Yamaha XJ6 Di­ver­sion Is the Divvie the BEST used buy in Bri­tain right now?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling - By Phil West MCN GUEST TESTER

What we said then

“The Di­ver­sion slots in un­der the Fazer as Yamaha’s en­try-level, new-rid­er­friendly all-rounder. It’s comfy, has good wind pro­tec­tion, is ag­ile and will turn in a se­ri­ous turn of speed when you fancy it. It’s less peaky and buzzy than the Fazer and there’s more power at lower revs, which makes it just as fast in all but the most ex­treme con­di­tions. Chas­sis and sus­pen­sion are ba­sic, but the Di­ver­sion stays com­posed no mat­ter what you throw at it. There’s lit­tle to com­plain about, and it of­fers fun and prac­ti­cal­ity. It’s a lot of bike for a very small amount of money.” MCN launch re­port | Jan­uary 17, 2009

But what is it like now?

Yamaha’s mid­dleweight, novice-friendly Faz­ers and Di­ver­sions have largely been for­got­ten since the suc­cess of the MT-07 and MT-09. But I’m in­stantly re­minded how good the bud­get, 600cc fours are – and how use­ful and tempt­ing they can be – on see­ing this im­mac­u­late, 10,000-mile ex­am­ple on sale for a tempt­ing £4995 at Wheels in Peter­bor­ough (01733 358555).

Be­ing a 2014 model it’s one of the last and though de­lib­er­ately bud­get, with its sim­ple clocks and fairly ba­sic brakes and sus­pen­sion, it’s also re­as­sur­ingly hon­est and straight­for­ward. It’s hand­some enough too with its half-fair­ing and un­marked, gleam­ing white liv­ery.

It’s a re­as­sur­ingly sim­ple and straight­for­ward ride, mak­ing it great as a first big bike for novices or as an af­ford­able, un­fussy com­muter. The four-cylin­der mo­tor is no pow­er­house and seems overly revvy and breath­less at first but it does the job and is smooth and glitch-free. The chas­sis is nicely pro­por­tioned, well bal­anced and, though a lit­tle old school, is ca­pa­ble, un­in­tim­i­dat­ing and ef­fec­tive.

Equip­ment-wise, it has ev­ery­thing you need, thanks partly to some worth­while ad­di­tions, to make it a thor­oughly ef­fec­tive all-rounder. This Di­ver­sion may not be as fash­ion­able as some newer mod­els, nor have their ‘rid­ing modes’ and such­like, but as an af­ford­able, real world all-rounder it’s hard to beat.

Any worth­while ex­tras?

The stan­dard Di­ver­sion was in­ten­tion­ally fairly ba­sic, half-fair­ing aside, to keep it af­ford­able. This ma­chine, how­ever, ben­e­fits from some very use­ful ad­di­tions. Along with the fac­tory-fit­ted ABS (a £300 ex­tra at the time) and Datatag se­cu­rity mark­ing, it also ben­e­fits from a rather wel­come cen­tre­stand, Ox­ford heated han­dle­bar grips and a qual­ity Givi V47 Monokey top­box, to­gether turn­ing it into a bril­liantly use­ful year­round com­muter.

Or ob­vi­ous prob­lems?

Not much goes wrong with the XJ6 fam­ily, be­ing proven me­chan­i­cally and sim­ple in terms of spec. In­stead, be­ing a ‘first big bike’, you should look out for main­te­nance is­sues or dam­age. This ex­am­ple is prob­a­bly about as good as they come with full ser­vice his­tory, good Dun­lop Sport­max tyres with plenty of life left and cos­met­ics that, on the whole, are im­mac­u­late. Our only very slight query was a slightly bent brake lever, which sug­gested a lowspeed or sta­tion­ary drop, al­though we couldn’t find any other dam­age.

Divvy’s still wor­thy

Bikes don’t get much more hon­est and straight­for­ward than Yamaha’s Di­ver­sion. It’s an af­ford­able, use­ful and un­in­tim­i­dat­ing four-cylin­der mid­dleweight that, while cer­tainly no glam­our ma­chine, is hand­some enough and does ex­actly what it says on the tin – so there’s lots to like. Best of all, though, this ex­am­ple of the now de­funct breed is both in vir­tu­ally mint con­di­tion and ben­e­fits from some very prac­ti­cal ac­ces­sories. So, whether you’re af­ter a first big bike on a bud­get or want a no frills work­horse that can eat up year­round miles eco­nom­i­cally, the Yamaha XJ6 Di­ver­sion still has plenty to of­fer and is worth a sec­ond look.

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