Hispanic Single of Simeon Rabasa in 1922 opened a small repair shop and bicycle rental in the village of Mollet near Barcelona. Over time it has evolved into a small factory, and in 1944 registered a company Rabasa bicycle manufacturing Bicicletus Rabasa. Already in the late 40s she became one of the leading manufacturers of bicycles in Spain.
Then Simeon started developing my first moped, which debuted in 1949. The car has received 48 cc two-stroke engine "flip" the location (exhaust pipe coming out of the back wall of the cylinder), a two-stage gearbox with manual switching mechanism and a rear wheel suspension candle. Rabasa called this model «Derbi SRS». "Derbi" is an acronym for «DERivados de Blcicleius» («created from bicycle»), a «SRS» - reduction of the initials of the creator.
Already next year the company introduced its first full motorcycle 250 cc machine is very similar to Jawa - single-cylinder two-stroke engine with 9 hp, four-speed transmission with foot switching mechanism. A little later, followed by a two-cylinder 350 cc version, also in the style of "Jawa".
But the economic situation in Spain benefit inhibit the production of light motor equipment, and by the early 60s the company completely switched to making 50-cc motorcycle "Antorcha» (Derbi Antorcha) with the cap frame, two-stroke engine capacity of 2.9 hp and three-stage gearbox.
To spur demand, the company was engaged in the preparation of racing 50 cc motorcycles under the direction of Francisco Tombasa. The first race bike, created in 1960, had a single-cylinder two-stroke air-cooled engine capacity of 9 hp Piston gas distribution and a five-speed gearbox. Already next year Tombas created with a disk drive timing capacity is increased to 11.5 hp In 1965 he debuted with the motor vehicle liquid cooling capacity 14.5 hp
Beneficial for the company was the adoption in late 60s ban multi-cylinder racing class designs in 50 cm3 outlaw sophisticated Japanese cars. In 1969, the Spanish rider Angela Nieto brought the brand first world title; He repeated his success in 1970. In 1967 Tombas created an interesting 125-cc two-cylinder motorcycle with a V-shaped air-cooled engine, but this car has not reached success. Much more successful was the 125-cc two-cylinder motorcycle with inline engine with liquid cooling, developed in the early 70s. In 1972 Nieto became a world champion once in grades 50 and 125 cm3. In the wake of this success in the 70s and produced serials racing single-cylinder two-stroke motorcycles with 49 cc air-cooled engine power of 15.5 hp
"Antorcha" in various versions (including a 75-cubic) to the end of the 70s remained the most popular model of the company, although the "Derbi" tried hard to expand production scale. In 1966, she launched a one-speed moped "Minor» and a motorcycle with 123 cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine capacity of 7 hp, but these machines are not lived up to their expectations. More favorably buyers took debuted in 1969 moped "Derbimatik» with automatic V-belt CVT. In 1975, the company released a very interesting road racing bike "2002" two-cylinder two-stroke with a 188 cc engine producing 23 hp (a variant GP - 26 hp) and a six-speed gearbox. Since 1976 began production and motocross bikes classes 75 and 125 cm3.
In 1979, the company introduced an updated range of 50 cc machines. Road bike "Laguna» (Derbi Laguna) and dual-purpose motorcycle 'Diablo » were slightly duplex tubular frame and two-stroke engines in the updated unit with a four-speed gearbox. But the most important innovation for the future fate of the company appeared moped
«Option» (Variant) with trendy "athletic" appearance and stepless variator.
He immediately gained enormous popularity in Spain and in a variety of modifications produced so far. It was his success saved the company in the early 80s, when the Spanish market was opened to imports, and famous local motoproizvoditeli either bankrupt or become subsidiaries of Japanese corporations. Rabasa family managed to retain control of the "Derby", although and not without the help of the Japanese, through the distribution network of the company began to sell motorcycles "Kawasaki».
50 cc motorcycle "Derbi" in the 80s progressed rapidly: in their equipment appeared disc brakes, alloy wheels, rear monopodveski. In 1986 he debuted the first scooter company, 75-cc "Scoot». In fact, this machine created on units moped "Option", on its layout was skuteretty: the engine is not located under the saddle, and under the floor lining, had a length of belt drive to the rear wheel. A year later she made her debut and 50-cubes modification «DS50».
Class 50 cm3 in 1984 gave way to the road-racing class of 80 cm3, and the company "Derbi" in accordance with the new rules built a racing bike with a single-cylinder two-stroke engine with liquid cooling, with strongly tilted forward cylinder and spatial tubular frame of the "birdcage ". Already in his debut year, the talented Spanish rider Jorge Martinez took fourth place in the championship a year later became the second, and in 1986 -chempionom world! This success he repeated a year later, and in 1988 won the league title in two classes: the company has produced and 125 cc version of the machine. Last championship class 80 cm3 (in 1990, this category was abolished) won in 1989 his teammate Manuel Herreros.
90 years the company has opened an impressive debut. In 1992, she presented the "full" (ie with the engine under the seat) 50 cc scooter "Vamos» . A year later, her new family decorated the range of 50 vat motorcycles: classic road «Phoenix» air-cooled engine and dual-purpose machine "Senda» with a liquid-cooled engine. Both versions are of very high forcing the engine (7.5 hp) and six-speed gearbox. In 1996, the company introduced a series of 50-cc scooter, and the most popular was the terrain "Hunter». Another interesting novelty, 1998 - sports scooter "Predator». The machine features not only the appearance, designed by renowned studio "ItalDesign» , but the rear suspension with progressive characteristic, which is a rarity on scooters.
In the mid-90s the company signed an agreement with the Italian concern "Cagiva» : in Italy, the Spanish began to sell scooters under the brand names "Cagiva» and "Husqvarna», and the company "Derbi" under the symbol «GPR50 -R »mastered the production of the modern 50-cubic sportbike licenses" of Cagiva. "Under the wing of "Derbi" was a revival of the famous brand "Bultaco": an agreement with the descendants of the founder, in the late 1998 "Derbi" presented dual-purpose motorcycle 'Bultako Lobito » with 50 cc two-stroke engine with liquid cooling capacity of 8.5 hp
In 2000, saw the light of a new generation of motorcycles "Senda" with a diagonal frame tube instead of the former, and in addition to scooters 50 cc and began to put the 85-cc engine (with a capacity of 8.5 hp). Successfully restored and racing program:
Sales and profits of the company in the late 90s grew at such a rate that the firm has announced an effort to capture the next few years 10% of the European market of 50 cc scooters. But apparently, the ambitions were higher capacities. Sensation broke out in early 2001, the company's owner, Rabasa family actually sold "Derbi" Italian concern "Piaggio» , exchange 100% of its shares at a 5% share of the Italian conglomerate. In Russia, the Derbi almost sold.