Written on: 06/08/2012
I am an experienced rally going scooterist who found themselves priced out of it. So, bought a 9 year old Black XJ600N for just under a grand from a shop. Seems a lot, but got a lifetime warranty with it. 1999 model, it has twin front discs, oil cooler and rear hugger/mudguard. Good condition when I got it, now had it 5 years...done 8k (was 23k when bought), fitted 2 michelin roadrunners...excellent tyres, purpose made for XJ type bikes. Never broke down, though sometimes problems with... (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2012 by codhead (1 review written)
I bought this bike after passing my DAS,needed something cheap to run and insure. My insurance is £83 fully comp for the year and £55 12 months road tax, and it costs £15 or there abouts to full the tank. Not sure how many miles you can get out of a full tank but done 89miles so far and there appears to be a fair amount still in there. It's an 1997 model the naked version in black and has only done 19000 miles, its easy to ride and inspires confidence in a rider,its not the most powerful... (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2012
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Written on: 09/03/2012 by Bigmatt (1 review written)
Bought an XJ600N for cheap commuting and as my first 'Big' Road bike. Ran faultlessley for 4 months through bad weather then had a bit of trouble with a starter relay (which turned out to be the block connecter not the relay!) then caliper started sticking(new seals and a clean have sorted that) and rev counter stopped working. Minor things to say i have put 5000 miles on the clock. Average around 44mpg on fun roads. Plenty of power for everyday commute but have to rev alot to find it.... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
I'm 60, had an MZ 251 till I got fed up with paying out and came across this xj 600n for £550, had engine protection bars and a replacement 4 into i exhaust, guy said he had rebuilt rear brake and starteter - guess which two things I had to get rebuilt (again) professionally.
Been on a lot of trips, only gripe is a slight h/bar buzz at 4/4.5K revs but intend to get the carbs balanced which may cure it, for a bike that doesn't look like its had much tlc its survived pretty well. had it... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2011
I bought my 1998 XJ600N on a whim as a commuter after selling my ZX9-R Ninja and wanting a bike to take to work and back.
Being tall I was worried about the peg position, but find this very comfortable to ride, even though I am doing very short distances it is fuel efficient and very cheap to insure at £77 a year (30yo 1 years NCB).
I would reccommend this to anyone as a cheap commuter bike, being easy to maintain and i have had no issues at all with mine, even through the winter starting on... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2009 by anniversary25
I bought my Yamaha XJ600N bike 2 years ago with 14,000 miles on the clock as a first big bike. I have ridden it all year round and have generally really enjoyed it. I had a starter relay go and have needed 2 new batteries despite use of an optimiser. It is fast enough for my needs, comfortable (with flyscreen) and has what I consider very fun handling. (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2009
I just got me first big bike it was a yahama xj600 diversion, travelled 300 miles to get it, it was a sound bike for a month until the gear box dropped, ever since the bike hasnt been the same, folk seals have started leaking, ive had suzukis, hondas, but my experience with the yahamas is terrible! now the bloody thing doesnt even start? any ideas? it spars up as it wants to start but doesnt fire up, and its got plenty of petrol, been serviced recently but cant think of anything? (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2009
Yamaha XJ600N has Good power, reliability, comfort, handling. try not to ride for short distances as you will get condensation in the engine, especially in winter. sadly they dont make them anymore. (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2008 by Johntheprinter (1 review written)
Not the fastest 600 but was never meant to be. It's the Vauxhall Astra of the bike world. These things are pretty indestructable if you change the oil regularly (every 3000 miles). If the fork seals leak (and they will) pump the old oil out and when replacing with new oil, add about 40cc of STP Stop Leak to top up to the correct level, ride it for 150 miles and the leak will disappear. It works! And it's cheap. (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2008 by angelosd (1 review written)
I got 1999 XJ 600N, as older one have only one break disc on front, everything 1998 and over has two, and breaks are important :) With BT-45 (I believe 45 is right number) this bike handles and rides perfectly. I can do on it 25-30mp/h 90 degrees corner in dry. Stops quick with standard breaks. Takes 7.5 litres per 75 miles/100km , what gives you 1 liter per every 10 miles, with my riding, and I barely go under 3000rpm. I usually ride between 3000 and 6000 rpm as I hate using breaks to slow... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2008
All in all a good bike not as good as the xj diversion 600s there seems to be something missing between them may be the ugly diversion and that plastick frunt fering might look crap but does the job. Can't put my finger on it but hay for 900 pounds who give a damn. (read more)
Written on: 13/03/2007 by 2lippy (19 reviews written)
The Yamaha XJ600N is the slightly cheaper version of the Suzuki Bandit in many ways, and thats what attracted me to the bike. After a quick look on eBay I found numerous bikes at 10 yrs old with 20,000 miles or less for under £700. Now thats a lot of bike for the money.
The reliable and well proven engine has a good heritage relating to the XJR of the 80's, so Yamaha have had a lot of time to 'get it right'. There are bikes out there with 150,000 miles on the same rings! Mine had 22,000... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2006 by bigdeal (2 reviews written)
This is my second biggish bike, my first was a BMW 650 Funduro but I wanted something with more grunt and more pistons.
The Yamaha XJ600N is a good bike for a novice to get used to that big bike feel. It's fast enough and handles reasonably, is good on fuel and is quite a forgiving bike. The back brake is not as sharp as it should be and there seems to be a problem with the rear calipers on these bikes seizing but second hand ones are got cheaply enough. Apart from that I have great fun on... (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2006 by maczone (1 review written)
I got the Yamaha XJ600N bike as my first big bike after Direct Access Course, 15-20 since I last rode bikes regularly, and it's easy to maintain with a workshop manual and a shed.
I put BT45's and a fly screen on my xj600n too, the fly screen does deflect a fair amount of wind from the body at speeds over 70 (needed on the naked bikes). The BT45's are good in wet and a fair price for someone on a budget too.
It also weighs enough not to get blown about too much in strong gusting winds... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2006 by jonathan kelly (108 reviews written)
The Yamaha XJ600 motorbike is an air-cooled four cylinder machine. The type that the Japanese are most famous for. Yamaha made it in various versions for years.
It is grey and white. It does not have a kick starter. It's also got a locking fuel tank, alloy wheels, helmet lock, indicators and rear seat foot pegs.
As for the weight; it's weighs less than 400lbs, so anyone can move it around traffic with ease. It could be pushed very easily by anybody if needed, and picked up should it fall... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2006 by MadDogMcQ (1 review written)
My Yamaha XJ600n is 9 years old but has (amazingly) only done 1,600 miles!!!! It's an absolute beauty and hasn't got a hint of rust or corrosion. I know this is unusual, but even being stored in a garage for years would cause many bikes to rot and fester. This one is as good as the day it came out from the showroom!!
Lovely to ride. Smooth, quiet and nippy. Certainly fast enough to make a laughing stock of car drivers. It handles well and is quite confidence inspiring. Just gonna fit a set... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2005 by Eric Carter (1 review written)
Ok I have had this Yamaha XJ600N Motorcycle for about 3 months - most of it has been good weather and I have enjoyed the bike 100%. Its plenty quick for a new rider like me and has a little bit more style than the Honda Hornet or CB400 type bikes. Its stable in a straight line and is spirited in the twisty stuff. I have done about 600 miles and am still happy. Two up the bike lacks grunt (like most 600's) but is certainly comfy enough for my wife. It seems to return good MPG and as I... (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2004 by spock (4 reviews written)
This is the XJ600S:
Owned and ridden for about 3 years or so, including winters (no fair-weather rider, me!). It was reliable, economical, and the fairing was handy. I thought it was a great little bike. I had a few problems with build quality, though, and it quickly started looking very second-hand, no matter what I did to it. Mind you, it never let me down, though it did need some attention for things like broken fairing lugs, cracking plastics, splitting exhausts, etc.
There are far... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2003 by Arthur Unknown.
I've had an XJ600 for four years. I've literally driven it across the USA and back (10,000 miles in one summer). I've taken very poor care of it, but the damn thing always starts. With a wider touring handlebar, steering is effortless. Stopping is very good, going fast is highly possible but not suicidally easy. I was shopping for a bike that wouldn't get me in trouble with the law or my doctor, I could ride to work every day on, and also take on the occasional motorcycle crusade (read... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2003 by bill_belfield.
This is a great bike for the born again biker, The standard tyres (Michelin MacAdams) don't inspire much confidence and may put people off, fit Bridgestone BT45's and a Fabbri flyscreen and it's hugely better. Plenty quick enough if you are used to a car without being daunting. So what if it's been around for over 20 years, all the bug's have been ironed out, Good for 125 mph and 0-60 in about 5 seconds, can buy new for a smidge over 3 grand. I have ridden mine in howling gales, rain... (read more)
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