Yamaha XJ600S Diversion (1993 - 2003)

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Price
£3549
Available from
1993 to 2003
Solid performer that won’t let you down.
Very uninspiring and not great build quality.
If you want something to get you from A to B, this will do the job. Excitement? No

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Submitted by Couls on Fri, 09/01/2009 - 23:28

Overall Review

Good!

Strengths

Always works!! Very quick after my 125cc, can out pace any car under £80k and it is still restricted!!

Weaknesses

Quite heavy and I keep dropping the git!

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Submitted by Gibson335 on Tue, 02/06/2009 - 20:26

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Unbelievably good value for money. You're not going to get your knee down or pop wheelies - but you are going to get a go-anywhere bike that shrugs off the weather on days when your GSXR is confined to the garage.

Strengths

56mpg average. Easy to work on. Low, low insurance. Totally reliable (starts first time, every time). Comfortable over long distances (no weight on wrists). Allows progress up to and (way) beyond the national speed limit without any drama. Cheap consumables (including tyres).

Weaknesses

Diversion Death Rattle (can be cured with a piece of 3.5mm drill bit stuck in the back of the clutch basket). Potential for hydraulic lock when fuel tap (inevitably) breaks down (weird gravity feed system) which can lead to a very laxative experience as the conrods take on a strange banana shape. Non-adjustable front knicker elastic. It helps if you are a qualified gynaecologist when changing the headlamp bulb (go for a Xenon - it's well worth it).

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Submitted by sizzler660 on Tue, 26/03/2013 - 20:54

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You get what you pay for and more, aint the prettiest but with time it starts doing every thing you expect..bit like the wife !!!

Strengths

Cheap and cheerful, it goes well,starts well and does all you can ask of it ! is comfortable and economical and after a while you get quite attached to em... good for luggage and a nice bike to own,easy to clean but make sure you do that often.

Weaknesses

does not like winter shite !! they can rot so clean it a lot and all will be fine, swing arm is a bit cheap and can get tatty..After market pipes can be a prat to fit but they have a nice crossover on the down pipes which is cool ! Heavy bike if you drop it ! I did...

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Submitted by ohfeck on Mon, 13/05/2013 - 22:47

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Good faithful workhorse. It lives outside under a rain cover but will start first time at -5. Electrical connectors once cleaned and sealed are fine. The headlamp appears to be 15w but can be made to perform with a Osram Nightbreaker or such and a proper relay harness to the battery. It is still not brilliant but it is 10 times better than it was. It will look as attractive as Rab C Nesbitt's vest after a couple of winters. If that bothers you clean it fastidiously, if it doesn't don't worry because it won't look much worse. More worrying are the Yamaha brake calipers which are prone to sieze up if you don't ride it regularly in winter especially the rear. As for the clutch basket rattle - Mine has been rattling for five years and it doesn't bother me a jot, all the on-line owners clubs say don't worry about it. Would I recommend one to anyone, Yes. Would I buy another, probably but there are loads of older bikes I'd like to own so I'll wait and see.

Strengths

Reliable, average 60+ mpg, reasonable weather protection, cheap-ish parts (mainly from ebay)

Weaknesses

Annoying vibration around 5000 rpm (60 mph), pathetic headlamp, poor quality electrics (until you sort them, cosmetically challenged thanks to Yamaha's penny pinching in the finish department.

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Submitted by electroogue (not verified) on Thu, 26/02/2015 - 10:08

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a very adequate and novice-friendly yet versatile and makes a good first big bike, the Division is fairly cheap but delivers all the necessaries.

Strengths

Good riding position, no suprising powerband

Weaknesses

oil bubble is tricky to read with uneven surface giving false data.

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