ITALJET DRAGSTER 125 (1998 - 2003) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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).
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Single-cylinder two-stroke|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||65 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||14 bhp|
|Max torque||8 ft-lb|
|Top speed||70 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||157 miles|
Model history & versions
Model imported into the UK from 1998-2003
Italjet Dragster D50LC
Italjet Dragster D125LC
Italjet Dragster D180LC
Owners' reviews for the ITALJET DRAGSTER 125 (1998 - 2003)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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