Was it a case of design challenges? Getting the timing proper? Or maybe these now ubiquitous provide chain points? Regardless of the case, it’s now official: Arch Motorbike has lastly launched its second manufacturing mannequin, the Arch 1s, a sportier bike with a brand new chassis, constructed across the identical 124ci engine because the agency’s flagship KRGT-1.
You may recall the bike was first proven at EICMA in 2017, however apparently it wasn’t but prepared for manufacturing on the time. What we see at the moment has advanced a bit from the machine proven 5 years in the past, however the general intent is similar, mixing what the corporate calls “Arch’s one-of-a-kind cruiser efficiency method with an aggressive driving place.”
Associated: 2020 Arch Motorbike KRGT-1 First Trip
The Arch 1s builds on the KRGT-1 platform with an all-new chassis that includes a steeper rake and shorter wheelbase. The 1s is the corporate’s first manufacturing single-sided swingarm bike (therefore the title), and it’s additionally the primary time Arch has utilized a brand new mid-control association, a mixture that guarantees to ship a extra aggressive driving place and higher dealing with.
Within the engine room nevertheless, you continue to get the monstrous 124ci, high-torque Arch-designed S&S downdraft fuel-injected V-twin engine, complemented by an upswept Arch exhaust, although the 1s brings a brand new carbon fiber single gasoline cell design that integrates the air consumption and filtration system. Airflow is available in by way of aspect vents on the entrance of the tank main on to the consumption system housed on the again.
The 1s is straight away identifiable as an Arch bike with billet metal and aluminum development, carbon fiber all through, and premium componentry like twin ISR six-piston Monoblock calipers, Öhlins suspension, and BST rims. In comparison with the KRGT-1 the 1s mixes it up by shortening the wheelbase to 65.4 inches (versus the KRGT-1′s 68 inches), steepening the rake from 30 inches to 25.2 levels, reducing the handlebars and including mid-mount controls. The tip result’s a extra forward-leaning, aggressive driving place with a taller seat top and a claimed “athletic” character, in keeping with Arch, with an excellent sportier mix of cruiser aesthetics and race-inspired efficiency.
Whereas the engine seems to be nearly unchanged from the KRGT-1, the corporate claims a barely decrease torque peak of 115 lb.-ft. from the two,032cc mill. How effectively that torque-rich engine character will match this new sporty driving place stays to be seen.
The Arch 1s profile and stance definitely make its “sport” intent crystal clear, particularly while you think about visible cues just like the formed entrance cowl and fly display screen, tank-mounted intakes and chin fairing, and a razor-sharp tailsection, all contributing to the implied sense of velocity. It’s a pointy flip from the extra conventional cruiser aesthetic of the KRGT-1, although we also needs to word that the 1s weighs practically 30 kilos greater than the flagship bike, and we nonetheless should marvel simply how manageable that 8-inch-wide rear tire will likely be, even with the brand new geometry.
We’ll see how the bike handles quickly sufficient, and it’s heartening to see the corporate launch a brand new product in any case this time—it has now been in enterprise for over a decade. Arch continues to provide bespoke manufacturing bikes in a small state-of-the-art manufacturing unit south of Los Angeles, and the 1s carries on the corporate’s earlier format of utilizing fastidiously sourced, sometimes unique supplies bolstered with top-shelf elements and accented with meticulous detailing, a lot of it handmade or designed in-house. It’s additionally price noting that, as with the KRGT-1, Arch meets with all potential 1s house owners earlier than every construct to make sure the bike’s design and ergonomics are tailor-made to their liking.
As you might recall, the lads behind the machines are none aside from actor Keanu Reeves and designer/engineer Gard Hollinger, and for sure, they’re fairly pumped about their new providing. “With the assistance of our complete group and lots of superb companions, we imagine we’ve crafted one thing actually particular for riders to expertise and are proud to lastly see it on the market on the highway,” stated Hollinger, co-founder and design director of Arch Motorbike. “The 1s fantastically merges American cruiser-inspired class and race-inspired efficiency—an idea we’ve labored to design, construct, take a look at, refine, and ship since its preliminary reveal.”
Arch co-founder Keanu Reeves added: “We simply celebrated our tenth anniversary as an organization this previous yr, but it appears like solely yesterday that I put forth the thought of beginning a bike firm with Gard. It’s unbelievable to see how far we’ve are available in such a brief interval—from the KRGT-1′s superb reception to the brand new 1s as our second mannequin.”
As for the value… Nicely, that is an Arch product proper? So we already know the factor’s gonna blow a gap in your pockets. On this case, it’ll be crater-sized. The 1s is tagged at $128,000 per construct. The corporate is taking orders for the brand new Arch 1s nationwide at archmotorcycle.com/contact. Keep tuned.
2023 Arch Motorbike 1s Specs
|Engine:||2,032cc, 45-degree Arch/S&S T124 V-twin|
|Claimed Torque:||115 lb.-ft.|
|Gas System||Downdraft gasoline injection|
|Clutch:||Dry; hydraulic actuation|
|Body:||Tube and billet metal; billet aluminum swingarm|
|Entrance Suspension:||48mm Öhlins inverted fork, totally adjustable|
|Rear Suspension:||Öhlins single shock, totally adjustable|
|Entrance Brake:||6-piston Monoblock calipers, twin 320mm floating discs w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||ISR 4-piston Monoblock caliper, 240mm ISR disc w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Entrance/Rear:||BST carbon fiber; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 8.5 in.|
|Tires, Entrance/Rear:||120/70ZR-17 / 240/45ZR-17|
|Seat Top:||31.5 in.|
|Gas Capability:||4.5 gal.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||563 lb.|