The Gilera Runner is a scooter produced and sold by Italian company Piaggio under the Gilera brand. Originally designed by Luciano Marabese of Marabese Design Srl, it is noted for its high performance, unusual style, and good handling. Initially, it was only available with two-stroke engines.; however, 125 cc and 180 cc four-stroke versions arriving in 2001. The larger two-stroke versions were phased out. The model range was given a facelift in 2005 with an all-new model making its debut in 2009. All 50 cc Runner models were limited to a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h) to comply with European regulations. The only ones not restricted were the 125, 180. The 50cc model went through many revisions and reworkings. Working on one of these bikes, and you find that you’ve hit a brick wall having a Gilera Runner service manual may help you find a way around that brick wall.
The 125 cc (7.6 cu in) FX Runner was unveiled in 1998 and was seen to have much of the same styling as the 50cc. In 1999, the FXR 180 cc (11 cu in) was launched and was the fastest of the Runners. It was noted for its great handling and high performance. One downside was it had terrible mpg.
The first generation of Gilera Runner had some four-stroke variants. I the mid-2000s, the VXR 180 was replaced by the larger capacity VXR 200 (198 cc). The four-stroke Runner was equipped with a four-valve, liquid-cooled version of Piaggio's LEADER engine.
A second generation of the Runner was the first Runner to be given a significant redesign since its original introduction on to the market. In 2005, the reworked models were launched with a line up of three models which included the two-stroke carburetor SP 50, fuel-injected Purejet 50, and the four-stroke VX 125. Later, a revised VXR 200 was made available in spring 2006. The current model lineup consists of Runner ST 200 and Runner ST 125 with both using the LEADER 4-valve engine. So, remember if you ever need help servicing your Runner, having a Gilera Runner workshop manual can make the job go smoother.