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What does $128,000 get you? One 2023 ARCH 1s

Hawthorne, California, United States

You can drop a lot of money in a hurry online if you've got a platinum card and an itchy trigger finger ready to use it.
Case in point - you could buy one of Keanu Reeves's new ARCH 1s bespoke machines. Whoa, dude.

The ARCH 1s is a motorcycle made to match its owner. ARCH photo

The ARCH 1s is a motorcycle made to match its owner. ARCH photo

Reeves and business partner Gard Hollinger recently added the brand new 2023 1s to the company lineup where it has become a stablemate with the KRGT-1 which hit the market back in 2020. The 1s was in development for five years. 

Your $128,000 US investment is going to get you some serious components including Öhlins suspension at both ends, carbon fibre wheels, and six-piston calipers up front and a four-piston unit, at the rear and ABS is standard. There's aluminum bodywork and frame, single-sided swingarm (that's where the 1s name came from), mid-controls, and a carbon fibre fuel tank which incorporates the air intake/filter system. The fuel filler door is a nifty hinged aluminum design that swings up and out of the way.

The fuel cap swings up on hinges. ARCH photo

The fuel cap swings up on hinges. ARCH photo

The powerplant is a robust 2,032cc ARCH S&S Cycle V-twin mated to a six-speed gearbox that's putting out a serious dose of 115.3 ft.lb. of torque. Those figures put my old Yugo to shame. Well, actually everything does, but that's another sad story. The powerplant breathes through an ARCH-designed custom exhaust.

There's plenty of carbon fibre in the ARCH 1s. ARCH photo

There's plenty of carbon fibre in the ARCH 1s. ARCH photo

This is a big bike, a Sport Cruiser in company speak, with a 65.4 inch wheelbase and a dry weight of 563 pounds. It makes me wonder if this is supposed to be a heavyweight canyon carver, ARCH has tested their machines on the Angeles Crest Highway and other California asphalt, or is it more a straightline sled with some twisties thrown at it on occasion?

Should it be considered in the same category as as the V-Max, V-Rod, and Diavel V4 (plenty of Vs) for example or does it carve its own niche? (The price alone does that, but I'm wondering about riding style.) That stretched wheelbase and chunky weight makes me think this bike would be locomotive solid and maybe about as easy to turn. The marketing videos would make one think otherwise, but that's what they're intended to do, right? Riding position is upright and more of a blend of a standard/naked bike than a cruiser. 

Regardless of what I think about its sporting performance, I'm pretty sure that for that whopping chunk of change you're going to get your moneys-worth, no matter whether you're going to rumble along the boulevard or strafe some backcountry apexes (within reason, of course). 

And the bike you get will be made to yours and yours alone. The sales process at ARCH isn't just get-in and get-out. You develop a relationship with the company as staff discuss with you the ergonomics, fit, and finish of your bike, your way. It's even better than buying a Harvey's hamburger.

You have plenty of choices when designing your ARCH 1s. ARCH photo

You have plenty of choices when designing your ARCH 1s. ARCH photo

These are just my impressions from afar, however, and if Keanu wants to let me throw a leg over one and take it for a rip, I'd be more than happy to oblige.

The wheelbase is substantial. ARCH photo

The wheelbase is substantial. ARCH photo

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