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Keanu Reeves Will Build a $78,000 Motorcycle Just for You


Keanu Reeves is not just a nice guy motorcycle dilettante. He is more than happy to talk with you about the Arch Motorcycles KRGT - 1 super bikes that he makes with his longtime friend Gard Hollinger, a revered designer in the motorcycle world. The $78,000 motorcycles are based on a prototype Hollinger made for Reeves years ago. A 2,032cc, the twin-engine are made to order in Hawthorne California an hour south of Los Angeles.

Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1

Building the first bike is where we got to know each other says Reeves in a July interview at the shop. Unlike most experienced riders who started writing from a very young age on dirt bikes and scooters, key on a learn to ride as an adult. But he is already logged tens of thousand miles on the backs of Norton's, Suzuki's, BMWs, Kawasaki's, a Harley Shovel head, and a Moto Guzzi racer all from his own personal collection.

Reeves first approached Hollinger in 2007 with the request to modify his Harley with a sissy bar. A sissy bar is a backrest you can attach on the rear seat of a motorcycle so your passenger can lean back. Hollinger refused. That wasn't his thing so they started talking about building a completely new bike that would look beautiful and cruise, a gleaming silver prototype with thick tires and a gas tank curbed like the fender of a Bugatti. When Hollinger finished the bike, Reeves loved it so much he wanted more. More for himself and some to share with friends so we started a motorcycle company.

Gard Hollinger

Riding the prototype was the proof of his business concept. They never plan to start the company. They just commission the prototype for laughs and long rides. But the bike was so fun he started to bug Hollinger to make more. The idea of a big V twin, a long wheelbase, modern great suspension was the package that made this writing experience nothing like you never ridden before.

It makes you giggle when you ride it. However Hollinger wasn't convinced. His company, LA County Chop Rods already generated enough business and he had developed a cult following of riders. But Reeves wasn't used to hearing no and asked Hollinger three more times after many dinners and booze-filled nights brainstorming over how good it could be.

After the reasoning that the machine is amazing Hollinger finally agreed to make something. He would design the bikes himself based on Reeves vision and the actor would road test them. It took three years before finishing the prototype and getting the final result production. They call the company Arch because it sounded good in the mouth and makes one think of tunnels and bridges and connections and journeys. The original bike was a result of Keanu expressing what he was hoping for in a motorcycle. Practicality and extreme design are often mutually exclusive when it comes to expensive bikes. The 240-year-olds continue to spend countless hours in their own money building a brand. They are searching for a feeling and it has to make you giggle when you ride it.

Keanu on a Norton Motorcycle

Arch has sold a handful since 2014 and Hollinger says he expects to make roughly 30 more a year. Exclusivity is important as the bikes are made of more than 200 individual parts most of which are fabricated by a small team of workers in the Hawthorne shop. Arch is the first motorcycle brand to be completely assembled in LA. Each is bespoke to its own owner so speed and power specs are subject to change but in general they weigh around 538 pounds and 121 hp and can cruise easily to hundred miles per hour. They have six gears; scooped out insides, alter like carbon fiber wheels, and aluminum bodies. They are heavier than a Ducati but lighter than a Harley-Davidson V-rod. Their 5-gallon gas tanks will take you 200 miles. Each requires a $15,000 deposit before the $78,000 price tag. Similar to buying a custom suit your own KRGT - 1 requires multiple sessions of measurements. If you see an Arch motorcycle on the road you will know it in a second, they are rounded in the front with the dip in the middle with a single seat before curving up again at the rear. This is a lone Wolf bike as no passengers are allowed. They have a single LED headlight and low short handlebars. The rear Michelin tires fatter than the front. The rear cowling makes him unmistakable at night. The proprietary Arch Suspension is also adjustable according to your writing style and preference. Once you settle on your model, delivery time takes 90 days or more. The Arch billet aluminum swing arm requires more than 17 hours of machining alone and then time is spent on finishers such as custom paint, engraving and metal finishes to personalize the bike for the customer. The actual work time is only a couple of weeks to build. Then Keanu Reeves takes it out for a test drive, as it has to work. This is a new class of motorcycle, which might be called a performance cruiser. It'll keep the most experience writer occupied as the bikes are not fat and low like a hog, nor are they flat seated for extra passengers like a cafe racer. They will hit 60 mph quickly.