New Gilera SC 125 March 30, 2006
Gilera is making a comeback in the 125cc sport segment with an uncompromising bike. Light, compact and innovative, the Gilera SC 125 is the perfect bike for youngsters wanting to experience the thrill of riding a 125cc supersport. The fairing carries the historic Gilera logo – a brand that has made Moto GP history.
Gilera is back in the 250cc class of the Moto GP after a 13-year lapse and the brand is celebrating the event with the launch of the Gilera SC 125, a sport bike for young motorcycling enthusiasts who are already sure, at only 16, that they want a full-out sport bike with technical features worthy of a higher-displacement supersport.
A bike born on the racetrack
The Gilera SC 125′s USP is excellent cycle parts that give this little sport bike agility and stability on par with a higher displacement supersport, making this versatile vehicle equally suitable for safe on-road riding and a day at the track.
The bike features a splendid double-beam frame; like the Moto GP-derived aluminium rear fork, the frame is rigid and lightweight. Another race-inspired element: the upside down fork with 40 mm shafts and a sizeable 300 mm diameter front disc with a radial caliper with two parallel pistons. A 180mm disc ensures perfectly balanced braking at the rear as well.
The 17″ wheel rims mount generously sized tyres: 110/70 in front and 130/70 at the rear, guaranteeing optimal road grip on any track surface to permit cornering like a champion.
The Gilera SC uses a high-performance single-cylinder two-stroke, liquid-cooled 125cc engine with reed valve induction that provides outstanding pick-up and acceleration. Fed by a 28 mm-diameter Mikuni carburettor, the engine, like the cycle parts, uses sophisticated technical solutions such as an exhaust valve and electronic ignition. The six-speed gearbox is ideal to slip through town traffic as well as to test your limits on the racetrack.
The dashboard echoes the race theme: a large rev counter with a white background is placed right in the centre as on race bikes, alongside a digital display featuring a speedometer, tachometer, clock and a service interval indicator.
The high-tech equipment on the Gilera sport bike called for it to be dressed up in a style befitting the glorious racing history of two-ring brand. Hence the sleekly aggressive lines, emphasised by the double tail light and under-seat exhaust, wear the colours of the Moto GP 125 and 250cc bikes on which Simone Corsi and Marco Simoncelli will be racing the world speed championship as part of the Squadra Corse Metis Gilera (Metis Gilera Racing Team).
(…and you probably already guessed it: We will not see the new Gilera SC 125 in the U.S. anytime soon. At least currently, this seems pretty certain. We will let you know as soon as there is official word indicating otherwise. – Editor)
Gilera SC 125 Â Technical specifications
Type: Single-cylinder two stroke 2 T EURO2
Bore x stroke: 56 x 50.68
Displacement: 124.76 cc
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Lubrication: Automatic mixer
Ignition: Electronic CDI
Primary transmission: Gears
Front suspension: 40 mm upside down fork, 120 mm travel
Rear suspension: Single shock absorber, 110 mm travel
Tyres: Front 110/80 x 17″, Rear 140/70 x 17″
Front brake: 300 mm disc. Radial caliper with two parallel pistons; radial brake pump
Rear brake: 180 mm disc. Two-piston caliper
Battery : 12V 9Ah
Pitch: 1,355 mm
Max height: 1,130 mm
Total length: 2,024 mm
Max width: 760 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 13 l
Emissions: Euro 2