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★★★★★

“Buy all that's left”

Written on: 06/06/2011 by MawsleyDave (2 reviews written)

This is my third XJ900s but I also had an XJ900F too. Other bikes come and go but I keep going back to these - and the current one will never leave me now (especially as I'm doing a paintjob on it over the next month). They are simple to work on, the bits are cheap as chips, it has a shaft and it's indestructible. You can sit on the thing for 200+ miles before filling up and it is comfortable. It has decent weather protection and boxes for kit. NEVER pay more than £1200 for one - but if you… Read Full Review

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“ i thoth thay would be same as the yamaha xj600...”

Written on: 07/11/2010

i thoth thay would be same as the yamaha xj600 diversion thay r not as xj900 r no good all was giving me a eletric probles so want back to my xj600 want is very best one thay did xj600s 1997… Read Full Review

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Written on: 30/12/2010

I found this review not helpful because...I could not understand it, possibly because I only understand English,have only rode motorikes for 50 years and therefore I am a boring old fart. Regards Chris.

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Written on: 20/05/2014

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Written on: 07/05/2012

pity yu cany spel

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“had three diversion 900 in the past 12 years.now on my...”

Written on: 17/08/2010

had three diversion 900 in the past 12 years.now on my forth altogether 85000 miles and not spent a penny on brake downs.what a very good comfy bike. likes about the bike comfy good on fuel easy to service dislikes heavy that is it.i have had 42 motor bikes in the past 12 years and they have all come and gone but the diversion always stays.would i buy another you bet my be that is why my biking mates call me diversion mike.just a tip if your thinking of getting one low mileage and service… Read Full Review

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“i bought a1999 model with 72k kms.cam chain...”

Written on: 19/05/2010 by diverted 1999 (1 review written)

i bought a1999 model with 72k kms.cam chain rattles,need to replace.cdi unit burnt out,@ $1000. aust. for part,crazy.buy the parts at jaycar @$20.most shaft drive bikes seem to have 5 gears,revs a bit high,but ratios good overall.definately a cult tourer,due to value for money.power ok for a tourer,@65kw.i keep my gpz900r for a contrast-85kw.it turns heads too,the original mufflers catch the eye. i will upgrade suspension soon, braided brake lines and top brand pads.many web sites,comments… Read Full Review

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“This is my second xj900 I had a 1985 model , several...”

Written on: 30/11/2009

This is my second xj900 I had a 1985 model , several bikes ago , and came back to this one recently . they are good for the daily commute as I don't own a car , and for touring as well . I rode the last one from melbourne to brisbane ( 1700 kms ) in febuary heat and apart from petrol vaporising in 35 degree heat ,and therefore losing fuel , It was a gem for the whole trip and I wanted to keep going forever ! the divi seems to have ironed out the few problems that were apparent with the older… Read Full Review

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“The Yamaha XJ900 is the perfect all-round sports...”

Written on: 10/11/2009

The Yamaha XJ900 is the perfect all-round sports tourer. Great rider position for long hauls with a more than capable faring. Rock solid motor and simple to maitain. Not a rocket ship but at 47 yo more than enough motorbike for me. Pity Yamaha aren't still making this model… Read Full Review

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“Bought my 900 diversion new March 99. Now done 33,000...”

Written on: 12/06/2009

Bought my 900 diversion new March 99. Now done 33,000 mls trouble free. Replaced collector box with stainless steel last year and starter brushes this week. Bike still looks like new and is never deliberately ridden in rain. Great touring bike but too heavy to scratch round corners with. Had many bikes over the years as I am now 59yrs old. Probably the most reliable bike ever owned and still a pleasure to ride. Simple engineering built to last… Read Full Review

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“Had the Yamaha XJ900 Diversion for seven years, has...”

Written on: 30/04/2009 by philmarshall (1 review written)

Had the Yamaha XJ900 Diversion for seven years, has been the most reliable bike ever owned. The brake pistons where replaced after 25000 miles and added steel brake hoses which I would strongly recommend. A sports bike it is not so do not attempt to ride like it is and you will not go wrong. I only weigh 10 stone so it is a big heavy lump to try and push about - try to park were I can ride away without lugging it about. With panniers on, set the suspension to the hardest setting and go… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I recently purchased a 1997 XJ900 Diversion with...”

Written on: 26/03/2009 by jon small (1 review written)

I recently purchased a 1997 XJ900 Diversion with 80000kms for commuting a well as the weekend ride with my mates. I have had many motorbikes, GPZ900R, CBR1000, VN1500 but this is the best bike I have ever ridden. Great shaft drive,good wind protection, reliability, very user friendly after you get started. Very comfortable to single or two up riding, my 14old daughter loves it… Read Full Review

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“i have my xj900s diversion 6 years now and apart from...”

Written on: 11/03/2009 by angus leckey (1 review written)

i have my xj900s diversion 6 years now and apart from fitting a new collector box it's been totally reliable. I've covered 30,000 miles and just adore it. for me a little underpowered but maybe new cans would cure this but no new cans look like the original chrome ones. best mpg i have achieved is 64, touring mode and worst is 48, so can't complain. cheap insurance too makes it almost as cheap to insure as it is to tax it! all consumables easily changed and shaft drive is quiet and… Read Full Review

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“Overall a cracking 2 up touring bike with good fuel...”

Written on: 09/02/2009 by ianludwell (1 review written)

Overall a cracking 2 up touring bike with good fuel consuption,bullet proof engine,take care with collector box can rust needs to be replaced with stainless box easy to do,can be tricky when sat on bike and pillion is trying to find rear pegs and pulling you and bike over as they try get on have nearly been there… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The Yamaha XJ900 Diversion is good value for money if...”

Written on: 03/02/2009 by anton63 (1 review written)

The Yamaha XJ900 Diversion is good value for money if you have a budget as I bought my 1999 model for £650 which I consider to be a bargain .
At 58000 on the clock the engine still feels tight as though it just came out of a showroom. Very comfortable to ride not getting" numb bum" on long journeys as was the case with the divy 600 I couldn't wait to get rid of. Nice looks and great for touring , Good mpg and not too over the top with plastic. Bad points are: Clunky gear change from cold… Read Full Review

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“I have owned some hand grenade bikes before so getting...”

Written on: 03/11/2008 by paulchidgey (1 review written)

I have owned some hand grenade bikes before so getting a XJ 900 was a bit of a step down. I got the bike mainly to do a bit of touring on (great for that) and the wife dident like getting wipe lash on my old bike. It suits us down to the ground comftable also for passanger realible great carrying ability good size tank and the shaft drive is almost maintance free (no more chain and sprocket problems).
One thing I am 40 yrs old so maybe I am taming down a bit. This is not a young mans bike… Read Full Review

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“Overall the Yamaha Diversion is a thoroughly...”

Written on: 02/06/2008 by philnlucy (1 review written)

Overall the Yamaha Diversion is a thoroughly satisfying bike - by far the most reliable transport I've ever owned, two wheels or four. Regensburg (Bavaria) to London in a day, 700 miles, and I could still stand up straight at the end - can't be bad… Read Full Review

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“This a great affordable tourer/commuter. Remains comfy...”

Written on: 23/10/2007 by colphi (1 review written)

This a great affordable tourer/commuter. Remains comfy for many miles and is the most reliable bike I have ever known. The shaft drive is great and makes life a lot easier if you do a lot of miles. The bike is only let down by some build quality issues such as the instant rot collector box. The gearbox can be a bit clunky too. I have had it now for 11 years and have done many thousands of comuter and touring miles on it and it never once let me down. It has a good tank range and I find it… Read Full Review

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Robert Johansen's Response to colphi's Review

Written on: 31/01/2010

I found this review very helpful because it covered most aspects of owning and riding the XJ900. I'm thinking of buying one and the review gave me a good picture of what to expect, as well as what not to expect from the XJ.
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<br/>I've decided that it is about time that I got me one!

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“Need to get on to decent rubber after around first...”

Written on: 15/10/2006 by Bob Lings (1 review written)

Need to get on to decent rubber after around first 7000 miles. I am on my second Yamaha XJ900 Diversion, having been knocked off my first (in England) after only 7000 miles, but he did saved me the cost of a new set of tyres that I was about to purchase. My first Diversion was also to be my last bike as I am 64 years of age and that is why I purchased a second Diversion, after the accident had written off the first. It now resides in Spain where it serves the purpose as a great tourer without… Read Full Review

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Kenny Mac's Response to Bob Lings's Review

Written on: 31/03/2009

I found this review helpful because, I was considering an XJ900 and after reading this review, this is the bike for me.
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★★★★☆

“The Yamaha XJ900 Diversion isn't bad, but are better...”

Written on: 19/08/2005 by wolfie1963 (1 review written)

The Yamaha XJ900 Diversion isn't bad, but are better bikes out there but come cheap for a good all rounder keep it up Yamaha… Read Full Review

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“This is my 2nd Yamaha XJ900 Diversion, and it will...”

Written on: 18/02/2004 by spock (4 reviews written)

This is my 2nd Yamaha XJ900 Diversion, and it will shortly be changed for a Triumph Sprint. Bought for motorway commuting it was excellent. Decent fairing (much improved by adding lowers), good economy (ca 50 mpg), very comfortable, 190 mile range, very dependable, great shaft drive - what more could you want?

Cornering now, that's a different story. It's slow to turn, top heavy, has crude suspension, and demands a very firm hand when things get bumpy. Add in a bit of tyre wear and things… Read Full Review

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