Yamaha XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

Yamaha XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion Review

Yamaha XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion

The Yamaha XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion are Yamaha’s affordable middleweight entry level motorcycles

Yamaha calls the bikes ‘casual sports’ models, with good pick up from low rpm, a strong midrange and easy and precise throttle operation

The new Yamahas are considered easy-riding versions of the FZ6 and FZ6 Fazer, with less performance and power, for less experienced riders

While both bikes focus on improving rideability, the Yamaha Diversion is aimed at riders aiming to cover longer distances, the naked XJ6 is targeted at shorter rides

The bikes are 2120mm long and 770mm wide; the XJ6 is 1085mm high, while the Diversion is 1210mm high

The new Yamahas’ tubular steel diamond frames are made with the 600cc four-cylinder engine as a fully stressed member, which means the riding position is relatively upright, increasing rider comfort. They have a 17.3-litre fuel tank, good for a range of around 285km.

The bikes have twin 298mm Akebono front discs and two-piston callipers. Both models come with a three-position linear controlled ABS option.

The XJ6’s suspension consists of a Soqi monoshock directly mounted to the long twin-sided steel swingarm, without benefit of a link and adjustable only for preload via a C-spanner, delivering a much higher level of ride. The 160/60ZR17 rear and the 120/70 ZR17 front Bridgestone’s and lighter five-spoke cast aluminium wheels make a user-friendly and capable riding package.

The 16-valve XJ6 engine is derived from the FZ6 motor and shares its basic architecture. With a new one-piece cylinder and upper crankcase assembly for extra rigidity, new cylinder heads, reshaped slimmer inlet porting, new camshafts with less overlap and a reduction in throttle body diameter from 36mm to 32mm, and the new engine’s relatively high 12.2:1 compression ratio and revised mapping, the bike has improved pickup and extra grunt lower down.

The XJ6 has more torque than the FZ6, with 59.7 Nm at 8500rpm, against 51.9 Nm at 10,000 revs for the FZ6.

The Diversion’s half fairing gives protection at speed, with minimal buffeting from the tall screen. The controls are light and easy to operate, the brake lever is adjustable, and the redesigned layout of the gear shifter mechanism and clutch operation produces a more direct, smoother feel to the transmission.

The functional and compact dash features a digital speedo with twin trips, analogue tach, a digital clock, and a fuel gauge with DTE function when it gets to reserve. It also has a digital water temp readout that could be replaced by a warning light so as to make room for a gear selector indicator.

To read the full review on the Yamaha XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion, see the April issue of Motorcycle Trader magazine, on sale now at all good retailers.

XJ6 Specifications

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

Type Liquid cooled, four-stroke, forward-inclined parallel, four-cylinder, four-valves, DOHC


Displacement 600cc

Bore x stroke 65.5 x 44.5mm

Compression ratio 12.2:1

Max power 57.0kW (78 PS) @ 10,000rpm

Max torque 59.7Nm (6.1 kg-m) @ 8500rpm

Lubrication system Wet sump

Fuel supply system Fuel injection

Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

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