Keanu Reeves races own custom motorcycle line at track

JUL 27, 2015 - Many will say there is nothing sexier than celebrities and motorcycles. While many of us will write about that magical place where two-wheeled passions meet with famous faces, the draw to riding is too much for some to simply ride.

Known for the hit films of ‘Bill and Ted Adventures’, ‘Point Break’, ‘Speed’, ‘The Matrix series’ and more recently ‘John Wick’, Keanu Reeves played the role of speed demon over the weekend as he raced around the Suzuka race circuit in Suzuka City, Japan.

Drawing attention to the 8 Hour FIM Endurance world championship as well as his very own custom ride, the 50-year-old actor hopped on a KRGT-1 clad in full personalized leathers bearing his name and the name of his company, Arch Motorcycles.

Anyone who has read of Reeves motorcycle passion knows he has no fear of speed and leans in hard for performance motorcycles. It should be no surprise he formed his own motorcycle manufacturing company, Arch Motorcycles with Gard Hollinger.

The famous actor admitted the opportunity to test-drive one of their custom KRGT-1 motorcycles on the legendary race track was a dream come true.

'' [It was] like the best dream you could possibly have ... Incredible ... Just a real honor and something that I could never imagine in my life, to be here and to be riding a motorcycle with my partner and the designer of the motorcycle that I love is very special,'' Reeves told reporters.

According to the Arch Motorcycle website, Gard Hollinger is a self-taught designer, engineer and fabricator with his designs calling back to motorcycle days of past, 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,’ the website states.

‘A studied blend of retro-modern design and performance,’ the website notes, ‘the ultimate test of craft and imagination.’

Keanu Reeves 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, Reeves got in the habit of buying a bike when filming on location and selling when the shoot was done.

To that end, he’s owned a Suzuki GS1100E, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900, an ‘84 Harley Shovelhead, and a Moto Guzzi. This varied motorcycle ownership apparently left him with an urge to bring together the most enjoyable parts of riding as well as the ride itself.

For Reeves, the search for that experience led naturally to a desire to modify bikes, and with a particular project led him to Gard. This would eventually lead to the creation of Arch Motorcycles.

For those curious to know what Mr.’s Hollinger and Reeves created, the KRGT-1 features an Arch Proprietary S&S Cycle T124, Twin Cam, 124 Cubic Inches (2,032 cc), 45° Downdraft Fuel Injected V-Twin engine. The belt-driven motorcycle uses an Arch proprietary 6-Speed Drivetrain with custom compact high torque mainshaft.

The ride is being offered for a mere $78,000 with a $12,000 reservation deposit required.

''We've been going to Moto GP races this year, we both grew up watching Moto GP and also love racing and so the idea of coming to Suzuka to see the endurance race and to this famous track and location,” Reeves said to reporters, “To have the opportunity to bring our motorcycle here and introduce it to the Japanese world, because there's such a great passion for big twin motorcycles, American big twin motorcycles between the States and Japan, I thought it would be cool.''

There doesn’t appear to be a recorded lap time for the motorcycle or Mr. Reeves.

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