BESPOKE RIDE

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KRGT-1 proves it’s not just another custom rod.

The KRGT-1 is the first bike from the Arch Motorcycle Company, a collaboration between renowned actor Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods.

Reeves, an avid motorcyclist, first approached Hollinger at his motorcycle shop seven years ago in search of a custom sissy bar for his near-stock V-twin cruiser. As the two talked about the project and motorcycles in general it became clear that they shared a vision; equal parts form and function. Conversations turned into sketches and 3D models; the vision became bigger and bolder. An entirely new bike came into view, moulding the retro and modern design elements they both love and passion for riding they both share into a new shape.

The KRGT-1 features a 122-horsepower S&S 124-CI V-Twin, Ohlins and Race Tech suspension components and ISR brakes. Traditional V-twin side-mounted intakes lay in the way of the rider’s leg, disrupting ergonomics and balance. Shaped and efficient intake dams collect and deliver air to the torquey 124” S&S V-twin keeping it fully aspirated. Multi-function design allows the dams to support and frame the KRGT-1’s billet aluminium headlight housing. Working in conjunction with S&S Cycle, the designers developed the Arch Down Draft Induction System, positioning it between the billet aluminium fuel cells, making the KRGT-1 sleek, comfortable and agile.

Each KRGT-1 gas tank is machined from 534 pounds of billet aluminium. This 66 hour process yields two 9 pound fuel cells which are then custom finished and joined. The right cell interior was designed and reinforced to act as a structural chassis member. The entire Arch Down Draft system is contained between the two fuel cell chambers and frame.

Every detail is considered. The true test of this commitment occurs when you look in places normally reserved for mechanics. Components such as the multi-functional oil pan/transmission mount and crossmember/battery tray are meticulously designed and crafted. Carefully chosen outsource partners share this demanding standard. Working with industry veterans S&S Cycle and Baker Drivetrain we developed the ARCH Unitized Powertrain. This compact unit provides a strong, serviceable, proprietary system that streamlines and balances the KRGT-1.

The bike showcases over 200 parts created at the Arch production facility in Los Angeles, 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.

The ARCH Cove Reflective tail light, for example, embodies design elements that challenge expectation. The multi-function LED unit sits inverted and hidden within the reflective aluminium rear cowling, eliminating the need for traditional plastic lensing. Meanwhile, the ARCH billet aluminium swingarm requires over
17 hours of machining. Hidden behind its strong sculpted exterior, pocketing and wire channels reduce weight by 55 percent. Titanium adjusters and a hollow chromoly axle complete the assembly.

As Hollinger explains, the motorcycle has a storied history as a canvas for artistic expression. ARCH Motorcycle Company advances classic design using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques – uniting refreshed style with modern performance technology – bringing the contours of the past into the present.

The Arch KRGT-1 is the culmination of all that’s come before for Hollinger. A studied blend of retro-modern design and performance. It’s the ultimate test of craft and imagination.
Truly, the work of a lifetime and a testament to life on two wheels.

Production of the Arch KRGT-1 will be limited, with an initial offering price of US$78,000, making ownership a coveted experience.

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