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.
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.
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.
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
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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.