Not our traditional Road Test story... more like a review.
Rob and Shell have both purchased a Derbi GP1 and love them. Rob's comments are below:
DERBI GP1 250CC SCOOTER - REVIEW
I'm so glad you're stocking the Derbi.
Have you tried the lighting of them yet? We were impressed!
I thought Shelley's light seemed a bit bright when looking in my rearview mirror, & so decided to test the lights out at night.
The permenently-on dip shines like a strong wide fog lamp....very bright & seems to go very far. The main beam was pointing directly horizontal, & it was hard to get an appreciation of its capabilities as we didn't go out on the road because of the cold out here in the sticks. We just tested the headlamp's orientation & power in our paddock.
Today, we tried the brakes down Postman's Track off the Maleny - Stanley River Road. Very sweet. If you don't know the road: it kinda feels like it should be a waterfall or something. It's about 3K or so with diagonal spoon drains cutting across that act like bucking bulls if you go over too fast.
When I'm in the car I go down & up the hill in 1st gear.....IT'S VERY STEEP!
Shelley gets arthritic probs in her arms & hands, but no probs whatsoever taming the Derbi down The Track....very easy riding.
I find that the bike tips into corners so easily. No sign of nervousness/twitchy behaviour: solid as a rock, but you could just about do any style of cornering & it'll obey:-
Pushing opposite bar
Lean body in
Push bar down
Push foot down on the runners,
Pushing bike over with legs that straddle that strong centre beam etc etc: it does 'em all!
Shelley, with her petite stature found the Derbi a very choice ride indeed. A bit of practise required to handle the stand etc when parking, but you'd expect that with such a bike. At 140Kg's it may seem heavy, but like I say, a little practise & it's easy to park.
I'd say it's not your "nip over to the shops" type metro steed, more of, a rider's bike for distance & cornering dynamics. Fuel injected 250cc is plenty of single-piston thumping fun that generates a lovely "look at me" warble out of the exhaust.
We're really happy with our purchase.
The Derbi deserves all the cheesy superlatives you can think of: because they're true.
For photos - check out http://scooterstyle.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=588