Keanu Reeves Still Has the Motorcycle from The Matrix Reloaded
The moto-obsessed star takes us through his extensive collection, geeks out over his company's insane concept bike, and gives some advice to rookie riders.
Remember in The Matrix Reloaded, when Carrie-Anne Moss ramps a sportbike off a moving truck, with Keanu Reeves' Neo clinging tightly to her latex-wrapped body? Keanu Reeves, GQ's May cover star, has that bike. Sort of.
See Keanu Reeves loves motorcycles. Loves collecting them, loves riding them, loves talking about them. He loves them so much that he's also the co-founder of Arch Motorcycle Company, which builds beautiful, extremely expensive bikes in Hawthorne, California.
Reeves has taken his hobby to the silver screen, riding around in movies including Chain Reaction, My Own Private Idaho, and most recently, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. (We know this because of the insane-in-a-good-way trailer for the upcoming film.) And, as you'll see in the video below, he's especially pumped to be the owner of a bike he didn't technically get to ride in a movie—the 2004 Ducati 998 that played an integral part in the iconic chase scene from The Matrix Reloaded.
Besides explaining what makes that Ducati special (besides being part of Matrix lore), Keanu also dives into why he loves to ride: "It’s the visceral quality of it, the vibration, the wind, the sound," he says. "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.”
Those withdrawals have actually almost gotten him in trouble, especially when his contract stipulates that he can't ride a motorcycle during off-hours of a shoot. "You know, you’re an asset and they don’t want you to crash," Reeves acknowledges. Except... "I would sometimes pay attention to [the contract], and sometimes I didn’t. Oops. Can’t help it.”