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Gilera GP 800 Scooter | Euro Preview

2011 Gilera Scooter

The whole notion of scooters being docile little excuses for two-wheel transportation, with only vague resemblance to a full fledge motorcycle, has been gradually undone over the past decade.

Increasingly, manufacturers have begun offering a wider array of models to garner market share. And nothing quite grabs attention like size and claims to being the most powerful and fastest.

In keeping with this theme, Gilera boasts having the world’s fastest and most powerful scooter, the GP 800. That’s right, 839cc of muscle hiding beneath a shapely veneer of Italian bodywork.

Gilera is positioning the GP 800 as having all the benefits of a traffic savvy scooter for inner city commuting but with enough spirit to take to the open highway, allowing the owner to feel like a legitimate part of the motorcycle clan.

At the heart of the scooter is a liquid-cooled, V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder and electronic ignition. The result: 75 horsepower, which earns the GP 800 status as the fastest, most powerful scooter available.

An automatic transmission makes the Gilera easy to master while ergonomics are suited to all day comfort, making the scooter an actual candidate for medium to long-range touring.

The new double cradle steel tube frame provides the GP 800 with open road stability without compromising inner city maneuverability. The Piaggio-developed V-twin was designed for performance with reliability but within the company’s self-imposed mandates at being an industry leader with respect for the environment.

Performance is one aspect, design flow is another. Gilera culls from a rich Italian heritage, infusing the GP 800 with an attractive design flow of bodywork lines and wedged aerodynamics. Hollow five spoke aluminum alloy wheels (16″ front/15″ rear) help reduce un-sprung weight, aiding suspension response and improving handling.

Dual 300mm discs mated to Brembo calipers on the front and a single 280mm disc on the back work in concert with the V-twin’s available engine braking to provide exceptional stopping performance.

The Gilera GP 800, redefining exactly where a scooter ends and a motorcycle begins.

GILERA GP 800: Specifications

Engine 90° longitudinal V-twin, 4 stroke.
Engine capacity 839.3 cc.
Bore 88 mm.
Stroke 69 mm.
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1.
Max power at driveshaft 75 hp (55.16 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max torque 73 Nm at 5,750 rpm
Exhaust Closed loop

system with Lambda probe and three-way catalytic converter.

Timing system SOHC (single

overhead camshaft), 4 valves, electronic fuel injection.

Ignition Electronic

inductive discharge ignition, variable timing. Electronic control unit with

engine immobiliser and warning LED. Automatic fuel shutoff in case of

tip-over. Twin spark ignition.

Starter Electric.
Cooling Liquid with

three-way thermostat.

Gears Belt primary

drive. CVT (continuously variable transmission) with engine braking effect. Chain final drive.

Clutch Centrifugal clutch.
Frame Double cradle,

high strength tubular steel trellis.

Front suspension 41 mm aluminium

alloy telescopic hydraulic fork; 122 mm wheel travel.

Rear suspension Aluminium alloy

swingarm with laterally mounted, horizontal, hydraulic monoshock. Seven-position spring preload

adjustment. 130 mm vertical wheel travel

Front brake Double, 300 mm

semi-floating stainless steel discs with two Brembo double piston floating

calipers.

Rear brake 280 mm stainless

steel disc; floating caliper with two opposing pistons.

Front wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 3.50×16”.
Rear wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 4.50×15”.
Front tire Tubeless radial, 120/70  R 16”.
Rear tire Tubeless radial, 160/60  R 15”.
Length 2,230 mm
Width 800 mm
Wheelbase 1,585 mm
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel tank capacity 18.5 litres (including 3 litre reserve).
Max speed Approx. 200 km/h
Emissions Euro 3
Max angle of lean (rider

only)

45°
Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) 5.7 sec
Engine 90° longitudinal V-twin, 4 stroke.
Engine capacity 839.3 cc.

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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