Gilera VXR200 Runner review
The Gilera Runner is a scooter manufactured by Italian company Piaggio under the Gilera brand. The first generation of Gilera Runner had four-stroke variants added initially in VX 125 (124 cc) and VXR 180 guises. The VXR 180 was replaced by the larger capacity VXR 200 (198 cc) in mid 2002. The four-stroke Runner was equipped with a liquid cooled, four valve version of Piaggio's LEADER engine. All of these models came with a factory fitted immobiliser with programmed keys. A second generation of the Runner saw the first major redesign since its original introduction. The revised models were launched in 2005 with a line up of three models which consisted of the two-stroke carburettor SP 50, fuel injected Purejet 50 and the four-stroke VX 125. A revised VXR 200 became available in spring 2006. The current model line up consists of Runner ST 125 and Runner ST 200 which utilize the LEADER 4-valve engine.
The upgraded Gilera VXR 200 is as entertaining as an urban sports scooter can get. The top-heavy front end and tapering rear are designed to mimic a proper sports motorcycle, and the handling gets close to that standard. The 19bhp liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine snaps away from standstill like a greyhound after a rabbit. Acceleration is faster than the power rating implies. In the zero to 50 miles per hour range common in stop-and-go use, this Runner is a class leader. The bigger engine gives it just enough oomph to be practical on short motorway runs, too.
The Runner 200's big, light-alloy, six-spoke wheels mount a 120/70 tyre at the front and a 140/60 at the rear. Stability is excellent and it corners so competently. You need a proper motorcycle licence to ride it, but exploiting the big Runner's handling potential requires a bit of experience. You pay for this power and manoeuvrability with an almost total absence of practicality. Under the Runner's seat there is just about room for a G-string or a packet of cigarettes. Both simultaneously would be pushing it. But what it lacks in space, the Gilera makes up for in looks. It is svelte and aggressive - particularly in the classic shiny black livery offered as an alternative to red, grey and yellow trim.More specs and user manual of Runner VXR you can see in next overview.
Gilera VXR200 Runner specifications
Model: Gilera Runner VXR200
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 198ccm (12.08 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder
Bore x stroke: 72x48.6mm (2.8 x 1.9 inches)
Fuel control: SOHC
Dry weight: 123kg
Seat height: 855mm (33.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall length: 1855mm
Overall width: 740mm
Chassis and dimensions
Frame type: Cradled in steel tubes with pressed steel
Front suspension: Telescopic fork with РЁ 35 mm
Rear suspension: Two dual effect hydraulic dampers, helicoidal spring adjustable to four positions
Front brakes: Single disc. 220mm stainless steel floating disc with dual piston calliper
Front brakes diameter: 220mm (8.7 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. 220mm stainless steel disc, calliper with two opposed pistons
Rear brakes diameter: 220 mm (8.7 inches)
Fuel capacity: 8.6 litres (2.27 gallons)