I have only been riding for 2 months and recently passed the 1000 mile mark on my XJ6 Diversion S. Obviously I don't have much to compare it to other than the 15 year old XJ6 I passed my full A license on.
I think from an absolute newbie's perspective this could be (and I hope) will be a handy review.
I have the half faired version (S) and it looks brilliant. I was considering a Kawasaki ER-6F, but the Yamaha wins on looks hands down and in the Race Blu matte finish, it looks even better. I love to tinker with things and it looks like the fairing will come off quite easily for some summer naked riding. It is also about £400 cheaper than the full faired version (F).
Feels good. The seat is nice and spongy and there is plenty of room to move around. I am 5ft 11 and can place my feet firmly on the ground when stationary. Suspension does a good job of soaking up all, but the harshest of bumps. If on longer journeys there is plenty of room to adjust your whole body including your feet.
This is something that will be difficult to explain. To me it feels like the best bike I've ever riden, that's because it is, but it's only the 2nd big bike I have riden. Suffice to say despite it's 200kg+ weight it feels light and nimble. It's also quite a narrow bike making commuter type filtering a breeze. Because of it's compact size and safe composed feel I was quickly confident enough to filter at slower speeds.
At first I was disappointed as I spent the first 800 miles running the bike in. It will happily pull at most of the rev range in any gear, but up to about 6,000 revs it felt sluggish. However, after it's first service I could fully open it up and after the 6k mark it goes ballistic! I know it isn't the fastest bike in the world, but I used to have a 400bhp Subaru WRX and this bike is much quicker.
Gears from 1 to 3 and back are a bit clunky, but this maybe because it is still brand new.
£57 tax a year
About £550 insurance a year
£20 a fill up and abut 180 miles
I could write more, but it is nearly 9pm and Homeland is on.