YAMAHA XJ600 DIVERSION (1992-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A pleasant, predictable and a useful hack"

Yamaha XJ600 Diversion motorcycle review - Riding

"A pleasant, predictable and a useful hack"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XJ600 Diversion is a Vauxhall Astra diesel amongst motorcycles… with all the worthiness (and dreariness) that implies. Designed from the outset to be soft, cheap, versatile, simple and novice-friendly, the curiously-named Yamaha XJ600 Diversion is pleasant, predictable and a useful hack. But note the complete absence of the words ‘desire’, ‘excitement’, ‘performance’ or ‘thrills’.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Again, the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion is adequate and novice-friendly rather than in any way inspiring or exciting. But as versatile, first-big-bike-type transport, the Divvy delivers the necessaries. The suspension is rather basic and the brakes a little soft, but it steers sweetly and the ride is good for two.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XJ600 Diversion is softer than a marshmallow in a swimming pool. But then, that’s the way it was meant to be. Purpose-designed aircooled four is mechanically bullet and idiot proof and pretty much the same to use. Don’t go hunting for power bands – there aren’t any. But the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion purrs around without a glitch quite happily and lasts forever. Looks a bit like an old classic Honda engine, too…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XJ600 Diversion was built to endure rather than impress. So steel proliferates over alloy, chunkiness over finery and straightforward, simple mechanicals over high tech. It works, too. Not much goes wrong with the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion and mileages the wrong side of 50,000 are fairly common.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

In truth, not much comes close. No other four is as purpose-built for novices as the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion and they were cheap new, and are even better value second hand. The biggest thing against it are its looks and comprehensive lack of excitement. In that respect, a decent Bandit does everything the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion does, but with added thrills, for the same money. Find a Yamaha XJ600 Diversion for sale

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Not much to write home about but first time big bikers or couriers (cos they love em too) won’t find much to complain about with the Yamaha XJ600 Diversion. The mirrors mirror, the instruments inform, the switchgear has everything in the right place… just like a Vauxhall Astra diesel, in fact…

Owners' Reviews

31 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XJ600 DIVERSION (1992-2004) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA XJ600 DIVERSION (1992-2004)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Jack of all Trades For £700

05 December 2015 by cchapman

The bike is a jack of all trades. I mainly used this as a winter hack. Engine is bullet proof. The bike does lose out one sex appeal and excitement. If you going do a lot of miles and or riding in all weathers, it will get you there. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The bike is a work horse. It turn of a dime but don't expect to flying round twist and turns at speed. The soft suspension soaks up the pot holes and the seat has plenty of comfort.
Engine
5 out of 5
You wont find a power band on this bike, but a steady increase. Low to maintain and a simple build. If you looking to do your own tinkering its a good engine to start with.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Engine is bullet proof and electrical problems are rare (mostly solved by cleaning the electrical contacts). A issue I have had twice is the rear suspension weld has broken twice (very scary) a rear shock cover is a must.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
put petrol and your good to go.
Equipment
3 out of 5
It's a budget bike and you won't find many things to rave bout.
3 out of 5

Good starter bike - gets boring really fast

27 September 2015 by tintin

In terms of quality, it should probably have 4 or even 5 out of 5 stars, but the fact that its about as exciting as a watching paint dry it only gets 3 from me. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Soft, so comfortable. Would like it a bit more firm to make it more fun in the twisties. Extremely un-exciting to ride. Brakes bite well enough, at least on the ones with double discs up front.
Engine
3 out of 5
Very mellow. Needs to be kept at 5k rpm before you really have any power, the real fun starts at around 7500 rpm. Lacking bottom end power.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Do an oil change before every season and it'll last forever.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Usually manage around 4-4,5 liters of fuel for a 100 km. The only service ever really necessary is a annual oil change and filter every other year.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Not really sure, the bikes are getting old now so don't think there is as much equipment to get for them anymore. Never really looked for upgrades though.
Buying experience

Bought from private seller and got a mint condition for reasonable price. My first bike and overall happy with it, but it has to be said I'm ready to move on to something more exciting after just one season on this.

5 out of 5

02 September 2015 by pete

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Good little bike

13 April 2014 by Leighj0121

I owned this bike being on the full throttle all the time had 130mph out of this was a very good bike apart from the weight which is unbelievably hard to take corners or hold in slow traffic but still overall good bike 4** Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Good first big bike

05 March 2013 by ChayD

Can't really compare to other big bikes as it;s the first one I've ridden having converted from 125s. Wasn't really as big a step up as I'd imagined which was a pleasant surprise, and it's nice to have that bit of extra power, even if it's not a... Read more crotch rocket; being able to accelerate to 70 without having to have a good tailwind and a steep downhill slope whilst the little 125 engine bounces off its rev limiter is a refreshing change. I should imagine it would get boring after a few months but still, it's fun for now...

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Yamma Divvy

10 January 2013 by Detonation

I got this bike after having to sell my FZR 1000 when I lost my job, yet I still enjoy ridding the diversion round town after downgrading, BUT! I hate it on dual carriageways and motorways, it just doesn't have the pull needed and is wobbly as... Read more he'll. The engines deliver very little power considering you can pick up a 600cc with nearly double the power for the same price but they are truly bulletproof. The suspension is the worst I have ever experienced but that was easily sorted by swapping them with some advice from www.xjrider.com

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Divvy Dependability

01 December 2012 by lewp

I had a Divvy for about a year and covered around 6k miles. This bike is a great commuter, reliable, robustly built, and has a good level of weather protection. It is, as others have said, a little boring, but boring can be good sometimes. The only... Read more trouble I had with the bike was when I left the park lights on by mistake and even then I could bump start it without problem. It is worth noting that it you turn the ignition key past the steering lock that it leaves the back parking light on :-)

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Does its job

15 October 2012 by megger

I have owned many many bikes, and when choosing a bike, you have to ask "what do i want it for". This i brought for a runaround, i wanted something around the 600cc mark, good for going to work on and somthing the the theiving scum wont want to nic... Read more (thats why i did not go for a crosser) I have done the whole sports bike, and just cant trust myself, so there a no go. So the XJ came up, good value for money, as said, its a no thrills bike, but it does what it was designed for and it does it well. room enough for two, it goes and stops and not much else. Saying that i am not disapointed with it, as i knew what i was buying.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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3 out of 5

XJ 600 S Divvy

21 March 2012 by JustChillOut

Astra diesel sums it up well! It's a great budget bike for the daily commute - I struggle to get less than 50 mpg normally 55+. Riding position is good, handling in traffic is nice and light. I've spent 18 months and 12k miles through 2 winters on... Read more mine and it's hardly missed a beat. Riding out 'for fun' I'd like a little more excitement but that isn't really why I bought it so can't complain. Vibration and other niggles are minor and I don't really notice now.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

xj 600n

30 September 2011 by gstring75

my first bike is an xj 600n tbh not much different from the 125 i did cbt on! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1992
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Used price £1,300 to £1,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost £40
Performance
Max power 61 bhp
Max torque 34 ft-lb
Top speed 117 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 8v transverse four, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube double cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 18

History & Versions

Model history

1992: Yamaha XJ600 Diversion launched.
1993: Yamaha XJ600 Diversion gets new fairing with air scoops, screen now has grey trim.
1994: New Diversion logo on fairing.
1996: Yamaha XJ600 Diversion gets oil cooler. New carburettor. New fairing with indicators mounted on the sides. New headlamp. Choke now mounted on left handlebar. Redesigned bar end weights. Reshaped side panels.
1997: New fork leg protectors. Now with hazard warning light switch. New seat.
1998: Revised centre stand. New 41mm (from 38mm) front forks.
2004: Yamaha XJ600 Diversion discontinued.

Other versions

1995: Naked Yamaha XJ600N Diversion launched, subjected to same revisions as above.

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