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Gilera May 4, 2018 posted by

Days of Future Past: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

It’s always fun to see older cars and bikes that were meant at the time to embody the designs of tomorrow, even if that future never actually came to pass. Somehow, even though the world this wild Gilera CX125 embodied only exists in some sort of alternate reality, at least it doesn’t rely on vaporware to actually function: radical styling aside, the underpinnings were the tried-and-true two-stroke engine and six-speed transmission from their existing Crono, and that single-sided front end is really just a conventional telescopic fork with one leg…

The single-sided front end matches the ELF-designed single-sided swingarm and makes it look like the bike is simply floating above its wheels when viewed from the right, like an artist’s sketch made real. Developed by Paioli, it’s not actually an alternative swingarm front end like Yamaha’s RADD or the Bimota Tesi, but there’s no downside to it in terms of function. In fact, that’s really the biggest disappointment here: the radical styling that was clearly inspired by the ELF racing machines is just that, styling. There’s no futuristic technology or exotic powerplant. It’s just a sporty, economical two-stroke dressed up with stylish bodywork.

In fact, the most futuristic technology found on the CX125 was the engine counterbalancer that contributed to the bike’s exceptionally smooth-running character and the electric starter. The simple bones underpinning the sleek body mean the CX125 works pretty well, taking into account the minuscule displacement of the tiny two-stroke. The 300lb wet weight meant the 125’s 28 rear-wheel horses could push the little machine up to a top speed of around 100mph, but the question really is: at whom was this machine really aimed? 125 two-strokes are, even in Europe, learner bikes or commuters. And although the technology of the CX125 was decidedly modern, the futuristic styling wouldn’t really have been a priority for practical types, and 16-year-olds looking for sportbikes were probably interested in something much more race-replica-y.

Although it wasn’t priced much higher than its much more conventionally-styled stablemate, performance was slightly less and the bike didn’t sell very well at the time. This particular example is complete and appears to be in decent condition, although some cracks in the bodywork are visible and there is some plastic discoloration, as well as a bit of rust and the usual cosmetic issues that arise when a bike sits for any length of time. The biggest issue is the lack of a title.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

1991 Gilera CX125 located in Santa Ana, California. This bike is in very good condition for it’s age. Gauge shows 3684 KM = 2210 miles. There are a few cracks in the plastic body parts, “see pictures”. This is a very common problem with these bike. Engine runs great, no problems. The CX125 is a very rare bike here in the USA. More info is available on our website. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can’t get one here in California.

There are no takers yet at the starting bid of $7,995. These aren’t exactly cheap for the performance they offer, but a CX125 would make a hilarious weekend ride in Southern California, where originality is at a premium. Honestly, I love these, so it’s a shame that it wouldn’t be easy to legally register one here.

-tad

Days of Future Past: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale
Gilera March 31, 2016 posted by

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side Front

The impossibly exotic Gilera CX125 still looks futuristic today but, while the fully-enclosed bodywork and unusual suspension appeared radical when new, the underlying mechanical bits are surprisingly pedestrian. Sure the bike handled well, but the 125cc two-stroke single powering the CX is far from the exciting, sophisticated engine you’d expect, considering the bike’s striking design. The bike does have an electric start to get the bike snap, crackle, and popping so there’s at least a nod to sophistication…

1991 Gilera CX125 L Side

At 300lbs wet, the modest 28 rear-wheel horses certainly moves the bike along, but performance couldn’t be considered much more than “brisk,” with a top speed hovering around 100mph. Of course, straight-line performance wasn’t really the point.

1991 Gilera CX125 Dash

Single sided front and rear suspension mean that the bike appears to have no suspension at all when viewed from the right-hand side: the wheels just seem to float in space. The design of the front isn’t as ambitious as something like the Tesi or GTS1000. It’s basically just a telescopic fork with one leg missing and was developed by suspension specialists Paioli. It handles well, but that’s likely due to the bike’s light weight and sporty frame geometry: the advantages of this setup are mainly cosmetic, aside from the fact it should make for easy tire changes.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 3432 KM = 2059 Miles. I believe this bike is all original, but not 100% sure. I’m not a expert on these CX125s. Engine runs good, no problems. I think the bike is in good condition for it’s age. This bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can not get one, so don’t ask. All stupid questions will not be answered. More info is available on our website. If you overseas or Canadian buyer, you will have to make your own shipping arrangements. I can help USA buyers with the shipping, or you can arrange your own shipper. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only, NO TITLE.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front Suspension

Oh god, right there at the end: “no title”! Such a shame, since a CX125 certainly isn’t much good for track work. Aside from some very minor imperfections, the bike appears to be in beautiful shape which is great because, unless you live in a state with a very permissive DMV, this bike is going to be on display in your home, not down at the local bike hang out…

1991 Gilera CX125 Rear Suspension

At a starting bid of $5,900 there are no takers yet. Certainly, you’re not buying performance here, but that price does seem like a pretty fair price for such a rare and interesting machine. Even if you’re forced to just look at it.

-tad

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale
Gilera August 25, 2015 posted by

Last gasp: 1992 Gilera CX125 in Australia

Here is one that ticks all the collector bells for me (and I think a lot of other people), a 1992 Gilera CX125.  Located in Queensland Australia, this is only the second Gilera CX125 to be posted on RSBFS.  The first appeared last September and was quite popular which was interestingly since the little CX125 wasn’t a popular bike when it was produced.

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The little Gilera was part of a wave of bikes with fully enclosed bodywork such as the Honda CBR Hurricane.  However Gilera was also forced to comply with laws in Europe that limited the displacement of motorcycles that young riders/”learners” could get their hands on to no more than 15bhp.  Unlike the larger firms which could use existing designs as the basis of their learner bikes (ex:  Cagiva Mito based on the Ducati 748),  Gilera gambled on producing a totally unique 125 design.  The result was what was possibly the most outlandishly styled 125 sport bike of all time – the Gilera CX125.

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1992 Gilera CX125 for sale on ebay australia

Unveiled at the 1989 Milan EICMA show the CX125 concept was a tiny sport machine with fully enveloping bodywork that looked like something straight out of a design studio, in large part due its having  single sided suspension on both ends. But unlike a lot of concept bikes, the CX  hit the market in 1991 as an honest-to-God working motorcycle that featured the same space-age styling and radical suspension as its prototype.

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So what happened?  Well even though the CX had a unique look the design was actually pretty conventional.  Reviewers seemed to be disappointed in the bikes’ being merely competent/”ordinary” on the road.  As one reviewer wrote, “It’s not that the CX was wasn’t a good bike, but it felt far more conventional than the styling suggested.  It’s essentially a bike that looks like something from the future but rides like something from the present.”

It also probably didn’t help that popular opinion of the CX varied between “incredibly cool” and “tragically ugly”.  Production of the CX125 was discontinued after a year with only 1000 examples being made and parent company Piaggio discontinued Gilera’s motorcycle production in 1993.  The CX is often referred to as the last gasp for Gilera as a true motorcycle producer.

Note:  The Gilera brand was continued by Piaggio but only as a scooter lineup.

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Asking price is 8900 AUD/6500 USD.   Is it worth that? Honestly, I think it is.  The seller states it only has 5083 Km and condition certainly looks to be absolutely pristine.  While no service info is offered and the number of pictures is less than I would like, only 1000 were made for a single model year, the technology of both front and read single sided swingarms has yet to be reproduced except for perhaps the Bimota Tesi/Vyrus and perhaps most importantly, the CX125 pretty much marked the end of Gilera as a serious motorcycle manufacturer.

I think this one is a good pickup for a collector located in Australia.  To be honest,  if I could figure out a sure fire way to  get it into my living room I would be bidding.

-Marty

Last gasp:  1992 Gilera CX125 in Australia