Keanu Reeves starts motorcycle company

Actor Keanu Reeves teams up with California customs guru for a new project

KEANU REEVES has announced he is teaming up with friend Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods to launch the Arch Motorcycle Company.

The star of The Matrix and Speed has been a motorcycle enthusiast for 25 years.

Hollinger and Reeves met a number of years ago when Reeves commisioned Hollinger to undertake a customization job. After working together for five years on the bike, the pair decided to take the step of mass producing their creation.

Speaking to, Gard Hollinger said: 'We have a common vision. We started with the idea of a performance-based modern machine. Once the bike was complete, it looked like a production motorcycle but unlike anything we had ever seen. It's unique and we can't wait to introduce it to the world.'

Production of the signature bike, the Arch KR GT-1, is expected to begin in 2013.

Reeves is a dedicated fan of two-wheelers - his first ride was a Kawasaki 600 Enduro. He now owns a variety of Norton Commandos as well as the first Arch Motorcycle.

Speaking of his passion, Reeves said: 'I'm a guy that loves everything about motorcycles - the sounds, the style and the aesthetic combined with the function but most of all the riding experience. I've enjoyed motorcycles for as long as I can remember and I'm ready to share my passion with the world.'