./My XJ600\.

Isn't Freecycle a great thing? I posted a message to the Sutton and Kingston lists saying I'd like an old motorbike as a project. Anything accepted. Now those who know me will know that I'm not the most mechanically apt of people, but I am trying to learn, and wanted something I could use that if I broke it, I wasn't left bikeless. I got three replies, one was an 89,000 mile CG125 about 60 miles away. This I thought would be a good choice. Simple, easy to work on, light. But I found out about 3 weeks after replying that it had already gone. The second reply was an old Triumph which the guy wanted some money for. I'd have considered it for a real classic, but he never got back to me saying how much. The third reply was for an XJ600. Now I've never been a big fan of the Diversion, thinking it was a bit boring. But I had a few looks on the interweb for the '84 version, and found out some interesting information. The '84 XJ600 was the first Japanese 600's to make it onto the market. And the Diversion is based on it, but wasn't released till some years later. And the old '84 model with that agressive looking belly scoop looks slightly sexy in a classic kind of way. So I arranged to pick it up, not knowing what kind of wreck I'd be getting. Read the pages below to see how I get along...