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desire to always modify my bikes is what led me to track down Gard Hollinger. I wanted to build a custom production motorcycle that was not just beautiful and handcrafted but one I could actually ride. When Gard and I met, I was look- ing to customize a Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide and we basically took every- thing off keeping only the engine. Through extensive conversations, sketches, 3D models, Gard built the proto- type, which was nothing like either of us ever seen before. A molding of retro and mod- ern design, and riding exactly how I like to ride; being able to cruise but still take and feel the curves. That's the KRGT-1. The entire bike is fit to you, like a suit. Bespoke with its finishes and customized to your foot placement, seat height, handlebar placement. An attractive design of the tank and the frame, precision fit and finish. CM: What do you consider the most innovative aspect of Arch? What does the name signify? KR: The ride…a production custom cruiser that performs like no other motorcycle. The Arch KRGT-1 not only feels comfortable and confident on the open road but in the curves and is innovative in the Cruiser class of bikes—a Performance Cruiser. Gard and I decided on Arch because we love the story that the word implies. The connection of the rider and the motorcycle, a journey and a join- ing of entrances and exits. It was the guiding eye into the company we created. CM: You attended the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May in Carmel Valley and the McCall's Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center in August. What was the response to Arch? KR: It was a great opportunity and experience to have the chance to exhibit the Arch KRGT-1 at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering and McCall's Motor- works Revival. It was great to share our passion for the machines with folks and have such an appre- ciative and enthusiastic response. CM: What are some of your other favorite bikes, past and present? KR: I've still got the first Norton I ever 120 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 5 More than 200 parts for the KRGT-1 are manufactured in the Arch factory. The engine is a 2032cc, 45-degree downdraft fuel injected V-twin. Five US gallons of fuel generate a range of 200+ miles. Retro-modern design shows off the sleek parts. Photo: Barry Hathaway 'I've traveled through Big Sur many times and the beautiful winding roads and extraordinary ocean views — passed through gorgeous Carmel a couple times as well.' — Keanu Reeves

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