Many of us know Keanu Reeves as a down to earth person who rides the metro rail like an every day individual. We’ve seen most of his action packed movies, observed his obsession with defense weapons, but not most know nothing of his latest creation. Coming out with his latest film project, John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves has been in an out of the film studio. However, in the midst of his acting career, and him riding the metro rail, Keanu Reeves has become an innovator in the motorcycle cruiser world. Keanu Reeves and his counterpart have challenged the motorcycle industry by creating a custom S&S V-Twin with an aggressive and maneuverable frame. Keanu Reeves and co-founder Gard Hollinger seem to be pushing their motorcycle culture and values in a direction where some feel the bike should be in its own class all together. Gard Hollinger, a master builder of motorcycles, is known primarily for his L.A. County Choprods shop which focuses on custom creations of motorcycles and after markets parts. Luck had it that the initial prototype of the KRGT-1 was to be created there after Reeves approached Hollinger for custom work on his V-twin Harley-Davidson Dyna for a custom built sissy bar. Hollinhger, the master builder he is built a modern but throw back custom motorcycle with an aggressive build. Through this, the spawn of the KRGT-1 custom motorcycle was conceived which evolved into the KRGT-1 and the start of Arch Motorcycle Company.
The plethora of custom motorcycle shops in the U.S. has grown like saccades. From the shows we’ve seen, O.C. Custom choppers, as well as shops we known about, only few have taken their creation to the next level of mass production and marketing. With Arch takin the look and performance of a sport cruiser to the next level, many of companies fail to distinguish themselves form each other. As society changes its social norms and value so does the tasteand expectation we have on our bikes. The KGRT-1 challenges this with its sleek futuristic features, carbon fiber wheels, single rear suspension with enough travel to take corners harder than a cruiser should, and feel of a “nimble sport bike” according to Basem Wasef (The Robb Report,DRIVING THE ARCH MOTORCYCLES KRGT-1 WITH KEANU REEVES). With our new modern aesthetic needs challenging R&D, Arch has been able to capture their customers needs by designing the tank as well as the fit on bike to the customers needs. Each bike is custom built, custom fit, and has a custom look tailored with the help of the customer. This enables ARCH to execute their philosophy of “Connecting The Art and The Ride.”
Once a KRGT-1 is designed it takes over 300 machine hours using their CNC and water-jet machinery to create each individual masterpiece. The KRGT-1 stunts over 200 custom made parts created at the ARCH manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, Calif. Additional more standard parts are supplied by vendors who collaborate or havethe same fit for ARCH Motorcycle Company parts. Consequently, in a good way, the KRGT-1 has started a debate whether or not its is in its own category of motorcycle or its just a more modern cruiser. The KRGT’s aggressive stance, sport like maneuverability in corners (due to more travel in the rear suspension), and V-Twin power allows this “cruiser” to categorize itself in a whole new class.
As for pricing, the bike does not come cheap. Nor does the price appeal to any unprofessional. However, ARCHs retro cruiser is delivered worldwide through their own delivery service and is provided with a 2 year warranty. Now your 200 custom components and 300 plus manufactured KRGT-1 will cost you a whooping $78,000 USD. With that being said, you can breath, if you can afford the payment plan of $15,000 downpayment, the $20,000 after design choices have been made, and then forking over the remains $43,000 upon delivery. Reluctant to buy due to the price, I can still however thank Keanu Reeves for creating somethingchallenging that we can all appreciate.
HERE ARE THE KRGT-1 SPECS
ARCH PROPRIETARY S&S CYCLE T124 TWIN CAM; 124 CUBIC INCHES (2,032 CC); 45° DOWNDRAFT FUEL INJECTED V-TWIN
ARCH PROPRIETARY 6-SPEED DRIVETRAIN W/ CUSTOM COMPACT HIGH TORQUE MAINSHAFT
PRIMARY - ARCH PROPRIETARY BANDIT DRY BELT W/ COMPACT CLUTCH BASKET
FINAL - RIGHT SIDE, 530 O-RING CHAIN
FRAME - ARCH TUBE & BILLET STEEL W/ BILLET ALUMINUM STRUCTURAL MEMBERS
SWINGARM - MODULAR BILLET ALUMINUM WITH TITANIUM AXLE ADJUSTERS
FRONT - OHLINS INVERTED 43MM; FULLY ADJUSTABLE
REAR - RACE TECH SINGLE SHOCK W/ RESERVOIR AND HYDRAULIC PRELOAD ADJUSTMENT; FULLY ADJUSTABLE
BST ULTRALIGHT CARBON FIBER; FRONT: 3”X 19”; REAR: 8”X 18”
FRONT 120/70ZR19; REAR 240/40R18
FRONT DUAL ISR 6 PISTON MONOBLOCK RADIAL MOUNT CALIPERS; DUAL ISR FLOATING DAMPENED DISCS
Years of development and thousands of miles of testing provide KRGT-1 owners with a level of comfort and confidence rarely experienced in exotic transportation. Stunning appearance and performance is the bonus.
HIGH-OUTPUT LED HEADLAMP W/ INTEGRATED HIGH BEAM, LOW BEAM. MOTOGADGET BAR END LED FRONT TURN SIGNALS.
ARCH COVE-REFLECTIVE LED TAIL LIGHT W/ UNITIZED BRAKE AND TURN SIGNALS
ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT LITHIUM ION POWER CELL W/ UP TO 700 CCA IN A SUB 4 LB PACKAGE
MOTOGADGET MOTOSCOPE PRO DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION W/ PROGRAMMABLE AT YOUR FINGERTIP FUNCTION
WHEELBASE - 68”; RAKE - 30°; TRAIL - 5.0”; SEAT HEIGHT - 27.8”
EACH ARCH CAN BE CUSTOM TAILORED TO ENHANCE RIDE COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE. ERGONOMIC OPTIONS INCLUDE FORWARD OR MID CONTROLS, NARROW OR WIDE MOUNTED FOOT PEGS AND 2” OR 3” HANDLEBAR PULL-BACK RISERS
WEIGHTS & MEASURES:
DRY WEIGHT - 538LBS
FUEL CAPACITY - 5 US GALLONS RANGE: 185-210 MILES
Information provided by:
Wasef, B. (n.d.). Driving the Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1 with Keanu Reeves. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://www.whoaisnotme.net/articles/2015_0508_dri.htm
ARCH Motorcycle Company begins production of the highly anticipated KRGT-1 and is now accepting reservations.