DERBI SENDA 50 R (1993-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Enduro motorcycle looks, decent handling chassis and revvy two-stroke motor"

Derbi Senda 50 motorcycle review - Riding

"Enduro motorcycle looks, decent handling chassis and revvy two-stroke motor"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  9 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  80 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £2,219

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Derbi Senda 50 has been around for over 10 years and many 16-year-olds - especially taller riders - really like its enduro motorcycle looks, decent handling chassis and revvy two-stroke motor. The 2000 onwards Derbi Senda 50 features an all new alloy beam frame, and in 2005 a range of extra versions, including Derbi Senda Xtreme, Derbi Senda Supermoto, Derbi Senda DRD Pro and Derbi Senda Racing in 50cc sizes and a Derbi Senda 125 four stroke Supermoto/enduro. Modern Senda's are road biased motorcycles, but still good fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

There are several versions of the Derbi Senda 50 on the market, with a Supermoto model, a DRD Limited Edition featuring gold anodised Marzocchi forks and the Xtreme 50R, which has spoked wheels, MX mudguards and knobbly tyres for off-road action. All share the same basic alloy beam frame and lengthy swingarm, although brakes, suspension and wheels differ on each model and the handling is excellent for a 50cc machine.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Derbi Senda 50 has a lively enough motor, at least in de-restricted mode, which is how most 16 year olds would want to ride this motorcycle. The modern Derbi Senda 50s can hit nearly 60mph on a good day, which is fast enough to put a smile on your face. The older Derbi Senda 50 could hit 50mph flat out and was more than competent on the dirt too. Sadly the UK laws require a 30mph top speed, which makes the restricted 6 speed Derbi Senda 50 hard work to ride. Tough, reliable water-cooled engine though.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The post-Piaggio takeover Derbi Senda 50 models are in a different league to earlier motorcycles, with much improved build quality. There are top class suspension and braking components on the Derbi Senda 50 range and some details like the chrome exhaust on the DRD Racing SM are way above the average standard for the 50cc motorcycle class.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

There's just one problem when you turn 16 years of age and want one of these funky mopeds - the cost. At around £2500 the Derbi Senda 50 range are way beyond the financial reach of most sixteen year olds. The Derbi Senda 125 bikes are only slightly more dosh, but £2800-ish is still a fair sum for a new 125 trailie. No matter how good the quality of the Senda's ride is, you just know that a cheap internet trailbike for half the money is gonna tempt some. Find a Derbi Senda 50 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Some models of the Derbi Senda 50 motorcycle, like the Derbi Senda Xtreme Supermotard, with its moody black paint, twin headlight nose fairing and stylish dashboard, really look stunningly featured motorcycles - any teenager would be proud to own one. Others, like the Derbi Senda 125 R are more basic, rugged all-rounder motorcycles, but still have details like a luggage rack, twin headlights and twin mirrors. Overall, equipment is good on all the Derbi Senda range.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their DERBI SENDA 50 R (1993-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 3.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 2.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.3 out of 5
Equipment 2.8 out of 5
3 out of 5

only because it was second hand

29 March 2010 by thorpy32

great bike; if it wasn't second hand.... bought mine, it was nice lovely to ride a month or two later, exhaust leaking, clutch cable stretched... new one... stretched, stand is to leaning so it falls over... piston was pitted rings went.. cost me... Read more £500 now cost me £672 in repairs... maybe i was unlucky but i would not recommend... unless you was rich :)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

lol

24 April 2009 by pudge10000

lol was joking about my reveiw down there lol dunno y i did im a weirdo :P Read more

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 5 out of 5
1 out of 5

bad bike

24 April 2009 by pudge10000

bought it new broke down all the time wen i first got it i had to dump start it all the time wasnt realible at all and the tax disc holder is below standard quailty it fell of got pulled over for it over all bad bike Read more

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good All-rounder

24 April 2009 by Hoffman900

Good All-rounder does everything it says on the tin +some Read more

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1993
Year discontinued -
New price £2,219
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 3 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 9 bhp
Max torque 5.4 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type 2 stroke, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 90kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Single 260mm disc
Rear brake Single 260mm disc
Front tyre size 100/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1993: Derbi Senda 50 launched.
1995: Derbi Senda 50 gets 6 speed gearbox.
2000: New alloy beam frame replaces steel tubular.
2001: Derbi Senda Supermoto appears.
2004: Piaggio buy out Derbi.
2005: Derbi Senda Xtreme, Derbi Senda DRD, Derbi Senda Supermoto 50cc models launched, Derbi Senda 125R and Derbi Senda SM models too.

Other versions

Derbi Senda 125R: 124cc, 12bhp version.
Derbi Senda 125SM: Smaller wheeled, street-tyred, 'supermoto' version of 125.

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