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The only downside to these bikes is a tingle vibration around 4.5K revs, there are things you can do but it never seems to entirely go. however quite possible to live with it and apart from that it is comfortable, you can move the handlebars back and foward a bit.
The mirrors don't really give a good rear view, I've got extensions on mine, two lots on each actually as I really needed to know what was behind when IAM training, a small screen helps. Mileage is good, quite possible to get a regular 52 mpg even being not too careful. There aren't many 600's that do that reliably.
I go miles on mine, bit of 'numb bum' due to the tingle factor but that's OK as it's good to take a break anyway every 50-60 miles, don't always though. Very good value for a cheap bike and I like the soft suspension myself, having hit a few horrible potholes I'd say it stands up well to that.
Forks dive a little on braking but thicker oil sorts that and anyway I'm learning to use the rear brake/gears more because that's the IAM advice to minimise diesel mishaps. The gearbox seems a pretty robust unit.
You won't be disappointed unless you want a rocket, these go fast enough and accelerate perfectly adequately.
I bought my Divvy 600s a fortnight ago, I was well pleased, My first BIG bike, after test. Ran lovely, no probs starting at all !!I decided to change oil/filter/plugs, and then give it a good wash down, it aint been cleaned for 13 years me thinks !! ha haI ran it after wash to dry it out, ran spot on !Came to it next morning, and DEAD, no clicking on the starter motor, AT ALL. Bumped it to start, and sounds sweet, but once stopped won't start off button !?!?! Spent a while WD40ing the starter area, the cut off switch on the sidestand etc, but to no avail. Can anyone HELP !!! Peeved, had to use the CAR POO !, until fixed, not happy !!
I pulled my anorak on over my Belstaff and set off to do some serious train spotting. I was 44 years old, single and still lived at home (this bits not really true just a bit of drama to spice up the message) and Mum shouted from the front drive: 'Don't forget your spam sandwiches Rodney and you must put on your day glow jacket'. That was the 'Divvie'for you, a sensible sort of bike for very sensible people who wanted reliability over style. The people who ride this bike know train timetables backwards; they memorise rain fall patterns and statistics.They like I.T. and know all about computers. But whoever said it was wrong to be an 'anorak' then? Boring maybe, owners may not be the life and soul of the party either and you definitely won't see gorgeous young women draping themselves over a Divvie; its definitely no 'babe magnet'. In fact, its the ideal 'secret agent' bike, you blend into the background - big time; it a chameleon of a bike, but it gets you to your assignment on time and in relative comfort. So if you want every day reliability, reasonable performance and decent fuel frugality this hunk of metal is for you. I would argue this was the first all round 'retro' bike of its day. It pre-dated the Bandit and almost out lived it, only being chopped due to stringent EU emission directives. The 4 cylinder 600cc 'Divvie' (as its fondly called by owners) carried me 35,000 uneventful miles. No breakdowns. No drama. No tears. It did its job and ought to have come with a sensible owners anorak. Mine was a W reg 2000 model in a racing green colour with the twin front calipers, so the stoppers were good, the more recent ones had this addition as well as an oil cooler fitted. The Bridgestone tyres I had turned in 12,000 miles before needing replacement. Mr Frugal was well pleased, most of its life was spent taking yours truly back and forward to work - and this is what its good at. The small OE standard fairing was able to keep the worst of the British weather at bay and as other bikers (aren't we bikers so ridiculously brand conscious?) raised their noses in collective disgust,as the poor Divvie and I rode by, I was laughing all the way to my listening 24/7 online bank. Nothing ever wore out apart from one chain/sprocket set and a pair of tyres. The nearest thing to excitement was a 2 day ride there and back to Cornwall (uneventful)and a day with a horde of other Divvie riders riding sensibly around the New Forest (Yes there IS a community of Divvie riders who are keen afficianados of all things Divvie, they are also suprisingly normal too). Eventually its sheer boring nature got to me; its as dull as Mum's proverbial dishwater and I sold it on e bay to a chap who saw a good thing when it was advertised - bought it just from my description and photographs (never viewed it in the flesh), sent a man and a van to pick the Divvie up and he gave me good feedback on e bay; what a sensible gent he was. A sensible gent with a sensible bike in a sensible world. Welcome to Divvie land....'Rodney get up to bed and wash your hands' shouted me Mum, 'Its way past your bed time, its already 9.30, Ovaltine is by your bed and there a nice hot water bottle.' Memories were made of this, its Divvie time all over again.
Great bike comfy economical reliable, easy to maintain - apart from shims - (bit fiddly). better with bigger screen and longer mirrors -what a bike should be - I've got the newer! two disc version - also great newsgroup - really helpfull people and no prats - presumably owning a diversion means your'e not a prat! thought about getting another bike but left thinking why?? would get 900 but its a bit heavy. Only downside not that sporty and a bit rattly but then they all are.
I bought my XJ600N Diversion the week after I passed my Direct Access bike test so it was my first ‘proper’ bike. I wanted something powerful but sensible, that would be comfortable to do long distances on and could take luggage and/or a pillion without too much fuss. The Diversion came in as a winner of all these fronts AND as new young rider living in the capital I could afford to insure it! I’ve found it to be a good reliable workhorse. It goes round bends well (although I am not a knee down type of rider, I have seen someone else do it on a Divvy), acceleration up to about 60 is great. I’ve had it up to 110 but it’s comfortable at about 90. Numb-bum sets in after about 80 miles & I get about 140 out of a full tank. I’ve had the front wheel up without too much trouble although I did have to replace the fork seals shortly afterwards. I’ve had the rear shock rebuilt as it was a bit ‘wallowy’ and the whole of the front end was remodelled after I stacked it. It’s coped well with all of the modifications and parts have been pretty cheap due to the popularity of this bike. It’s now a naked Diversion as I couldn’t get hold of a second hand faring that was in one piece. It’s quite a tall bike so not one I would recommend for any shorties, but it is pretty light so easy to manoeuvre. I’ve had other bikes but have always hung onto my Diversion and it is the one I come back to again and again. It’s just so comfortable & dependable.
JUST A COMMENT TO THE MEMBER WHO SAID IT WAS UNSTABLE ON CORNERS. I AT FIRST THOUGHT THIS WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE BIKE HOWEVER AFTER FITTING NEW RECOMMENDED BRIDGESTONES AND USING CORRECT TYRE PRESSURE FOUND THAT THE BIKE NOW CORNERS VERY SMOOTHLY, FEELS VERY SAFE WHEN LEANING WELL OVER WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE PRIOR TO THE CHANGES. I AM NOT SAYING IT CAN COMPETE WITH WITH A CBR600 BUT IT GOES WHERE I POINT IT. A GOOD COMFORTABLE ALL WEATHER BIKE. KEEP IT CLEAN AND DRY AND IT WILL LAST AND BEE GOOD FUN,AFTER ALL HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GET THE CHANCE TO DO OVER 120MPH.
I bought a new Divvy 600 in 1995 as my first "proper" bike (something of a step up from the trusty RXS100 learnt on) and sold it to a good friend some 18,000 plus miles later to a very good (female) friend to move up to a YZF1000R ThunderAce (see review). I vivdly remember picking up the bike at 6pm from the dealer and the elated 100-odd miles I covered that evening, basking in the smoothness of the ride and the apparent oceans of performance available even while being gentle while running in - my first "real" overtake past a Golf exiting a 30 limit was a real thrill! I forget what the initial tyre fitment was - Dunlop, I think, but I had my hand forced when replacement time cam around, as there was a shortage of Japanese rubber, so I ended up with a set of Avons. They turned out to be much better than the Dunlops, but a bit scary in the wet. I managed to get each of the footpegs down in the dry, though. The final choice was Bridgestone BT35s, which were astonishingly good - I managed to surprise a few more sporty bike riders around the corners. Mind you, there are some real wusses out there - even moreso than I! The ride is very stodgy in some ways, although this can feel like a magic carpet if you're used to a bumpy ride! I certainly had no complaints, as the tyres usually maintained contact with the tarmac! I took pillion on several occasions, managing an unintentional wheelie down Oxford High Street on the first occasion! The dash from there to Bristol and more leisurely journey back knocked the otherwise very fine fuel consumption, so that the reserve tap needed tweaking at around 110 miles. Typically I found I had to change at 135-145. Since running out of fuel altogether (following a service where the engineer had switched the tap over) during a motorway overtake and having a ThunderAce which just has a "low fuel" warning light, I have come to dislike the tap arrangement. Twins are
not easy to start in the middle of road junctions once the carb(s) is/are empty ... I did have a serious problem with the engine not too far into my ownership, which transpired to be because the cylinder heads hadn't been tightened down properly, so the thing stopped altogether one hot day and I had to push it several miles up hill and down dale in High Wycombe. It was fixed free of charge, of course. Another problem developed with the electrics, when the dealer discovered the loom had corroded irrepairably during the winter and spring. The symptoms were that the lights sometimes failed to come on, and sometimes the starter motor would not operate, but I don't think this affected the running of the bike. The bike is quite stable in crosswinds and at speed, although I found a pronounced upward suctionon my crash helmet at high speed, which could get uncomfortable with the chinstrap pressing on my chin (where else?). I did find that the weather protection was better than I would have expected from the half-fairing, though. This bike is a splendid commuter, and a great first "proper" bike, as you can drop it and, like as not, not damage the half-fairing. That's just as well if you're short, as it is a bit top-heavy. It's a bit tame to me, now I have tasted the ThunderAce as well as the ThunderCat, (much taller and heavier) Diversion XJ900S, R6 and XJR1300 musclebike (I do get to ride non-Yanahas occasionally, too ...), but I remember my miles on "Divina" with affection. I hope you enjoy any you experience, too.
I've had my 1995 XJ600s Diversion for a little while now. I went for this model because the insurance is reasonable and its reliability. I bought it (without an MOT) for £1200 and is in good condition for its age. This is quite good value for this model, year & condition. Luckily, it passed its MOT first time despite my concerns, but I'm not complaining since I budgeted around £200 to get it through. I use the bike daily to get to work & back, and also for occasional long trips. The longest being a 220 mile round trip in the worst rain since Noah started chopping down trees. My gloves are still damp... Here are my finding so far. ~~~Riding Position~~~ The upright postion is superb in traffic, giving a great view of the road and most importantly, letting everyone see you. Its also surprisingly comfortable. I did 110 motorway miles in appaulling rain without a stop. And walked normally. ~~~Handling~~~ The bike isn't a sports bike. If you want to get your knee down and stay on the bike, you don't need a divvy! Filtering through traffic queues is a breeze as the bike is quite narrow, and the steering lock is very accommodating. It gets round the corners, but I am still wary of how far I lean the thing over and still expect the rubber to remain the only part of the bike in contact with the road. Its a fairly heavy bike compared with the GS500 I learned on,and its not quite as nimble. Drop it 'like I did' and you may have to get help to pick it back up. I'm serious! ~~~Economy~~~ Tankfull of unleaded will cost around £12.00 and run for around 170 miles ish. I tend to let the bike run to reserve and then fill up. **tip** If you are doing 70mph down the motorway and the bike seems suddenly listless - turn the tap to reserve! It means you are almost out of gas. ~~~Performance~~~ Like I said earlier, this isn't a race bike, and you shouldn'
t expect too much. Saying that it can pull. And it pulls nicely, easpecially mid range, 40mph to 60mph in the higher gears and even 60mph - 80mph in top. This means that motorway overtaking can be accomplished safely and effectively. There is a slight vibration through the footpegs between 4300 & 4750rpm (60mph in top) which I know affects other divvys, but its not a real problem. ~~~Brakes~~~ Theres a single disc up front which does its job. Thats quite important as the all the rear brake pedal seems to do is operate the brake light. I took this up with the MOT tester who assured me that the brake performed to the required standard. Just keep your distance.... ~~~Lights~~~ Poor headlight. ~~~Maintenance~~~ Bought some allen keys, a new set of metric ring spanners and a Haynes destruction manual. Chain adjusting is easy enough, and there are loads of things you can take off and put back on without enlisting expert help. ~~~Conclusion~~~ The land speed record is safe in the hands of Richard Noble, but the XJ600 provides a compromise in terms everyday useability and a bit of fun at weekends. I needed a bike that is cheap to insure and can be taken to work and back or further in all weathers each day. My bike fits the bill well, but I'm already looking forward to something a bit sportier next year. A forgiving ride, the Diversion is a great first bike, but won't suit everyone.
I have a M reg Xj600S, since April 2000 after selling a GS500E. My personal observations are:- Great for regular communiting and touring. I've been to S. Ireland as well as other great rides and the bike was excellent. Even in appalling weather, the bike never let me down. Compared to the GS500E, it doesn't corner as well, I feel more insecure lending with the divvy and it feels as if the front wheel is really light and is going to slip from underneath me. I don't know whether this is because one of the fork seals has gone. It looks great with the twin exhaust, but, now I need a replacement I find it hard to find one at a reasonable cost. I may end up buying a 4-2-1 rather than the 4-2-2. I don't know how this will effect it's performance. I get about 180miles to a tank of petrol, which was about £10 last time I used it. Overall, a great communter, most parts are easy to find and excellent also for touring.