When the movie’s big name Keanu Reeves released ARCH Motorcycle 5 years ago, his high-end motorcycle agency turned to a South African producer to supply the carbon-fiber wheels.
Blackstone Tek (BST) is a world leader in designing and manufacturing bike carbon fiber wheels. The organization was founded by Gary Turner, a South African bike racer who later managed European and American motorbike race teams before designing and constructing his custom bikes. Turner started experimenting with carbon fiber, which’s five times stronger than metal but much lighter. Microscopic carbon threads (a nonmetallic chemical element) are woven to create the cloth. Eventually, Turner opened a manufacturing unit in North Riding, Johannesburg, where he built wheels and parts for motorcycles and motors internationally.
“We make the superb elements out of carbon fiber – it’s the precise cloth for engineering when you genuinely understand what you’re doing. It’s mild and sturdy and makes perfect experience while you aim to reduce weight and growth strength,” says Terry Annecke, co-owner of the commercial enterprise. Turner and Annecke met Reeves’ enterprise accomplice, the American motorcycle clothier Gard Hollinger, a few years ago. Hollinger has become partial to BST wheels, which he used for his custom-made bikes. This dating persevered after Hollinger-based Arch with Reeves, and all their bikes used BST wheels from the start. “They each love the paintings we do – it’s beautiful, very clever, and meets their particular requirements, and we supply wonderful value. No one else can do what we do, and they recognized this early on,” says Annecke
Based in California, ARCH Motorcycles builds high-stop motorcycles priced at a minimum of $ seventy-eight 000 (R1.1 million) annually. Its flagship model is the KRGT-1, or the “Keanu Reeves GT, model 1”, with a 2,031cc dual cam engine that produces 121 horsepower. Of overdue, BST has also supplied Arch with different carbon fiber elements, consisting of gasoline cells (which are utilized in tanks), frames, and fenders. These parts are included in Arch’s new S1 and KRGT bikes. Annecke says the Arch designs are “sincerely available” “They want professionals who can translate that into lovely, practical carbon parts. That’s BST, and we’re their chosen technical partner and one-prevent shop for all their carbon fiber work. “Their trendy artwork is the turbine design wheel we make for them – that’s an actual stretch of the imagination.” Imagine you just purchased a brand new Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle two months ago, and it was stolen right before your eyes as you ate in your favorite restaurant. Not to worry, the full coverage motorcycle insurance policy fully protects what your motorcycle lender requires you to get. Right?
In most cases, not exactly, if you look into the details of your purchased motorcycle insurance policy. The reason is that most full-coverage motorcycle insurance policies will cover total loss such as theft, accident, or natural disaster. Still, these policies typically only cover the depreciated market value of the motorcycle, not the outstanding value of your motorcycle loan. Therefore, if you opted for a zero down payment motorcycle loan or a low-payment credit card motorcycle loan, your Suzuki GSX-R1000 may have depreciated faster than you have paid down the value on your motorcycle loan. Since your motorcycle insurance policy will most likely only cover the depreciated market value of your Suzuki GSX-R1000, you are responsible for the difference in the value the insurance company pays you for your stolen or totaled motorcycle and what you owe on your motorcycle loan. If a bike is stolen or ruined, motorcycle buyers in the first two years of a motorcycle loan are the most susceptible to not being reimbursed enough from their motorcycle insurance policy to cover the value of their motorcycle loan. So what is a motorcycle buyer to do to protect against the outstanding value of their motorcycle loan?