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Gilera SP02 125
Gilera SP02 125
Manufacturer Gilera
Production 1990 -
Engine Two stroke, single cylinder, reed valve
Compression ratio 12.5;1
Top speed 171.2 km/h
Ignition type Electric ignition with capacitive output
Transmission 6 Speed
Suspension Front: Telescopic forks
Rear: Swing arm gas single shock
Brakes Front: Single disc
Rear: Single disc
Front Tire 2.75-21
Rear Tire 4.10-17
Weight  (dry), 132 kg / 290 lbs (wet)
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It could reach a top speed of 171.2 km/h.


The engine was a Liquid cooled cooled Two stroke, single cylinder, reed valve. The engine featured a 12.5;1 compression ratio.


Power was moderated via the Multi-disc oil bath.


It came with a 2.75-21 front tire and a 4.10-17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Single disc in the front and a Single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic forks while the rear was equipped with a Swing arm gas single shock. The SP02 125 was fitted with a fuel tank.


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Gilera SP02 125

Today, Gilera are probably best known for their scooters – the GP800 and the very cool, very funky Fuoco 500. But the Italian company has made some pretty hot motorcycles too, in the past. And for those who think Ducati and MV Agusta are the only Italian manufacturers who’ve been successful in motorcycle GP racing’s premier class, get this – between 1950 and 1957, Gilera riders won six 500cc world championships! Umberto Masetti (1950, 1952), Geoff Duke (1953, 1954, 1955) and Libero Liberati (1957) brought glory to the Gilera name on the GP circuit.

The company was founded by one Giuseppe Gilera, and the first motorcycle to bear his name – the Gilera VT317 – came out in 1909. By the 1930s, Gilera were already producing bikes with four-stroke, side-valve 500cc engines, and their machines were notching up race victories in Europe. The 1936 Rondine 500 even set a top speed record of 274.181km/h, which remained unbeaten for almost 20 years.

Gilera left the grand prix racing scene after 1957, and in 1969, the company became a part of the Piaggio Group. From then on, Gilera have only been making smaller bikes and scooters, though in the 1980s they made some very memorable bikes, most notably the SP01, SP02 and the CX125, which featured an innovative single-sided front fork.

Launched in 1988, the SP01 was fitted with a 125cc two-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that made a claimed 35bhp at 10,600rpm. This, combined with the SP01’s aluminium beam chassis, stiff suspension, disc brakes, and six-speed gearbox made it the perfect sportsbike for teenagers (and, well, lightweight adults). The 132-kilo SP01 was capable of doing the quarter-mile (400m) in 15.1 seconds, and top speed was 171km/h. Not too bad for a 125cc buzz-bomb. And for Kevin Schwantz fans, the SP01 was even available with a 1989 Pepsi-Suzuki replica paint scheme!

The Gilera SP02 was launched in 1990...

Gilera launched the SP01’s successor, the SP02, in 1990. With a bit more power and bit more style, the SP02 would do the standing quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds, though top speed was still 171km/h.

Today, while manufacturers like Cagiva, Aprilia and Derbi continue to make 125cc repli-racers, Gilera are no longer making such bikes, preferring to stick with their stylish scooters instead. Now, while we love the Gilera ‘Mad Max’ Fuoco, we do wish the company would get back to making some seriously high-performance racer-reps again...

Make Model Gilera SP02 125
Year 1990 -
Engine Type Two stroke, single cylinder, reed valve
Displacement 124 cc / 7.6 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 56 x 50.5 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression 12.5;1
Induction 32mm Dell'Orto carburetors
Ignition Electric ignition with capacitive output
Starting Electric
Max Power 35 hp / kW @ 10600 rpm
Max Torque 2.1 kgf-m @ 9700 rpm
Clutch Multi-disc oil bath
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Front Suspension Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension Swing arm gas single shock
Front Brakes Single disc
Rear Brakes Single disc
Front Tire 2.75-21
Rear Tire 4.10-17
Wet Weight 132 kg / 290 lbs
Fuel Capacity
Consumption Average 20 km/lit
Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0 12.0 m / 38.3 m
Standing ¼ Mile 15.1 sec / 142.0 km/h
Top Speed 171.2 km/h
Road Test Motosprint 1990