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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

One of the laziest new bike developments for 2010, the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F is simply a standard Diversion with a full fairing and ABS. It’s a similarly easy to ride all-rounder that’s practical as a day-to-day bike, but it’s a bit more stylish than the half-faired bike.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The engine was used in the 2003 YZF-R6 once upon a time – so it has a slightly peculiar feeling of a willingness to rev, but it never seems to take off at the top end. The power curve is very flat which makes it unintimidating for new riders or on wet days. Response below 3000rpm is a bit fluffy, but above that it’ll drive cleanly in any gear, making overtaking easy. Not rocket ship fast, but it’s quick enough for this sort of bike. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Competent and unthreatening with a distinct budget feel. It can be ridden quite quickly, but is also reassuring in the wet and well-balanced at low speed. The cheap suspension is OK riding solo, but hard riding or taking a pillion highlights the slightly crude damping.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Good for a simple middleweight – ABS brakes as standard, a decent underseat cubby hole, centrestand and pillion grab rails are useful, practical touches. The digital dash is comprehensive, the mirrors work well and it’s comfy enough too. Compare and buy parts for the XJ6 Diversion in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,699
Dealer used prices
£3,700 (2010) - £5,080 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,170 (2010) - £4,580 (2013)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 78 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Packing 25bhp less than the engine was originally designed to handle, it’s massively under stressed. Expect no problems there. Finish is OK, but the fussy detail is harder to clean than some rivals, and like any bike you’ll need to keep it clean during winter to prevent corrosion taking hold. Yamaha brakes are historically prone to corroding and seizing.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A year ago this would have got a higher rating, but Yamaha’s 2010 pricing seems to be more greatly affected by the pound/yen exchange rate, leaving the £6499 XJ6 Diversion F looking pricey next to rivals. A good bike, but there’s equally good bikes for less. Find a Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2009: New model, introduced in USA only as FZ6R.
2010: Introduced to Europe as XJ6 Diversion F. Changes limited to colour options, name and one-piece seat instead of two-piece.

Other Versions

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion: Technically identical except for no ABS option and half-fairing only. Arguably a better buy at £800 less.

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 78 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 222 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 16v inline four-cylinder. Six gears
Frame Tubular steel diamond
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 298mm twin discs, two-piston sliding calipers with ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc, single-piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70-17
Rear tyre size 160/60-17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Great Commuter

    YamManCan

    Average rating rating is 5

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    A pleasure to ride now I've discovered that when the bike is driven from cold, it is best to apply the throttle slowly after gear changes until it warms up >70oC. No problems otherwise. Need to build my arms up though - definitely a lot heavier to the ybr 125 I had before but, you don't notice this when you're driving either slowly through traffic or going fast on the open road.

    14 March 2014

  • Great first big bike.

    dabiscuit

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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. Looks: 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). Comfort: 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. Handling: 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. Engine: 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. Running costs: £57 tax a year About £550 insurance a year £20 a fill up and abut 180 miles Nuff said. I could write more, but it is nearly 9pm and Homeland is on.

    06 October 2013

  • Good all rounder

    R1MALPS

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've been a bike for a while now, had some spills, had many different bikes but age catches up with you and that's why I bought an XJ6 Diversion. Although the bike suspension is basic it handles the bends well (enough to keep up with the big boys). The bike is a bit heavy (220kg) but after 1200 miles the bike has started to come to life. Fuel consumption is average, riding position is excellent and build quality is quite good to. In a nutshell, it's a good bike for knocking about on and nipping to work.

    16 July 2011

  • First Bike

    h123

    Average rating rating is 4

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    As the title suggests this is my first proper bike and I like it. It's a comfy commuter specially as I'm 6ft 2 and found it difficult to come across a bike that was comfortable for someone with long legs. Just completed the first 1k miles and no problems to report. I think a must with this is bike is to invest in a bigger screen, feel the wind a bit too much from the nips upwards. I like the predictable power you get from the engine, great for building confidence for a new rider and as it says above gears pull very well as long you're above 3000RPM, anything below and the engine doesn't sound too well. The bike looks great just wish it had the exhaust note to match. Can't have it all for a brand new bike at £6k I guess...

    25 April 2011

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