DERBI SENDA 50 R (1993 - 2004) Review
- Super-cheap 50cc supermoto
- Can be ridden on a car licence with CBT
- Great stepping stone into SM bikes
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Derbi Senda 50 has been around since 1993 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 Sendas are road biased motorcycles, but still good fun.
There's a thriving online community for the Senda at the Derbi Senda Owners' Club on Facebook.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Our Derbi Senda 50 owners' reviews show fairly average scores. A few owners haven't had a brilliant experience with build quality. One person complains of serious engine problems, whereas another blames their bike for the tax disc falling out and them subsequently getting pulled over by the police. We'd consider fitting a better tax disc in this scenario, however.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||2 stroke, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||7 litres|
|Front suspension||Preload, rebound|
|Rear suspension||Preload, rebound|
|Front brake||Single 260mm disc|
|Rear brake||Single 260mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||130/70 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||55 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||9 bhp|
|Max torque||5.4 ft-lb|
|Top speed||60 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||21 secs|
|Tank range||80 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Derbi Senda 125R: 124cc, 12bhp version.
Derbi Senda 125SM: Smaller wheeled, street-tyred, 'supermoto' version of 125.
Owners' reviews for the DERBI SENDA 50 R (1993 - 2004)
4 owners have reviewed their DERBI SENDA 50 R (1993 - 2004) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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 :)
lol was joking about my reveiw down there lol dunno y i did im a weirdo :P
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
Good All-rounder does everything it says on the tin +some