DERBI TERRA 125 ADVENTURE (2009-on) Review

Published: 05 January 2010

"Bears more than a passing resemblance to the best selling BMW GS; albeit in a learner legal package"

Derbi Terra 125

"Bears more than a passing resemblance to the best selling BMW GS; albeit in a learner legal package"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  15 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  133 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £3,319

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Derbi’s Terra Adventure 125 is a fantastic looking machine which bears more than a passing resemblance to the best selling BMW GS – albeit in a learner legal package. If you’re looking for adventure on a budget or just a small capacity bike to have some fun on you won’t be disappointed. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Derbi Terra Adventure 125 showed its pedigree out in the wilds and handled the terrain perfectly. Great suspension front and rear, fantastic brakes (which stayed sharp despite our heavy abuse) and precise steering all added up to one of the best learner legal rides around. The saddle sits at 815mm but due to its narrow profile actually feels much lower, so riders of less than average height can manage the stylish 121kg bike.

Engine 4 out of 5

Derbi’s Terra Adventure 125 has a four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that kicks out a claimed 15hp and should be good for a little over 70mph. The Derbi Terra Adventure 125 may not have loads of power but it loves a handful of throttle and will happily rev to 11,500rpm.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Derbis have long been classier and better quality than most 125s – think Aprilia and you won’t be far wrong – and the Terra Adventure 125 is no different than most. Finish is generally good and, thanks largely to the Minerelli engine, there are noi reported reliability problems yet, either.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

At around £3K, the Derbi Terra Adventure 125 is in the high-end category of learner bikes, but for the most part you get what you pay for. Besides, compared to other, bigger dual purpose bikes is that you don’t need a mortgage to own one. Find a Derbi Terra 125 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Derbi Terra Adventure 125’s styling is well thought out, perfectly executed and also has a bash plate to protect that vulnerable engine whilst you’re living the dream out in the countryside. So, not only does the Derbi do the job, on or off road but it also looks the part and gives the appearance of a larger capacity bike. Compare and buy parts for the Terra 125 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their DERBI TERRA 125 ADVENTURE (2009-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 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

terra

12 September 2012 by graememan

just bought mine last week, so its early days for a review. everyone has mentioned that they like the bike and it doesnt look like a 125 , so that cant be bad. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 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
5 out of 5

Great first bike

07 August 2011 by grumbleweeduk

I bought my Adventure model back in June as something that I could learn on with a view to riding a large sized 125. I get an average of 75mpg mostly duel carriageway miles and using 97ron fuel which the engine really makes the best use of. The bike... Read more is well made, and easy to keep in good order too which is good. The headlight is good, and the brakes are as good as anything else i've ridden thus far. The under-seat storage is pretty much nil, only enough room for a phone. I had to really hank up the rear shock to make it handle as it felt a bit floppy before on some bends. The screen is great - it keeps off a good deal of wind and rain on bad days, and the handlebar wind guards are really useful!! It certainly gets a good amount of attention - isn't the usual 'pizza delivery' bike and will go off road, though the first gear is a bit high for the big hills at crawl speeds!

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

Could have been.....

24 April 2011 by Xbandito

Had this Terra for 4 months now, use it to go to dialysis three times a week, 20miles round trip on A roads. For a 125 it is "spunky", quick off the line and the handling is top notch. But to me, it is not made for the weather we have over here, I... Read more got mine in Dec and even after covering it in ACF50, most of the metal work has corroded or rusted, side stand sensor has gone pop, fuel reserve sensor will say your on reserve if you go over 60 and I have had an almighty scare when the electrics -lights, dash etc, went off one night, then rebooted like a pc, not nice when approaching a bend in the dark. This bike could have been the best 125 on the market, even though it is fun to ride and sort of economical, getting 75mpg....but I am throttle happy, which this bike needs.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Small Capacity Fun

28 February 2011 by VonR

As a seasoned owner of large capacity machines over a 30 year period, The Terra 125 has come as a revelation. Purchased originally for my son to learn on, it is now my Sunday 'bike of choice' for cross country rides involving A, B, C graded roads&... Read more righst of way. Well built, plenty of power for a 125, light, tall & accommodating & very flickable in all conditions. There are very few roads on which this will feel out of its depth. You could spend 5 times the money on 10 times the capacity for an adventure bike but you may not have as much fun. Definitely recommended

Overall Rating 5 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 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

My review

12 March 2010 by lafflot

This is a nice capable machine,and easy enough to live with.Engine is willing but needs to be revved,gear changes need to be done between 5 to 7k revs.It is quite economical although i have not done any long journey's on it yet so no figures yet.The... Read more seat can be a pain to replace once removed,there seems to be a knack to it however.One thing that needs to kept an eye on is what i beleive is the water trap underneath the airbox (looks like an elongated teet),it needs to be emptied regularly or will fill up and the contents seem to be sucked in by the carb which will cause difficulty in starting.

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £3,319
Warranty term One year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 11.4 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 133 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Air-cooled, four-stroke single, five gears
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 117kg
Front suspension 41mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Single shock, preload adjust
Front brake 300mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009: Model launched

Other versions

None

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