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Yamaha R1 4th Gen (2007-2008) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2007-2008 Yamaha R1, red

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen replacing the previous generation R1 that was from 2004-2006.

The 4th gen Yamaha R1 brought with it significant changes, both internally and externally.

Internally, Yamaha ditched the 5-valve-per-cylinder design for a more traditional 4-valve-per-cylinder engine block. This gave the motorcycle better mid-range and better road manners — for better or worse.

The chassis also gets updated by way of new frame, swingarm and suspension.

The 2007 Yamaha R1 also got full ride by wire, with Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) governing fuelling.

2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th gen, red
Red 2007 Yamaha R1

The 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 was replaced by the 2009 Yamaha R1 “Crossplane”.

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What you need to service a 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen

Below is a list of consumable items you may need to service your 2007-2008 4th generation Yamaha R1.

Part/consumableImage2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen specification.
Engine oilYamalube yamaha engine oilYamaha recommends using their own motor oil, which is affordable and good. Yamalube 10W-50 covers a huge range of operating temperatures, from below freezing to above 100 degrees F / 40 degrees C.
Yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterK&N oil filterReplace every 2nd oil change. Many 4th gen R1 owners use K&N filter KN-204-1 for easy replacement (you can use a normal wrench).
Spark plugsNGK spark plugsYou need four spark plugs for the YZF-R1, NGK CR9EK for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1.
Air filterair filter generic picUse K&N air filter YA-1007 for the 2007-2008 model.
Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteA really popular chain lubricant that’s low-mess and highly effective is Motul chain paste.
Brake and Clutch FluidCastrol dot 4 brake fluidYamaha requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid. Castrol DOT 4 is a good option.
CoolantZerex valvoline coolantValvoline Zerex G05 meet’s Yamaha’s requirements for an ethylene-glycol anti-freeze with corrosion-prevention properties.
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantKeeping good clutch action depends on having a well-lubricated chain. You can use engine oil, but Protect All Cable Life is an affordable and well-used staple of maintenance.
Mechanical greaseIt’s important to grease moving parts, like the sidestand and sometimes bearings, to keep them from getting notchy or seizing. Valvoline moly-fortified grease meets a lot of needs.
2007-2008 3rd Gen Yamaha R1 consumables

Yamaha R1 4th Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen.

Maintenance notes:

  1. Yamaha recommends that you get a dealer or mechanic to service everything other than the brakes, chain, and lubricating the controls (but we know you won’t…)
  2. The maintenance schedule includes miles from the US manuals, and KM from the European ones. They don’t match up exactly, but are similar in order of magnitude — some are shorter, and some are longer.
  3. After the last maintenance interval, continue repeating every second column (and some items like air filter need to be changed less regularly)
  4. Maintaining the chain: Check, clean, and lube the chain every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain
  5. Maintaining the air filter:
    1. This model R1 is equipped with a disposable oil-coated paper element, which must not be cleaned with compressed air to avoid damaging it
    2. The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dry areas
  6. Maintaining the hydraulic brakes
    1. After disassembling the brake master cylinder and calipers, always change the fluid. 
    2. Regularly check the brake fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
    3. Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinder and calliper, and change the brake fluid (using DOT 4 fluid)
    4. Every four years (or if cracked or damaged) replace the brake hose.

The maintenance for the 4th Gen Yamaha R1 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Fuel line•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plugs•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace periodically (NGK CR9EK)
Valve clearance•Check and adjust valve clearance (Every 26.6K mi/ 42K km)
Crankcase breather system•Check breather hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Fuel injection•Adjust syncronization
Exhaust system•Check for leakage
•Tighten if necessary
•Replace gasket(s) if necessary
Evaporative emission control system (For California only)•Check control system for damage
•Replace if necessary
Air induction system•Check the air cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts if necessary
Yamaha R1 2007-2008 emissions maintenance

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Air filter element• Check condition and damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Brake hoses• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace (every 4 years)
Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Tires• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
Swingarm pivot beraings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and
• Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease (R)
Steering damper• Check operation and for oil leakage
Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake lever pivot shafts• Apply silicone grease lightly
Clutch lever pivot shafts• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Shift pedal rod pivots• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension link pivots• Check operation.
• Correct if necessary.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-50
Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace (suggest K&N KN-204-1).
Cooling system• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change with ethylene glycol anti-freeze coolant every 24 months. Change
EXUP system• Check operation, cable free play and pulley position
Front and rear brake switches• Check operation
Control cables• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly.
Throttle grip housing and cable• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and switches• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam
Maintenance schedule for Yamaha R1 2007-2008

About the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1

An all-new YZF-R1 for the 2007 model year was announced in late 2006.

It had an all-new inline four-cylinder engine, going back to a more conventional four-valves per cylinder, rather than Yamaha’s trade mark five-valve Genesis layout.

Yamaha’s 2007 YZF-R1 also has the Yamaha Chip Control Intake (YCC-I) electronic variable-length intake funnel system and Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T) fly-by-wire throttle system.

Other changes include a slipper-type clutch, all-new aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm, six-piston radial-mount front brake calipers with 310 mm discs, a wider radiator, and M1 styling on the new large ram-air ports in the front fairing.

In my personal opinion, this was the best looking Yamaha R1 — especially in black — other than the anniversary editions.

2007 Yamaha R1 Black
Black 2007 Yamaha R1

Manual for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1

2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th gen maintenance screenshot

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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