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Keanu Reeves' ARCH KRGT-1
Keanu Reeves doesn’t live in the same world as the rest of us. And no, I’m not talking about The Matrix—though the 50-year-old actor’s reality is arguably no less surreal. Guys like him, when they want a custom bike built, end up owning the company. Or starting one anyway.
“I had this Harley-Davidson Dyna that I was looking to customize, and what I was doing was horrible,” Reeves recalls at a press intro held at the new Arch Motorcycle Company headquarters southwest of Los Angeles. “I met Keith Oliver at Bill Walls, who was doing some custom seats, and I wanted a sissy bar. And he was like, ‘Yeah, this dude needs some help.’ He called Gard Hollinger, and we rode over later that day. Hollinger just looked at me and said, ‘You know, I don’t make sissy bars, but why don’t you come inside and see what we do here?’”
Traditional V-twin side-mounted intakes lay in the way of the
rider’s leg, disrupting ergonomics and balance. Working in
conjunction with S&S Cycle we developed the Arch Down Draft
Induction System, positioning it between the billet aluminum
fuel cells. Making the KRGT-1 sleek, comfortable and agile.
The KRGT-1 represents the culmination of years of design and R&D
focused on producing a category-defying American motorcycle with
real world rideability to match the meticulous craftsmanship.
Its streamlined retro-modern styling brings the contours of the
past into the present. The bike showcases over 200 parts created
at the Arch production facility, each bike requiring 300-plus
machine-hours using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet
machinery. Dozens of other proprietary parts are supplied by
premium vendor/partners who share the same demanding standards.
Founders of ARCH Motorcycle Company
His intro to the motorcycle world came in the form of the famous
Purple Taco mini bike, the dream machine for an 8 year old
growing up in LA. This was followed naturally by more proper
dirt bikes and a successful stint racing them. Of course along
with the racing in those days came the fixing, and so Gard
became well-versed in the inner workings of motorcycles and
deeply interested in how they were built.
self-taught designer, engineer and fabricator, he draws
inspiration from things more than people, and art and
architecture as well as classic rides from the past. To this day
the elements of those early years still show up in Hollinger’s
work, from the raw and seductively simple components of those
70’s 2-strokes, to the future-facing cues and polish of
modernist design. At the core his signature style exposes the
machinery of the motorcycle, each bike curated with a blend of
Smithsonian precision and street-rod ingenuity.
And while Gard rides fast he’s never been known for the speed of
his builds. In fact his style of work could be called “re-work”,
in that he is forever stepping back and looking, polishing, and
perfecting until every piece fits the puzzle.
His first motorcycle was a Kawasaki 600 Enduro, followed by the
beginning of his Norton affair and the first of many he’d own
over the years. Often away from home and his Norton’s, he got in
the habit of buying a bike when filming on location and selling
when the shoot was done. He’s owned a Suzuki GS1100E, Suzuki
GSX-R750, 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900, an ‘84 Harley
Shovelhead, and a Moto Guzzi among others.