Second hand advice Yamaha XJ 600 N-S

Second hand advice Yamaha XJ 600 N-S

Second hand advice Yamaha XJ 600 N / S

Second-hand all-rounder hit

One for everything and for every budget – the unobtrusive 600 with its robust row quad is an all-rounder hit from second hand with over 30,000 registrations.

For the 2009 season, the XJ6 and XJ6 Diversion introduce themselves as Yamaha‘s new representatives in the 600 middle class.

There has been a five-year break since the previous nineties top sellers XJ 600 S Diversion and XJ 600 N in between. Although they have long since moved out of the limelight, the second-hand market cannot be imagined without them. Its recipe for success goes back to the original XJ 600 F model from the 1980s: solid, reliable technology, low acquisition and maintenance costs, suitability for touring. A package like this is popular yesterday as it is today, especially with pragmatically decisive motorcyclists. In any case, not only young beginners (because of the 34 HP throttle variant) and mature beginners (preferably with a luggage system) like to take advantage of it, but also everyday riders looking for a low-budget second motorcycle. Women also like to buy the Japanese because of its uncomplicated handling, smooth power delivery and comfortable seating position (especially if the Yamaha is very down-to-earth thanks to a lowering kit). Although the XJ 600 is now technically very old and only offers a few noteworthy visual stimuli, the likeable Yamaha was, is and remains an inexpensive all-rounder. And so it is still a very lively second-hand alternative to the two new XJ6 models for many.

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Second hand advice Yamaha XJ 600 N-S

Second-hand advice
Yamaha XJ 600 N / S


The conventionally constructed in-line four-cylinder is commonly regarded as. extremely reliable and can withstand mileages of more than 50,000 kilometers with regular maintenance. Wearing parts such as the rather narrow tires are inexpensive, so that a properly cared-for XJ 600 does not result in excessive follow-up costs. Rattling noises from the engine, which usually come from the timing chain, are typical. Experienced screwdrivers or specialist workshops readjust the timing chain tensioner and eliminate this harmless problem within a few minutes. Also not uncommon, at least with the Diversion: annoying rattling from the panel. Mostly it is due to loose ornamental grilles, which should be underlaid with vibration-damping foam rubber. Carburetor retrofit kits that have already been installed are worth gold as they significantly improve the cold running behavior, which is particularly bad in older models. If there is a dismantled throttle set as a bonus, it is essential to check whether it really fits the machine on offer. Promoting sales: a luggage system including a suitcase that makes the 600 fully suitable for travel.

Technical data (type 4BR; model year 1991)

Air-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two valves per cylinder, wet sump lubrication, carburetor, no exhaust gas cleaning, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain.

Bore x stroke 58.5 x 55.7 mm
Cubic capacity 598 cm3
Rated output 37 kW (50 PS) at 7500 rpm
Max. Torque 39 Nm at 4000 rpm

landing gear
Double loop frame made of steel, telescopic fork, two-arm swing arm made of steel, directly hinged central spring strut, adjustable spring base, double disc brake in front, disc brake in rear.

Cast aluminum wheels 2.50 x 17; 3.50 x 18
110/80 H 17, 130/70 H 18 tires

Dimensions + weights
Wheelbase 1445 mm, steering head angle 65 degrees, caster 97 mm, weight with a full tank * 214 kg, payload * 183 kg, tank capacity / reserve 17 / 3.5 liters.

(MOTORCYCLE 24/1991)
Top speed 171 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 5.5 sec
Draft 60-120 km / h 12.0 sec
Consumption 5.1 to 8.4 l / 100 km, normal



Used offers:

Market situation

Even if you don’t look long, you will find. In particular, the extremely inexpensive XJ 600 around 1000 euros are rarely offered by dealers, but mostly privately. Commercial companies prefer to offer properly maintained machines for around 2000 euros, which are specifically intended to appeal to newcomers. Rather rare: first-hand, first-hand, well-kept cotton swabs, younger than the year of construction 2000, as these are mostly still in the possession of satisfied drivers. From this year of construction, new vehicle sales also fell significantly (between 1000 and 2000 units per year instead of 4000 to 5000 in the previous years). Over 30,000 XJ 600 N / S are approved in Germany. The model is still in great demand, but interest is gradually waning.

– Availability on the market: very high

Model upgrade – Yamaha XJ 600 N / S

1991 Market launch of the XJ 600 S Diversion (type 4BR) for 8,600 marks (4,397 euros). Performance variants: 27 and 50 hp (61 hp only for an extra charge).

1993 Swing arm reinforced, strut with a tighter tuning, larger half-shell fairing with modified disc. Price: 9440 marks (4827 euros).

1994 Market launch of the bare XJ 600 N at a price of 9590 marks (4903 euros), which technically differs from the S version, which is around 200 euros more expensive, only in terms of a conventional steering lock. Throttle version now with 34 instead of 27 hp. Type designation: 4LX.

1996 Fairing of angular, angular headlights, electrically heated carburetors and electric fuel pump, oil cooler, new fittings. Prices: 10670 marks (5455 euros) for the ?? S ??, 9960 marks (5092 euros) for the ?? N ??.

1997 Seat better padded, hazard warning lights. Prices reduced by the equivalent of around 350 euros.

1998 The last facelift: new front brake system with two floating discs, stiffer fork with 41 instead of 38 standpipes. Diversion for 10490 marks (5363 euros), the ?? N ?? for 9790 marks (5006 euros) on offer.

2000 50 HP version is not applicable.

2003 Sale of the XJ 600 S and N for 5330 and 5640 euros respectively.


24/2991 (T), 1/1992 (VT), 22/1993 (T), 24/1993 (34-PS-VT), 1/1994 (LT), 6/1995 (VT), 8/1996 ( 34-PS-VT), 26/1997 (T), 8/1998 (VT), 17/1999 (KV), 23/1999 (VT), 14/2000 (VT), 16/2000 (optimization), 19 / 2000 (VT), 18/2001 (KV), 23/2002 (TT) T = test, VT = comparison test, LT = long-distance test, KV = concept comparison, TT = top test;
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