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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…

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1992
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Used price £1,000 to £1,400
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost £70
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.

Owners' Reviews

37 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 3.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.6 out of 5
Engine 3.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.0 out of 5
Equipment 3.4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Never regretted owning the Divvi

03 July 2018 by TheKopite

Rock-solid, reliable, easy-to-maintain and so cheap to run. If you can find a well kept one, don't hesitate to buy. Fantastic as a commuter, just goes and goes. Not the most punchy engine, but with enough power for everyday use. Fantastic fuel and tank range. I can see why so many people love this bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Quite comfy and brakes have just enough bite to make you feel secure.
Engine
5 out of 5
Hard as nails. Just look after it, regular oil + filter changes.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Starts on the button EVERY TIME. Center stand was the first to corrode, easy welding fixed that. Watch for oil cooler problems, though this can be easily taken off. Just upgrade oil and keep going...
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
All low costs and easy enough for any novice to do majority themselves.
Equipment
3 out of 5
All the basics you need.
4 out of 5

Separates the Men from the Boys

11 July 2017 by Alan Clarke

I like the adjustable handlebars, from cruiser (ish) to racer (ish). Wish my 170mph Thunderace had height adjustable handlebars to suit my riding mood! I say it separates the men from the boys as the men appreciate it as a good all rounder with good acceleration - the 1/4 mile figure here is better than the Ducati Monster 800 of the same year and other acclaimed bikes. Although not as flash looking as superbikes non motorcycling friends say it looks good. The boys however, say things like "Yawn, it's an Astra diesel" to make out they spend all their days off leading the pack in motogp races.

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
Thought £18 for a yamaha fuel filter was a bit dear compared to car fuel filter. But who came up with the myth that jap bikes are cheap
Equipment
4 out of 5
I like the adjustable handlebars
Buying experience

Bought from a nice chap

5 out of 5

Dependable old bike

05 July 2017 by Ash

Its a dependable old hack that just keeps on going...

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The shock is a bit saggy these days, so looking to replace soon with a Fazer 600 one. But other than that it does what you ask of it. Breaks are ok, they stop you when you need but nothing to write home about.
Engine
5 out of 5
Its bulletproof engine, and really picks up in 4th after 50mph, about 5k revs. But for pootaling back and forth to work and back its just fine. Motorway speeds are capable and the XJ does alright in this respect.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Costs £50 a year in servicing for plugs filters and oil etc, i do all the work myself these days to keep the garage fees down to a minimum. These bikes are so easy to work on its untrue!
Equipment
5 out of 5
These bikes are very basic, but this is a plus for me, as I work on the bike myself so its easier to work on (No overcomplicated electrics) Currently running Conti Go's and there just fine. Stick a Givi Monorack or wingrack and box and our ready to tour.
Buying experience

Bought Privatly for £600 with 35k on the clock

4 out of 5

5 divvies and a few hundred thousand miles later still the MOST BORING bike in the World

08 February 2017 by Geff

I despatched these bikes in London and then went touring france with wife and camping kit onboard and they cruised nicely at 90mph when ever and how long l wanted. with120,000 miles in 2 years on my first one, the only problems l had were that stupid clutch rattle and a split shock /swinging arm fixing mount where the shock gave out around 100,000

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
it did what it did and l only ever had one incident where some one walked into me at 30mph SO i would say the brakes and handling were good in town. when touring l would keep having to change up and down from top gear just to keep waking the wife up where she would have a snooze.
Engine
5 out of 5
lt was a work horse and did what l asked of it without complaining. it was not a GSXR or an R6 but there again it would not scare the life out of you like my graphite R6 did
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Again the only problem l had was the shock /swinging arm fixing mount splitt through a knackered shock
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
always had the bike serviced at 5,000 miles due to my job equalling 12 times a year and the most costly item was my battle axes
Equipment
4 out of 5
bridgestone battle axe, top box and a set of crash bars were all that was needed for miles of fun and entertainment
Buying experience

l find that when sourcing parts most people dont know the differences between the S & N or the changes around 1997 time so you are arguing with dealers who have been in the trade for 30 years who know best or ebayers who think one seat fits all years or double and single disc front end bits are interchangable

5 out of 5

Never mind the power bands - enjoy the bike for what it is.

29 August 2016 by Jonesy

Excellent bike bike learner. More than enough power and hey, who needs power bands when this delivers the power smoothly right across the gears. Its enough to get you well over the ton and that should be enough for anyone on UK roads.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I have the twin front disc brake which works a dream. Rear is a bit spongly but does the job. Seat is cmfortable for 100 plus miles but most bikes, no matter what seat they have will demand a brak around this mileage nyway so its no better or worse than other similar bikes.
Engine
5 out of 5
Pretty much bullet proof if you do the regular servicing. It offers no scares for new riders as the power is delivered smoothly right across the gears. This suits me as I like to know that I wont hit a spot where the power kicks in and gets me into trouble! cruises all day at 70-80, which is more or less legal. But it does have enough guts left for that little bit extra if you need it. I do sometimes find myself looking for an extra gear when cruising but thats my only criticism.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
In truth nothing much goes wrong with these unless misused, abused or trashd which is not what they were made for in the first place. Keeps well as long as you dont leave it wet after a run. Never broken down. Only parts replaced are the usual, tyres, chain etc.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
If you do the servicing yourself, then its just the cost of the parts, say £40 tops. I dont have the tools for a chain change so take it to my local garage so say £100 in all.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Use Bridgestone BT 45 Battleax tyres which seem to suit it well enough. Had a scare on the Dunlop tyre it came with so changed those out after much research to the BT 45.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer used with one previous owner from new.

5 out of 5

25 March 2016 by Alberto Sebellin Netherlands

Perfect bike to go on long distance on vacation, just went to Nordkap from Rotterdam in 1995 and the way back, absolutely perfect. Bear in mind the speed limit in Sweden, Norway and Finland, no need to dive more then 120 km/h when allowed.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are very good changed the original lines for braided alternatives which are much better now they react very fast and strong. Suspension is ok, changed with oil that is a little bit more dense. For travelling this is very comfortable with the girlfriend and fully loaded GiVi 35 x 2 bags
Engine
5 out of 5
Bullet proof, and I changed the original exahust with a much better 4 in 1 for better pushing at low revs
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I have changed the battery to a modern gel one and sealed all front connectors to be rainproof just in case.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do all serviceing myself; oil change, etc etc
Equipment
2 out of 5
I adjusted the GiVi frame with two strong carbon fibre plates to the XJ standard attachments frame bolt solving the problem to find some equipment, added a higher front windshield, this is still available on the market, and changed the original blinker with four mini indicators.
Buying experience

I bought from a dealer and it was a quite good price, I am the second owner.

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.

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.

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

ok

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**

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 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 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 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 (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 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!

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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4 out of 5

XJ 600 S in Germany

04 October 2010 by SteBev

Im very surprised with my XJ600 now thats saying something because my last bike was a GSXR750 and yes i was a bloody maniac on it. I like the riding position and the smooth motor above 50 mph but the Exhausts are cack to say the least, that will be 444 quid for a new 4-2 (dont like the 4-1) i just hope her indoors dont ask me the real price ! its not to stable but i still throw it around the back roads and see off some of the racer boy wanna be's just hope the tyres will last, only time will tell !

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 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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4 out of 5

xj600n what a cracker

01 June 2010 by iford

Being a 55 year old my views may be strange? i am athe peverbial bore again rider (last 7 years) since I have had 2 customs 3 classics 2 trailies and 3 all rounders. The xj600n?diversion gets some slagging as boring and bland etc. I have to say I aggree a lot with "skellyjelly". As a general use Motorcycle the little divvy is a cracker. It is a simple no nonsence bike designed for basic all round riding and it does its job perfectly. It is so light and easy to ride and reasonably comfey, quick too when required. Each time it seems when I pull up at the lights next to R1's etc stretch and groan and in these days of speed traps and of course idiot car drivers keeping your speed down a bit ain't a bad idea!! Fuel useage is low 60 to 65 mpg top speed ton+ (if you can hang on)insurance low. If you tinker with home maintaince an ablsolute doddle

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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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4 out of 5

xj600n what a cracker

01 June 2010 by iford

Being a 55 year old my views may be strange? i am athe peverbial bore again rider (last 7 years) since I have had 2 customs 3 classics 2 trailies and 3 all rounders. The xj600n?diversion gets some slagging as boring and bland etc. I have to say I aggree a lot with "skellyjelly". As a general use Motorcycle the little divvy is a cracker. It is a simple no nonsence bike designed for basic all round riding and it does its job perfectly. It is so light and easy to ride and reasonably comfey, quick too when required. Each time it seems when I pull up at the lights next to R1's etc stretch and groan and in these days of speed traps and of course idiot car drivers keeping your speed down a bit ain't a bad idea!! Fuel useage is low 60 to 65 mpg top speed ton+ (if you can hang on)insurance low. If you tinker with home maintaince an ablsolute doddle

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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

Noobz

20 February 2010 by skellyjelly

Who are these non-owning noobs who write this shite for MCN? If I don’t want to ride at 200mph, have the latest environment-robbing alloy frame and hit 62mph in less than 2 seconds, whilst still pulling a wheelie for the front cover for those so-called bikers, where should I turn. I’ll tell you where, the owners opinions. These are the guys who parted with their hard-earned and who use it like you bought it. Check Warren Pole doing his best as a TV presenter on some obscure TV channel to see how they view motorcycle journalism. We’re just a step up for the ambitious. Be who you are, and ignore the power rangers. They’re part-timers, at the best.

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
2 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

great for first big bike

16 January 2010 by edboo

I bought a 1997 divvy in October as my first big bike good in all weather it hasn't let me down.I recommend it for fist big bike but cont compare it to anything else as its my first big bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

So easy

23 November 2009 by Meaty79

To ride. This is my first big bike and I'm not a experienced rider as I passed my CBT in May and my DAS in late July. Since then I have been riding a 25 year old KH125 which is about half the weight and a fraction of the power so was a bit concerned about riding the Divi the 80 miles home from Cambridge but was pleasently surprised to find it is one of the easiest bikes to ride that I have riden (and I am talking about the big bikes the riding school uses). Mine seems to pull top gear well from about 45 and just felt right from the off. Very comfy on the hour and a half trip home and handles better than I can. Highly recommended as a first big bike or comfy tourer with a bit of grunt.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

A bit gut less

05 August 2008 by Mjollnir

but a good first bike. You have to rev the tits off it to get anywhere quickly though. The suspension is a bit soggy. The long wheel base both makes the bike stable, and not quite as nimble in the corners. As a first bike I think this is a great buy, and wouldn't let you down. It would would also be good for city commuting.

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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Dream Divi

04 October 2007 by Parajoe

Bought mine last month, nine years old in great condition(from local Yamaha dealer),. It does exacly what I bought it for, every day use around town with occasional trips out, very flexible (low geared), does around 50mpg, cruises at 80+, comfortable for two, small screen remarkably effective. Just about cured the vibration at 4000rpm(or the symptoms of...)still have the clutch tick, ticking noise spoken about above, but I really find it very comfortable & flexible - but not a 'scratcher'in handling or performance. But I did'nt buy it for that!

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
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Gutless, but great beginners bike

13 April 2007 by KWAK6ftRider

the bike is very easy to ride, but lacks power, even above 6000 revs. the suspension is soft. It is good for beginners and won't steer them wrong, but they will quickly be wanting more out of a bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
2 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
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Great budget or beginner bike

08 September 2006 by Angelus1981

I bought mine after passing DAS. I`ve never felt intimidated. Bought it cheap and spent virtually nothing running it. If you want a cheap run around that you can sit comfortably on all day then this bike is perfect. Strengths: Cheap to buy, cheap to insure, cheap to run, comfortable soft suspension. WIll cruise at 80 all day. Weaknesses: Not the prettiest of bikes. Lacks some power for experienced riders. Exhaust is prone to rust and wheel bearings are known to fail.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
2 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A revelation

19 July 2006 by hondapartsman

After 20+ years riding a CB250RS and convincing myself I didn't need anything bigger, realising I'm getting older and after five and half years off two wheel or anything much with a chronic illness I decided that maybe something bigger would be nice, I decided I needed something that would cost me no more on the insurance, be cheap to run but give me adequate power and after reading about it had to be a CB500, a Bandit or one of these. In the end this one came up a the right price so had to be it, 30,000 on the clock, new tyres, chain and sprocks and a nice new MOT it couldn't be bettered although my boss was a little taken aback that I'd got a Yamaha instead of Honda. Great bike though, pulls like a train, more than enough power for the riding I do where I consider 80mph to be plenty fast enough, I love riding it, mind of the boss man offered to swop me a new CBF500 for it I'd be tempted. Strengths: Adequate power, good fuel consumption (60mpg plus) comfortable for me (6'4") and carries me and my nine year old with ease, easy servicing, just a good solid workhorse with the oomph to get me past the Sunday drivers. Weaknesses: Isn't a Honda and getting spares takes too long ( 2 weeks for a genuine speedo cable, got pattern in the end). Choke seems to do nothing but starts okay anyway and annoying vibration at 50mph but the at least the encourages me to crack on just a little faster.

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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

1999 XJ 600 naked 12,000 miles

19 June 2006 by gochef

I have looked everywhere and weeks for my first bike. Like many others, I looked for a Bandit to start and even test drived a few. But something was not right with the Bandit,..no Love I guess. I am 6ft2 and rugby player, so I needed a bike who was going to be just the right size, economical, solid and easy to look after. The XJ 600 had more all of the right attributes and much more! The seat and suspensions are comfortable, the handling is newbie friendly, the service is cheap and the parts very easy to find. the twin exhaust give that extra monster look. Please remember one thing, this is not a superbike! There is no electronic and pretty fairing. Just a good basic (solid) bike ideal for everyday commuting.. ask yourself the question? Do you really need to reach 160mph? Strengths: Good on fuel, enough power, easy to look after, solid engine good value for money. Weaknesses: Not commum as Bandit ... therefore harder to customize.

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5 out of 5

A great novice work horse

20 May 2006 by rustyyamaha

This is my 1st bike and from talking to people in the trade, friends and family, this type of bike seemed to fit the bill of what I wanted. I had only riden a bike 5 times (and that was doing my cbt and test) before riding it, and what a joy it was. For a complete novice it is a very user friendly bike. Also it is a very nippy bike that is able to get you out of trouble if required. Strengths: Usability for novices, and it lightness make it a great starter bike. The nippiness of the thing as well, make it a good starter bike. Weaknesses: Because it was only riden once in a year, I am finding if it is not ridden for a couple of days it can be very sluggish for a few miles, but thats just this bike. Apart from that I have not had it long enough to find a weakness.

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A great all rounder and a cheap way on to a reliable quick full size bike

20 October 2005 by kintheuk

I bought a 600N (the one with out the fairing) in 2004 as a way back to two wheels after 1 long time on four wheels. I have found the bike to be reliable, quick enough for getting used to two wheels again and plus a reasonable handling bike. The prices for these bikes are ridiculously low when you compare them to any of its logical competitors, it may not have the custome parts catalogue of the Bandit nor the assumed reliability of the CB500s but it does not suffer in most minds for this. Strengths: Reliable, robust, easy to work on (and I only just about know which end of a socket is which). Weaknesses: Image is its only weakness and possibly its low prices which work to make buyers happy but seems to be the yard stick by which many measure it. A same year bandit would probably cost near enough twice what I paid and I doubt would be any happier.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Supercommuter / hack

20 October 2005 by gurninman

Bought the bike to commute on - sick of late, astinking trains. Did everything asked of it, and provided a fair bit of fun. Easy to ride, easy to service, cheap to run, comfy. Discovered this : http://groups.msn.com/yamahadiversions - the friendliest, most informative bike group on the net. Strengths: Cheap, comfy, cheap, easy to service, cheap, unintimidating for new riders, cheap. Weaknesses: Cheap a bit slow.

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Inherited bike from friend emmigrating to Aus'

18 March 2005 by Frampy

This bike does it all. Commutes in sun rain and snow. I have managed to keep up with Suziki Bandits down lanes and on A roads. As long as you remeber its got basic suspension its fine. Strengths: Reliable, cheap to service and maintain. Will sit at 80 all day and return 40 - 45 MPG. Weaknesses: No fuel warning light! Soft suspension. Yamaha paint comes off of the wheels.

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My Review

17 July 2003 by sheepie

If you've got a limited Budget and do sky high milage, this could be the bike for you, If you can put up with the lack of speed that is. In 50k only one break down and that was due to a corroded connector. Not sure why people moan about the finish. Wash mine once a week and still looks ok. Crashes well to boot. Chucked it down the road at 20mph, still rideable afterways. Could do with another 20bhp and shaft drive but you can't have everything. Hold on a minute maybe you can xj900 here we come :)

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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My Review

17 June 2003 by bonser

Cheap, reliable transport. Used it to do 90 mile a day motorway commute. Generally reliable- rear fuel pump, shocks and wheel bearings replaced under warranty. Electrics are placed in a vulnerable position under the seat so the starter switch wire corrodes over time.

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My Review

06 November 2001 by Stefanbear

Dislikes - Rear brake collects dust and squeaks no matter how much it's cleaned. Mirrors not much use at high speed due to vibration. Likes - perfect bike to learn real riding on after doing my Direct Access. Nice sounding engine. Very reliable.

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3 out of 5
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My Review

25 September 2001 by dpabbott

The buzz at 4000-4500rpm makes the mirrors vibrate badly enough to make them useless - pity that 4000-4500 rpm equates to motorway cruising speed...

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My Review

07 July 2001 by steve hyland

An excellent bike for riding to work everyday whatever the weather. Handles adverse weather very well, has so far felt very capable of handling most situations remaining stable throughout . Extremely comfortable to ride for hours, although on out of town journey's the wind buffeting can get a bit tiring. However if I lie on the tank I have got 116 out of it.

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