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Derbi SENDA 125 SM Supermoto Motorbike Review

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Derbi DRD 125 SM
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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If your parents have a fair old wedge to chuck on your first bike, 125SM ownership is not only guaranteed to put a ruddy big smile on your face, but also pull the girls outside the local KFC. Nothing in its class looks as good. In 30 and 40mph limits (its natural hunting ground) it’s rapid enough. But anywhere else you’ll really need to hold on to those revs.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The four-valve single punts out a claimed 15bhp, and the key to feeling all of those horsies is wringing the DRD’s neck. The motor, though a sprightly affair that requires you to really hold on to the revs in each of its six gears, has an adequate hit of torque at the mid-top of the rev range. Runs out of puff in the higher revs, though, making it all too easy to hit the rev limiter and lose vital seconds on the run into town.    

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The quality of the ride is good enough for any budding Christian Iddon to practice his foot-out cornering on their housing estate, though feel from the front end is not the best in the world. Sizeable 120-section rubber on the rear grips well enough, and seems durable (it takes a fair few skids to show evident wear). Front suspension is forgiving, with more than enough travel to soak up jumps from kerbs and unplanned-for potholes.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

This is where the DRD excels when compared with its rivals. It’s not often you see pukka upside-down Paioli forks and a whopping great 260mm front wavy disc on a learner bike. Those brakes are powerful enough for stoppies – just don’t crash it in front of the girls, you’ll never live it down. Compare and buy parts for the Derbi DRD in the MCN Shop.

Derbi DRD 125 SM (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,899
Used price range View Derbi SENDA 125 SM bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 124 cc
Power 15 bhp
Top speed 77 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Although it’s a case of time will tell when it comes to the longevity of components, there’s no reason to believe that, with regular cleaning (like that’s going to happen… have you seen the state of most 17-year-old kids’ bedrooms?), it’ll stand up well to the rigours of hard use on UK roads.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Derbi DRD 125 SM will see off a full (eight-litre) tank of fuel in 100 miles if you’re not careful (but who’s going to worry about fuel consumption when they’re king of the precinct?). It’s comparable on price with Suzuki’s DR125SM and £300 more pricy than Moto Hispania’s Duna SM125. When it comes to reliability, we’d figure it’s fair to reckon somewhere between the two. Find a Derbi Senda for sale.


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Model History

2009: DRD 125 SM introduced. Supermoto style for well-heeled teens.

Other Versions

Derbi Senda DRD 125R: off-road style motorcycle with knobbly tyres, MX styling, but identical engine to SM.


Top speed 77 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 120 kg
Seat height 910 mm
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v four-stroke single, six gears
Frame Aluminium
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 260mm wavy disc
Rear brake 220mm wavy disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • 125cc beastie


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I use this bike as my daily commuter and weekend entertainment. This is my third 125 and my second derbi motorcycle. I'd recommend one to anyone tall enough to get on it. It's an almost perfect bike from stock.

    29 January 2013


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