Written on: 20/01/2013 by brakenoodle (24 reviews written)
I had my Gilera 180 from new. I was impressed by the quality of the plastics against the Peugeots in the shop and the bike was comfy with the added storage under the seat that will take a helmet. Over 5 years of ownership I did 25,000 miles and got rid of it when the repair bill made it uneconomical to repair. From just wear and tear it started to destroy itself. Exhausts lasted about 18 months and were not cheap at £225 each. In 5 years I needed three exhausts and the second one exploded... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2010
Can't fault it. If you wanted mileage, should have gone for a 4 stroke. The convenience and sheer zip is fantastic. Servicing?? Oh..you mean a new plug and cap, squeeze out the airfilter and ummm..uh..well thats it realy till next year. Not had the bits falling off and low mileage problems. Has anyone timed them 0-85 mph? I'm using a 2000 FXR 180 which I will only part with for something better, not seen it yet!
Perhaps you can help with the cold start problem; it chuggs for about 400 yds or... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2009 by mikebikekite (3 reviews written)
I normally ride big bikes but was given a Gilera Runner while my BMW GS 1200 was being repaired. At first I was a bit embarrased about being on a scooter - 10 minutes later I couldn't stop laughing. I was amazed how much fun this thing was, . When I gave it back to the garage I just went straight out and bought one for myself.
I owned it for 5 years, rode it every day and pretty much every day it was involved in some form of race. There was something gratifying about racing a sub 200cc... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2008
So sluggish off the mark and at traffic lights my sons Aprilla 50 two stroke (unrestricted) beats it. I doesn't matter that water leaks out of the radiator if you fill it to the mark but it shouldn't. It is just not well put together. The stickers blew off in the wind and the overall quality is rubbish. What ever happened to the old model! (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2008 by runnerchappie (1 review written)
I knew I ' d get along with this scoot, but I never thought I ' d LOVE it! Every ride is a buzz, I find myself out just for ridings sake, like I used to on my Hornet, (another stonking little bike capable of more than it has a right to be...) the unaware still think it's just a scoot, but the SP180 is much more than they'll ever know, until they wonder what is overtaking them round the outside of the roundabout and disappears up the road! (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2008 by chaosthejoker (1 review written)
Had mine for 4 years, for use in summer, always starts first time after winter break. Slighty tuned and very quick 80 plus. (read more)
Written on: 25/12/2007
This bike was my dream for a while and when I finally got my Gilera Runner the front wheel didn't touch the floor. This is a good bike for people who get a buzz on miles of wheelies or the power of overtaking in traffic. (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2007 by mattybatty (4 reviews written)
Excellent bike, generously sized fuel tank that used to last for ages, used this on mud-tracks to motorways, always performed well with no trouble, in the time I had it, it never missed a beat and never went wrong, amazing acceleration, would easily leave behind geared 125s and other scooters. (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2006 by HOOT
This Gilera Runner 180 bike is great to wheelie! The front lifts so easy and both mine with minor mods, hits a true 90+. That's off the clock!
Engine bushes go every 1500km but it might just be the way I ride. This bike doesnt handle round any corner well.
However, get one of these bikes and get on one wheel, that is what these 180s are for! (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2005 by Styve100 (6 reviews written)
I have had 2 Gilera Runner 180s and loved every minute, the ride is so entertaining. I took to scooters after a major accident rendered me unable to handle my BMW any more, I missed 2 wheels so tried a scooter, had one now for nearly 6 years.
The 180 is brilliant, doesn't like ticking over from cold just get on and ride, the weight is very good. Acceleration is entertaining and leaves anything on the road. A good selection of tuning stuff is available too if you want more go. Bad points are... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2005 by gianstrabo (2 reviews written)
I have only test-driven this scooter, so my experience is limited to a 8km journey. However going from my current 50cc ride to this beast was quite a step. Upon straddling the rather highish seat (I'm 5'10" and its still high), I can get myself on with the ball of each foot touching the ground comfortably, but once up and running the position is very stable, as the bike has most of its heavy components near the centre and bottom of the frame, so it handles more like a motorbike than a... (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2004 by jimhill
From buying the Gilera Runner 180 Scooter brand new Until my 180 got nicked I used it from time to time around central London with only one trip to Brighton. just over 3 years approx 1500 miles. During that time it required new throttle cable, battery, speedo instrument cluster, in addition the cylinder head came loose causing the coolant to be lost. My complaint of poor handling was never adressed by the dealer another dealer cited sticking forks. Good riddance (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2004 by Newsomef (1 review written)
I have owned this Gilera Runner 180 FXR Sport Scooter for the past three years and I have riden it from Auckland to Queenstown in New Zealand and ride it on weekend trips with Friends who have rather large Italian bikes. Although I can not do the speeds of theirs I can how ever easily get 130kms/ph from the gilera with not to much twitching from it. Has a well padded seat for the long journey and this is one good looking scooter.
I have used the bike around Auckland city NZ to and from work... (read more)
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