The company was founded in 1909 by Giuseppe Gilera and for a long time specialized in middle-sized motorcycles with four-stroke engines.
The brand finally went down in history thanks to the development of a four-cylinder modern racing motorcycle (with a transverse chain transmission and the location of the engine on the rear wheel).
In the second half of the 60s of the twentieth century, the company was included in the concern Piaggio and primarily in the 90's specializes in the production of small-capacity motor vehicles - in most cases, sports. The modern model range consists of scooters and motorcycles with engines working quantity from 50 to 180 cm3.
Now the Italian company Gilera is known, for the most part, as a producer of good and innovative scooters. We know about the "road king" GP 800, the tricks Fuoco 500 and MP3. And Gilera Runner in all its modifications, certainly you will not be thrown out of the world history of scooter building.
In the second half of the 30s of the twentieth century, the Rondine 500 motorcycle demonstrated a record speed of 274.181 km / h, which nobody had the opportunity to beat for 20 years.
Gilera left the racing Grand Prix in the second half of the 50s of the XX century, and in 1969 the company became a part of the motorcycle giant Piaggio Group. Since then, Gilera creates only scooters and small motorcycles. For example, in the 1980s the company became famous for such models as SP01, SP02 and CX125, which was equipped with an innovative one-sided plug.
Released in the second half of the 80s of the twentieth century, the Gilera SP01 motorcycle took a 1253 two-stroke single-cylinder water-cooled engine, gaining 35 hp. at 10,600 rpm. It was definitely a breakthrough, among the sports bikes for teenagers, since on a par with that, the SP01 motorcycle had an aluminum chassis, intending to create a solid braking complex, disc brakes, and a 6-speed transmission. The 132-kilogram SP01 drove 400 meters in 15.1 seconds, and the high speed was 171 km / h. Quite good for 1253, is not it?
And for fans of Kevin Schwantz Kevin Schwantz was intended to prepare a coloring SP01 in the style of Pepsi-Suzuki!
Continue the idea of innovation and speed inherent in SP01, was laid even more revolutionary SP02, the production of which Gilera began in the 90's. More power, more style, and now, the Gilera SP02 does the same 400 meters already in 14.9 seconds.
Now, without regard to the fact that motorcycles with a cubature of 1253 are quite popular, (for example, such motorcycles are created by Cagiva, Aprilia and Derbi) Gilera prefers not to bother and scour good scooters. And, without regard to the fact that we love the funky-style Fuoco and the unbridled power of the 2-stroke Runner, I would like to want the company to find the past in its memory and show the world some new important sports bikes.