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Keanu Reeves - The New Motorcycle Designer

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Posted on 15 Aug 2016

Keanu Reeves With Gard Hollinger (Image Source - La Times)

Did you know that Keanu Reeves is an avid motorcyclist and co-owns his own motorcycle bespoke design company?

Back in 2007, Reeves asked his long-term friend Gard Hollinger (well-loved motorcycle designer) to add a sissy bar to his Harley Davidson. Hollinger refused. They remained buddies, and began to share their thoughts about building an entirely new bike. Little did they know that it would evolve into a business...

Reeves and Hollinger put together, through a labour of love, a machine that was both good looking and well engineered, enjoying the high spec end product encouraged the two to collaborate further.

Ministry Of Bikes - Keanu Reeves  -Quote - It was really riding the prototype that was the proof of the business concept, even though we didn't know it,  I told him, 'OK, the reason that we should do this is because the machine is amazing, and we're going to die' [anyway],

Initially Hollinger was a bit dubious to branch out and start a partnership with Reeves as he was not convinced that his motorcycle designs would appeal to his existing customers. His business (LA Country Chop Rods) sold customised motorcycles which are popular amongst riders and loyal customers. Hollinger turned down Reeves three times before agreeing to collaborate and they have not looked back ever since.

Gard Hollinger walks through the showroom next to the first bike he and Keanu Reeves built together. (Bob Chamberlin : Los Angeles Times)

Gard Hollinger walks through the showroom next to the first bike he and Keanu Reeves built together (Bob Chamberlin : Los Angeles Times)

Their company Arch did not happen overnight. In fact, it took three years to build their vision; from prototype to branding. It was even funded out of their own pockets. That's how passionate they were. Each custom bike is made out of 200 individual parts which means no two Arch motorcycles sold will be the same. Since 2014 their company Arch has sold a handful of bespoke motorcycles. They aim to sell about thirty bikes a year to remain exclusive to the public.

It can be yours for only $78,000 (an additional deposit of $15,000 required).