Gilera Runner VXR 200 — The Scooter Review

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Gilera Runner VXR 200

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Forecast…cold, and thunderstorms in the area with gusting up to 50kph (30mph). like the perfect time for a trip. Really that’s I did. I loaded up my trusty squeezed my camera gear the Runner and headed off into the Now you’re probably wondering why on I chose to do this now.

we only have most bikes for a fairly limited and in this case the weather had and was going to continue to be…crap the technical term). So it was now or never. The I chose camping was I really to see if the Gilera could function to a fully fledged motorcycle.

My would take me a total of 250kms (155miles) on city winding secondary roads and motorway travel on the way home. Not a I would normally take on a The Gilera Runner VXR is not however a scooter.

The Runner is kind of a scooter/motorcycle; its unusual frame there is no step through but it more than makes up for it its added rigidity. I’m very familiar with the Runner as I have owned a few of over the years. I haven’t ridden the new four …

The older 2 … version is a bike and is still one of the most performance scooters.

So this new … Runner has a lot to live up did it? Well there’s a bit of yes and a bit of no. First off the Damn the new Runner is one cool scooter.

If you’re like me and modern sporty looking then it is likely you’ll dig how the looks. Gilera certainly to be hitting their stride in the department of late. Like Gilera’s the VXR is built to a very standard with quality and quality workmanship. I must say that I did notice a few rusty on the Runner. Strange because not something I’ve seen on a before.

Hopefully it was a one off.

On the road the Runner is a lot more than most scooters. The engine and low overall weight the VXR 200 one of the quickest non-maxi scooters on the The Runner easily dispatches city traffic with a simple twist of the throttle.

I there aren’t many that would make it town as fast as a Runner. The on the Gilera are a lesson to other manufacturers; big solid disc front and back. The Runner is one of the stopping bikes I’ve ridden. In fact from low say 50kph (31mph), the Runner have to beat most

It really is that good.

with the Runner is also to be pretty easy. The 200cc … engine returns (67MPG) which is a significant over the poor economy of the two … version. Obviously not as frugal as some bikes but who as you’ll be going MUCH than pretty much else. Gilera have added a remote release for the seat storage area on the Just push the key and voila…the is unlocked.

Funny, because I looked for a key by the seat for about…well I won’t say how as it’s kind of embarrassing. forgot to put a sign on the ignition to indicate it opened the seat, so not a complete ….

Handling the Runner is a complex bike. The few rides on the Runner are unlikely to much confidence where is concerned. The reason is altitude. See the seat is literally miles in the this is great for seeing traffic, but arse when it to high performance riding.

In the ‘sitting on the toilet’ riding of most scooters does not them to knee down carving; the higher the seat the worse it gets. It’s the smaller bodied scooters a Suzuki Address 125 are so much to throw around. It’s a shame that Gilera seem to understand this as it completely transform the Runner if could lower the seat five inches.

The ‘no’ bits come It’s awfully sad to see what was great become less See the Runner was always the badass for riders who, like me, to hoon around like mad The new bike is no longer the king. not even the queen…I think it may be a jack.

Gilera Runner VXR 200

First off the older is faster, yep, read it and Even an older well 180SP from 1999 whip the new Runner in a drag The new Honda SH300 will be quicker too.

The real let though is the sound. The engine like a bland piece of being beaten on an even concrete box by a very bland guy Bob.

Now it must be said, I did a modified Gilera Runner VXR 200 and it sounded awesome. The owner had away the horribly restrictive exhaust and replaced the air box with a KN filter. With those mods the bike took on a new feeling. It also seems the of the CVT transmission and smooth torque of the engine combine to make the simply ‘feel slow’.

When I did time the bike I it wasn’t quite as slow as I I guess it’s all just a bit too for me.

Summing up the Gilera Runner VXR 200. The really is a fantastic bike; it much deserves a test from anybody who wants a reliable scooter that eat B-roads and motorways for breakfast. for old fans of the two … Runner the new is just a bit soft. It’s the new BMW 3 series models.

Each new is bigger, heavier and even than the last. Better but not more fun to drive. The latest 08 has a few styling updates from the tested but is basically the same

Still, it’s certainly much worth a look as cheaper than a Vespa GTS 250 and more fun to ride.

Now what are going to do? Are they just to hand the performance scooter onto Honda or somebody Piaggio Group who own Gilera a new 300cc engine that to be a total and utter waste of

First it’s actually 278cc and basically makes the power as the 250cc it replaces. have already added it to the and I imagine it’ll slot the Runner soon enough. Now if think they can compete Honda’s SH300 (which 27hp) they’ll either a new engine or at least tune new motor to the same power…otherwise stay a jack when could be king

Price NZ UK £2,799

Gilera Runner VXR 200
Gilera Runner VXR 200


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