After a few years of good and loyal service, the specter of evolution is approaching the XJ6. Is it changing in depth? Will it cruelly go out of fashion the old version? Should we expect a new generation ?
Relax the electrocardiogram: the roadster evolves only in design; and again, by small touches. For 2013, some elements have been redesigned and others updated. The XJ6 gains new radiator scoops, a more aerodynamic headlight trim, translucent white indicators, LED dashboard lighting and a chain tension indicator. On the comfort side, the saddle is covered with a non-slip cover and the passenger has new, more ergonomic handles. No upheaval therefore, for this machine of access to large cubes. She just polishes what you see.
The mid-size XJ philosophy remains as some have known it as we searched for the magic pink paper: to offer an easy-to-access, reasonably-priced, do-it-all bike with the right mix of power. The XJ6 respects these codes. But no way to look sad, because the competition is in full swing. So Yam put a little emphasis on the design of the trim, with an FZ1 headlight topped by a ruby-shaped night light, sharp radiator scoops, a small engine guard and a few plastic pieces to enhance the look. With its slender rear and free of the muffler (it’s stashed under the engine), the XJ6 really looks good. Its profile stands out from its big competitors: it seems incisive and muscular, when a Honda CBF wants to be wise and reassuring, while the Kawa ER-6n wants to be fun, playful and slender. The Bandit, she seems more impulsive.
On the technical side, no need to bother with a Superbike chassis, useless (and expensive) for its customers. The XJ6 has a diamond-like frame with steel tubes. Simple and functional, it houses an engine using the 4-cylinder architecture of the FZ6, itself derived from the 2003 R6. Cylinder head, crankcase, camshafts, intake / exhaust systems, clutch and selection have been revised for s ‘fit the XJ6. Extensively revised, it strives to offer flexibility and availability, to best suit a widely versatile use. This carton is therefore displayed in the same yard as machines in the same segment. The comparison in engine will be tight against other Japanese – The evolution is however much more marked if we refer to the data of the old XJ: it was equipped with an air-cooled 4 legs with 2 valves per cylinder of 61 ch. Its descendant is equipped with a liquid-cooled engine, twice as many valves, and 78 hp at 10,000 rpm.
With the wave of street fighters who have landed for a few years, it’s weird to find a bike with wise values, much more suited to our environment "safe". The chassis data tell us a nice bike, not particularly playful but not tricky either. A wheelbase of 1440 mm, a caster angle of 26 °, a conventional 41 mm fork, dual piston brake calipers and optional ABS – Nothing sporty but fun and functional under a seductive dress.
Standardization requires, the XJ6 takes over the dashboard of the FZ series. By choosing classic elements, such as the simple swingarm, a bulb taillight, a more than sufficient braking system without being a front axle of R1, a steel frame and a widely tested engine, this Yamaha allows itself to display a reasonable price. Like the late XJ6, but more modern.
And for those looking for a little protection or something to do a little bit of the road, don’t forget that the XJ6 is doubled with the Diversion version, equipped with a good-sized fork crown.
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XJ6 600 Naked 2012
Model marketed in
about 190 km / h
The technical aspect
Yamaha XJ6 600 2013
- Tank: 17.3 liters
- Width: 770 mm
- Height: 1,085 mm
- Wheelbase: 1440 mm
- Curb weight: 205 / with ABS 210 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(65.5 x 44.5 mm mm)
at 10,000 rpm
at 8,500 rpm