-bag….


  21. 21 Badams Mar 1st, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Ken never misses his mark.

  22. 22 Mdkuder Mar 1st, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Damn nice bike! Reminds me of the super clean Lil John Buttera bikes in the 90’s.

  23. 23 Daytona Donnie Mar 1st, 2016 at 9:31 am


  24. 24 Steal Your Face Mar 1st, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Not too impressed with the exhaust outlet placement. Your jeans are going to smell a little gassy. May even warm your left thigh a bit.

    Otherwise, wow, what amazing work. It sure is a beauty.

  25. 25 RUB Mar 1st, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Like it ……………………………………………………

  26. 26 rebel Mar 1st, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    now that’s nice, no complaints here

  27. 27 Mar 1st, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    A little old for the chopper wars
    But like Mdsphoto, I like it !!!!
    Well executed & not quite a copy
    Damn fine job !!!

  28. 28 bigalyts Mar 1st, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, that Air Cleaner is Frick’en gorgeous. It looks like a Peice of Trim or a Grill on a Radio or TV from the Art Deco era, maybe a Philco or a Admiral. The entire Bike is a piece of Art, every component. Ca you imagine just Owning that Bike it would be in my room next to my Bed on the right side. My Wife is on the left side and I am right in the middle of two pieces of Steel.

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