Derbi Motorcycle History
1922 - DERBI was founded by Simeon Rabasa Singla as a bicycle
repair shop in 1922. The shop soon expanded and Mr.
Rabasa had to buy new bays to cover the production
1949 - After the 2nd World War,
DERBI begins mass production of the first moped, the
DERBI SRS. The SRS was the first moped built entirely
by RABASA DERBI. The name comes from the initials
of Simeón Rabasa Singla.
1957 - DERBI launches the motorcycles
with the biggest cylinder capacity, the two-cylinder
350 cc and 16 HP mass-produced by DERBI. Production
rises to 4,200 units and the number of employees to
1965 - The new Spanish legislation
on mopeds comes into force, stipulating collapsible
pedals and a maximum speed on flat land not exceeding
40 Km/h In the course of this year the Antorcha 49
1977 - The sector undergoes a period
of crisis. Bultaco, Mototrans and OSSA disappear from
the market. Suzuki takes over Abelló, Honda takes
over Montesa and Yamaha takes over Sanglas.DERBI manages
1982 - The new DERBI engine for
mass-produced models is produced, with a new cylinder
covering 50 to 80 cc. It is also redesigned to have
4, 5 or 6 speeds depending on the legislation in each
country. SCOOT, the new scooter, is presented at the
Paris Exhibition Hall in September, since legislation
in France does not rule that mopeds must have pedals.
1992 - Launch of the scooter Vamos.
DERBI begins restructuring in anticipation of the
1997 - DERBI makes major investment
in the scooter market. DERBI takes on a thorough renovation
of the range introducing a new generation of models:
1999 - DERBI consolidates its position
in the scooter market with the introduction of the
Atlantis, a city bike which is easy to manage and
is available at a very competitive price.
2000 - DERBI introduces the new
Senda R and the new Supermotard. They represent a
complete revolution of motorcycles with gears since
they incorporate a perimeter frame like that of GP
bikes which is unique in the sector.
2001 - With the new millennium,
DERBI boosts its sport models range: - In July Derbi
becomes part of Piaggio Group. This opens new scenarios
for Derbi's strategies in the twentieth century.
2002 - DERBI launches the first
Moto scooter with a 125 and 150 cc. engine. The Boulevard,
an urban bike, is aimed at covering the demand for
2003 - - DERBI present an improved
version of the renewed Senda. DRD come up with a Supermotard
version - the answer for the most demanding of clients.
- The new image does not just cover the scooter range.
To complete the total renovation of the Company, the
Brand Image is also refreshed - including the Logo.
- Derbi introduces the New Black Edition, a limited
series which represents a new era for the future of
the company. It is an evolution of the top selling
Senda, which has been given a youthful, racing look.