Gilera Runner

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Gilera Runner
Manufacturer Gilera
Parent company Piaggio & Co. SpA
Production since 1997
Class Scooter

The Gilera Runner is an Italian scooter manufactured by Piaggio under the Gilera brand, designed by Luciano Marabese of Marabese Design Srl.[citation needed] It is noted for its unusual style, high performance and good handling.[1] Traditionally, the Runner was available in both two stroke and four stroke versions however, is only now available in four stroke above 50cc.

Two stroke models[edit]

The first incarnation of the Gilera Runner was a 50cc that was released in 1997 in Europe, but was restricted to 28 mph (45 km/h) to comply with European law.[2] The 50cc model went through a number of revisions; in 1998, a rear disc brake was added with the Gilera Runner 50DD (Double Disc). The colour scheme was also revised with the release of the Runner 50SP. The Runner Purejet 50 was released in 2003 with lower emissions.[3] The 50cc is the only two stroke in the current Gilera Runner line up with two versions available; Runner 50 SP and Runner Simoncelli 50 SP.[4]

In 1998, the 125cc FX Runner was introduced which had the same styling as the 50cc. In 1999, the SP model was released. The biggest difference between the FX (FXR) and the SP is the FX had a 9 litre petrol tank and battery stowed near the spark plug and a rear drum brake. The SP has 12 litre petrol tank, the battery is stowed under the seat and it has a rear disc brake.[3]

In 1999, the FXR 180cc was introduced and was by far the fastest of the Runners including the new generation 200cc four strokes.[3][not in citation given] It was noted for its high performance and great handling. Unfortunately it has a high fuel consumption.[1]

FX [5] FXR [5]
Engine Type 123.5 cc (7.54 cu in) single cylinder two stroke 175.8 cc (10.73 cu in) single cylinder two stroke
Bore/Stroke 55.0 mm × 52.0 mm (2.17 in × 2.05 in) 65.6 mm × 52 mm (2.58 in × 2.05 in)
Compression Ratio 9:8 9:9
Carburation PHVB 20,5mm Carburator Weber / Dell'Orto VM 20mm Carburator Mikuni / Dell'Orto
Ignition Electronic CDI module with separate H.T. coil
Transmission Automatic speed variation system by means of variable diameter pulleys, vee belt, centrifugal clutch and gear final drive
Front Suspension Up-side down forks with double acting hydraulic damper; 83 mm (3.3 in) travel
Rear Suspension Hydraulic monoshock and coiler spring with four position rate adjustment. Engine frame linkage with swinging arm; 60 mm (2.4 in) travel
Front Brakes Dual full-floating 310 mm (12 in) discs with four-piston radial-mounted calipers Disc brake 220 mm (8.7 in) diameter discs with hydraulic linkage
Rear Brakes Drum brake 140 mm (5.5 in) diameter with mechanical linkage
Front Tire 120/70-12"
Rear Tire 130/70-12"(130/60-13" for Rear Disc brakes)
Trail 71 mm (2.8 in)
Wheelbase 1,303 mm (51.3 in)
Saddle Height 815 mm (32.1 in)
Kerbside Weight 115 kg (254 lb)[citation needed]
Fuel Capacity 9 l (2.0 imp gal; 2.4 US gal), including

1.5 l (0.33 imp gal; 0.40 US gal) reserve

Power Output 8.9 kW (11.935096597396 hp) @ 7500 rpm[citation needed] 11.4 kW (15.287651821383 hp) @ 8000 rpm[citation needed]
Torque 14 N-m @ 7000 rpm[citation needed] 19 N-m @ 7000 rpm[citation needed]

Four stroke models[edit]

The first generation of Gilera Runners were available with four stroke engines, the capacities available were 125cc and 180cc. These very much had the same styling as the two stroke models but were generally unpopular for those looking for performance scooters.[verification needed][3]

The current four stroke model line up consists of Runner ST 125 and Runner ST 200 which utilize the LEADER 4-valve engine.

Gilera Runner 125 and 180[edit]

The 125cc and 180cc versions are not restricted and do not have any of the restrictions of the 50cc.


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