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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The new Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is the half-faired version of the Yamaha XJ6. It's more powerful, better handling and prettier than the trusty old Diversion of the late 80s and early 90s. But just like that old original, it offers practical, fun and above all, affordable biking. It’s easy to ride, so it’s perfect for new riders looking for their first ‘big’ bike, it’s comfy enough to make a superb workhorse, and for those who just want to let their hair down and have a bit of fun, it’ll handle that too. Watch the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion video road test.  

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

This is a retuned version of the engine you’ll find in the current Yamaha FZ6 Fazer, which in turn is an old-school R6 lump. It gets a new cylinder head, softer-performance camshafts, reshaped inlet ports, new forged pistons and a one-piece crankcase and cylinder block. The motor breathes through a new fuel-injection system with smaller diameter (down 32mm from 36mm) throttle bodies and a neat underslung exhaust, featuring a three-way catalytic converter. A new clutch and gearshift design make changing gear smoother and easier than the Fazer. All this fettling is designed to make the XJ6 Diversion flexible and friendly to ride. Claimed power and torque is less than the Fazer (by 20bhp and 2ftlb), but usefully delivered much lower down the rev-range (2000rpm and 1500rpm).
There’s less need to stir the six-speed gearbox to keep up with traffic than the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer, making town riding nice and easy. At very low speeds the throttle response is snatchy when getting on and off the gas, but as speeds increase and the engine is spinning more it’s less of a problem. Overall the motor is very smooth, friendly and has lots of power (77bhp) if you’re prepared to rev it; enough for decent wheelies if that’s your thing. It’s a heap more fun than the Honda CBF600, the Yamaha’s closest rival.
Despite the fettling to make the engine gruntier, you can still feel its supersports DNA and it never really relaxes, it’s always busy, buzzing and you often find yourself searching for another gear when you’re already in sixth. It’s not as bad as the Fazer’s motor and you soon get used to it, but more grunt and less revs would make the XJ6 Diversion even better. As it is, the engine is still impressive and the new, smoother-action clutch and gearbox help the job along.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha XJ6 Diversion has a new tubular steel diamond type chassis, using the engine as a stressed member, to save weight and add strength.  Bodywork and steel box-section steel swingarm is new and the forks are down 2mm in diameter compared with the Fazer to 41mm.
With its low seat and narrow fuel tank, the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is very easy to get on and ride, short or tall, on your own or with a pillion. On the move there’s zero vibration felt from the engine and around town the Divvy is agile and easy to navigate through traffic. The steering lock is pretty handy and the wind protection from the half fairing is good too.
Although very basic (only the rear shock is adjustable for preload), the suspension does a good job of keeping the Yamaha on the straight and narrow. Of course, if you push very hard you can find the limits of the chassis quite quickly, but for the most part the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is stable, corners easily and is easy to ride in any conditions.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

It’s not overloaded with toys, but for the price, the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion comes with a decent level of equipment. It has a centre-stand as standard, a neat trick with the underslung exhaust where it is, a multi-function LCD dash and preload adjustment for the rear shock. Handlebars are adjustable back and forward by 20mm and Yamaha offer an ABS version for an extra £300. Accessories from the official Yamaha catalogue include crash bobbins, a backrest, panniers and top box, an engine guard, tank pad, tank bag and rack. Compare and buy products for the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,499
Dealer used prices
£3,670 (2009) - £5,210 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,250 (2010) - £4,690 (2013)
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Engine size 600 cc
Power 77 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

For a budget machine, the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is well-designed, well thought-out and well-built. The paint finish is excellent and it’s solidly screwed together, although there’s a huge gap between the back of the engine and the rear shock, which you could fit a lunchbox in, which is a bit odd. Squeezed in under the five-grand mark, it’s a lot of bike for the money and right in the budget middleweight ballpark.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is a superb machine, is more rounded than the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer, comfy, practical and fun too, but it doesn’t really bring anything new to the party; it’s simply Yamaha’s version of a Honda CBF600 or Suzuki GSX650F or Bandit. The current king of this class is the Kawasaki ER-6F or Versys. The Yamaha is physically bigger so would suit taller riders and it’s more powerful too, but those Kawasakis are just that little funkier, punchier and don’t take themselves too seriously, which we love. Find a Yamaha XJ6 Diversion for sale 

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

2009 – XJ6 Diversion launched.

Other Versions

Yamaha XJ6 (naked)

Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 77 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 600 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame Steel tubular diamond-type
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 298mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/60 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(11 reviews)

  • Great bike

    R1MALPS

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have many bikes over the year but old age catches up with you so I got an XJ6. At the end of the day it is a great little bike for knocking about on or even going for a blast with the lads. Although I'm blitzed on the straights I keep them honest on the bends, saying that my only gripe is the suspension nearly gives up when I'm hanging off it but hey ho it is a "budget" bike. A bit of preload on the front forks would have been great. Bike for beginers or long term bikers either way. Overall I'm pretty well pleased with the bike and so is my back!

    02 February 2013

  • brilliant for commuting & long trips

    heath9144

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Found this bike as a bargain 6 months ago loaded with all the extras you could ever need and 7,000miles later i'm glad I did. As i'm young and only held a full licence for 3 years the insurance companies see me as a high risk so my dream R6 was to costly to insure so the xj was the only option. Absolutly brilliant for commuting, never misses a beat and does it in comfort, I love the GP inspired exhaust, and highly rate the OE Bridgestone 021. add a top box and soft luggage and it'll take you round Europe and back (with a gel seat), very pleased I didn't opt for something sportier as this bike is the perfect blend of tight corners and a workhorse for £4000.

    30 October 2011

  • Very underrated

    pilninggas

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my second XJ6 (the first got written off in sept 10, after 1-year/10000miles; smidsy'd). I have had it for 6 months now/5500miles. I do not commute on it, it is purely for pleasure. They are great value £4000 on 24months 0% yam deal, less per months than some 600 hondas were over 60months!!! Awesome bike, okay power is not it's strength, but like the first one I did 2600miles in Europe (this year in 9 days) and it will stick hours at 80/90 on the m'way/autobahn. Also handle pretty well, bumpy surfaces only unsettle it with full luggage under heavy braking. The brakes can also get a little overloaded under repeated heavy turns, riding down an alpine pass is fun as a result; due to the decent spread of torque and user-friendly drive you can also mix it with heavier, more powerful kit. lots of accessories now - the germans, italians and french love it, also the ameicans have it as the FZ6R and really love it. Tyres as standard (bt021s and dunlop qualifiers) are pretty rubbish - yam should fit better rubber. Both of mine have been geared-up to make them less busy on fast roads. Need to get a tail-tidy and braided hoses. As an experienced rider (past bikes zx6r, tdm850, fzr1000) I think this bike is a little gem.

    29 October 2011

  • Courtesy Bike

    Meaty79

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have this as a courtesy bike and must say I'm impressed, I commute about 70 miles a day and I find this bike perfect for the job it's quick enough for my liking, comfortable and handles well, my own bike is a 1990 CBR 600 and although the CBR obviously has more power the Diversion is better on the road as the power comes in a lot lower in the rev range and as for the looks compared to my 1993 Divvie that I had a year ago there is no comparison in fact the only problem I have with this bike is that Yamaha shouldn't have called it a Diversion as it's nothing like the Diversion of old. Everyone who has seen it always asks what it is and how its much better looking than the old one.

    15 September 2011

  • Most uncomfortable bike ever

    kenm

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Bought mine -an ex demo, with 600 miles on and at a good discount. Looks good handles well, but with everything set up for me, it is still the most uncomfortable bike I;ve ever riden. The seat is si thin backside is numb after 20 miles, arms and hands are numb after 30 miles. I have a Kawasaki er6-f and I can ride that 200 miles in one go and not have any problems. I really wish I had given the Diversion a longer test ride-and I never would have bought it.

    21 August 2011

  • Great all round package

    uncleturtle

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Bought mine new in March and got a great discount. Easy running in period and cheap first service. Now the engine is run in, opening up shows that this is a bike that can better most, if not all, of the other all rounders out there. The engine is strong and pulls well, even two up. Its easy to handle in all conditions. OK, its not going to worry riders on sportier machines but thats not what it was made for. As a first big bike or an affordable, reliable commuter that will get the job done, you won't get better. I'm was originally thinking of swapping it after a year but I like it too much!

    18 August 2010

  • excellent first bike

    divvy1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    bought mine 2 weeks ago and only covered 600 miles.restricted to 33bhp at the moment as i am still on restricted license.A lot quicker than my cg though.As some others have mentioned it could do with another gear as the engine always sounds busy and i also keep trying for the 7th gear.I have had it up to 7000 revs after just having it serviced and don'feel any vibration at all yet.took it on a 190 mile run at the weekend and worked the mileage out at 59.3mpg,mainly motorway and 2 up so i thought that was good.clocks are easy to read and it is a comfortable ride.As a newby to the big bike world i can't compare it to anything else but as a first big bike i would say they are fantastic,and would recomend them to other people.

    21 July 2010

  • Good but Vibey

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I bought the new Divvie to replace my GSX650F in March 10. I have now covered about 1100 miles and comments so far. Good Bits It's light and very Manoeuvrable Throttle response is Brilliant no on-off stutter or delay at all. Love the underslung exhaust it makes a pleasant noise but more importantly doesn't get in the way - the monstrosity on the GSX650F was a pain. Handles nicely and grips well on the Roadsmarts it was supplied with although the ride is a bit choppy. Good instruments - can see the clock at the same time as the odo. The headlight is good despite only having a single H4 bulb, however is does have a left dip pattern which means masking if you want to go on the continent. Fuel consumption so far 55-60mpg. Bad Bits The worst Vibration - it is pretty vibey just like the old Divvie I had. Around 6500rpm is the worst this is 70 - 75 mph. Build quality - it hasn't seen salt although has been used in the rain and some fasteners are already showing signs of corrosion. Keeping it clean isn't going to be easy, I have fitted a Fender Extenda to try and help keep the Engine clean. The plastics especially the top fairing are a bit Flimsy. That's it, good in parts but I think so far the GSX650F was better.

    18 April 2010

  • Great first big bike

    MCN_Sam

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I covered about 5000 miles on the bike in all weathers. It's a great bike, really good value for money and ideal for commuters. The handlebars can vibrate a bit at about 6000rpm but it's not a problem if you wear thick gloves.

    03 March 2010

  • Great first big bike

    MCN_Sam

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I covered about 5000 miles on the bike in all weathers. It's a great bike, really good value for money and ideal for commuters. The handlebars can vibrate a bit at about 6000rpm but it's not a problem if you wear thick gloves.

    03 March 2010

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