Legendary racing driver and race car manufacturer Dan Gurney is the inventor of the ALLIGATOR motorcycle, and the founder and CEO of Dan Gurney ALLIGATOR Motorcycles Inc. This new company is a division of Dan Gurney’s All American Racers – the well known racing prototype and manufacturing facility operating out of its Santa Ana location since 1965. Both Dan and AAR have made names for themselves by winning races and championships in the major leagues of motor sports around the world. Most of them with the fabled Eagle machines designed and built by AAR.
Since he was a teenager in Long Island, Dan Gurney’s passion was equally divided between two- and four-wheel machines. The dream to build his own motorcycle goes back many decades. As soon as he could afford it, he set out to transform this dream into reality, starting out modestly with one mechanic in a small back room at AAR. With exemplary dedication, perseverance, imagination, technical knowledge and a passion for riding as well as a love for cycles – especially the sound of singles – he saw the project through to its eye-popping completion. The first phase of the program, the manufacturing of “36 Limited Edition Grand Prix ALLIGATORS” has started.
With the ALLIGATOR motorcycles being designed and built in the very same facility as the Formula 1 car, Dan Gurney hopes that the ALLIGATOR can make history on an entirely different front…
The response from journalists and clients alike:
Feedback From The Press
AUTOWEEK, May 2002
“Gurney’s Gator is not just another motorcycle. Startling in both appearance and specification, it features a radically low solo seating position. Idiosyncratic? Sure, its inventor did not become famous for his orthodoxy.”
MOTORCYCLE CRUISER, August 2002
“A Motorcycle that is part cruiser, part sportbike, part Formula One car. When you corner aggressively, you are not going over the top of the bike or even countering movement with controlled use of your bodyweight. Instead, you are an integral part of the chassis and the slightest shift – what feels like a mere thought – affects steering in the most wonderfully smooth and predictable way. The fact that the ALLIGATOR isn’t exactly orthodox is its real challenge. Can you see outside the box? We are curious to see how many of us can?”
CYCLE WORLD, Nov. 2002
“The A-6 sprinted from a stop to 30mph in just 1.1 seconds, quicker than any other street bike CW has ever tested. Nothing with a comparable power-to-weight ratio has come close. Similarly, the braking performance of the ALLIGATOR was outstanding. The low seat height also dramatically reduces frontal area, producing desirable aerodynamic results. That explains how it is also the fastest street going Single that we have seen. The ALLIGATOR can be flicked from side to side readily and quickly. You’ll find yourself adjusting to the riding position in the first few miles.
MOTOR TREND, February 2003
“Get the Alligator to a twisty road, and the ergonomic philosophy becomes brilliant. The low cg creates a pendulum effect that makes fast cornering feel effortless, predictable, and utterly holliganish.”
BIKE MAGAZINE, England, February 2003
“Quality of the carbon fiber bodywork, made in house by AAR, is stunning, the quality of the welding on the chromoly tubular chassis is exquisite, the carbon fiber bodywork is flawless. Up close and in the flesh the bike is smaller than it looks in pictures. It’s a masterpiece of compact packaging. Framework is a joy. The steering is beautifully neutral and stunningly accurate… just lean and then lean some more.”
MOTORCYCLIST, April 2003
“After riding it, we can say that it is outrageous, unexpected and completely original. The low center of mass encourages you to flick the bike back and forth in transitions with the same abandon you feel in a small sports car. If the modern sportbike were introduced today, after a century of riding ALLIGATORS, it might not go over well at all. It’s really, truly amazing that after more than a century of motorcycles, somebody can design something that is so different, so unique and which works so well, right out of the box. OK, after 20-plus years of hard work, but you get the idea.”
CYCLE WORLD, July 2003
“In an ideal world, this is the kind of machine that a major manufacturer would initiate, develop and bring to market.”
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