Released in 1997, Gilera Runner was sold worldwide in more than three hundred thousand copies. A successful design of scooter and a huge booster potential played an important role. Its frame due to a high level of hardness allowed to set the scooter with quite powerful engines without changes at suspension. Therefore, after the first version of Runner that had 50 cc engine, more powerful stroke Runner FX 125 was released, and after a while - the most powerful in the lineup Runner FXR 180 has appeared. Over time, the older models were equipped with four-stroke engines. In late 2005, Gilera has introduced an updated lineup of Runner scooters with an engine volume of 50 and 125 cm3, and in the early 2006 the line was completed with updated 200-cubes model.
The most important element of the scooter is its engine. The choice of power units fell upon well-established Piaggio Hi-Per2 Pro and Hi-Per2 Pro PureJet for 50-cubic Runner SP and Runner PureJet, as well as four stroke four-valve Piaggio LEADER, with volume of 124 and 198 cm3 for Runner VX 125 and Runner VXR 200. 50-cc engine came attenuated in standard equipment to fit the maximum allowed in Europe speed of 45 km / h. Older models demonstrate stunning performance power: Runner VX 125 produces 15 hp and 11.7 Nm of torque and can accelerate to 106 km / h. The flagship of the model line boasts of nineteen hp and 17 Nm, that is enough for achievement of top speed of 120 kilometers per hour.
Duplex steel frame was modernized with increasing of its torsional stiffness. The tunnel between the driver's feet has enough place for the fuel tank. It has lost a few liters of volume, but it was situated lower than in the previous version of the scooter, thereby the center of gravity was lowered. Suspension of the scooter has a good energy capacity. All new models are equipped with a reinforced brake hose of rear brake. Front brake on all the motorcycles Gilera Runner is equipped with two-piston calipers, while the rear is equipped with a single-piston. There are 14 inch wheels in front and 13-inch at the rear.