ITALJET DRAGSTER 125 (1998-2003) Review

Published: 05 January 2010

"With funky styling, a Ducati-type steel trellis frame and hub centre steering the Dragster has developed a cult following"

Italjet Dragster

"With funky styling, a Ducati-type steel trellis frame and hub centre steering the Dragster has developed a cult following"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  14.5 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  157 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 5 out of 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 www.italjetdragster.com. There are still companies providing spares, accessories and tuning parts, like www.italjet.co.uk. 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

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. 

Engine 5 out of 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).

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their ITALJET DRAGSTER 125 (1998-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

It-all-Jets

06 January 2010 by VRodVelo

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) One year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 14.5 bhp
Max torque 8 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 157 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 120kg
Front suspension Preload adjustable
Rear suspension Preload adjustable
Front brake 175m disc
Rear brake 240 disc
Front tyre size 120/70 11in
Rear tyre size 130/70 12

History & Versions

Model history

Model imported into the UK from 1998-2003

Other versions

Italjet Dragster D50LC
Italjet Dragster D125LC
Italjet Dragster D180LC

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