Test ride: Gilera DNA 180

Day 29, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I took my new bike in to have some accessories fitted, and picked up a loaner bike which is just to get me home and back to the mechanic again. It’s a 2002 Gilera DNA scooter. It looks like a small motorcycle, but the tank is a storage container, the transmission is  continuously variable, the controls are scooter like (a brake lever on each handle bar), and the small wheels give it scooter handling characteristics.

It readily keeps up with traffic in urban areas, but I wouldn’t want to take it on the motorway, despite the Wikipedia article’s claim that it’s capable of 142 km/h. The riding position feels very hunched to me, and there isn’t a lot of motorcycle to hunch over, so I feel like I’m very exposed. The small wheels made it feel unstable at low speeds, but after a few red traffic lights I stopped noticing this.

This makes an adequate urban commuter, but I don’t think I could live with such a small and low-powered machine.

Distance travelled: 10 km. Total distance so far: 3838 km

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