This is a great scooter for commuting, I bought mine when I was 17 after I had pased my CBT and I used it for over a year it was very cheap to run and was only £200 to insure. I had to replace a few parts in the time I had it most of which were very cheap apart from the front forks which needed to be replaced because they had seized, they were a little more pricey.
This scooter would cruise very comfortably at 70mph on a dual carriage way, the space under the seat is also very big and you can get a lot of uses out of it. The seat is also big enough to carry a pillion passenger and the bike has enough power to pull 2 people which is handy.
It is also very cheap to tax at only £15 for the year. The throttle is very responsive and the brakes stop the bike quickly even when doing dual carriage way speeds. The engine is liquid cooled like a car unlike most scooters which are air cooled and the liquid cooled system allows the bike to have more power and makes it more reliable.
The scooter has a single cylinder engine which is also very simple and easy repair if you need to, if you are any good at DIY Mechanics you can replace the engine yourself with a basic tool kit. The tyres on mine also lasted a long time, but when they do need to be replaced they are quite cheap at around the £30-£35 mark.
A common fault on this scooter is that the front forks often need repairing or replaced and also the swinging arm bushes occasionaly fail. The rollers in the variator ware down easily too, but they are cheap to buy.
I would reccomend this scooter as it is a great commuter bike. I kept mine for a year or so and I managed to sell it for nearly the same price as i had paid for it, so they do hold their value very well.
From what I've seen they are around £2000 to buy new, you could obviously pick one up cheaper second hand.
Purchased the 125FX model on an X plate2000 in 2004 with just 37 miles on the clock, believebly the 1st owner came off it leaving the dealers. Then would not get back on it, so in the end it was auctioned off an the guy who bought it was restoring a house an kept it in the living room for 3 years till he finally got roind to the new pannels ect. but when i bought it it was as new still with the red line in the tyres. good deal i would say!!!
Rode it for 1 year till my insurence ended knockin up 9000miles,then got a partner that drove an ended up takin it off road leaving it in the back garden totally uncovered, well recently i decided to get it back on the road so i cut a path thro the 4 foot high weeds to get to the bike, pulled all the weeds from off the bike put my key in an lo an behold the first time in 3 years an it started straight up didnt even need to use the kick start. so much faith in this bike now i love it to bits. gave it a good wash an came up like new again, booked it in for an MOT an the followin day i picked it up costing me under £100 for the MOT with 2 new tyres and a new fuse or somthing that had gone and was stoppin my brake light from coming on with the left brake handle.
as for the ride i find it so comfotable love the speed element of it,
totally standard even with the rusty exhaust it will reach 70mph on the flat but as yet to exceed that, down hill it does increase not by all that much tho! weather ur doin comfotable 60 or a steady30 when u twist the throttle this bike sill responds great, enough to over take with ease
my brother has got a corsa sri 2001new shape with some upgraded engin parts an £700 sports exhaust, i love the fact i can out run him from stood to 70 mph every time he tries.
i am yet to be beaten on any other 125 bike at the lights an on the top end including geared.
drivin as i like to i get usually 100 miles to a full tank tho i always fill up before i get seriously low costin at the min around £10. Would confidently say tho i could get prob 130/40 if driven like i wasnt late for somthing all the time. oil wise i use a middle range oil from the local bike shop costin around 7.50 a litre which i buy 1once every 3 times of fillin up
the bike does not care if its cold or wet, driving to an from work at midnigtht an 6am,it still performs the same without fail, tho i personally feel the longer ive been driving it the the more responsive it becomes (gets faster off the mark).
the only downfall i feel these bikes have an think it must be on all gilera runners as have had two 50cc's and rode the 4 stoke is the cornering, i always have to slow right down to go round them, even major roundabouts with 2 lanes at 6 am when i can use both lanes to make it as straight a corner as poss it is hard to get round them at any speed if u try taking them too fast it jus doesnt want to turn an forces u over. I personally jus dont feel i can lean into the corners like a want to at speed (seem to get so far an then feel like it wants to tip over even with 2 new tyres
Many times i have tried goin to fast an ended up veerin into the next lane where there happenes to be a car an it is quite scary this especially when its wet or icy.
Saying this tho once u get used to knowing ur limitation on cornering speeds u dont so much mind it a i jus think oh well it perfoms so well on every other factor.
Overall i love this bike to bits an would hate to have to get rid its jus so much fun, looks great, cheap to run, and mostly so fast recommmend 1 to any1
lots of my friends have runner 50's and i've always wondered why.........because the runner 50 can take a 125 block!!!! the 125 engine is amazing for a 125 scooter, possibly the number one tuner scooter out at the moment.
malossi have a range over aftermarket upgrades for the runner 125:
mhr gas shock
180cc big bore
mhr over range kit
and many more!!!!
many projects on scootershack.co.uk are infact runner 125's, showing just how popular they are...they have a powerful, yet reliable engine that makes it popular with young/new riders.
for the other side of the riders' spectrum, the stunt riders, this is again a great bike. they are very easy to set up for low down/mid power suitable for this application..."12 o'clock" bars are relatively easy to source and fit in place of the standard grab rail.
overall it is a brilliant bike with relatively low break down rate.
i am a lover of the gilera runner series! i had a 50cc pogialli until some oik decided to steal it from my last property!(thanks) i then upgraded to a aprilia leonardo 125cc and loved it for all of 4 months ,i had a series of things go wrong with it engine wise and had no option to scrap it! which leads me firmly to what i believe to be one of the most versatile,nippy,economical scooters around,it looks good and feels a pleasure to ride... im not into modding but i have seen some great paint jobs and chrome like exaust systems!
all in all this is a winner if you could see the beam on my face as i got on the saddle and opened her up! aaaah bliss!
i can fully recommend one i have the red/black 04 vx runner 125
i never want to get off it!
Ibought my pre registered SP125 in Sep 2003,itis in Carbon Grey and Black (like some of the 4Strokes).Top speed is 70mph and because i do alot of miles out of town i get 65-70 mpg.I love my scoot and have covered nearly 27000km in 2 years and it has always started 1st or 2nd push on the starter button.
At first there were problems with rearlight/indicator wiring,the wiring was hanging exposed to the elements just under the bottom of t
he oil tank, itucked it away under the side panel, problem solved!
I`m on my third rear and second front tyres, i`ve lost count of how many times i`ve treated the exhaust to black heat resistant paint(get it a stainless steel one next Spring)Also if you use your Scoot a lot during the Winter it needs to be washed down as often as possible to prevent rot.Also check that the pin through the rear brake caliper is`nt seized in place ,cos this makes for real misery when changing the pads.
If you keep your Runner clean , oiled and feed it good synthetic two stroke it won`t let you down ,this is my 2nd Gilera and i`d buy another without hesitation.It`s speedy , loads of fun and it still looks as good as any Sports Scooter on the road today.(Plus if you`ve got the money ,there`s a multitude of performance exhausts, cylinder kits etc to be bought !)
Where does one begin. My bike history might be a good start:
2000 Gilera Runner 125 SP 2 Stroke
2001 Gilera DNA 125 4 Stroke
2003 Gilera Runner 125 VX 4 Stroke
2005 Peugeot Speedfight 100 XP
2005 Gilera Runner 125 VX 4 Stroke
Yes, I've had a lot of scooters in five years, but as you can see I broke the mold with the last one. I only had the little Speedfight for 3 months and the reason I got rid of it was simple. I commute 20 miles a day and as soon as the wind hit it my 60mph top speed crept down to 45mph! Not very inspiring, although around town the little Peugeot is superior in both acceleration and handling. A tiny 7 litre tank added to my woes, so off she went.
The Runner put out another 6BHP compared to the latter and tops out at a genuine 70mph on the flat. (I used a GPS receiver for the speedtest) We all know that scooter speedos can be optimistic! As it was, mine is only 2mph out, which is fine because it keeps me in the safety margin for speed cameras.
The tank is 11 litres/2 gallons and returns 175 miles. Thats 87.5 mpg. I do ride progressively, so 100 mpg is possible if you're Mr. Sensible. The engine starts well if you hold the button for 2 seconds, let go, wait for 5 and then try again. An old trick from my first Runner.
The ride is smooth and satisfying. You don't seem to realise how fast you're going till you check your mirror or the speedo. This is down to the Runners superb ride and stability, coupled with its size. I'm 6'4" and 16 stone and the stepover frame is no problem. The Brakes are good and the bike stops very well. The main downer is the difference in handling compared to the Speedfight. The Runner is 30kg's heavier and longer. The way to overcome this is to ride it more like a proper bike. Get lower in your seat and lean away, for a great ride!
Not many styling changes through the years, but if it aint broke, don't fix it!
If your looking for a fast, fun way to get about town then this is the scoot for you. My bike is a parralel import - i saved £400 - and the only differaces are its speedo is in kph and its a one colour paint job (and all the better looking for it). The runner 125 in its 2 stroke form is the pick of the bunch, every moring i ride 25km across london on mine and it never fails to burn off all other scooters, including the 4 stroke version. I would recomend one to anyone, with the following proviso's: Drinks only the best fully synthetic 2 stroke oil-it hates any thing else. Speed cameras are often a worry. Pannels are both fragile and very expensive. Make that, very fragile and very very expensive. The coolant tanks lid is, to be fair, crap, and loss of coolant is a day to day thing. The bike wants to swap ends (spin) in the wet. Every Chav in town wants to nick it or nick bits off it. Your firends will soon tire of hearing how much fun you're having. Most of the tunning goodies are aimed at improving top speed-not relevent in congested london, and with sports exhausts costing around £200 for about a 3bhp power increase, not very good value. The improvement program I'm starting is: Sticker tires (Michelin pilots) - should help in the wet Kevlar drive belt - belt streach is a reoccurring problem that soon blunts your standing starts. Braided brake hoses - the standard brake lines are made to a price (.0001 of a euro) and expand horribly reducing brake pressure.
I bought I runner 125VX (4 stroke) scooter about 4 months ago and I have been very pleased with it and would never consider swapping it for any other 125 on the market. I previously had a gilera spk 50 and could only do 45mph (governed) so once I was 17 I went for the runner 125 and I cant say I haven?t had any (minor) problems with it such as the lights would not work but nothing major and all fixed under warranty. Still not as good in the wet so be careful and I would advise doing a CBT if you do not feel confident. With a top speed of around 75mph I was capable of travelling the A19 to work every morning and over taking the odd car. For the £7.50 it takes to fill the tank I was pleased with the 130mpg I was getting as I am on a apprenticeships wage. The 4 stroke motor is quieter and in my opinion just as quick as the 2 stroke motor. With the advantage of not having to fill up on 2 stroke oil. Most of my friends have the 50cc mopeds such as the MBK jaguar and the Peugeot speed fight and they were all impressed by the handling and acceleration of my runner VX. It also has the advantage of right way up forks with dual suspension. The handling is smooth and comfortable at high speeds but be careful in windy weather. Although It is capable of cutting though traffic the scoot slightly seems heavier at very slow speeds. Not very noticeable but I thought I would mention it. The disc brakes help stop the runner as quick as it can move. I was shocked to not find a kick start with it being a 4 stroke but I am told I would never need it. I still fear the day that the battery goes flat. But for the extra £40 on top of the £300 third party fire and theft insurance (17-24) you can get mechanical and electrical breakdown cover, as well as home start, accident recovery and the all important breakdown assistance. The runner also has heaters from the water cooled motor but these are more of a novelty than practical. Due to its popularity pi
aggiro have added an immobiliser but I would recommend an alarm or chain.
The daddy of all 125 scooters If you like scooters you will love the gilera runner. I work at Midland Scooter Centre in Nottingham and this is the best scooter I have ever ridden. Its does everything what you expect and more, a standard runner 125 is capable of around 70mph, excellent handling with some good tires e.g. Bridgestone ml50`s if you can get a hold of some. Under seat storage for what ever your needs are, capable of holding a full faced helmet. From 1999 onwards they have a double disc front and rear and a 12 liter petrol tank unlucky for those with a pre 99 runner with an 8.5 liter tank and a rear drum brake. When you getting board of your gilera (if you do), don?t give up hope there is more Thanks to malossi and many other brands of tuning parts and accessories available for the runner. You can buy a 172kit (£200) (head, barrel and piston) (not for the week hearted) this will make your bike accelerate a ?bit? quicker it will now be doing about 80mph. Then you could get a 25mm carb kit (£115) which again?.will make it a ?little? faster, Then from there you could get a sport exhaust e.g. a scorpion full stainless (£225) or if you have go some money a malossi exhaust (£390) by the time you have done this you will have to have your grin surgically removed from your face. Then when you have scratched your panels trying to get a grip on the power and start getting used to beating the boy racers in there golf gti`s you can get many more parts to go a little faster. Sadly the gilera runner has died because they can not meet the new emissions law and the 4 stroke runner has taken its place. If you have any questions about parts or accessories give me a ring on 0115 9392713 press two for parts and ask to speak to Craig, mail order available where ever you are.
What a scooter........I had a honda 125 and on mates advice changed it for a 125sp. As i knew the mechanic who sold me it i asked him to derestrict the bike. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and 115 mph........cant say i have had handling problems with it but would never swap it for nothing else. A Golf gti owning mate slagged the fact I had a scooter so said to him to race....imagine the look on his face when his ass got left standing. Great looks-great style-individuality......a modern classic!
I purchased a Gilera Runner 125sp today and i'm very happy with it - even though I just flew off it! This was purely my own fault as i'm an inexperienced driver who was trying to get a feel for the scooter and ended up getting a feel for the road too... If you're a newbie to scooters or motorcycles, please realise that, even though you may have the urge to pull the rev right back, it's not a good idea until you have had some good training on a bike. The Runner 125sp (2 stroke) is a very powerful bike in terms of acceleration, and if you're new to riding go as slow as possible before trusting yourself to go all out. Luckily i'm ok, but I have slighly damaged the bike :o( The left wing mirror has to be replaced and I've cracked the right-side casing......sorry, I just slipped into slight depression for a second or two there! Anyway, the scooter is great, and I don't mean to insult anyones intelligence with this warning, but I thought it might help those (like me) to be more careful when first riding their scooter. It may be a 125, but it certainly flies like a bullet.
The Gilera runner 125 is a fast and powerful machine which will do 0-60 in about 6.5seconds and will criuse to about 80. It is a single cylinder 2 stroke engine with a 123,5cc displacement. It has an electronic CDI injection with liquid cooling. The frame is cradled in stell tubes with pressed steel reinforcements. The front suspension is a telescopic fork with 30mm upside down shafts while the rear is a single arm hydraulic double effect damper and adjustable helicoidal spring. On the front of the scooter it has a 220 diameter stainless steel floating disc break while the rear has a larger 240 diameter stainless steel disc brake. The fuel tank capacity is 12 litresand consumption comes in at 25 kmpl. These scooters are very advanced in the fact that they can be personalised to your own tastes, different things can be done to improve your 125 such as sports exhaust and air filters, other things can be done such as smoked rear lights and indicaters, also mesh which can be fitted onto grills of the scooter to give it that custom look. You can get your 125 in a variety of colours and even get your own design including logos, names and glittery paint jobs. In my opinioun this machine is a very realible scooter which will give you a lot of speed and enjoyment
ive just recently got a Runner 125, and it is amazing, its the scooter which thinks its a motorcycle, it is designed for the most demanding of young sporty drivers, and that is what it is, it demands you to ride it (if you dare) and it is the most sporty scooter on the market. Gilera is one of only a few manufacturers to step out of the norm, and into something better. This sports scooter uses a motorcycle-type frame that really helps the handling, but looses its practicality. It rides like a motorcycle, it is stable with lots of power and great acceleration. It is much lighter than it looks and now features right way up forks, which helps the handling. A great thing about the crop of Runners is that they all come with a 12 litre tank, which means if you only use it to go to work and back, you will only have to fill up once a week. Also this scooter has great road presence, and it enjoys the occational trip to the ilse of Man for the weekend(As i have found out). The 125 comes in many colours, and you even have a choice of a 2-stroke or the slightly more expensive 4-stroke. The 125sp (2-stroke) costs only £2149 while the 125VX (4 stroke) costs £2299. Although the VX has less power, it is much more economical, and cheaper in the long run, because you dont need to keep filling up with 2-stroke oil every week. Overall this is a great bike, if you are 17, and havent got the money to get a car, but want to go fast, this is the scooter for you, now with £200 taken off the cost of insurance if you are 16-24, which should tempt you a little more, and even if you are over 25, the insurance wont be much. A top speed of 75mph, and if you weigh something like 12 stone, or even lighter then you can expect it to hit 0-60 in about 6.1 seconds, which means out accelerating boy racers and the occational porche would be a breeze. Just remember to slow down occationaly to get those all im
I love my Gilera Runner! Its got a few scratches on at the moment because of a little accident I had in the snow, but maybe one day I will replace the panels. It certainly doesnt affect the performance though. It can outrun even the fastest sports cars from stationary, although it cannot keep up at high speed. Its top speed is about 65mph on a flat road. When I first got it it took a couple of months to get used to the handling. If the wind is very strong you have to ride carefully, especially when the road is wet. Also if you are getting one, be very careful riding over sand in the road as you can easily lose grip of the road surface and fall off - as I found out! Fortunately though I invested in a proper jacket and a good helmet so I came through unharmed. There are a lot of new imitation motorcycles though now that are 124cc so it might also be worth exploring what else is available. Fuel economy is good. It costs around £7 to fill the tank up, and that lasts around 100 miles. *** Update *** It was really sunny and warm today so I cleaned my scooter for the first time in about a year. Its all shiny and new again. I have been riding around town for a couple of hours racing other people with scooters. Its definately a lot of fun and useful too. One extra star added!
Well, what can be said for my wee Runner 125? I've had it for a couple of years now and its done everything from daily commutes to motorways to Eire, Scotland and England. It does about 70mph, or 80 if you really tuck in behind the screen! Add on another 5-10mph for downhill and you can imagine how much fun this mere 125 actually is! It beats all but the sportiest 125 motorbikes hands down in terms of acceleration and top speed, and gives about 60-70mpg, despite me throwing it around as if Belfast was a race track! Super looking as well, I think most scoots on the roads look terrible, but even the wife likes this one. You can get a four stroke version of it, but don't - it CANNOT be as much fun as the 2-stroke! If your license allows up to a 125, this is the ONLY choice...