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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Italian manufacture Italjet are best known for their futuristic-looking Dragster scooter, which came into the UK from 1998-2003. With funky styling, a Ducati-type steel trellis frame and hub centre steering the Dragster has developed a cult following, and spawned dedicated websites like There are still companies providing spares, accessories and tuning parts, like You can still see modified versions out there scooter and even drag racing. There are three versions available: D50LC, D125LC and D180LC. You’ll need a full licence for the 180cc model.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

All engines are single cylinder liquid-cooled two-strokes with an electric start and CVT ‘twist-and-go’ transmission. There are three capacities: 49cc (2.4bhp@6000rpm), 123.54cc (14.5bhp@7500rpm), 175.75cc (19.4bhp@8000rpm).

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Dragster has all the benefits of a conventional scooter, it can zip through traffic and it’s practical with its automatic gearbox, comfy riding position and underseat storage. Unlike a typical scooter the handling is tighter thanks to a stiff chassis, front and rear disc brakes and wide tyres. 


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Dragster is pretty special, as far as scooters go, it has lots of cool design touches, has Bimota hub centre-steering with a chunky front swingarm and exposed yellow-springed shocks. Buy parts for the Dragster in the MCN Shop. 

Italjet Dragster (1998-2003)

Detail Value
Engine size cc
Power 14.5 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Dragster is well built but they’re getting old now and many will be showing their age, especially if used and abused by inexperienced riders. It’s still easy to get spares and tuning parts, though.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Available in the UK between 1998 and 2003, mint condition machines are slowly becoming collector’s items, with the 125 being the most sought after. Expect to pay around £1500 for a one in good nick. Find an Italjet Dragster for sale.


Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

Model imported into the UK from 1998-2003

Other Versions

Italjet Dragster D50LC
Italjet Dragster D125LC
Italjet Dragster D180LC


Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 14.5 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 120 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax -
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Preload adjustable
Front brakes 175m disc
Rear brake 240 disc
Front tyre size 120/70 11in
Rear tyre size

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • It-all-Jets


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've now had my 180 for ten years and it hasn't missed a beat.1 new battery, 1 new front tyre, 2nd rear, no rust. recently uprated front bulbs for daytime riding 25w to 35w. 11,500 Kms. All the kids love to stop & look. Immac. Downside.? Struggles to start if left for some time even with fully charged battery. If battery is flat then kickstart is good standby. Have passed a bunch of ducati's down hill @85mph (indicated & head down-bum-up)Impressed them.P.S. photo to follow

    06 January 2010


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