Arch Motorcycles in Shoreditch
By Ross Sharp - 21 Nov 18
This is the bodacious and most triumphant (millennials might need to google that) Arch Motorcycle, the brainchild of lifelong bikers Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger. Anyone who's been following the motorcycling press over the last couple of years will have heard about this project and finally, it's here - literally. There are just two bikes in the UK, and we have one of them in residence here at 384 Old Street.
Gently does it.
There ain't no replacement for displacement!!
Below is the press release packed with specs and the outline differences between the three models. We have the just over 2 litre ARCH KRGT-1 version currently on a bench in our restaurant. If you haven't seen one up close please feel free to pop down for an ogle. And if you've just shorted Apple stocks and have some spare loot, give the guys Future Moto a shout - here
There's also an interesting article on Petrolicious about the relationship between Keanu and Gard - click here for that.
Until we get a go on the thing and can give it a thorough test, here's the bumph from Arch.
ARCH MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES UK LAUNCH
ARCH Motorcycle, the Los Angeles based motorcycle company specialising in bespoke, state-of-the-art production motorcycles, will now be available in the UK, and imported by motorcycle distribution company Future Moto.
Launched at an exclusive VIP reception in Kensington Motorcycles earlier in November, Arch Motorcycle is now taking orders for UK customers bikes direct from Arch Motorcycles UK
Potential customers will be able to view the new KRGT-1 and other forthcoming Arch Motorcycle models at London’s coolest motorcycle venue - The Bike Shed – and also by appointment only at Kensington Motorcycles – London’s newest and most exclusive motorcycle retailer.
ARCH Motorcycle Company is a boutique manufacturer, co-founded by Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves, specialising in custom-production motorcycles in their ultra-modern, Los Angeles area factory.
ARCH use CNC machining in-house on over 200 unique parts from billet aluminium, which have been used to compose the KRGT-1, their first production model.
Last year at EICMA, Arch Motorcycle company announced their plans to grow the company to be available for European distribution and also introduced their three highly anticipated production models; 2018 KRGT-1, the ARCH 1s, and the ARCH METHOD 143.
Designer and builder Gard Hollinger supervises an expert staff of skilled craftsmen who assemble each motorcycle by hand to meet the ergonomic and aesthetic preferences of the owner.
ARCH Motorcycle has recently partnered with Future Moto to create the UK distribution channel and handle sales for all ARCH Motorcycle models in the UK, including the 2018 KRGT-1, the ARCH 1s, and the ARCH METHOD 143.
Future Moto Director Paul Ingram said: “We’re very excited to be finally launching ARCH Motorcycle in the UK. These hand-built motorcycles are unlike anything else on the road, and we’re sure they’ll make a big impression in the UK. We’re proud to be partnering with ARCH Motorcycle, The Bike Shed Shoreditch and Kensington Motorcycles to enable customers to see ARCH motorcycles in the UK at two of London’s premier venues, and our order books are open now.”
ARCH Motorcycle co-founders Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger said: “Last year we announced our commitment to having our motorcycles being Euro 4 compliant, and that work continues. Our partnership with Future Moto helps spread our vision for the future of ARCH Motorcycle by making all three models available in the UK, and we look forward to continuing to grow the brand in the UK.”
The original ARCH KRGT-1 launched in 2015. The purpose and goals were to introduce a custom tailored, performance cruiser that could be ridden aggressively and also be comfortable for long distances. The newest, refined version of this vision launched in 2018 with a focus on ergonomic enhancements to the bodywork. Other improvements include, updated front suspension, upgraded brakes with optional ABS and EURO 4 compliance.
- 124 Cubic Inch, 2032cc American V-Twin engine
- Steel frame with CNC machined aluminum sub-frame
- New Ohlins FGRT series fork and ARCH proprietary rear shock
- BST Carbon Fibre 5-spoke wheels
- Custom fit and finish per client
- 124 Cubic Inch, 2032cc American V-Twin engine
- CNC Machined aluminium back-bone and sub-frame
- Newly designed CNC machined aluminium and carbon fibre fuel tank with integrated fuel filler enclosure
- Carbon fibre BST wheels
- ABS Optional—Euro 4 compliant
- Arch designed, Suter Industries manufactured CNC machined aluminium, single-sided swingarm with carbon fibre cover
- 143 Cubic Inch, 2343cc Engine
- CNC machined aluminium bodywork with integrated layered leather seat
- Proprietary Öhlins FGRT series front fork with carbon fibre air-foil
- SC Projects, full titanium/carbon fibre exhaust system
- Arch designed BST carbon fibre turbine wheels Proprietary headlight design