YAMAHA XJ6 (2009 - 2015) Review
Yamaha XJ6 () - Buyer's Guide
The tech. In a slightly controversial decision, Yamaha gave the new generation of Diversion the water-cooled engine from the FZ6 Fazer range. Based around a Yamaha YZF-R6 motor that had been extensively reworked for the FZ6 models, a poor clutch action and slightly rev-happy nature saw it lack the relaxed charm riders expected in a do-it-all Fazer. This time, however, Yamaha were a little more careful. While sharing the same cc architecture as the FZ6, including the same Producing a fairly subdued 77bhp with 44ftlb of torque the FZ6 made 98bhp with
Yamaha XJ6, XJ6 Diversion and XJ6 Diversion F (2009-2016): Buyers guide
Aside from the lack of fairing, it had exactly the same spec, but somehow losing the plastics transformed the Yamaha from sensible budget middleweight to exciting mini streetfighter. To all intents and purposes the XJ6 was a cheaper, softer, less powerful version of the Yamaha FZ6 of its day, yet it somehow managed to be better in every way. Having ridden it in the Sydney sunshine at its launch, I can tell you that it was masses of fun when you wanted to play, but at low speeds the friendly power delivery and low seat made it a cinch to ride. Before this test I thought the XJ6 would struggle in what had become a competitive category.
While most riders will have heard of the XJ6 Diversion, its naked sibling the XJ6 will probably have slipped under their radars. Which is no surprise as during this period Yamaha did have something of a glut of naked models and the XJ6 was easily overlooked alongside the sportier FZ6, FZ8 and FZ1 models. But overlook it no more as if you are after a good looking naked, the XJ6 is a tempting first big bike.