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. For a bike designed with practicality in mind though, the wind protection is surprisingly poor. Approaching motorway speeds your head is constantly being buffeted, which can become a panin.
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.
You may expect a fairly basic commuter bike like the Diversion to be quite cheap, but Yamaha seemed to be more affected by the pound/yen exchange rate than other manufacturers, which meant the Divvy was more expensive than its rivals. Used prices aren't too expensive, and if you shop around you'll find early ones for under £3000. 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.