Inside Keanu Reeves’ Custom Motorcycle Shop | WIRED

Keanu Reeves gives Wired a tour of Arch Motorcycle, where he and co-founder Gard Hollinger build and design totally custom bikes with the help of virtual reality. Donning the HTC Vive, Keanu has the ability to look at prototypes of his bikes standing next to each other without actually building them.
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Inside Keanu Reeves' Custom Motorcycle Shop | WIRED
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Keanu reeves may be best known as a . hollywood action man but in his private . life his passion is motorcycles . welcome to arch totally custom handmade . motorbikes this is the bike that i was . like okay what can we do from here let's . start you know let's bring this to the . world he and his friend and business . partner guard hollinger build them here . at their shop south of la it's a mix of . old-school handcraft. and the very latest materials and tools. including virtual reality to make some . of the most custom bikes on the market . it's joe's bike this bikes going to . australia . the partnership started in 2007 it's . probably best to let the guys tell the . story before there was arts motorcycle . there was reeves looking to customize a . harley-davidson. i was introduced to guard hollinger . california designer manufacturer custom . motorcycles infamous famous . well-regarded. innovator designer god agreed to . customize a bike but then went so much . further . basically just keeping the engine and . designing everything else from scratch . it was no longer a harley-davidson was . becoming a chop rods motorcycle which . was the company that guard had and in . that process you know i had gone looking . for a kind of chopper big twin kind of . california cruiser but wanted it to . perform over the course of five years . four and a half years that motorcycle . was developed and built eventually. became the prototype for arch . motorcycles only five years it was only . five years so we went from the prototype . to the arch krg t1 the design i mean . this exposed frame member you know the . our channel and of course you got this . beautiful long delicious sexy welds now . the company makes the custom krg t1 by . hand. to order every bike is totally bespoke . built for its new owner and prices start . around seventy eight thousand dollars so . this is one in process sort of in its . rarest form basically just a chassis . with the engine sitting in it some front . forks but . it's a nice view of this downdraft . induction system that we designed. building these beautiful machines have . been enough to keep the company busy and . the owners happy until now it's time for . something new the guys are working on . new bikes an update to the krg t1 a . sportier arch 1s and a more radical . machine and the last bike is a very very . limited production very i think . forward-thinking the design piece with a . big giant engine because 124 cubic . inches wasn't enough that mike will be . known as the arch method 143 guard and i . and everyone involved in the company . have a design ambition and and i think. it's you want to grow creatively and in. what you make keanu and god take design . seriously they've been working with the . company vin tech which is just down the . road from their workshop to visualize . the bikes from every angle in virtual . reality before they're even built right . vr is one of your other tools yeah get . in there okay this is when things start . to feel a little bit hollywood i hope . that keanu reeves holding my virtual . reality umbilical cord out of the way is . as close to the matrix as i ever . actually get. putting the motorcycles side-by-side so . there's an element of the krg t1 then . looking at the 1s and then looking at . the prototype 143 and you can see them . side by side and kind of experience the . connections and relationships that go . from model to model and see the story . ultimately bikes are about riding . something that keanu and guard never . forget and don't want their customers to . either they're not planning to grow too . dramatically they still want to make . hand-built . beautifully designed and rare motorcycle. you. .
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