KRGT-1 Built By Keanu Reeves’ Motorcycle Company

KRGT-1 Built By Keanu Reeves' Motorcycle Company

Keanu Reeves is well known for his role in movies such as “Speed” and “The Matrix”, but not so much for the fact that he owns a motorcycle company!

Keanu has been riding motorcycles since he was 22 (he’s now 51) and says he never had any plans to get into the motorcycle business.

But in 2006 he took one of his Harley-Davidson’s to Gard Hollinger, an L.A. chopper guru, to customise the seat.

KRGT-1 Built By Keanu Reeves’ Motorcycle CompanyGard refused to fix the seat, and wound up designing an entirely custom-made motorcycle for Keanu instead.

Keanu was so impressed he suggested they start a motorcycle company together, and despite his initial reluctance, Gard agreed and they started Arch Motorcycle Company in 2011.

The company currently produces a single model - the KRGT-1 - a handcrafted V-twin machine with a starting price of USD $78,000.

The 2,032 cc V-Twin engine is from S&S Cycle, and produces 91 kW and 121 Nm torque.

Arch have worked with S&S to design a downdraft fuel injection system which allows the air intakes to be mounted between the two fuel cells, rather than at the side of the engine near the rider’s legs.

The fuel tank is actually an interesting piece of engineering - the two fuel cells are machined from 240kg of billet aluminium that are then custom finished and joined, a process that takes 66 hours.

In all, over 300 machine-hours using state of the art CNC and water-jet-machinery is required to produce the parts for each KRGT-1.

The frame is a combination of steel tube and billet steel, with billet aluminium structural members. The swingarm is also machined from aluminium and titanium is used for the axle adjusters.

Keanu says that each bike is more like a work of art, right down to the hand-stitched leather seats and engine parts that look more like pieces of jewellery.

Their chief mission is not to make money, but to keep production levels low and to make a motorcycle that buyers ride and collect for decade.

They anticipate building more models in the future.

Keanu says he tries to keep his acting career and motorcycle company separate, but the passion for bikes is always there and he almost always takes a motorcycle to his movie sets.

“For me, riding is a kind of freedom”, he says.

About Steve McDowall 283 Articles
Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au
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