DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Power: 12 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.5 in / 825 mm)
Weight: Low (243 lbs / 110 kg)


New £2,156
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Engine size 124cc
Engine type Air-cooled 2v single-cylinder four-stroke. 5-speed
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 110kg
Front suspension 37mm telescopic forks, no adjustment
Rear suspension Monoshock
Front brake 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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Annual road tax £22
Annual service cost -
New price £2,156
Used price -
Insurance group 3 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 81 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2007: Model introduced

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007 - 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.

Review your DERBI CROSS CITY 125 (2007 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
4 out of 5 A utility bike that can be fun
26 March 2021 by JawaJezz

Year: 2009

Let down by the stupid two position choke which makes cold weather starting a bit of a chore. You have to keep flicking between the two positions until the engine warms. It all ways starts though.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Handles well and is OK on farm tracks as well as A/B roads. Not really suitable for a pillion passenger. It's light and so the basic brakes work fine. Forks work well as does the rear suspension unit.

Engine 5 out of 5

It's a basic air cooled 12 hp unit that is very simple to maintain. Nothing has gone wrong with it. The bike could cope with an engine of twice the power.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Still looking good 10+ years on. Just change the oil and clean the bike regularly! No component has failed.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Minimal cost to run.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Has all the equipment it needs. Could be improved with a fuel gauge as the slim tank is not very big. Side stand is sprung loaded which can flip up whilst you are manoeuvring the bike. You learn to push it about whilst on the same side as the stand. Tyres are pretty good.

5 out of 5 cross city..brilliant
06 June 2012 by vGOLLUMv

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5 Good Basic Learner
10 May 2011 by Soonmixdin

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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