Hawthorne, Calif—.— Sporting a beard and also using brownish leather boots and coat, Keanu Reeves summed up the new bike he’s offering in a single word: «Remarkable.».
The $78,000 KRGT-1, years planned, is a «custom motorcycle you can actually ride,» the star stated.
Reeves conceived and designed the bike in partnership with his Arch Motorcycle Co. co-owner Gard Hollinger, that constructed the KRGT-1 off specs as well as illustrations he and Reeves formulated.
Standing in a high-ceiling brick-walled storage facility right here, surrounded by areas of KRGT-1s in different phases of readiness, Hollinger said his intro to Reeves was not really promising.
» Somebody called as well as asked me if I had an interest in developing a sissy bar for Keanu Reeves,» Hollinger recalled. «I said, ‘No, but I enjoy to consult with him.’ «.
Within a short time, Reeves had actually offered Hollinger a 2005 Harley-Davidson to personalize, as well as a relationship was birthed.
Hollinger was a lifelong biker, technician as well as developer, having begun competing motorcycle as a youngster maturing in Los Angeles. He operated in a boatyard in the San Juan Islands, owned a motorbike shop in Seattle, and also built choppers as well as bobbers as a «fabricator for hire» and after that at his very own Ziggy Harly Customized Motorcycles in Canoga Park.
Reeves concerned motorcycles later on in life. When he was 22, he bought a Kawasaki KLR600 while working with a movie in Germany. The bike was taken, however the hook was established. When he went back to Los Angeles, he bought a traditional Norton Commando.
For many years, he got extra bikes— often purchasing them throughout of a film shoot, and marketing them when the manufacturing wrapped— having MotoGuzzis, Suzukis, and also Harleys.
The KRGT-1 began as a one-off custom-made bike for Reeves, however as it came true, the star began discussing making even more of them. Hollinger could not see it, as well as located factors to dismiss the concept.
Finally, Reeves told him: «I want you to stop telling me why we can not do this, and begin telling me just how we can.’ «.
As soon as the layout was in progress, both men were in arrangement about what the KRGT-1 would certainly be as well as do.
» We really did not desire a bike that would just look pretty sitting in your living-room,» Hollinger said. «It needed to fit and also trusted.».
» It had to go right into extreme lean angles and actually deal with you,» Reeves claimed.
Now completed and also undergoing the screening needed to pass emissions and also noise requirements, the KRGT-1 resembles a rough-hewn roadway warrior. Blacked-out edges, cylinder heads and also fork tubes are stark versus the intense chrome and also brightened light weight aluminum of the gas container, exhaust pipelines as well as upswept muffler.
The engine— a 120-cubic-inch V-twin producing 121 horse power and also 121 pound-feet of torque— roars like an untamed beast.
However this monster is an elegance, a handmade, 538-pound item of motorcycle art. Each bike calls for hundreds of hours of labor.
The two-section gas storage tank alone requires 60 hrs of work to transform from 600 extra pounds of strong light weight aluminum right into the sinuously-curved 21-pound final product.
The bike is quick, also. At a recent test run on the track at Willow Springs International Raceway near Lancaster, Hollinger stated, specialist motorbike racer Danny Eslick took the KRGT1 as much as 138 mph.
Arch uses 8 employees at the Hawthorne center. It remains in the procedure of putting together the initial five production KRGT-1s and crafting components for even more. The firm is taking orders for bikes that Hollinger said can be supplied in 90 days.
Hollinger as well as Reeves strategy to develop a maximum of 100 devices a year, and also may broaden their line to three various Arch designs.
However the cost point won’t come down.
» There’s a basic perspective that no motorcycle must ever set you back $78,000,» Hollinger claimed. «Yet that’s the kind of individual that’s never mosting likely to purchase a Rolls Royce. We never ever laid out to make something budget-friendly.».