2012 Vespa Runner "White Soul"
After the success of the special “Black
Soul” version, in 2012 Runner doubles the chromatic
offer with a new and extremely sporty “White
In this special series, the matt grey/silver
livery enhances the gritty personality of the vehicle,
also emphasised by the numerous co-ordinated details:
there are sleek silver graphics decorating the saddle
and fairing, Gilera and Runner are written in silver
on the sides and the lines that edge the wheel rims
are also silver in colour.
Streamline, aggressive and racing look; two brilliant
liquid cooled engines; a top-notch chassis characterised
by its lightweight and superior rigidity; 14”
front wheel and top-class braking system. These are
the characteristics that make the Gilera Runner the
sporting scooter par excellence, the perfect “link
in the chain” between a scooter and a motorbike
which summarises the concept of a "scooter with
the heart of a motorbike".
The stylish and racing profile of the Gilera Runner
hides a chassis which goes beyond the levels currently
used on sport scooters.
The double cradle chassis is made from high strength
steel with pressed metal reinforcement, following
a completely new construction design in the search
for maximum torsional rigidity and the highest possible
capacity for shock absorption. On the road this translates
into rigourous dynamic performance and complete usability
of the power generated by the engine.
The Runner chassis design allows the centre of gravity
to be lowered – even the fuel tank is located
under the central tunnel – and the vehicle weight
to be centred in order to obtain maximum agility and,
at the same time, riding precision and stability.
The suspension also follows the Runner design philosophy
aimed at performing excellence. The 50cc version adopts
a 30 mm upside-down fork while the 200 and 125 versions
are equipped with 35 mm "conventional forks".
At the rear, for the 50cc version, a single hydraulic
shock absorber smooths the road, while on the 200
and 125 the group consists of a spring preload adjustable
double hydraulic shock.
The “White Soul” edition of the Gilera
Runner also has large wheels. The wheel rims, made
of lightweight alloy in a sporting, six spoke design,
are 14" at the front and 13" at the rear
and mount 120/70 tyres at the front and 140/60 at
These are truly sporting sizes to guarantee absolutely
excellent stability and banking angles never before
seen in the scooter world. And all of this without
ever losing control of the bike.
In the sporting ride of the Runner Black soul, the
braking system takes on a crucial role. In the spirit
of safety on the road, thrilling braking power and
extremely short stopping distances are guaranteed
by the dual disc system (front and rear) both on the
50cc version (220 mm at the front and 175 mm at the
rear), and on the 200 and 125 versions (240 mm front
and 220 mm rear). Also, the front end the entire family
of new Runners mounts a dual piston floating calliper.
Runner White Soul 125 is driven by a highly-responsive
and powerful 125cc 4-stroke, 4 valve, water cooled
engine from the Leader family, which reaches an outstanding
14.5 HP. Rideable with a regular passenger car license,
the Runner 125 provides brilliant performance, especially
in terms of acceleration and progression, entirely
at ease in the urban and metropolitan environment
with its frequent "stop and go" traffic.
The 50cc version of Runner is at the top of its category,
guaranteeing performance with maximum mileage and
extremely low emissions. Lightning fast acceleration
and progressive pickup characterise this ultra-modern
unit which guarantees a leading role among carburettor
version scooters for Runner Black Soul.
Both engines are top performers and make the new
Gilera really “take off at the lights”.