DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007-on) Review

Published: 19 March 2010

"Off-road influenced learner that's stylish, novice-friendly AND affordable"

Derbi Cross City 125

"Off-road influenced learner that's stylish, novice-friendly AND affordable"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  12 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  81 miles range
  • Insurance group: 3 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (825mm)
  • £2,156

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Derbi Cross City is an off-road influenced learner bike that manages the three-card trick of being stylish, novice-friendly AND affordable – but it’s not perfect. What pricks the Derbi’s bubble most of all is the tall seat. For lads of 5’9” or more it’s not really an issue and to them I’d say buy and enjoy without a qualm. For everyone else, however – and particularly women – it makes it a no go.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Dynamically, the Derbi Cross City has all the handling traits you’d expect of an upright, semi-dirt bike styled machine:  a novice-friendly, slim and lightweight upright riding position allied to wide bars which make steering light and easy. Mix into that reasonable Pirelli Scorpion tyres and an effective front disc brake and you end up with a fairly idiot-proof handler that’s a joy to hustle round.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Derbi Cross City’s air-cooled, 125 single is effective enough without particularly impressing in any way – but then that’s to be expected of a 12bhp-restricted 125 and is certainly no disaster. It’s novice-friendly, rugged enough and faithful. End of. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Derbi Cross City has sweet touches and Honda-quality finish aplenty (eg the cast brake lever, fold up ‘MX-style’ gearlever and neatly integrated upswept exhaust) plus minimal but sweetly-styled bodywork. But there are a few little details that annoy, such as the spring-loaded sidestand which is simply a disaster waiting to happen, a fuel tap that’s ridiculously fiddly and an old-fashioned choke knob that’s even worse. We can’t be conclusive about its resilience here but it seems pretty well put together, is a four-stroke after all and, besides, it’s so basic there’s not much that could go wrong, anyway.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Derbi Cross City is impressively affordable, too. It’s not only good value for what it does, it makes a mockery of all preconceived notions of Latin-style ‘flair’ bikes being expensive and brittle.  Yet, despite that low-ish price, without, say, Honda’s reputation and residuals, it’s worth reminding that, any savings when bought new are likely to be gobbled up at resale time. Find a Derbi Cross City for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Derbi Cross City  scores as an object of desire, too. It might not have much (no fairing, wire wheels, fairly basic spec) but the frame is a pukka (albeit steel) twin beam jobbie, matched by an equally mouth-watering tapered swing arm, there are twirlingly eye-catching brake discs front and rear plus better than everage suspension. While ancilliaries include decent clocks (albeit with kph emphasised over mph) and switchgear. Compare and buy parts for the City Cross in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

cross city..brilliant

06 June 2012 by vGOLLUMv

got a cross city derbi 125 for my 1st bike on L plates and i couldnt be happier ..easy to ride and control good power when needed...chose this over honda cbf amongst others as looks different and everyone seems to have a cbf...this is a great bike... Read more would recommend it to everyone

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good Basic Learner

10 May 2011 by Soonmixdin

Have had mine for about 18 months now, has been a good bike as they say very basic so not too much to go wrong. Rides well, is a bit underpowered but on the whole a great and stylish learner. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued -
New price £2,156
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 3 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 81 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Air-cooled 2v single-cylinder four-stroke. 5-speed
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 110kg
Front suspension 37mm telescopic forks, no adjustment
Rear suspension Monoshock
Front brake 280mm front disc with two-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm rear disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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