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We hope that the days of "Sad Keanu" are over, now that he has turned his passion for motorcycles into a business.
Lately, the 48-year-old Canadian actor hasn't much left the saddle of his vintage Norton Commando Motorbike. His latest movie "47 Ronin" is up in the air since director Carl Rinsch was kicked off the project, leaving Reeves in Hollywood with some free time and a lot of steam to burn off. But luckily, Reeves just announced another project that takes him far away from the film industry: he's starting the Arch Motorcycle Company with designer and fabricator Gard Hollinger, of L.A. County Choprods.
According to a press release sent out yesterday, the two met five years ago while customizing a chopper and hit it off. Having similar visions for style and function, they've already created their first prototype, the KR GT-1, a "groundbreaking ride ... characterized by power and stability." It's now part of Reeves's personal collection, which he's been building for 25 years and which includes several Norton Commandos.
"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," Reeves is quoted in the release.
Hollinger has been featured on TV shows like Discovery's "Great Biker Build-Off" and ESPN's "Chopper Nation." Reeves, of course, is best known as a big-screen action star, in such roles as Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy, Jack Traven in "Speed," Johnny Utah in "Point Break," and Ted in the comedy "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey." He'll also star in and direct "Man of Tai Chi" next year.
Arch Motorcycle Company is expected to have models for sale in 2013.