Now as a biker, if you ride an Arch you know you've climbed to the top of the tree. However, until yesterday I knew nothing about them. The name meant nothing to me. So, why are you now reading a story written by someone that until recently knew absolutely nothing about it I hear you ask?
Yes, there is a story coming but certainly one I was not expecting. I decided to head out on a last minute ride to Ace Cafe in London to meet a few buddies and then to head off to Krazy Horse Farmhouse North of Oxford.
When I arrived at Krazy Horse I did my normal thing and headed straight for my new favourite motorcycle, the Indian Challenger and started ogling it. I had been there for a bit and was chatting away when out of the corner of my eye something drew my attention.
Towards the rear of the shop I saw a motorcycle. I had no idea what it was but I immediately knew I liked it from the shape I saw. I walked over and had a closer look. At every angle, I saw something I liked.
"Its like someone took all my favourite aspects of a motorcycle and put them on one bike and then named it an Arch" - UVZ Quite honestly it caught me off guard. I really had no idea what it was or really understood what I was looking at. All I really wanted to do was get on, and ride it. The first thing that hit me was the rake. It just looked awesome. I like that slightly chopped style front end, a bit like the old Victory bikes. The Michelin & Brembo tyre brake combination just works.
Walking a bit further the tank jumps out at you along with that spine-like frame that hugs the tank and immediately makes you wanna get on the bike and ride fast. The beautiful V-Twin rises out from the depths like a support tower that simply makes you want to see more.
I see the seat an my heart sinks. No way. This will never fit me. I'm intrigued, I look further, I see the massive rear tyre, something I wish my beloved Indian Chieftain had and I just knew I had to try it.
I'm excited! all I wanna do is jump on. I walk forward like I'm ready to get on and take off. My buddy behind me says, "do you know what that is?". - I say no, why? - He says, "be careful, that's an Arch! It's a £100k bike!"
I stop dead in my tracks with disbelief. No, I've never even heard of a standard road bike in that price range that but I don't care. I wanna get on. However my usual confident self suddenly finds it being very cautious. I need to try it, but there's no way I'm taking a chance!
I turn around, I ask Kev for permission. He says yes! I'm happy and race to jump on! But what if it doesn't fit! To be kind, I make an elephant feel better about its weight!
I stoop, ready to pounce, I get on and joy. It feels awesome! I put my feet on the foot-pegs and I'm at home. It's comfortable, it's got that amazing rugged yet streamlined perspective from behind the bars.
By this time I feel somewhat silly! How did I not know such a bike existed. Clearly I don't get out often enough. I decide to get off just in case I couldn't do it later. It was a truly surreal experience. Possibly how it feels to be a child learning how awesome chocolate is for the first time. I just didn't expect it.
Now, armed with the benefit of hindsight and YouTube, the fountain of all knowledge, I am even more taken with this awesome bike. Check out the video above. It is a great look at the process behind the bike.
"Every ARCH Motorcycle is a bespoke production motorcycle. A uniquely collaborative process tailoring livery and ergonomic fit to each owner." - Arch Motorcycles Every aspect of this bike is personalised, analysed, conceptualised, carefully sculpted and hand crafted to the specifications of its owner. If you get a chance you should definitely check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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Until next time, ride safe.
PS. Should you be one of the lucky SOB's that buys one I would be very happy to test ride it for you to make sure its all safe and everything works! That's just how I roll. I care about my fellow man.