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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Runner is a long-term favourite in the scooter market, and for this year the original design was finally updated. Now four-stroke, the Runner is a sporty-looking and practical machine.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

125cc four-strokes are bland at the best of times – adding a CVT transmission makes them truly featureless. The Runner ST125 gets up to speed smoothly, efficiently but without excitement or a sense of urgency. It’s more than capable of keeping up with traffic though, and it’ll indicate over 70mph on a motorway, though that’s likely to be around 65mph in reality – enough for a safe journey, though revving it’s nuts off will become tiring.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Runner is one of the better handling engine-on-swingarm scooters, handling town scenarios with ease. On the open road it’s stable unless you try to change direction quickly, which upsets it. Ride quality is OK until you hit a larger bump or hole, when the over-sprung/under-damped suspension qualities that seem to afflict all Piaggio group scooters jolts you in the seat.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The obligatory underseat storage area takes a medium sized lid or enough kit for a day in the office, plus a small rack is fitted to take a topbox or strap items too. The dash is equipped with a clock and fuel gauge, the seat is big enough for two (though it’ll be slow going with a passenger). Two vents in the leg shields open to allow hot air from the radiator to pass over your legs, but the effect is barely noticeable. Compare and buy parts for the Gilera Runner 125 in the MCN Shop.

Gilera Runner 125 (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,121
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 14.5 bhp
Top speed 73 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

Fit and finish of the enveloping panels is good generally, though the unpainted footboard panels are a touch flimsy. The Gilera Runner needs a dedicated approach to cleaning, otherwise the metal parts will suffer with corrosion – exhausts are nearly impossible to keep rust free, as with most scooters. A wire-brush and a lick of high-temperature paint once in a while solve it though.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Runner 125 ST is a practical but enjoyable scooter to ride, and the looks are credible too, making it a perfect runabout for the young and stylish, though scooterists just looking for a runabout might be best of looking at something simpler and cheaper. Find a Gilera Runner 125 for sale.

Insurance

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Model History

Gilera Runner FX125 1998-2002: Powered by a two-stroke motor, the first Runner 125 was almost identical to the Runner 50 bar the engine. Still among scooter enthusiasts for it’s pokey, easily tuned engine.
Gilera Runner 125 SP 1999-2002: Largely identical to the FX125 except a slightly higher price and a rear disc brake.
Gilera Runner VX125 2001-2008: First of the four-stroke Runners outlasted the polluting two-stroke. Not as fast, but more reliable. Superseded by the ST125.

Other Versions

Gilera Runner 50 1997-1998: The first Runner – a two-stroke 50 legal for teenage novices was a success across Europe.
Gilera Runner 50DD: 1998-2002: A rear disc brake is added to the Runner 50.
Runner 50SP 1998-2008: Graphics changed over Runner 50DD.
Runner Purejet 50 2003-2008: Direct-injection two-stroke engine offers lower emissions, but harder to derestrict for 17+ year-olds, and pricier new.
Runner SP50 2008-current: Updated, restyled version of the original Runner retains the same virtues with a more modern look and feel.
Runner 180SP 1999-: The most iconic Runner model, the two-stroke 180SP has serious poke – enough to impress a motorcyclist, and enough to pull power-wheelies!
Runner FXR180 1998-2000: The four-stroke version of the biggest Runner offers better economy and no need to fill with two-stroke oil, but less excitement.
Runner VXR180 2001-2008: Updated version of the FXR180, with minor changes including rear disc brake.
Runner VXR200 2002-2008: The biggest ever Runner, the 200 matches the speed of the older 180SP, but still doesn’t manage the same excitement. The most suited to sustained high-speed riding, but still small enough to get around town.

Specifications

Top speed 73 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 14.5 bhp
Max torque 8.6 ft-lb
Weight 134 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 8.7 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke. CVT transmission.
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes 240mm disc, sliding two-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc, twin opposed-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-14
Rear tyre size 140/60-13

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