Gilera Runner SP 180 Reviews

2000 Gilera Runner SP 180 from United Kingdom

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance11400 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1100 RS

Summary:

A nippy little runaround

Faults:

Nothing as yet, and the previous owner had few problems.

General Comments:

Acceleration takes a few seconds to kick in from cold, but can be scary when it's warmed up.

The seat is quite high for shorties ie tiptoe at traffic lights, whereas with my BMW R1100 RS I am flat footed... be cagey going around roundabouts, not too stable...

Underseat helmet storage does not take some full face helmets.. my aria.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

2000 Gilera Runner SP 180 from United Kingdom

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired3300 miles
Most recent distance7500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB600F Hornet

Summary:

One deep barrel of astounding fun!

Faults:

Not much really, speedo cable went, er loose spark plug cap (I'm trying!), yep, that's it,

General Comments:

This is one best kept secret! Ignorance and dismissive remarks like 'moped', and 'chickenchaser' are met with a wry smile if you own a 180 SP, because you know, that they simply don't know what the 'ped' can do.

Embarrassing litre bike riders who should have spent more time honing their craft on one of these rather than shouting "I've got a big one! and a leather suit to match... Look!". Because while they wobble round roundabouts and anything else that ain't dead straight, where they open up as if to display prowess and roar past, that 'scooter' is still up their chuff 20 miles later, embarrassing them again, round the outside, reading 80, and the familiar upright roar happens over again. Let him go, as you chill steady 60, you've made the point, and besides, who's lesson is it next? Sunday morning hunting has never been such fun.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2008

2000 Gilera Runner SP 180 from United Kingdom

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 kilometres
Most recent distance1500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX-R600

Summary:

Stunning

Faults:

Corrosion on the left hand fork and front wheel.

Carb leaking.

Engine bushes gone.

Throttle cable.

Back light.

Head light.

General Comments:

This bike is great fun to ride on one wheel.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2006

2001 Gilera Runner SP 180 from United Kingdom

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

Fast for a scooter, but poor quality build

Faults:

New forks on recall.

Replacement auto choke under warranty.

Replacement seat under warranty.

Sticking centre stands.

Leaking LH fork seal.

Very poor fit & finish, corrosion on various parts and some bits fell off...

General Comments:

Great around town for commuting, I didn't want a weedy 100, so went for this as a small, but powerful scooter for commuting through traffic. Very quick compared to other scooters at a max of 85mph, but totally weedy compared to the Triumph 1200 I had before this (no real surprise there).

Fit & finish are terrible, corrosion everywhere and it's garaged/cleaned regularly. Still hits 80mph on the clock, so not all bad. Needs constant TLC & not really up to the rigours of winter.

Handling is far too bouncy and very much point & squirt. Corners horribly due to the cheapo suspension components.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

6th Aug 2008, 13:49

You still kept it for four years tho, eh?

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews