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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Derbi GPR125 is arguably one of the most beautifully styled 125 motorcycles ever made. On a murky day you might mistake it for a baby Ducati or MV Agusta motorcycle. The Derbi GPR125 also goes very well (de-restricted of course ) and handles just like a racing motorcycle, with firm suspension and a substantial 300mm front disc brake. The Derbi GPR125 is a teenage dream on wheels.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Derbi GPR125 is a two stroke motorcycle, which is a big plus point for any younger rider, as four stroke 125cc motorcycles generally sound - and often go - like Aunty Mary's sewing machine. The Derbi GPR125 makes a claimed 33bhp, which is about the same as the Aprilia RS125 and there's a 6 speed gearbox to make the most of it. This motorcycle should be good for about 90mph on the way to Pizza Hut.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Obviously this motorcycle was designed to have some Pepperami stick man on board, but even so, the Derbi GPR125's handling is road racing motorcycle precise, with  a twin beam alloy frame, box section braced swingarm and supsension developed from the Derbi 125 Grand Prix racers. Any young rider with skill can ride the Derbi GPR125 very, very quickly around roundabouts, making lardbucket Grandads on motorcycles like the Yamaha R1 look pretty lacklustre. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Derbi GPR125 looks the absolute dogs whatsits, from the mirror/indicators at the front, to the underseat exhausts poking from the motorcycle's bodywork at the back. Big brakes, wide 17 inch wheels, radial brake caliper - the Derbi GPR125 has got pretty much all the kit you'd expect on a 125cc class sports motorcycle

Derbi GPR125 (2005-2009)

Detail Value
New price £3,599
Engine size 124 cc
Power 33 bhp
Top speed 90 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Since Piaggio Group took control of Derbi the overall build quality of it's motorcycles has definitely improved and the post 2005 built motorcycles look like a different generation from the older Derbi GPR50 series. The spares situation should be better too. There's no doubt that the Derbi GPR124 will get a hard life from the average teenage motorcycle owner however, so choose a used Derbi GPR125 carefully.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Derbi GPR125 is undeniably expensive, but you do get a great deal of race motorcycle styling, and racetrack ability, for your money. Like the Aprilia RS125, the Derbi GPR125 is beyond the reach of most 17 year old's budgets ( or their parents' chequebooks ) but that won't stop peope wanting one when they see the Derbi GPR125. Derbi GPR125 Nude looks a poor value motorcycle at just a hundred quid less than the GPR125. Find a Derbi GPR125 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

1996: Derbi GPR 50 launched.
2000: Derbi GPR50 Race appears, `Red Power' colours.
2003: Derbi GPR50 gets a bodywork makeover.
2004: Piaggio buy out Derbi, new Derbi GPR50 appears in Autumn.
2005: Completely new Derbi GPR125 models appear, plus Derbi GPR50 Nude version.

Other Versions

Derbi GPR50: Virtually identical but with 50cc motor.
Derbi GPR50 Nude and Derbi GPR125 Nude: Unfaired version of this motorcycle.

Specifications

Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Max power 33 bhp
Max torque 10 ft-lb
Weight 125 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 2 stroke, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Single 300mm disc
Rear brake 180mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • good alternative to the rs125

    liquid_metal

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Take 1 rs125, take away a little bit of performance add a lot of reliabilty and your left with the GPR125. Good looks, slightly cheaper to buy but a lot cheaper to run then the rs125. its well worth the small loss of acceleration and top end. (would still run rings around the cbr 125 though)

    23 March 2008

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