DERBI MULHACEN 659 (2006-on) Review

Published: 12 December 2006

"Top notch cycle parts adds up to a street-savvy, flat track styled city scalpel of a motorcycle"

Derbi 659 Mulhacen motorcycle review - Riding

"Top notch cycle parts adds up to a street-savvy, flat track styled city scalpel of a motorcycle"

  • At a glance
  • 659cc  -  48.6 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  90 miles range
  • Insurance group: 10 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • New: £4,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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…

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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…

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 5 out of 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…

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their DERBI MULHACEN 659 (2006-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.

Review your DERBI MULHACEN 659 (2006-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

a lovely little commuter

12 October 2015 by tim hammett

almost everything you quote about the bike is wrong. I have had the bike from new and average 65mpg in all driving conditions which makes it an ideal commuter and i have achieved 172 miles on a tank. Hope this will encourage people not to be off by... Read more poor reviews of this bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
ride is a little vibey above 80 mph but is ok for 20-30 miles (not a motorway bike). Brakes are excellent as they are Brembo but the rear disc will warp if used too often. Not really a two up bike except maybe to the shops!
Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
an early split of the oil return pipe (to the frame) was annoying but since then i have had no problems and am currently on 17330 miles
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Buying experience

from dealer came with 3 years unlimited mileage warranty

4 out of 5

02 September 2015 by YesEvil 53

A great little bike. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
A fun bike to ride would be 5 of 5 if is was not for the hesitencey at around 3k rpm (I believe this how the ECU fueling is set by the manufactures to get past the euro 3 emmision laws) Brembo Brakes with braided lines the brake are very sharp and powerful for a single disc. (No ABS)
Engine
5 out of 5
Great engine very tunable. I am ignoring the ECU fuelling here.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The bike has never let me down. Replaced the battery after 5 years and 6k miles and that has been it. The frame welds are not the cleanest I have seen though.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
because over 600cc it is in the highest road tax bracket. insurance is cheap. servicing cost about average
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

bought from J&S

4 out of 5

Created for Comfort

06 January 2008 by ErnsTT

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... Read more 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: http://www.sylviastuurman.eu/motor/derbiride/

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

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £4,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £140
Performance
Max power 48.6 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Specification
Engine size 659cc
Engine type 4v dohc single 5 gears
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 160kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 320mm wavy disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/80 x 18in
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 18in

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Derbi Mulhacen 659 motorcycle launched.

Other versions

None.

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