Keanu Reeves working on second motorcycle

Keanue Reeves and Gard Hollinger

Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves is working on his second motorcycle after the successful release of his first project the KRGT-1.

His company, Arch Motorcycle Company, has just released the above video of the bike which recently passed its emissions tests with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency to be legal in all 50 of the United States.

Surprisingly, the action actor doesn’t feature in the video.

Keanue Reeves and Gard Hollinger
Keanue Reeves and Gard Hollinger

Keanu started his motorcycle company eight years ago with LA friend Gard Hollinger to customise bikes and later it grew to a motorcycle production company.

Their first ground-up motorcycle build is the “retro-modern” KRGT-1 and the company confirms that the R&D process is currently underway for a second ARCH motorcycle, perhaps the KRGT-2.

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The name sounds like something out of Keanu’s film, The Matrix, but it’s simply formed by the initials of the founders.Keanu Reeves on KRGT-1

The limited-edition bike is powered by a 2032cc S&S V-Twin and comes with Ohlins forks, Race Tech shock, BST carbonfibre wheels and a hefty $US78,000 ($A108,500) price tag.

For that price you’d want it delivered personally by the Canadian heart throb!

However, they claim they created more than 200 parts for the bike which took more than 300 machine-hours using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet machinery.

Keanu Reeves on KRGT-1The KRGT-1 closely resembles a Harley Sportster but with a fat 240mm rear tyre, Sons of Anarchy front end and a clean rear end thanks to the “hidden” shock. Arch claims 90kW of power at the rear wheel and a whopping 165Nm of torque.

They will only produce about one a week and the deposit is $12,000 before they start on an order.

Their website also has someth interesting background info on Keanu including the fact that the 51-year-old star of The Matrix and Speed has long loved motorcycles and only ever owned two cars.

 “His first motorcycle was a Kawasaki 600 Enduro, followed by the beginning of his Norton affair and the first of many he’d own over the years. Often away from home and his Norton’s, he got in the habit of buying a bike when filming on location and selling when the shoot was done. He’s owned a Suzuki GS1100E, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900, an ‘84 Harley Shovelhead, and a Moto Guzzi among others,” the website says.

4 Comments

  1. I presume that is the S&S X wedge motor .So its
    really a sort of kit bike. You could argue that so was
    the Brough Superior.
    Main difference is old george was at talented engineer
    and designer, keanu is neither

  2. I can see your point but what about the Hunwick Hallam? That Geelong monster was a work of art, and ambitious for its time. There are a couple of others too, I’m sure. $$ is the bigger issue in Oz – plenty of ideas but not so much sponsorship.

    1. I’d forgotten about the hunwick Hallam. But it is rather a case in point.
      Hallam wanted to build a horse Hunwick wanted a pig and tried to market a camel. Then he split from Hallam partnered with Harrop and produced a very pretty pig that I actually considered buying when I saw it. But would the tale be any different if they had both been thinking of thorough breds and not hogs.
      Perhaps they could have gotten the finance and we’d see HHs at the super bikes trouncing the Ducati Honda and Yamaha mob. http://www.odd-bike.com/2014/07/hunwick-hallam-hunwick-harrop-aussie.html

  3. I applaud anyone who has a go at producing a new bike but with the notable exception of the guy in Australia doing a version of a hub steer bike all anyone ever seems to do is dress a pig up in different bows! Guys it’s still a pig how about building a horse for a change?

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