Two strokes are dead, live with it. We try on the new 125 four-banger from bijou biking kings Derbi
Click to read: Derbi GPR 125 owners reviews, Derbi GPR 125 specs and to see the Derbi GPR 125 image gallery.
Spread over the tank like a sleepy cat on a warm shed roof, I’m doing my best to make myself as small a shape as possible. I feel like I’m doing a reasonable impression of what I might have looked like had I been allowed a ride on this bike 13 years ago, when I was 16 and 125s were all that mattered. How wrong was I.
Apparently from the pit wall I looked as stupid as all the other lardy old pretenders. Banging down two gears and peeling in for the first turn at Barcelona’s Motorparc circuit, the GPR was doing anything but pretend. Knee deep in tarmac with every single one of the fifteen frothing horses available being strangled to within an inch of their lives, I couldn’t help but let out a giggle. This bike is fun.
The 125cc market is to Derbi what the World Superbike title is to Ducati. The two couldn’t exist without each other. That said, having lost 79% of their buyers in the last year, Derbi are currently treading an extremely fine line between existence and the scrapheap. The important Spanish grown up did his best to explain the dire straights in which Derbi find themselves, but I got bored and spent the available time wisely letching at the GPR through the window.
It’s a purdy-looking thing; the swingarm, forks, radial brakes and peg position all giving the impression of something that houses more than a Vespa 125 scooter engine. Derbi should be commended for going the extra mile in their bid to offer the 16 to 20 year-old target audience everything that a bigger sportsbike should have.
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Posted: 30/07/2010 at 12:27
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