Well it looks like the cat is out of the bag. Other bloggers are talking about it so we may as well too. I’m talking about the partnership of custom bike builder Gard Hollinger and actor Keanu Reeves in the Arch Motorcycle project. Originally the bike was supposed to be built as Reeves personal machine but the pair liked the look so much that it morphed into the Arch Motorcycle Company. But it didn’t happen overnight. In fact it has been on-going for several years and involved people and parts from all over.
Mark “Duckman” Van Der Kwaak, a talented 3D CAD artist the Netherlands was enlisted to aid in the design. Machining of the billet gas tank was done in Pennsylvania. Danny Rhodes and his Frame Works Racing in Glendale, Arizona worked on the frame which has a 32-degree rake and 5 inches of trail. A shortened Ohlins upside down super-moto front end The billet tail section was designed by Duckman CAD and machined in Canada. Put it all together and you have a sleek looking little hot rod motorcycle.
We were turned onto the project by Gard Hollingery in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Bikefest last weekend. Gard and new co-worker, Ryan Boyd of Boyd Motor Co. made a surprise visit to the Artistry in Iron show and talked to IW Editor Marilyn Stemp about the project. Ryan got so involved that he moved from Denver to LA to work with Gard on the Arch Motorcycle project.
Photo by Mark Owen