1992 Yamaha XJ600


Best older rocket around (rare)


Only upkeep.

Rear brake, rear tire, chain/sprockets kit, oil/filter changes, air filter.

Oh yeah, the light lighting the tach is out, but the light for the speedo serves enough to make do.

The 'reserve' switch no longer works to use reserve fuel when the main tank runs dry (no gauge on the bike). If you run out, you're really out. Highway trips need the reserve more, but you can see the fuel level through the filler hole, and you can easily predict what range the bike will get, even with varied driving style. EG - full throttle doing 180-200 km/h or 113-125 miles/h, you get about 10 liters/100km (double consumption of many econo cars). Driving easy around 90-100 km/h or 55-60 miles/h, you get about 8 liters/100km, and less fun. But in town, oh in town driving easy you can get as low as 5 liters/100km.

Bikes get worse mileage on the highway due to the nature of their high rpm motors. At 100km/h or 60m/h my bike revs 5500 rpm in sixth gear, but in town revs never get over 3000 or 4000.

LAST thing - the manual says regular fuel is OK, but I've found a large gain in mileage, power and smoothness with premium 91 octane fuel (those of you with access to a Chevron station, use their 94 octane).

Almost 2005 now, bought used in 1999 almost mint. Still sharp, no lay downs or dumps in 6 years!

General Comments:

A hard to find gem of a used bike. Casual sport purpose with the engine technology of race bikes - 600cc 16 valve aluminum motor, dual overhead cams, full alloy headers, dual exhaust, quad brand name carbs (one for each cylinder), multi disc wet clutch, vented hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, 7 position adjustable rear suspension, 6 speed gearbox, 17 liter tank. 430 lbs weight!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004