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i bought my gilera runner180 in spain £1600 new. Kept it two years and did 10000 miles. Fantastic machine, very fast have had an indicated 150 kmph no problem. Will cruise at 70mph two without trouble. It handles well is very quick of the mark, 50 t0 80 mph in a flash. just a little tall for me could only just get my toes down solo but ok with a pillion. reliability 100%, the longest journey i did was 195m, mostly used it for shopping trips of 6 or 7 miles. Drove it fairly hard , and was very happy with it, however my wife was not so keen, and i sold it and bought a new car. Can't make up my mind wheather to buy the new vxr 200 or go for a bigger bike, as i don't believe that it is as quick as the 2t 180,but would like to get back on two wheels .spend most of my time in southern spain, not much rain to contend with, and i guess i will have to leave the wife at home.
After using my Yamaha 600 everyday to commute to work I used to more or less see the same guys on their 500s, 600s, 750s and bigger and we used to acknowledge each other at the lights in the mornings or on the way back from London to Croydon on an evening. Well that one got stolen so I got myself a Gilera FX 180.
I set off for work at the same time and seen the usual lads on their big superbikes and acknowledged them but they just laughed at me - very annoying! So I let rip when the lights changed and watched through mirrors them trying to catch up with me! What a laugh - they talked more about the Gilera after that and I was the one who was laughing. The smaller wheels obviously take a little getting used to cornering with the higher position but soon get used to it. Great little 'Runner' - only had to fill up 1 and half times a week for a 26 six mile daily journey. A cracking little bike.
Mine is the Gilera Runner VXR 180 four stroke.
I part-exchanged a Piaggio B125 against it (a big wheeled scooter).
Fuel economy is not as good as a 125, i manage about 60mpg (BUT, i mainly do flat out A roads, mostly at an indicated 85mph, but i expect it is realistically in the high 70's.
The accelaration is very good, much better than a 125.
The build quality seems good, there is much less plastic than other scooters on it, so things like oil changes and variator belt changes are much easier.
I have changed the standard exhaust for a Thunder carbon superbike exhaust (louder,lighter and wont rust).
So far, it appears well built (for a scooter),fast,reliable and reasonably economical. The lights are also very good, and the handling is much better than i expected (i ride a 2002 fuel injected R1 in good weather)
Out of the scooters i have owned (speedfight 100,Honda Lead,Piaggio B125) this is the best without doubt. Much cheaper to run than your traditional winter hack, where tyres/chains ect make them more expensive to run.
Oh, and the seating position is very high, i touch the floor on tip toes, and when you overtake white van man you look down on him!
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Joy of joys i purchased a 1 year old second hand SP180 . Great fun bike but to bikers that are used to japanese engineering BEWARE!!!. Little thing like the brakes not working properly and small bit like the exhaust falling off can be quite alarming at times. The rust i can live with and the speedo that give indicative readings that aways make me sweat when going through the speed camera's. If you buy a Gilera expect a great looking bike but not one built to last.
this is one mad scooter it will leave most superbikes at the lights, is capable of about 90mph my dad had one i took it out for a test ride and was going round a roundabout at 30mph and i was coming out the other side and opened up the throttle and the front wheel went flying in to the air and im still leaning the bike over, the front is very light if u want to pull away from some wear fast you need to lean on the front or u will be on ur arse i loved this bike but i think it could do with bigger wheels it is an ideal commuter bike and the reliability is good. The one complaint i had was that the petrol tank was to small but not every things perfect.
A few things to take into consideration The performance of the scooter is undeniably fast and this makes it the pick of the Gilera?s for performance. When buying a scooter / 180 take the following into account. The ability to move through traffic is greatly enhanced by the smaller wheel diameter, although if you have been a motorcycle rider you may find that the small wheels make the ride and cornering a little skittish and pot holes turn into craters. The constant velocity transmission can rattle a little and normally this is simply some dry linkages in the clutch mechanism but make sure that it is not a transmission failure by taking it to a dealer who repair a lot of scooters. The earlier models <99 did not have adjustable rear shock absorbers and the rear brake was a drum rather than a disc. The un-adjustable shock is not really a problem unless you are very light / heavy or plan to use it for pillioning a lot. The rear drum is quite a poor performer in terms of braking performance and can get slightly out of round. When this happens you will hear a pulsating squeaking noise when using the rear brake and more critically produces the effect of brake going on and off . This is quite unsafe when cornering in the wet hence they replaced it with a disc. Go for the rear disc brake if possible. Do not assume that your helmet will fit in the under seat compartment, quite a few do not, especially the full face L and XL sizes. It is worth securing some of the plastic panels (rear brake light, side vents etc), as they are often stolen simply by thieves unscrewing them. I stopped this by replacing the phillips head screws with tamper proof ones. The warranty on the Gilera?s has often been extended to 3 years, but to make a claim on warranty (even small claims) you need to be able to produce / prove a full service history every time! Normally this is in the service book but if you do not have it Gilera will NOT replace it. Without it you
need to have all the receipts to prove the FSH (full service history). If you are missing some make sure that Gilera?s warranty department will substantiate them. Without this the warranty is potentially worthless. As far as longevity goes you must remember that it is a scooter and not designed for the rigours that a motorbike is designed to handle, so if you ride it carefully it will be fine, but any rough treatment will substantially shorten its life.
I have been riding bikes for years and I thought long and hard about which scooter to buy to commute on and finally decided on the Gilera 180 runner.For anyone with a full bike licence it is the ideal commuting or second bike . It's easy to ride and easily does 90 mph and is happiest doing 60mph where it cruises along. It's great for the open road and dual carraige way. For a scooter it road holding capabilities cannot be faulted. It's a powerful bike for its size and one person is easily carried. The seating is comfy for rider and pillion although when carrying two largish people it can be a little uncomfortable.It has a compartment under the seat to store your helmet and/or small items of shopping. It also comes with leg warming air vents which I haven't needed to use as yetr As you would expect from a make like Gilera the build quality is excellent and the braking capabilities are good enough to stop this scotter mid flight.If you have a bike licence it is well worth the extra money to upgrade from a 125 as the running and insurance costs are the same.