Predicted extinction date: 2023 Q2
Made by Italian company Piaggio under the popular Gilera brand, the Runner was first produced in 1997 as a performance line with liquid-cooled engines. It has since become an enduring favourite for many, particularly the DarkDream, which retains its popularity today.
Beginning life with a 50cc, early iterations came with two stroke engines: the 50DD (DarkDream) introduced a rear disc brake in 1998 and the first direct injection, Pureject 50, launched in 2003. Other models in this period include the FX and SP (125cc) and the FXR 180cc.
The first generation of the Runner range expanded with the introduction of VX 125 (124cc) and VXR 180 (180cc) four stroke engines models from 1998. The weight-to-power balance made this model a popular choice among stunt riders for performing wheelies.
The Runner range was refreshed with a 2nd generation and redesign which launched in 2005 and remains in production.