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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

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.

Derbi Senda 50 (1993-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,219
Engine size 49 cc
Power 9 bhp
Top speed 60 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3
Engine rating is 4 rating is 2.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 3 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Max power 9 bhp
Max torque 5.4 ft-lb
Weight 90 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification 2 stroke, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Single 260mm disc
Rear brake Single 260mm disc
Front tyre size 100/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(4 reviews)

  • only because it was second hand

    Andrew Thorp

    Average rating rating is 2

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    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 £500 now cost me £672 in repairs... maybe i was unlucky but i would not recommend... unless you was rich :)

    29 March 2010

  • Average rating rating is 5

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

    24 April 2009

  • bad bike

    pudge10000

    Average rating rating is 1

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    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

    24 April 2009

  • Good All-rounder

    Hoffman900

    Average rating rating is 4

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

    24 April 2009

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