Yamaha XJ 600S Diversion
MAIN CHANGES FROM START TO FINISH
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.
Make Model Yamaha XJ 600S Diversion
Engine Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 58.5 x 55.7 mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Induction 4x 28mm Mikuni BDS28
Ignition / Starting Transistor / electric
Max Power 61 hp 45 kW @ 8.500 rpm (rear tyre 51.4 hp @ 8400 rpm )
Max Torque 4.7 kgf-m @ 7000 rpm
Transmission /Drive 6 Speed / chain
Front Suspension 38mm Telescopic forks, no adjustment, 140mm wheel travel,
Rear Suspension Monocross monoshock adjustable for preload, 110mm wheel travel
Front Brakes 2x 320mm discs 2 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tyre 110/80H17
Rear Tyre 130/70H18
Dry Weight /Wet Weight 182 kg / 198 kg
Fuel Capacity 17 Litres
Consumption Average 18.1 km/lit
Braking 60 - 0 / 100 – 0 13.6 m / 39.8 m
Standing ¼ Mile 12.5 sec / 162.0 km/h
Top Speed 185.7 km/h
Manual diff.ru:8000 / blackbears.ru / vitty.ru/files
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’.
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…
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.
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…
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.