Motorcycle insurance bargains: Yamaha XJ6

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the great little Yamaha XJ6.   

Insurance group: 9
Used price: £3,700 - £4,400
New price: £4,499
Engine: inline four, 6 gears
Power: 77bhp
Top speed: 135mph
Weight: 205kg     

If you're in the market for a budget middleweight, the mini streetfighter XJ6 is super fun, comfy and easy to ride. It's also group 9 insurance, making it a bargain to insure - that's a group lower than the Suzuki GSF650 and Suzuki SV650.

The Yamaha XJ6's engine is a bit of a hand-me-down... it started life as an R6 motor, got detuned for use in the FZ6 and then finally detuned once again for use in the XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion. Despite all the fettling for more flexibility and low down power, it's still a revvy little lump - but that makes the XJ6 a fun bike to thrash.

Handling is agile and easy, especially around town where the generous steering lock makes u-turns a breeze. It's a low and narrow bike that would suit shorter riders without being uncomfortable for taller ones.

The Yamaha XJ6 is very nicely built with a nice finish and tasty styling reminiscent of it's bigger brother, the FZ1. It's a great mix of style, fun and practicality for a very reasonable price.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

3/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

5/5

 

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