Three bikes, two litres: Live with Keanu Reeves

Published: 20 November 2017

During our latest trip to Milan's annual motorcycle show, Eicma, we sat down for a Facebook Live with Arch Motorcycle founders, Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves:

For 2018 the Arch team have updated the KRGT-1 and added the 1S plus the Method 143 concept to their line-up.

After veteran bike customiser Hollinger created a custom bike for Reeves, the Hollywood actor was so impressed he suggested they start a bike business together. In 2015 they released their first bike, the Arch KRGT-1 – a custom performance orientated cruiser. Last year they agreed a deal with Suter to sell their bikes over here and for 2018 they’ve updated the KRGT-1.

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The new KRGT-1 is a refined version of the original bike, fitted with a 2032cc engine that’s now Euro 4 compliant. As well as the regulatory changes, Arch also worked with Ohlins for the FGRT fork and proprietary rear shock. As well as updating the KRGT-1 they also released the KRGT-1S, which has a single-sided swingarm that is one of the fruits of their partnership with Suter. The 1S also have a machined aluminium and carbon-fibre fuel tank with integrated filler. The start of the show is really the Method 143 with its 2343cc engine and carbon fibre mono-cell chassis.

“The Method came from the development of the 1S,” says Hollinger. “We had the rudimentary design of the 1S and we knew what it was meant to do. Then I met with an automotive designer and together we explored where the 1S could go and slowly the Method came.”

The Method is as much a work of art as it is a motorcycle, with its Ohlins FGRT fork and carbon fibre air foil, along with the custom BST carbon turbine wheels. It even uses a mobile phone for the dash. Despite being a concept, Arch will manufacture and sell 23 Methods, which will go on sale with the KRGT-1 and 1S next year.

The Method 143 concept:

"It’s about the pleasure of riding" – Keanu Reeves, Arch Co-founder

“Our partnership started with a custom motorcycle that you can ride and that turned into a performance cruiser. It’s about the pleasure of riding. For me when I ride an Arch, I’ve never ridden a motorcycle like that.

"I’ve never ridden such a long wheel base bike that turns in so well, enjoying that torque and the lean angle. Even with the Method 143, you can put it in your living room if you’d like but we’d like you to be able to ride that motorcycle.”

The 1S: 

Inside Keanu Reeves motorcycle shop

The KRGT-1 updated:

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