Keanu Reeves is popular for his function in films such as «Speed» as well as «The Matrix», however not a lot for the fact that he possesses a bike firm!
Keanu has been riding motorbikes considering that he was 22 (he’s currently 51) and also claims he never ever had any kind of strategies to get involved in the motorbike service.
Yet in 2006 he took one of his Harley-Davidson’s to Gard Hollinger, an L.A. chopper expert, to tailor-make the seat.
Gard declined to repair the seat, and also wound up developing a completely customized motorbike for Keanu rather.
Keanu was so satisfied he suggested they begin a bike company with each other, and also in spite of his preliminary hesitation, Gard agreed and they began Arch Motorcycle Company in 2011.
The firm presently produces a solitary model— the KRGT-1— a handcrafted V-twin maker with a starting rate of USD $78,000.
The 2,032 cc V-Twin engine is from S&S Cycle, as well as creates 91 kW and 121 Nm torque.
Arch have worked with S&S to make a downdraft gas injection system which permits the air consumption to be placed in between both fuel cells, rather than beside the engine near the biker’s legs.
The gas tank is really an interesting piece of engineering— the two gas cells are machined from 240kg of billet aluminium that are then custom completed as well as joined, a process that takes 66 hours.
In all, over 300 machine-hours utilizing cutting-edge CNC as well as water-jet-machinery is needed to produce the parts for every KRGT-1.
The structure is a combination of steel tube as well as billet steel, with billet aluminium architectural participants. The swingarm is likewise machined from aluminium and also titanium is utilized for the axle adjusters.
Keanu states that each bike is extra like a masterpiece, right to the hand-stitched natural leather seats and also engine components that look even more like pieces of jewellery.
Their chief goal is not to make money, however to keep manufacturing degrees reduced and to make a motorcycle that customers trip and also collect for years.
They expect constructing a lot more models in the future.
Keanu states he attempts to maintain his acting profession as well as motorbike company separate, however the passion for bikes is always there as well as he often takes a motorcycle to his motion picture collections.
«For me, riding is a kind of freedom», he claims.