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Welcome to our website which documents the work that we have done to our Yamaha XJ6 Diversion 09 - 14 show bike, and gives you the opportunity to purchase the parts direct from the factory if you wish to be able to do the same with your bike.
Yamaha has quietly admitted that calling its budget middleweight the Diversion, after the 1992 original which opened up the low-cost all-rounder middleweight class, might have harmed rather than helped its sales. There was nothing much wrong with the original, it was just a bit worthy and dull.

The new Diversion is also a budget bike (on Yamaha's terms anyway, so often these days the sticking point with its bikes is not performance or build, but price) but dull it definitely isn't.

That's just as well because the competition is fierce, from Suzuki's vivacious Bandit 650 to less obvious alternatives such as the V-twin Aprilia Shiver. You could easily come up with 10 bikes that would be equally good, so the Diversion has to do more than get you from A to B, it needs to get you itching for a, er, diversion to C. Just for the hell of it.

Fortunately, it succeeds. The four-cylinder engine has its roots in Yamaha's supersports R6 range, with revisions to key internals to improve thrust at low revs at the expense of some top-end horsepower – the maximum output is a relatively gentle 78bhp. This makes the bike more suitable for its target rider, the relatively inexperienced, but it also applies to most riders on most bikes: in everyday riding, a huge hit of high-rev power isn't something you're going to access often. Effortless acceleration at 50mph is much more useful.

You need to nudge the gear lever now and then to keep the Diversion's engine lively (but not so much that it gets tiresome) and it's also very smooth, with little vibration. There's some buzzing through the bars at a steady 80mph, but it's merely noticeable rather than annoying, and comfort at high speed is fine for long stretches.

Economy is not too bad, either, with 48mpg easily achievable and more without too much restraint. The low fuel warning flicks on at about 140 miles, leaving you with almost a third of that again before the tank is empty, sufficient for some gentle touring.

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