Yamaha XJ6 Diversion — an all rounder for the next decade? MIND…

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Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion – an all rounder for the decade?

Something I’ve several times in recent has been the lack of exciting but all-rounders in the middleweight division, a that exacerbates the tendency of qualified riders to jump sports bikes that are too much of a handful.

Yet it wasn’t like this. Just a few random examples from the twenty-odd years, we can point to a bunch of bikes that sold well enough and a need at a performance level the sports bikes of the day.

The proved there was a market for a sporty single, despite the handling (I know, I put 85,000 on mine!). The NX650 Dominator steadily for years as an urban with just enough of a to undertake a B road blast. The was a pleasant enough bike just enough performance to its slightly wayward handling the fairing provided reasonable at motorway speeds.

It’s not so since the ZXR400 was a top seller in the market with its 60-odd hp it up to around 130mph. Even the VFR400 in its NC30 guise well for something that as much as a 600. The GS500 appeared back in 89 and although it had a built a decade earlier, it was capable of hitting around with a genuine 50+ hp on tap.

And the Diversion in its faired guise was a seller to riders who wanted a two up bike that could go at a budget price, even if it get there quickly.

But one by one they old and vanished completely. Or got replaced by inferior! The NX650 was replaced by the turgid NX650 Vigor was 15mph slower and horrible! The GPz appeared detuned in the ER-5.

The just got slower and heavier. off engines powering outdated well past their by date by 2000; the CB500, the 600 and the BMW 650 single all being examples of that were completely their prime.

So what wrong in the 90s? Emission and noise limits have blamed for the lack of development, but I believe for a moment that the couldn’t have been – the 600s and 1000s are faster year and THEY coped noise and emission regs.

The is that for ten years or more, of the tech improvements lavished on the bikes made it to the midrange In biking terms, the Bandit its latest update anyway) was the equivalent of a Ford Anglia No wonder it was 30mph down on its cousin and did much the same

In particular, for the rider wanting a with a fairing and reasonable and mile-crunching ability, mixed light weight, decent economy and a budget price, fair to say that there has very little choice in that have a fairing AND reasonably be classed as an all-rounder.

there was the faired Bandit and the also the V-Strom, Transalp, and the wretched faired GS500, but of them quite hit the spot for a of performance, practicality and flair. The came close in faired but was a bit too sporty in terms of riding or not sporty enough in terms of depending on your perspective!

the middleweight market in the new century helped by a false start … machines. Whilst the hooligan might look on paper, many riders DO a relatively uncomplicated machine a fairing – the poor sales of the … Hornet along the … FZ6 and GSR600 really have disappointed the marketing

Probably the best efforts of the decade were Honda’s Hornet which was pricey but a steady seller right up 2002 when they it, and Yamaha’s own faired FZ600 and its replacement the FZ6 Fazer. Since the of the faired Hornet, Yamaha had this class pretty to themselves.

However, the recent of the faired ER-6 and F800 suggest the market is still

So Suzuki sneaked in the GSX650F, a looking bike with a GSXR family appearance.

And year Yamaha have the fun with the new XJ6 Diversion.

I have to the launch of the two XJ6 versions, faired and (each with an ABS option), me by. They’ve not exactly been the press inches of the sports but when I saw the Diversion in a dealers, I was by the looks.

So I took one out for a few hours to get riding impressions.

Close up, you can see been built down to a The screen feels pretty (just like the original with fairly crude You get just the one headlight and why does a built in 2009 STILL a single incandescent tail bulb; what happened to

Various bits like the shift and rear brake are painted steel rather alloy, the footrest hangers are and already scuffing with 500 miles on the clock, and the underseat looks unfinished with no for storage built in.

But stand where the cost cutting quite so obvious and you’ve an fairing with a flat screen that cuts the breeze effectively, a functional that combines digital and conventional rev counter, an attractively tank mating with a seat, slim spoked wheels…

…and the neatest back end in the business!

No underseat here or ugly huge, cans, just acres of space with the almost silencer hung under the Buell-style, exiting just your right foot. the number plate / rear hung out behind on some bracketry spoils the lines.

It me a while to figure out what the back end reminded me of – it was my AR80 that I had as a London runabout in the early 80s. That had the chamber tucked under the with just the stubby can exiting to the side, leaving the emptiness around the rear and tail unit.

Turn the key and the rev needle sweeps the dial and all the illuminate as the bike self-tests. the bike is fuel injected no choke, and a press or two of the button has the running straight away. Of there’s no headlight switch but a touch is that the light come on till the engine is

The first thing I noticed on the bike and starting it was the exhaust It comes from the ‘wrong’ with the pipe exiting you rather than behind. muted, but at town speeds got quite a pleasant ‘snarl’ to it, through the ear plugs.

The bike a decent turn of acceleration in but the reason is quickly apparent as the zooms round the rev counter – like the old aircooled Diversion, the new XJ6 is low geared and hits barely in first. The pattern is repeated up the box with top gear hitting the red short of 130. Magazine suggest the top speed is only 120mph, too, which is than I expected.



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the motor up through the revs the top end shows an almost completely power curve. The press goes on about how peak of 44ft/lbs is achieved at the ‘low’ of 8,500rpm, but to be blunt, it’s not figure that allows it to what performance it has, so as a combination of the low gearing and the relatively throttle action which I was often much closer to throttle for any particular “twist of the than I would have on the Hornet.

Frankly, the motor was a bit of a given the claimed 78hp. much flatter and distinctly on power from my 02 Hornet is usually measured at around Someone’s not telling the truth!

hard to believe this originated in the pre-06 R6, and it’s a different animal from the in the FZ6 Fazer which has a real at the top end as well as an extra 20hp. nowhere the XJ6 picks up its heels and off – it just gathers speed all the way to the red set surprisingly low at 11,500rpm.

Having that, the Diversion offers a and fun riding experience at B road The gearbox is light and precise as is the and the engine is vibration-free so keeping the in 3rd and 4th isn’t a chore, and using the in the intermediate gears offers real-world speed and acceleration to with twisty country with a grin.

Though top acceleration is never going to set the alight, on faster roads the low offers enough ‘oomph’ for lanes and making motorway-style without dancing on the gear The motor was also perfectly to town riding, being to ride in top at 30 with sufficient on tap for most urban eventualities. The injection is smooth enough if progressive with the throttle, but opening/shutting does produce a few

The ride is surprisingly firm and controlled for a budget bike non-adjustable suspension and a straight rear shock, and it’s definitely one up on the soggy CBF600 is clearly its most direct

Unfortunately, handling felt a bit at junctions, something that I the tyres had a hand in. It’s a 160 at the rear, supposedly to speed up at slow speeds, but to me the bike a bit reluctant to turn initially, suddenly fell into – I had one nasty moment on a slower with the rear Bridgestone sideways which didn’t me with knee-down confidence.

Out on the it was a very precise steering at the kind of speeds I was riding at, and over bumps and ripples given the earlier warning the back tyre I didn’t it too hard.

The bars are far too wide and arguably don’t help the slow control – the clutch gets a long way away the rider with the bars on lock. The bike wouldn’t an ideal commuter if you planned to

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

It’s not particularly light The spec sheet shows it in at around 205kg (450lbs) and it’s touted as a bike for riders, I couldn’t quite get feet flat on the ground and I’m a average bloke at 5’9″. will find it a bit of a handful, I and that’s a shame as they be one of the target markets.

The bike I had already been dropped at a by the previous rider.

The front initially needed a firm to get any retardation, but as I rode the bike the seemed to be building power – I they weren’t bedded in on nearly-new machine. But what was was that there was no sudden – the front is very user even on the non-ABS version I The rear by contrast is a bit sudden and a bit too powerful – it would be easy to in the wet.

The seat was firm, and surprisingly comfortable for a couple of riding, although the ‘hump’ allow for much shuffling which could possibly taller riders, and the pegs a little far forward for my liking. I’m not how long the average passenger last on the rear seat Fuel consumption appeared to be 50mpg, which isn’t too so the 4.5 gallon tank would a handy 200 mile range.

At motorway speeds, the screen was suprising effective, with turbulence than my faired

Other comments? Like the the mirrors are arguably TOO wide. I thought I’d say that, having up on bike after bike a fine view of my elbows, but stick out a long way and are like car with a position the stalk into, so you can’t pull in and adjust the mirror on its ball to them narrower.

There are no touches like bungee but you do get a centre stand.

On the right side, there’s a plastic that sticks out proud of the and I thought “ah, crash – good idea”. But the matching one on the is set inboard of the fairing panel!

I liked the twin trips on the and the clock. I’m not so fond of digital but it was easy enough to read, if it appeared wildly inaccurate at speeds – an indicated 95 and I was barely on an old Metro! I’d guess it was over-reading by 15mph at that speed.

So do I stand on this bike?

a tough one. I’m in two minds the bike. It’s got the looks to new riders away from the bikes and back to something sane, but I have to ask myself if it has the

It’s supposedly 16hp up on the 90s Diversion and I was expecting a top speed of 130-135 and performance similar to my 02 which I would have totally happy with. In it’s way off that bike as a and though handling and acceleration is better than the venerable original Divvie, outright seems it’s little So what’s happened to twenty of technological development?

Why have felt the need to emasculate the R6 so drastically? Reliability perhaps, that these kind of probably don’t see the inside of a too often.

It’s supposed to be by smaller riders, but in fact the height is nearly 31″ and it’s than a GSXR1000. The 160 rear is supposed to make town a breeze but it actually felt at home there than on the road. Again, there are apparent that don’t that well in the harsh of the real world.

Pricing is an issue too. pitched below Yamaha’s own and much more peppy FZ6 but the Diversion isn’t particularly at £5450 (autumn 09 figures), ABS adding around £300 to figure. That puts it £200 more than the which has been a conspicuous flop. And Hondas are traditionally above the opposition. The new ER-6F its Ninja-styled fairing and the GSX650F perform similarly but are cheaper.

And not far the side of the £6000 mark are the BMWs.

And, let’s it, just under six grand pull in some interesting low second hand machines.

the limited top speed, will the and the undoubtedly agile B road be enough to sell it in numbers?

I doubt it will be shifting out of the showrooms at the price it’s pitched, so it will be interesting to see how low will go on the new bike price.

If an experienced rider looking for other than a runabout, I you’ll be disappointed and would be looking at the FZ6 Fazer if you want the in a machine with all round And quite frankly, if you just a budget runabout, there are machines!

Having said if you’re a new rider looking for first big bike, it’s worth a look and it may well out to be exactly the bike you want – still a lot quicker than a or CB500, and it’s a rocketship if you your test on a 125!

And if high price does a barrier to sales as I suspect it you may well find the dealer to throw in riding gear to the deal, ideal for a new rider to kit themselves out.

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion


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