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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Derbi Mulhacen 659 is Derbi's first stab at a motorcycle bigger than 125cc, and is a brazen, trend-setting joy. The combination of concept motorcycle styling, Yamaha XT660R mechanicals and funky. Top notch cycle parts adds up to a street-savvy, flat track styled city scalpel of a motorcycle. Outside Soho, however, the Derbi Mulhacen 659 is an irrelevant ornament…


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Derbi Mulhacen 658 uses Yamaha’s tried and tested four-valve 660 engine, which is pretty much the definitive modern thumper and rightly popular both with the public and industry (the Aprilia Pegaso uses the same engine) alike. The Derbi Mulhacen 659 haas impeccable manners and predictability, decent (rather than exactly thrilling) performance and utter reliability are the reasons why this motorycle is loved so much.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

True to its flat tracker inspiration the Derbi Mulhacen 659 is low, narrow and… hard. All of which makes it a rabid whippet of a motorcycle when hooning down nadgy B-roads or a darting jam-buster through town traffic. The Derbi Mulhacen 659 can get a bit flappy at speed, though, M-ways are, quite literally, a pain  and its horrible to ride this motorcycle for more than 15 minutes at a time.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Derbi Mulhacen 659 is a mouth-watering joy, from its funky instrument panel to its wavy discs and LED tail light. So well equipped, in fact, it makes any other sub-£6K rival motorcycle look like they’re made from scaffold poles and dustbin lids. That said, the Derbi Mulhacen 659 is a bit flimsy here and there. But as a glitzy ornament, there are few roadster motorcycles that are better…

Derbi 659 Mulhacen (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,999
Engine size 659 cc
Power 48.6 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3
There’s little doubting much of the Derbi Mulhacen 659's quality but it’s too early to say how well the motorcycle hangs together – or whether they instead blow off into the wind. Derbi’s 125s aren't exactly the most robust motorcycles under the sun, after all. That said, Derbi Mulhacen 659 owners will surely pamper rather than pulverise their motorcycles…


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

At only a few hundred pounds more than the comparable (but much more lowly specced) Yamaha MT03 and Aprilia Pegaso Strada, there’s no doubting the Derbi Mulhacen 659 seems good value new. How durable it turns out to be, howevere, remains to be seen. Find a Derbi Mulhacen 659 for sale.


Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2006: Derbi Mulhacen 659 motorcycle launched.

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Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Max power 48.6 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Weight 160 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 659 cc
Engine specification 4v dohc single 5 gears
Frame Aluminium trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 320mm wavy disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/80 x 18in
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 18in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

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    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I disagree strongly with the lousy seeting comfort, we rode it for 18.000km now, and it still rocks, the shock actually gets a bit soggy now, and build quality is a little off perfect, but the sheer fun of the little bratbike compensates for the little nigles. The fuelling is a little off the beat at slow speeds, once ont the free road it's a real joy, we rode it to its actory near Barcelona, sure a langer ride than the afore mentioned quarter of an hour :-) A complete ride report is to be found here:

    06 January 2008


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