Derbi is a brand of motorcycles, scooters, and recreational ATV
All-terrain vehicle
An all-terrain vehicle , also known as a quad, quad bike, three wheeler, or four wheeler, is defined by the American National Standards Institute as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control...

s (quads) produced by Nacional Motor S.A.U., a Spanish subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. SpA
Piaggio based in Pontedera, Italy encompasses seven brands of scooters, motorcycles and compact commercial vehicles. As the fourth largest producer of scooters and motorcycles in the world, Piaggio produces more than 600,000 vehicles annually, with five research and development centers, more than...



Derbi's origins began with a little bicycle
A bicycle, also known as a bike, pushbike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A person who rides a bicycle is called a cyclist, or bicyclist....

A workshop is a room or building which provides both the area and tools that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods...

 in the village of Mollet
Mollet del Vallès
Mollet del Vallès is a municipality in the comarca of the Vallès Oriental in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated in the valley of the Besòs river, and is an important communications hub from Barcelona towards the north: the AP-7 Motorway passes through the municipality, as do the RENFE railway lines...

 near Barcelona
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of...

, founded in 1922 by Simón Rabasa i Singla The focus remained the repair and hire of bicycles until May 1944 when Singla formed a
limited liability
Limited liability
Limited liability is a concept where by a person's financial liability is limited to a fixed sum, most commonly the value of a person's investment in a company or partnership with limited liability. If a company with limited liability is sued, then the plaintiffs are suing the company, not its...

 company named Bicicletas Rabasa
Rabasa Cycles
Rabasa Cycle is a Spanish bicycles company, headquartered in Mollet del Vallès . The company, which started as a bicycle repair shop in 1922, was originally founded by Simeó Rabasa i Singla.-History:...

with the aim of moving into manufacturing
Manufacturing is the use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods for use or sale. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale...

 bicycles. The venture proved very successful and in 1946, supported by its profits, work began on a motorised version. More moped
Mopeds are a type of low-powered motorcycle designed to provide economical and relatively safe transport with minimal licensing requirements.Mopeds were once all equipped with bicycle-like pedals , but moped has been increasingly applied by governments to vehicles without pedals, based on their...

 than motorcycle
A motorcycle is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycles vary considerably depending on the task for which they are designed, such as long distance travel, navigating congested urban traffic, cruising, sport and racing, or off-road conditions.Motorcycles are one of the most...

, this first model, the 48cc SRS included plunger rear suspension, and a motorcycle type gas tank and exhaust system. The SRS proved so successful it prompted a change in the companies direction, and on November 7, 1950, the company changed its name to the Nacional Motor SA. Just prior to this, at that summers Barcelona Trade Fair
Trade fair
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, the company unveiled its first real motorcycle, the Derbi 250. The Derbi RSA 125 earned 405 points in the constructors championship from 125cc.The 405 points in 2010 are second only to Aprilia
Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the seven marques owned by Piaggio, the world's fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer.Aprilia started as a scooter manufacturer, but has more recently come to be known for its race-winning sportbikes...

 which earned 410 points in 2007.

Modern history

Unlike Ossa
Ossa (motorcycle)
Ossa was a motorcycle manufacturer based in Catalonia, Spain which was active from 1924 to 1982. Founded by Manuel Giró, an industrialist from Barcelona, Ossa was best known for lightweight two-stroke-engined bikes used in Observed Trials and Motocross...

, Bultaco
Bultaco was a Spanish manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycles from 1958 to 1983.-Origins:The origin of the Bultaco motorcycle company dates back to May 1958. Francisco "Paco" Bultó was a director of the Montesa motorcycle company founded in 1944. After several years of steady growth and road racing...

, and Montesa
Montesa may refer to:* the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer, now known as Montesa Honda;* Order of Montesa, a Christian military order;* Montesa, Valencia, a municipality in Spain....

, Derbi successfully met the challenges that followed the Spanish transition to democracy
Spanish transition to democracy
The Spanish transition to democracy was the era when Spain moved from the dictatorship of Francisco Franco to a liberal democratic state. The transition is usually said to have begun with Franco’s death on 20 November 1975, while its completion has been variously said to be marked by the Spanish...

 and Spain's entry into the European Community. Simeó Rabasa i Signla died in 1988 but the company remained independent until 2001, when it was bought out by the Piaggio group
Piaggio based in Pontedera, Italy encompasses seven brands of scooters, motorcycles and compact commercial vehicles. As the fourth largest producer of scooters and motorcycles in the world, Piaggio produces more than 600,000 vehicles annually, with five research and development centers, more than...


The Derbi name

The name Derbi is an acknowledgement of the company's history and is an acronym for DERivados de BIcicletas (derivatives of bicycles).

Current Models

  • Derbi GPR 50
  • Derbi GPR 125 4T 4V
    Derbi GPR125
    The Derbi GPR 125 is a street motorcycle sold by Derbi - Nacional Motor since 2005. The original GPR125 was powered by a single cylinder two-stroke engine with a steel lined cast iron cylinder manufactured by Yamaha, but this bike has now been superseded by an all-new DOHC four-stroke four valve...

  • Derbi Cross City 125

  • Derbi Senda 50
    Derbi Senda 50
    The Derbi Senda SM50 is a 50 cc motorcycle made by spanish company Derbi. It is one of the most popular bikes made by Derbi due to its appeal to young riders and its styling...

  • Derbi Senda X-Race/X-Treme 50
  • Derbi Senda 125 4T SM
  • Derbi Mulhacén 659(!!)

  • Derbi Mulhacén 125
  • Derbi Mulhacén Café 125

  • Atlantis
  • Boulevard
  • GP1
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