FIRST LOOK: GILERA GP800

A twin-cylinder, 8-valve 850cc engine with a 75 hp power output.

Scooters are definitely no longer what they used to be.

Gilera has turned conventional thinking upside down with its new Gilera GP 800. The question is how to define this product. Is it a hyper-scooter? A super-GT? A mega-scooter? We’ll let you decide.

Amazing. That’s one way to describe the Gilera GP 800, starting from its looks — impressive, dynamic, minimalist lines that trace their origins to the Italian motorcycling tradition. The running gear includes a strong frame made of steel tubes that houses a groundbreaking 90° V-twin, 8-valve, liquid-cooled engine. Its 75 hp shaft power and torque of over 76 Nm make it impossible to compare the Gilera GP 800 to any other scooter on the market.

Technology

Every feature of the Gilera GP 800 was designed, developed and produced to make it the undisputed King of the Road. Each design element and technical feature on the scooter testifies to a revolutionary project created around the very first V-twin scooter engine and meant to dominate the category: the final transmission is belt-driven; the large aluminium fork is anchored to a hydraulic single shock, mounted laterally in a horizontal position with seven-position spring preload; the aluminium fork has 41 mm shafts. The wheels (16” in front, with a 120/70 tyre, and 15” rear with a 160/60 tyre) ensure road grip and steering precision worthy of a motorcycle.

Stopping power is provided by two 300 mm steel disks in front, gripped by two Brembo dual-piston floating calipers, and a 280 mm rear disk.

Styling

The surface treatment, absolutely innovative for a scooter, alternates concave and convex sections; a careful study of surface reflection gives the overall look unique dynamicity. A front end that seems to slice through the air to attack the road is contrasted by a sleek, slender rear end that highlights the vehicle’s manoeuvrability. The wraparound chassis shields and encloses the rider.

The exclusivity of the GP 800’s styling can also be seen in the details, from the aluminium handlebars and the seat upholstery to the aluminium wheel rims with concave spokes and the light alloy fork. This is attention to detail in the best Italian tradition.

New roads

The Gilera GP 800 is meant for people who seek the performance and all the sensations of riding that only motorcycles were so far capable of offering, without having to sacrifice the practicality of a scooter.

The daily commute on a scooter turns into a new, exciting and gratifying experience on a Gilera GP 800. Like any other scooter, it is perfect for everyday use because of its manoeuvrability, twist-and-go transmission with the addition of an engine braking effect, perfect ergonomics and high level of comfort thanks to an extra-protective front shield and the size of the underseat storage bay, which takes a full-faced helmet.

However, it is the Gilera GP 800’s unique performance that really determines its extraordinary versatility. Power, speed and acceleration levels are unprecedented for an automatic transmission vehicle, so the rider finds it only natural to travel well beyond the city limits. In fact, the Gilera GP 800’s engine and running gear open up new horizons on rides out of town to make medium and long-distance tourism extremely enjoyable.

Whether it’s a ride on the motorway down to the sea, a steep climb up a mountain pass or a gently curving hilly road, get on your Gilera GP 800 to boldly go where no scooter has gone before. Until now, that is.

 

GILERA GP 800: Technical specifications

 

Engine 90° longitudinal V-twin, 4 stroke
Displacement 839.3 cc
Bore 88 mm
Stroke 69 mm
Fuel RON 95 unleaded petrol
Compression ratio 10.5: 1
Max power at crankshaft 75 hp (55.16 KW) at 7,250 rpm
Max torque 76.4 Nm at 5,750 rpm
Exhaust Closed loop system with Lambda sensor and three-way catalytic converter in exhaust pipe
Valve train (SOHC) 4 valve, electronic injection
Ignition Electronic inductive discharge and variable spark advance in electronic unit with electronic immobilizer, transponder LED and fuel pump shutoff when bike tips over. Two spark plugs.
Starter Electric
Cooling Liquid with three-way thermostat
Gears Belt-driven primary transmission, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with engine braking effect
Clutch Centrifugal clutch
Frame Double cradle, high strength steel tube trellis
Front suspension Telescopic hydraulic aluminium fork with f 41 shafts; 135 mm travel
Rear suspension Large fork with hydraulic single shock placed laterally in a horizontal position; seven-position spring preload; 135 mm travel
Braking system Traditional: separate brakes on front and rear wheels
Front brake Ø 300 mm semi-floating stainless steel double disk with two dual-piston floating Brembo calipers. Braided metal tubing.
Rear brake Ø 280 mm stainless steel disk, floating caliper with two opposite pistons
Front wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 3.50×16”
Rear wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 4.50×15”
Front tyre Tubeless 120/70-16”
Rear tyre Tubeless 160/60-15”
Length 2,240 mm
Width 800 mm
Wheelbase 1,593 mm
Seat height 790 mm
Dry weight 235 kg
Fuel tank capacity 16 litres (includes 2 litres reserve)
   
Emissions Euro 3

 

 

 

 

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