Chain Reaction. My Own Private Idaho. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. If you’re a big Keanu Reeves fan, you know that these are all movies that the 54-year-old actor has starred in. But, did you know that he rode motorcycles in those movies, too?
As it turns out, Reeves doesn’t ride bikes only on the silver screen. The Hollywood star has a HUGE passion for motorcycles in real life. So much so that he is actually the co-founder of Arch Motorcycle Company, a high-end custom motorcycle manufacturer based in Hawthorne, California that Keanu started with Gard Hollinger back in 2015. Their first production motorcycle was the KRGT-1.
Being the motorcycling aficionado that he is, Keanu Reeves, of course, has quite the impressive collection. Over the years, Keanu has owned a Suzuki GS1100E, 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900, a 1984 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, and a Moto Guzzi, among others. One of the bikes he owns is a 2004 Ducati 998, which, as it turns out, is the very same bike that was used in the iconic chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded. Ridden by Carrie-Anne Moss in the movie, Reeves never actually got the chance to take it for a spin during filming. But, hey, he gets to ride it now.
When it comes to riding motorcycles, whether it’s the Ducati 998, a 1978 MK2A Norton Commando, or another sport bike that he keeps at the shop, Keanu is particularly drawn to the zen-like feeling he gets whenever he hits the road or the race track.
“It’s the visceral quality of it, the vibration, the wind, the sound,” he told GQ. “It’s really a great place to think, to feel, to get away. When I don’t ride a motorcycle, I go through withdrawal. It’s not good for my health.”
Hey, if going 135 MPH on a souped-up motorcycle keeps Keanu going at 55, then good for him.
This post was originally published on April 16, 2019.