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Derbi
Derbi
Spain
Production1922 - now
LocationSpain

Derbi is a brand of motorcycles, scooters, and recreational ATVs (quads) produced by Nacional Motor S.A.U., a Spanish subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. SpA.

History

Derbi's origins began with a little bicycle workshop in the village of Mollet near Barcelona, 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 company named Bicicletas Rabas with the aim of moving into manufacturing bicycles. The venture proved very successful and in 1946, supported by its profits, work began on a motorised version. More moped than motorcycle, 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, the company unveiled its first real motorcycle, the Derbi 250.

Modern history

Unlike Ossa, Bultaco, and Montesa, Derbi successfully met the challenges that followed the Spanish transition to democracy and Spain's entry into the European Community. Simeó Rabasa i Signla passed away in 1988 but the company remained independent until 2001, when it was bought out by the Piaggio group.

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