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DERBI GP-1 250 (2006-on) Review

Published: 24 February 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

"This is about as cool-looking as it gets in the 250cc scooter market"

Derbi GP-1 250 Racing

"This is about as cool-looking as it gets in the 250cc scooter market"

  • At a glance
  • 249cc  -  22 bhp
  • 48 mpg  -  115 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £2,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

When you hear the spec of the Derbi GP1 250 Racing scooter it’s easier to think of a proper motorcycle rather than a funky-looking twist-and-go scooter. It’s got radial brakes, earlier versions had a single rear shock and it even has a twin-spar aluminium chassis too. This is about as cool-looking as it gets in the 250cc scooter market.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Boingy but good fun. The earlier versions had a single rear shock which was less able to cope with big bumps than the later twin shock scooters. Around town the GP-1 is more than able to handle carving through traffic. It can get a bit out of it’s depth on bumpy British back roads. Early scoots had twin radial front calipers and discs which were powerful. Later models made do with a single disc.

Engine 3 out of 5

It’s a 244cc four-stroke single cylinder motor which puts out around 22bhp so don’t expect fireworks. It is more than powerful enough for the rest of the bike however and is shared among many of the rest of the Piaggio group in various Vespas and Aprilia scoots. Will still do around 80mph flat out. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Look after the motor with regular servicing and it will give you years of happy and reliable miles as this has been in many other scooters and is well proven. Quality is as good as you would expect for this sort of money – it’s not up to the best Honda standards but way, way, way better than cheap Chinese stuff.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Compared to the Japanese scooters out there the Derbi looks like good value at £2999 and you get a good quality product for the money backed up by the massive Piaggio Group owning the Spanish Derbi arm. Secondhand prices are really good. Find a Derbi GP-1 250 for sale.

Equipment 4 out of 5

A fair bit of storage available with room for a helmet under the seat (not all lids fit so check yours does), a lockable glovebox with 12v charger outlet and two small cubbies by your knees which have rubber flaps to cover them and don’t lock. Later twin shock models had a little more room under the seat. Dash has a fuel gauge and usefully has a second mileage reader that starts up once the fuel level reaches reserve. Compare and buy parts for the Derbi GP-1 in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost -
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Top speed 82 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Engine size 249cc
Engine type Four-stroke, single, CVT
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 139kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 245mm disc
Rear brake Single 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70/14
Rear tyre size 140/60/13

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Introduced in 2006
2008: Minor updates including single front brake disc and calliper, twin shocks and new colours.

Other versions


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