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1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250.

1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250

The maintenance for the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

No.ItemRoutine1,000 km (600 mi) or 1 month**1

6,000 (3,800) or 7 months
**2

11,000 (6,900) or 13 months
16,000 (10,000) or 19 months21,000 (13,100) or 25 months
1*Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.
2Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace at 11,000 (or 13 months) and thereafter every 10,000 (or 12 months).
ReplaceReplace
3*Crankcase ventilation system• Check ventilation hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
4*Fuel line• Check fuel hose and vacuum pipe for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
5*Exhaust system• Check for leakage.
• Retighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
6*Idle speed• Check and adjust engine idle speed.
• Adjust cable free play.
7*Evaporative emission control system**• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills for servicing. Take the motorcycle to a Yamaha Dealer or refer to the Service Manual when servicing these items. ** California only.

Note: For farther odometer reading, repeat the above maintenance at the period established; **1: Every 5,000 km (3,100 mi) and **2: Every 10,000 km (6,200 mi) intervals.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutineType1,000 km (600 mi) or 1 month**1

6,000 (3,800) or 7 months
**2

11,000 (6,900) or 13 months
16,000 (10,000) or 19 months21,000 (13,100) or 25 months
1Engine oil• Warm-up engine before draining.*1) Yamalube 4 (20W40) or SAE 20W40 type “SE” motor oil.
*2) Yamalube 4 (10W30) or SAE 10W30 type “SE” motor oil.
2*Oil filter• Replace.
3*Air filter• Wet type filter must be washed and damped with oil.Yamalube 4 (10W30) or SAE 10W30 type “SE” motor oil.
4*Brake system• Adjust free play.
• Replace pads if necessary. (Front)
• Replace shoes if necessary. (Rear)
5*Clutch• Adjust free play.
6Drive chain• Check chain conditon.
• Adjust and lubricate chain thoroughly.
SAE 30W-50W motor oilEvery 500 (300)
7Control and meter cable• Apply chain lube thoroughly.Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
8*Swingarm pivot shaft• Check swingarm assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack.
Lithium soap base greaseCheck
9Brake/Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply chain lube lightly.Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
10Brake pedal and shift pedal shaft• Lubricate.
• Apply chain lube lightly.
Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
11*Sidestand pivot• Check operation and lubricate.
• Apply chain lube lightly.
Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
12*Front fork• Check operation and leakage.
13*Steering bearings• Check bearing assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack every 15,000 or (9,000).
Lithium soap base greaseRepack
14*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth rotation.
15Battery• Check specific gravity and breather pipe for proper operation.
16Sidestand switch• Check and clean or replace if necessary.

*1) If ambient temperature does not go below 5°C/40°F. *2) If ambient temperature does not go above 15°C/60°F.

“Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills for servicing. Take the motorcycle to a Yamaha dealer or refer to the Service Manual when servicing these items.

About the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250

The Yamaha Virago 250 has the classic standard cruiser look without the unmanageable power and torque that a new motorcyclist doesn’t need while learning the basics of riding.

The 249cc, SOHC, 60 degree v-twin engine provides enough power for cruising around the streets, and can even get you around on the freeway. The bike is lightweight and that makes maneuvering at low speeds incredibly easy. It is important to keep in mind that the lack of motorcycle mass means the bike is so light weight that you might get blown around on the freeway more than would be comfortable.

Manual for the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250

1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 1998-1999 Yamaha Virago 250.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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