Remember the Gurney Alligator? It was a radical feet-forward, low-seat concept for a better sportsbike. Despite the theoretical rightness of its design, the Alligator was beset by weirdness — the single-cylinder engine and long wheelbase — and received mixed reviews. Only 36 were ever made. Now, Dan Gurney and his son Justin have made another Alligator, this time powered by a 2032cc S&S air-cooled twin.
The basic identifiers of the Alligator are still here. The seating
position lowers the center of gravity and reduces wind resistance. That
low center of gravity works to offset the long wheelbase, maintaining
quick steering. It should be utterly impossible to wheelie or stoppie
the Alligator instigator, which also means riders will be able to
employ more of the power and more of the brakes more of the time.
The Gurneys intend to build just 50 examples of the instigator and
while there’s no word on price, the components are all appropriately
high end. The chassis is a ChroMoly trellis with a billet swingarm,
suspension is Penske, wheels are Dymag and the radial brakes are
Beringers. All the bodywork is carbon fiber.
We can’t tell you how happy we are to see the Alligator reborn and just hope that this time around we get to ride one.