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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Derbi Cross City 125 (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,156
Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 3 of 17

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Model History

2007: Model introduced

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Weight 110 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled 2v single-cylinder four-stroke. 5-speed
Frame Aluminium trellis
Front suspension adjustment 37mm telescopic forks, no adjustment
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock
Front brakes 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

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • cross city..brilliant

    vGOLLUMv

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 would recommend it to everyone

    06 June 2012

  • Good Basic Learner

    Soonmixdin

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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.

    10 May 2011

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