YAMAHA XJ6 (2009 - 2015) Review
- A cheap middleweight naked
- Very easy to ride
- Excellent build quality
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£220|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Yamaha XJ6 was the naked version of the half-faired XJ6 Diversion. Aside from the lack of fairing, it had exactly the same spec, but somehow losing the plastics transformed the Yamaha from sensible budget middleweight to exciting mini streetfighter.
- Related: Yamaha XJ6 Diversion review
With its ‘baby Yamaha FZ-1’ looks and sit-up-and-beg riding position the XJ6 was a very cheap way to get your rocks off. On top of all the fun it could dish out, it’s also easy to get on with, comfy and well-built too.
To all intents and purposes the XJ6 was a cheaper, softer, less powerful version of the Yamaha FZ6 of its day, yet it somehow managed to be better in every way. While the FZ6’s styling was a bit bulky and conservative, the XJ6’s cool, urban streetfighter looks and snazzy underslung exhaust made it seem far more special than its price would suggest.
Having ridden it in the Sydney sunshine at its launch, I can tell you that it was masses of fun when you wanted to play, but at low speeds the friendly power delivery and low seat made it a cinch to ride.
It was roomy, had silky smooth controls (the clutch and gearbox have been refined over the FZ6) and because you sat far more within the bike’s body, there’s more respite from the elements too.
Before this test I thought the XJ6 would struggle in what had become a competitive category. I believe that an entry-level, middleweight roadster needs to have lots of torque and a flexible engine, and so needs to be a twin.
For bikes like these, you don’t want to be thrashing them up and down the gears, which is what you needed to do with the 600cc, inline four XJ6 if you wanted to get anywhere fast.
Yamaha did a tidy job of retuning the old FZ6 motor to give the XJ6 more grunt, but you still needed to use the gearbox more than the twin-cylinder competition (Suzuki Gladius or SV650, Ducati Monster 696, Kawasaki ER-6n) as it had less torque.
You could still tell the engine was from an old R6 as it was quite ‘busy’ even at 3-4000rpm and you often found yourself looking for another gear, even when you were in top. The XJ6 could have done with a gear position indicator to stop this happening.
Although it didn’t have the oomph at low revs, the engine was impossibly smooth. Pulling away was a piece of cake and you could slice through the gearbox effortlessly. There was also an ABS version for an extra £300 and for new riders you could get a 33bhp restrictor kit (as per the law at the time).
In 2013 the Yamaha XJ6 SP was launched. It came with some carbon-fibre-look parts and not a huge amount else. It was meant as a runout speical.
Once you've read this review and our owners' reviews below it, you might want to join an XJ6 owners' group to talk to likeminded people. We'd suggest the Yamaha XJ6 and FZ6R Owners' Club on Facebook.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Yamaha XJ6 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 Yamaha FZ6 to 41mm.
With its low seat and narrow fuel tank, the Yamaha XJ6 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 XJ6 is agile and easy to navigate through traffic. The steering lock is pretty handy too.
EngineNext up: Reliability
This is a retuned version of the engine you’ll find in the current Yamaha FZ6, which in turn is an old-school Yamaha 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 Yamaha FZ6.
All this fettling is designed to make the Yamaha XJ6 flexible and friendly to ride. Claimed power and torque is less than the FZ6 (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 FZ6, 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.
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 Yamaha FZ6’s motor and you soon get used to it, but more grunt and less revs would make the Yamaha XJ6 even better. As it is, the engine is still impressive and the new, smoother-action clutch and gearbox help the job along.
The Yamaha XJ6 top speed in this configuration was 135mph.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
For a budget machine, the Yamaha XJ6 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. Costing just £4500 new, it’s a lot of bike for the money and right in the budget middleweight ballpark.
We've got 31 Yamaha XJ6 owners' reviews on the site, with an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. The main negative comments are around the lack of gear indicator, although you'll soon learn to ride around this.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Watch: Yamaha XJ6 vs Kawasaki ER-6n vs Ducati 696 vs Suzuki Gladius
It’s not overloaded with toys, but for the price, the Yamaha XJ6 specs feature a decent level of equipment. There’s 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 centre stand, a backrest, panniers and top box, an engine guard, tank pad, tank bag and rack.
In 2010 suspension specialists Ohlins launched some aftermarket upgrades for the Yamaha XJ6.
|Engine type||In-Line Four|
|Frame type||Steel tubular diamond-type|
|Fuel capacity||17.3 litres|
|Front brake||2 x 298mm discs|
|Rear brake||245mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 17 in|
|Rear tyre size||160/60 17 in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||44 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£69|
|Annual service cost||£220|
|Used price||£3,000 - £3,300|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||77 bhp|
|Max torque||44 ft-lb|
|Top speed||135 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||202 miles|
Model history & versions
- 2009 – Yamaha XJ6 launched.
- 2013 - Yamaha XJ6 SP revealed with extra carbon-fibre.
- 2014 - XJ6 goes off sale leaving just the ABS version available.
- 2015 - XJ6 ABS goes off sale.
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA XJ6 (2009 - 2015)
32 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XJ6 (2009 - 2015) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£220|
Annual servicing cost: £200
Just a perfect motorcycle. Equiped with a supersport 4 cylinder engine detuned down to Earth specs. You have the supersport engine sound in an allaround machine.
Very nice brakes. Also the enine helps a lot at braking. As of comfort its good, not perfect but very good.
Solid train. Where you put the throttle thats it, no surprises and drama.
Yamaha good quality. As expected.
A tyre per year and oil an filter. 5-10000km/year. I do the maintenance, i'm a car mechanic.
The exchaust is one of it's kind. I prefer also the type of tyres the motorcycle came with. In 40s no experiments needed.
Buying experience: My father bought it new from a local Yamaha store, just perfect experience. After 8 years gave the motorcycle to me with 27000km. Now 2yrs later 47000km.
Annual servicing cost: £450
Great first ''Big bike'' For the price of a really expensive bicycle, you can have yourself a spanking inline four. The bike handles great, is nimble and agile. Round town the engine doesn't like to sit in traffics, and quickly you are going to notice the temperature on your gauge rising. On motorways you are going to have plenty of power, from personal experience reaching 130+mph is a breeze.
Ride quality is great, but the suspension could have been slightly better. The rear shock absorber although adjustable, makes no real difference in handling. Front forks could have preferably been ''upside-down forks''. Breaks for what they are, are decent. Do not expect them to perform like moto GP brakes.
It very well might be the old R6 detuned engine, but it certainly doesn't feel any lesser past the 6000 rpm mark. Once there the engine really comes to life and you can feel, sense and hear the soul of it, that is the R6.
Having owned the bike for a year, I have never ran into any kind of reliability issues. The parts although budget, do their job and are robust. At the end of the day, almost every part can be replaced with an aftermarket one.
As expected from a four cylinder. The oil quantity required is significantly more than a 125cc motorbike. She does like to eat, especially when you crack open the throttle. For the speed and power you are getting it has to be forgiven.
Would defiantly be 5 out of 5, if not for the missing gear indicator. I love the manual tachometer and led speedo.
Buying experience: Better to nab them second hand, they are extremely affordable. Obviously have to make sure the major components are intact, and in great condition.
Excellent budget middleweight. Cheap to run , great round town and enough performance for the motorway
Light and manageable everywhere. No sportsbike in the handling stakes, but a decent little Sunday scratcher if you fancy it. Let down a bit by only adequate front brake - surely it wouldn't have added to the cost too much for Yamaha to have equipped the bike with the bluespot calipers as fitted to a zillion other Yamahas? Maybe you can retro fit them.
Always a risk for a manufacturer to make a bike less powerful than its predecessor, but really pays off here. Nice midrange for a 600 and really smooth - no intrusive vibes on the motorway. Notchy gearbox typical of some Yamaha's can make selecting neutral difficult at the lights.
No issues to report
Mid to high 60's mpg is achievable on long journeys if you don't keep the wire too tight. Low to mid 50's for mixed town/country riding.
Follows the modern trend of failing to fit a centre-stand as standard - surely all chain-driven bikes (except super-sports) should come with a main stand factory-fitted? A gear-position indicator would be welcome.
Version: Xj6n abs
Annual servicing cost: £150
Good all round bike, great seating position, let position, fuel goes down rather quick, I struggle to get 100 miles from a fill tank and that is without riding harsh, the rear brake is sketchy and even though she is an ABS model, it does have a tendency to lock up sometimes!
She rides perfect, low or high speeds, corners like a dream but the brakes let her down, the rear has a tendency to lock up even though she is an ABS model.
Engine is great, goes through the rev range wonderfully and rides well, although I do seem to think there is another gear even when in 6th!
Have had no faults, everything is super tight and very well put together.
Nice and cheap to fill the tank, have had the bike a year and haven't had to replace or purchase any parts. Very good quality.
Nice and basic, could benefit from an MPG gauge in my opinion but does what it says on the tin.
Buying experience: Bought from CMC Cannock, nice and easy purchase.
Great all round bike: a set of straight pro taper bars cure the fair front end when ploughing in to corners, the only issue I really found was a little paint flaking on the swingarm after 20k miles but that may be down to something I've done. It's not 100% holding up well and still pulling stong after 28k in around 12 months
Needs a little more power after 60+
Bought as a commuter bike it does the job well other than the throttle being a little snatchy at low revs and stiff to operate. Suspension gets overwhelmed very quickly if you push it. Brakes are wooden in stock form. Far too much rear brake travel. Seat is not too good but sat on worse. Good lights, all switches are in easy reach. Dash is clear to read and tells you all you need to know. Overall it's a great little bike that will not frighten you in any way, except the brakes! Probably being a bit harsh on it but 2nd bike to a Tuono V4 Factory is always going to be hard.
Seat is crap and brakes are appalling. Swapped the fronts for EBC organics that now have more bite and stop well, although they do seem to over whelm the forks so different grade of oil will be added soon. Good riding position giving you a good view of the road which is ideal as this is a commuter bike only for me. No wind blast which is good giving it's a naked bike. Leg positioning is good and it's got a low seat height so you always feel in control of it. Bars are a funny shape but you soon get used to them, although they do feel like they should be on a chopper!
Revs well from low down but a quoted 135mph is being a tad optimistic as mine was showing 115mph and that was about all it had and 202 miles per tank range is even funnier. Mine manages 150 tops from full and i only use it for 20 mile commutes through a city so no big right hand riding.
Nothing broken yet but too soon to give 5 stars. Feels better made than the CBF600 it replaced.
Has all you need but fuel gauge goes from half to reserve flashing within 25 miles so don't trust it at low readings. It came with Dunlop Road Smarts on it which were awful so i fitted Michelin PR3's to it and that has made a huge difference it the way it rides and handles, highly recommended if you're looking to switch tyres.
Buying experience: Got it from SMC. No problems and would recommend them to anyone.
My first bike after a decade away from two wheels, I love it. It looks great and is easy to ride but with a dash of hooligan when you feel like it.
Comfortable seat and riding position, I have a fractured scaphoid in my right wrist and I can honestly say the position of the bars is perfect for me, very little stress on my wrists if any. The brakes are good, very good they give me extra confidence when I am riding which you cannot buy.
Great sounding engine, power delivery around town is a bit too frantic in first and second especially when negotiating roundabouts, third is best for this. Its a small point as the power delivery in general is excellent, especially its ability to pull strongly in sixth. I do find myself trying to put it into seventh gear! A gear indicator as an add on would solve this.
The build quality is good, solid parts and well put together. No problems so far with mine, it has been used as a learner for most of its 15000 mile life but is still going strong now its de restricted.
Haven't really done the MPG/range thing. Its not what I bought a bike for. If it concerns you buy a Prius!
Great clocks, tells you what revs your at, speed and how much fuel you have left. What more do you need (Apart from a gear indicator)? I'm not a suspension guru so the adjustable rear shock is enough for me.
Buying experience: Bought from a friend for £2400 cheap as chips for a fun, confidence inspiring and great looking bike.
Annual servicing cost: £220
At first I was very pleased with this bike as strong option in the A2 category, but over time reliability has left me with little trust in it.
I've had very poor reliability out of my XJ6. With 16K on the clock, the bike required a whole new wiring loom as the old one rubbed on a bracket and was water damaged, causing me to lose all electrics at 80mph. The bike was out of action for 2 months costing over £800. I have also had new top seals on the front dampers, a snapped rear hugger, and an issue with debris in the throttle body causing a sticky throttle. There is corrosion on the exhaust and rear damper, but the bike has been ridden all through winter. Scores a 2 (instead of 1) as the bike is well packaged and uses good build materials.
IF you experience no faults with the bike it is cheap to run.
Annual servicing cost: £100
I bought my bike new , September 2009 . It was my first big bike ( also own a Street Triple now ) and whether a new rider or not this bike offers good fun , great looks , reasonable fuel economy and fantastic reliability . Mine has now covered 33,000 miles with the only fault being the need for the brake switch at the lever to be replaced twice . Cheap manufacturing to blame according to dealer and Suzuki's can also suffer . The fact i use it all year round with all sorts of road grime hitting the bike i will happily to forgive the bike for the dicky switches as the rest of it is so reliable . . How many BMW owners do you think are doing over 30,000 with the only fault being £7 brake switch . I even get 10,000 miles plus from a set of Bridgestone and Avon tyres . My mates have sports bikes , (R1 , Gsxr ) and they have both ridden XJ6 and rate them highly, ok they do not have the power of R1 , GSXR or even my Street Triple but they rate the easy ridding position , good handling and revvy engine . I was thinking about replacing the XJ for another commuter bike, but looking around I kept comming back to a XJ . As mine is so reliable and the new bike mechanically the same there was no point giving mine up . Therefore we are about to head into another winter's riding together . So , thumbs up for the XJ6 . Highly recommended .
Before I bought my xj6, i test rode a fairly new frantic R6 and soon realised a modern sports bike wasn't for me. Traded in my trusty Thundercat which i loved the perfomance of on country blasts. It took me a few weeks to adjust to a naked bike again but still find i can have a hoot on fast flowing country roads. The power is more progressive(smoother) than the cat but its the bikes nimble handling that stopped me asking for my old bike back. I have to plan my overtakes more carefully because it has 20 bhp less than my previous ride. Like the styling, comfort and equipment. Dislike the engine braking and wind-blast on longer journey's. Also notchy gear-change in town. Still good fun & great value! (owned for 3 mths)
I've been riding my XJ6N for 3 years and 6700 miles now so here's a long term review. Firstly, it's worth mentioning I've never had even the slightest hiccup - reliability has been top notch. Secondly, what a great handling bike, this really does handle well and inspires confidence in doing so - tiny chicken strips on my tyres! Thirdly, the engine is super smooth all the way through the revs. Power peaks above 6k rpm so you do need to use the gears for quick overtaking, as you'd expect for an 80 bhp 600cc bike. The exhaust tone is a quiet grunty one, courtesy of the unusual box silencer and side exit exhaust. Fourthly, the styling - it's a good looking, actually great looking bike, Yamaha got the styling spot on. Fuel consumption: returns between 50-60 mpg, only dropping to the lower end of that when given a good thrashing. Comfort is the only real issue I've had; long 2hr plus journeys will result in a sore arse for both rider and pillion, but nothing a gel seat won't sort out. Wind blast hasn't been too bad, never had a sore neck even after long rides. I've been thinking about upgrading recently for something with a little more power (around the 100 bhp area), but having test ridden both a Street Triple 675 and a Bandit 1250, I just can't justify forking out the extra cash; the Street Triple was fun and the extra power was just about noticeable but was more uncomfortable and quite frankly the handling wasn't as good as the XJ6's - seriously. The bandit 1250 was great, better comfort for both rider and pillion and a monster torquey engine, but worth an extra £1800 on part ex? Nah, the XJ6N lives on and it will take one hell of a bike to make me let it go
rode this bike for just over a week now my first 'bigbike'last bike was a YBR125 easy swapping over and the smile still ahsn't gone is an awesome bike on the back roads to college! RideOn!
hi people, passed my test recently and have bought an xj6n 3 weeks ago and i love it. I have one question to any xj6 owner out there. I get some kind of rattling sound from the chain or sprocket when at low revs or slowing down. Not sure if its something i should be worrying about? Checked the chain tension and all is good on that side. Any replies will be appreciated. Many thanks.
I have owned my XJ6 for 6 months and have found it to be a totally enjoyable bike. I am not someone who likes to get his knee down so perhaps this bike is limited but for putting a smile on my face when out on the B roads its great. See Yamaha are asking £5999 now! One thing I see some previous reviews talk about a strange noise from the headlight or air through the front mudguard......anyone have any ideas what this is about?
I've now had my XJ6 N for some 8 months now and bar a gear indicator and an absolutely essential centre stand, it's a near perfect bike. It'll drop to 2,000 (25mph) in top and still pull away gently without downshifting. For those who would putter along at 2,500 (30 mph) in top to secure something near 70 mpg - sort yourself out?! This is a sports bike after all and cries out to be opened up every now and again! I did get some 60 mpg when I was running it in, but have never got below 52 mpg in normal commute mode. Give her a proper thrashing (!) and she'll drop to the low 40's fuel-wise I'd imagine. Be aware that the first three 6,000 mile services will set you back around £200 each at today's rates and the full valve clearance check at 24,000 miles will set you back £500. The price you pay for Yamaha high-precision engineering! I'm going to see if they'll fit a centre stand at the first service without adding on an extra hour of labour that they've quoted me for fitting one on it's own (wish me well!). Why do you need a centre stand? Well apart from assisting in chain lubrication, you need to get the back centred to check oil and fluid levels? More importantly, it's less likely to be blown off a centre-stand by strong winds?!
This is in the budget bike sector of the market, but the look and ride is anything but. After reading numerous reviews and obviously knowing who this bike is pitched at, you know it's mostly a beginners bike. I can say with all confidence, having ridden a good few mid-sized bikes, budget and non-budget, that this is the best beginners bike I have found to date... and by a long way! What I wanted to add, having ridden 125cc through to 1800cc bikes, this bike is really good fun to ride for anyone. When you wring the neck of this bike (which being a 4 pot engine, it seems to be hungry for revs) it rewards with an even spread of torque bottom to top and a nice predictable build in power, to a screaming 4 cylinder crescendo! I think this is better than buying a sports bike, ok it's not as quick, but on the road sports bikes demand focus and constant 'risk assessment', which for some is the fun of it, for me it can sap the fun out of road riding. The XJ6N IS real world fun, you can hit the red line and enjoy the sound and feel of acceleration, without fearing you life and license (well not like a sporty number anyway), which takes away the stress of stretching your bikes legs. It can also be ridden sedately, returning ridiculously good fuel economy. It's cheap and easy to service with wear and tear items being cheap too. The styling is bang up to date, there are no bad angles to this bike, exposing it's R6 derived engine for all to admire, with a simply genius stubby side exit exhaust. Mine was yellow, and the metallic paint has a deep quality look, and was truly stunning in the sun. The brakes are strong with predictable feel and defy the 'budget' tag it's given, the clutch is light with perfect metered feel, the gears are slick, easy and accurate to use too. Ok, it's not as fast as a ZX6R, but I would choose this over a Ninja on the road, I truly would. It just does EVERYTHING so well, as opposed to doing a couple of this well and compromising on the rest. This is one of my all time favourite bikes for this reason, and I could not recommend it enough. In short - Cheap, fun, quality, stunning...
I passed my test in January and the next day traded in my YZF-R125 for an XJ6. Once I'd run the engine I found this bike to be perfect for what I need, bit of town riding, some twisty roads and some long straights and it handles them all superbly. Enough power to overtake with ease and to raise a smile. Very easy to ride and already got me through the worst weather I've ever driven a car in never mind a bike, 4.5 hours in the snow, SCARY!!! Go and buy one you won't regret it.
i did my test on a XJ6 and liked it so much i went and got one, iv riden other bikes but this seems to cover all basses fast on the moterways, good in trafick, fun at the weekend.
What a truly awesome bike. I would recomend it to anyone stepping up to this class of bike. I've had my XJ6 since late September '09 and have clocked up 2000 miles since. It's my first 'big' bike. I chose the XJ6 over the Hornet, the ER6,the Gladius and even looked at the GSR. I rode all the others and chose the XJ6. The others are good bikes too but the XJ's a great bike. Great looks, smooth and very willing engine and quality (at the price I paid) are just outstanding.It doesn't look like a cheap bike to most people. It's also just got loads of character compared to the others. There are too many great points about this bike to mention here. I'm glad it doesn't have a center stand as I don't want the extra weight.The gearbox gets better after about 1500 miles. The weird sound mentioned by another reviewer is the air traveling through the front mudguard and can easily be sorted. During the week I'm a commuter and then at the weekend it's a swift 60\70 miles through Berks, Surrey and Sussex. Loves the twisty stuff but has enough to boot along at(ahem) 70/77 on the motorways. There is a lot of choice in this sector. Buy this bike you will not be disappointed!
I've been using one as a courtesy bike whilst having work done on my other bikes (GSXR 600 and Bandit 1200). It's horrible. It's like riding a sponge cake, all wobbly and squidgy. Looks like a turnip as well. What's with the weird noise created by air flowing over the mutant headlight.
I've had my XJ6 since the 1st August and I don't have a bad thing to say about it's performance. It is my first "big" bike so I can only compare to my old YBR 125 and the ER-5 I passed my test on. I'm really pleased and feel I made the right decision. My bike's just had it's 600 mile service so I can now make more use of the power it has to offer. The only things I'd change, if possible, would be the inclusion of a gear position indicator; a centre stand as on the Diversion and, at a push, I'd change the 'golf club' like mirrors for some sleeker Rizoma's. If you've done your home work and are thinking of buying one - DO IT! 0% finance, you can't go wrong!
I was planning to pass my Bike test and was ploughing through all the different bikes i could ride when i'd passed. the 2 that stood out were the Honda Hornet & the Yamaha XJ6 (Naked of course). I bought the Yamaha because it was the better looking of the 2 & the dealer made me a great offer & knocked almost £500 off it!!! ive only done a few miles on the bike but it's surpassed all my expectations it gets off the line very sharpish, takes almost no time whatsoever to get upto 90mph (not gone faster than that on it yet) it's incredibly predictable and gives me the confidence to really relax, safe that it wont surprise me in any way. it's visually stunning, wherever i go people look at me (it helps because it's a 59 plate and there's not many around during the first few days of sept. but i think mainly because it has 'presence' people are amazed by the apparent lack of exhaust which they then go looking for! all in all im VERY glad i got this bike, it's a joy to ridemoves like a scalded cat and the engine is so quiet you'd hardly notice it's running. if you are thinking about getting this bike, stop thinking.... just go get one.
I've just returned to biking after a 12 year break and decided to go for a 2009 XJ6N after doing a bit of research. I know bikes have moved on a bit from then but I have been seriously impressed with my £4500 investment. It's just had its 600 mile service and I'm only now starting to push further to see what it can do - the ride is comfy and very smooth with great handling and decent brakes and a featherlight clutch. The engine is a peach happily revving right up to the redline (not that I do this much!) and with plenty of usable low-end torque. My only gripes are the somewhat clonky gearbox (which is improving I think)and the slow speed 'shunting' of the fuel injection as you roll on and off the gas - you get used to this though. All in all a fantastic package for the money and ticks all the boxes for someone like me. Oh,and I think it looks fantastic in all black. Brilliant!
I was never a fan of the 'transformer' styling trend that has been the feature of Jap bikes in the last couple of years and was planning to keep well clear. A test ride on this bike changed my mind. Not only does it actually look pretty badass in the flesh (you can tell yamaha spent a lot of money on the styling here), it rides like a dream. The engine revs so incerdibly smoothly throughout the range, the power is enough to put a smile on your face, and the handling is spot on - this bike is perfectly balanced. For me it gives the perfect balance of weekend fun and commuter practicality - a willing, if revvy, engine when you need it but up to 70 mpg on my commute if ridden conservatively (I'm a bit stingy when it comes to commuting). All in all, a fantastic bike for the money, topping the class of the budget 600s.
Just got my New XJ6 Naked,and what a bike. its comfy to ride, good suspension, super-smooth gear box, great clocksand a style to die for. The only bad comment if you wanted to call bad is the engine is a bit revvy, and you have to push it hard to get it going, but oh boy if have the guts to do it it will put a big smille in you face. Very happy owner, and i can tell you its better then Susuki Gladius (female bike) and better then the Kawasaki ER-6N.
Just returned to biking after a 25-year absence. After reading and watching the MCN road test in Australia, I thought I would take the plunge on the XJ6. I have had the bake three days and already put 400 miles on the clock. The handling and balance are superb, although I agree the gearbox is very clunky. The bike has very good low down torque, although the engine is very busy, and feels like it needs a seventh gear, overall though superb.
Just over a 1100 miles in and I am loving this bike. This user friendly all rounder is actually a bit of a hooligan. Yes the engine is revvy, but it suits the nature of the bike. Gearbox is slick and positive. Levels of grip from the Sportmax tyres are excellent, makes it very easy for kneedown fun. Looks lovely in the flesh and the quality of finish far higher than the price tag would suggest. Did 180 mile trip recently without any discomfort. Would like a little more wind protection for the longer trips(come on Yamaha, give us a flyscreen) Other than that, its perfect.
Had mine for 3 weeks now but not been able to ride it much due to work committments - however when I get the chance I love it - very responsive engine with a nice amount of low down torque - couple this with extemely responsive and forgiving handling it is a perfect vehicle for someone like me coming back to biking who can only just remember past times screaming around on 2 stroke twins in the late 80's - Yamahas of course :-) The comment about the clunky gearbox is valid, although I'm hoping that once the bike gets through the 600 mile service and loosens up a bit this very minor issue will sort itself out. I am 6'2" and have no problems with the seat height or ride position. Buy one - you wont be disappointed and bring on the sunny weather !!
This bike is fab! Light weight, lovely mover. Disappointed that it doesn't have gear indicator on dial, as I'm used to loud engines that indicate well. This bike is lovely and quiet, I can't wait for the 600 mile service, so that I can really let rip. I'm so looking forward to riding this little devil. I'm only 5'2" with short legs, so its a great bike for the vertically challenged or us girls!! Fab bike!
Comfortable , good handler , engine is a bit revvy. The big let down is the gear box, very clunky and more than a few missed gears. Sixth was the worst but the other gears are catching up rapidly. Hopefully the 600 mile service will help. Tailtidy has really improved the rear end.
Comfortable , good handler , engine is a bit revvy. The big let down is the gear box, very clunky and more than a few missed gears. Sixth was the worst but the other gears are catching up rapidly. Hopefully the 600 mile service will help. Tailtidy has really improved the look.