Most custom bikes are make to tear up the pavement. The latest build from Italy's Matteucci Garage is instead designed to tear through the countryside. The Alligator is based on a Honda CM400, a street bike from 1980 that isn't particularly distinguished, though in Matteucci's hands it takes on a new existence.
The Alligator was built specifically with the unpaved roads between the Adriatic coast and the Apennine Mountain, where the shop is situated, in mind. The original bike was stripped down entirely before Maetteucci added a Ducati front end and painting the USD fork bronze to match the Brembo brake discs.
Scallops were hammered out of the stock fuel tank and then spliced into the sides and painted flat olive green for a vintage military look. Maeteucci also added a brown leather saddle to the seat with a nifty piece of wooden trim at the back.
The bike is positioned atop a pair of 970 Series Progressive Suspension shocks, and it also got black Comstar wheels with Heidenau dual-sport tires.
We can see Steve McQueen astride this thing – or us on our next jaunt to the Italian countryside...