WK16: Yamaha XJ600 Diversion Tracker

“Is this bike for sale?” was the first thing Patrick asked us (pointing at the white and blue Diversion we built). He would have walked out with the Yamaha if he could! Unfortunately for him, the bike was custom made on request. But luckily for him, we build bikes on request!

That’s how the discussion started. Although there is a big resemblance between the bikes, this one is totally different. Different color scheme, different tires, built-in navigation, different handle bars. In other words, a custom, tailored machine that fits all his wishes.

Patrick likes to make trips. Preferably long trips. Weekends away to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, etc. And especially Germany is strict on noise regulations. So we had to find a muffler that produces a nice sound and can be silenced by a bolt-on DB killer. And we didn’t want him to get lost, so we included a TomTom rider navigation set.  A fun little toy that lets the rider chose how “curvy” the route should be. A boring highway trip of one hour suddenly becomes a beautiful three hour road trip through back roads and stunning country side. Highly recommended!

Reliability was another important point. The Yamaha XJ600 Diversion is a reliable, air cooled machine with built with modern technology and easy riding characteristics.

We went looking for a bike and found a 24 year old Diversion with only 8000 kilometers (5000 miles) on the odometer. The bike was dealer maintained and the owner sold it because he was getting too old and the bike too heavy. A beautiful machine with hardly any wear or tear. It just looked brand new.

Once the bike was with us, we started the build. As we like to do, we took the bike apart, fabricated a custom subframe, relocated the foot pegs and powder coated every detail of the bike.

All electronics (as well as the original air filter box) are fitted underneath the tank. And to finish this, we cut some Plexiglas plates in which we engraved the logo of Patrick’s motor club. He has a group of friends that all ride and they often gather in a pub called “Stan & Co”… So their motor club is called “Stan & Go”. That caused a bit of confusion the first time they tried to open a tab on “Stan & Go”…

On the left side we made the ignition key fit the wheel of their logo. The only electronics remaining underneath the seat is a fuse box allowing for easy access.

The exhaust system we changed from a 4-2 system with the (boring) original mufflers to a 4-1 system with a stunning Takkoni muffler.

The brushed aluminum fenders complete the road worthiness of this bike and the end result is a machine that can be used anywhere and under all conditions. All electric connections are waterproof and the original air filter box ensures that the bike can withstand the worst tropical rain showers. The Pirelli tires are chosen for their looks and their characteristics on all surfaces. A bike build for traveling!

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