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Yamaha R1 and R1M 6th Gen (2015-2021) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Yamaha R1 2015

In 2015, Yamaha revamped its iconic Yamaha R1 (formally known as the Yamaha YZF-R1).

With the 2005-2021 Yamaha R1, the engine was improved with higher power across the powerband and higher peak power (nearly 200 hp!), and a lot more electronics was added — the R1 became the first Japanese superbike to get a full 6-axis IMU with lean angle-aware torque control and ABS.

This Yamaha R1 maintenance schedule applies to the 2015-2021 Yamaha R1 and R1M. Yes, the R1M is a higher spec bike, but the maintenance schedule is the same.

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What you need to service the 2015-2021 Yamaha R1

To service the Yamaha R1, you need the right tools and consumables, aside from ordinary motorcycle maintenance tools.

Luckily most tools are pretty standard. But the consumables need to be the right ones.

Here are the recommended consumables for the 2015+ Yamaha R1, according to the manual, mechanics, and enthusiasts.

OilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 (if you ride in temps above 100 F or 40 C). The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Don’t over-torque the bolt — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock one (part 5GH-13440-50-00, used for many Yamaha products) or the K&N KN-204-1.
Spark PlugsNGK LMAR9E-J. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly (get a gapping tool)
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol and water. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate. I usually recommend this Valvolene 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.Best coolant to use for Yamaha R1, recommended from the manual.
Air filterThe R1 uses an oil-coated paper element. Either get the stock one (part 2CR-14451-00-00), or the K&N YA-1015.
Brake padsEither buy them OEM from Yamaha (they’re hard to buy online), or EBC double-sintered HH (2x part FA380HH for front, FA436HH for rear). Everyone swears by EBC, I’ve used them in many bikes. Here are some other brake pads for the Yamaha R1, including race-spec ones.
Brake/Clutch fluidYamaha recommends a DOT-4 brake/clutch fluid. Castrol Dot 4 full synthetic is well-regarded.
Chain lubricantThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
Consumables for 2015-2021 Yamaha R1

2015-2021 Yamaha R1 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2015-2021 Yamaha R1.

Maintenance tips

  • The annual checks must be performed every year, except if kilometre-based maintenance, or for the UK/US, mileage-based maintenance, is performed instead.
  • From 50,000 km (30,000 mi), repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 10,000 km (6,000 mi).
  • Yamaha recommends only maintaining the chain, changing the oil, and greasing the major lubrication points yourself, and leaving everything else to the dealer or a mechanic.

Notes on maintaining specific parts

  • Chain: Clean/lubricate every 800 km (500 mi) and after washing the motorcycle, riding in the rain, or riding in wet areas
  • Air filter
    • This model’s air filter is equipped with a disposable oil-coated paper element, which must not be cleaned with compressed air to avoid damaging it
    • The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • After disassembling the front brake master cylinder and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required.
    • Every two years replace the rear brake master cylinder, the internal components of the front brake master cylinder, the brake calipers, and change the brake fluid.
    • Replace the brake hoses every four years or sooner if cracked, damaged, or if any section of the stainless steel brake hose has turned black.

Periodic maintenance chart for the emission control system

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damageXXXXX
Spark plugs*• Check condition
• Clean and re-gap
• Replace (NGK LMAR9E-J)XX
Valves*• Check valve clearance
• Adjust
(Every 40K km/26.6K mi)
Fuel injection system*• Adjust synchronizationXXXXXX
Muffler and exhaust pipe*• Check the screw clamp(s) for loosenessXXXXX
Air induction system*• Check the air cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage
• Replace any damaged parts if necessary
Maintenance schedule for the 2015+ Yamaha R1

General maintenance and lubrication chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Air filter element*• Replace (YA-1015) every 24K mi/40K kmX
Clutch*• Check operation
• Adjust
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and vehicle for fluid leakage.XXXXXX
• Replace brake pads as needed (2 pairs EBC FA380HH)
Rear brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and vehicle for fluid leakage.XXXXXX
• Replace brake pads as needed (EBC FA436HH)
Brake hoses*• Check for cracks or damage
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace (every 4 years)
Brake fluid*• Change (every 2 years, DOT 4)
Wheels*• Check runout and for damageXXXX
Tires*• Check tread depth and for damage
• Replace if necessary
• Check air pressure
• Correct if necessary
Wheel bearings*• Check bearings for looseness or damageXXXX
Swingarm*• Check operation and for excessive playXXXX
• Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease (every 30,000 mi or 50,000 km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment, and condition
• Adjust and lubricate chain (suggested: Motul Chain Paste)
Steering bearings*• Check bearing play and steering for roughnessXXXXX
• Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease every 20,000 km (12,000 mi)
Steering damper*• Check operation and for oil leakageXXXX
Chassis fasteners*• Make sure that all nuts, bolts and screws are properly tightened.XXXXX
Brake pedal pivot shaft• Lubricate with silicone grease.XXXXX
Brake pedal pivot shaft• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.XXXXX
Clutch lever pivot shaft• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.XXXXX
Shift pedal pivot shaft• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.XXXXX
Sidestand• Check operation.
• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.
Sidestand switch*• Check operation.XXXXXX
Front fork*• Check operation and for oilXXXX
Shock absorber assembly*• Check operation and shock absorber for oil leakage.XXXX
Rear suspension relay arm and connecting arm pivoting points*• Check operation.XXXX
Engine oil• Change.
• Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage.
Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace (HF204RC)XXX
Cooling system*• Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.XXXXX
• Change coolant every 3 years (Ethylene glycol-based coolant)
EXUP system*• Check operation, cable free play and pulley position.XXX
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.XXXXXX
Moving parts and cables• Lubricate (with cable lubricant)XXXXX
Throttle grip*• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
General maintenance schedule for the Yamaha R1

Manual for the 2015-2021 Yamaha R1

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha R1, downloaded from the Yamaha Motorsports website.

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