Arch Motorcycles are available to buy in the UK for the first time from today. Each Arch is built specifically for the owner, with two riding positions (feet forward, cruiser style; or with midposition pegs) and endless aesthetic variations creating a bespoke custom production motorcycle straight from the California factory.
The company is the brainchild of Hollywood A-lister Keanu Reeves and custom bike genius Gard Hollinger. Speaking to the assembled crowd in London from their factory in LA via the wonders of modern technology, Reeves said: “When I first rode one of these bikes it blew me away. I’d never ridden anything like it. I wanted to make more but I didn’t just want it to be a custom motorcycle, I wanted them to be production motorcycles.”
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“We have a bonafide factory here where we build and manufacture production motorcycles,” adds Hollinger. “If you add that to all the work we do to make them meet all the regulatory guidelines, we’re a real little motorcycle company.
“Each motorcycle starts from around 540kg of raw aluminium that we machine into the parts that comprise a KRGT-1. When we’re done, three months later, we end up with around 50kg of that actually on the bike.”
The in-depth ordering process starts online, and ends with a video call to the LA factory to finalise the order details. Over 200 components are designed and made in-house, while the massive 2032cc V-twin engine comes from S&S, allied to a six-speed ’box, held by a steel frame with an aluminium swingarm. The list of high-end parts is extensive, with Öhlins suspension, ISR braking hardware and BST carbon wheels being just some of the big-name highlights. Buyers can order online direct from ArchMotorcycles.co.uk or in person from Kensington Motorcycles in South West London.
“We chose to work with S&S because the feel of the torque, noise and reliability just make it a great powertrain,” adds Reeves.
The first model available is the KRGT-1 at a cost of £89,500. Looking to the future the 1S should be available by late summer next year and the mind blowing Method 143 model will follow on a little later, although Hollinger did say ideas are always swirling for a potential KRGT-2 and perhaps even an electric bike one day too.