If you didn’t know by now, Keanu Reeves is a big motorcycle fan. So big that he actually started his own company together with his partner Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods. The name? Arch Motorcycles. The new company will build motorcycles based on the KR GT-1 prototype pictured above, with production set to begin in 2013.
“This first prototype is the result of a five year collaboration with the goal of building a custom motorcycle focused on it’s ride-ability, in the process Arch Motorcycle Company was founded,” reads the description on Arch Motorcycle’s Facebook page. “The groundbreaking ride is characterized by power and stability, it’s agile, comfortable and built without compromise. The goal was achieved, cementing the commitment to further refine it and offer it as our first production motorcycle.”
“We have a common vision,” says Hollinger. “We started with the idea of a performance-based modern machine. Once the bike was complete, it looked like a production motorcycle but unlike anything we had ever seen. It’s unique and we can’t wait to introduce it to the world.”
Reeves has been an avid rider since 1986, starting on a Kawasaki 600 Enduro purchased while shooting a movie in Germany.
“I’m a guy that loves everything about motorcycles – the sounds, the style and the aesthetic combined with the function, but most of all the riding experience. I’ve enjoyed motorcycles for as long as I can remember and I’m ready to share my passion with the world,” says Reeves.
KR GT-1 is not your typical custom v-twin. It’s built with riding in mind – fast, agile and beautiful to look at, with design inspiration from the Norton bikes. Inverted front fork, Ohlins suspension, forward mounted controls, it’s all there to make this bike handle like a sport bike, but still look like a muscle. And yeah, it’s a single seater…