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GILERA RUNNER 125 (2009-on) Review

Published: 19 August 2009

Updated: 10 October 2019

A long-term favourite in the scooter market

Gilera Runner 125

A long-term favourite in the scooter market

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  14.5 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  106 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £3,121

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Runner is a long-term favourite in the scooter market, and for 2009 the original design was finally updated.

Now four-stroke, the Runner is a sporty-looking and practical machine. It's suitable to ride on a provisional UK car licence as long as you've completed a CBT.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 2 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £3,121
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £100
Max power 14.5 bhp
Max torque 8.6 ft-lb
Top speed 73 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 106 miles
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4v liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke. CVT transmission.
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 8.7 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 134kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload only
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their GILERA RUNNER 125 (2009-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your GILERA RUNNER 125 (2009-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

20 September 2015 by Jordan

Easy to fit parts not very expensive parts and easy to get hold of parts

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Very comfortable for long distances
3 out of 5
Very reliable never had no problems with it not very powerful but expected from 125
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Full tank 150 160 miles
3 out of 5
Buying experience


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