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

Yamaha R1 2015

This is the simplified maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 2015+ Yamaha YZF-R1, known among fans as simply the Yamaha R1.

Here are all the Yamaha R1 maintenance schedules

In 2015, Yamaha revamped the iconic Yamaha R1, making it more track-focused.

The 2015+ Yamaha R1 is based on a 998cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder engine with DOHC, 16 valves, and a compression ratio of 13.0:1.

With the 2015-2021 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.

If you’re looking for other Yamaha superbikes, check out our full page of resources. There’s some overlap, but there is also a lot of commonality between the maintenance schedules.

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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.

Part2015-2021 Yamaha R1 spec
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.

An alternative is another high-grade race-spec 10W-40 or 10W-50 oil, like Motul 300V 10W-40.
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 HF204RC, a high-quality replacement filter.
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). R1 owners recommend EBC brakes highly (among other brands).

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 affordable, portable, and high quality.
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.

Important note: the Europe and US manuals both have miles and kilometers, but they’re different in random ways. The km values come from the European manual, and the miles come from the US one. They don’t quite line up, but they’re close enough.

Other notes

  • At the end of the schedule, continue it in the pattern shown.
  • 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.
  • Don’t clean the air filter, replace it.
  • Disassemble and rebuild the brake master cylinder and calipers every two years, changing the brake fluid.
  • The
mi x 1000 (US manual)0.648121620
km x 1000 (Eur/Aus manual)110203040
Months (US)1612182430Every
Change engine oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30). Check vehicle for oil leaks.XXXXXXYear
Adjust fuel injection synchronizationXXXXXXYear
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)XXX
Check spark plugs, clean, and re-gapXXX
Replace spark plugs (NGK LMAR9E-J)XX
Replace air filter (YA-1015)X26.6K mi / 40K km, or more often if riding in dusty/rain
Check and adjust valve clearance24K mi / 40K km
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Check radiator coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.XXXXX
Change radiator coolant3 years
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damageXXXXXYear
Replace brake hoses4 years, or sooner if cracked/damaged
Check front brake operation (including switches), fluid level, for fluid leakage.XXXXXXYear
Replace front brake pads as needed (2 pairs EBC FA380HH)XXXXXX
Check rear brake operation including switches), fluid level, and for fluid leakage.XXXXXXYear
Replace rear brake pads as needed (EBC FA436HH)XXXXXX
Check muffler screw clamp(s) for loosenessXXXXX
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage (replace as necessary)XXXXXYear
Check and adjust clutch operationXXXXX
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clampingXXXXX
Check wheels for runout and for damageXXXX
Check tires for tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.XXXXXYear
Check wheel bearings for looseness or damageXXXX
Check swingarm operation and for excessive play. Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.XXXX
Check drive chain slack, alignment, and condition. Adjust and lubricate as necessary (Motul Chain Paste)500 mi / 800 km, and after washing/riding in rain
Check steering bearing play and steering for roughnessXXXXX
Lubricate steering bearings (lithium soap-based grease)16K mi / 20 K km
Check steering damper for operation and for oil leakageXXXX
Make sure that all chassis nuts, bolts and screws are properly tightened.XXXXX
Lubricate brake pedal (silicone grease)XXXXX
Lubricate brake pedal, shift pedal, and clutch lever with lithium-soap-based greaseXXXXX
Check sidestand operation, including of switch. Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.XXXXX
Check fork operation and for oil leaksXXXX
Check shock absorber and linkage operation and shock for oil leakage.XXXX
Check EXUP system operation, cable free play and pulley position.XXX
Lubricate moving parts and cables (lithium soap-based grease, and Protect all cable life)XXXXXYear
Check and adjust throttle grip free play. Lubricate grip housing (Protect all cable life)XXXXXYear
Check lights, signals, switches, and horn operation.XXXXXXYear
Adjust headlight beam.XXXXXXYear
Yamaha YZF-R1 (2015-2021) maintenance schedule

Tire specs for the Yamaha R1 (2015-2021)

The Yamaha R1 ships with street sport tyres, like Bridgestone Battlax Racing Street or Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres.

Below are the factory recommended tyre sizes and pressures. Of course play with the pressures as you best see fit depending on your use case.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)2.5 bar / 250 kPa / 36 psi
Rear190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W)2.9 bar / 290 kPa / 42 psi
Tyre sizes and pressures (2015-2021 Yamaha YZF-R1)

About the 2015+ Yamaha YZF-R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 has been one of the top literbikes since its inception.

It was one of the very early contenders, along with the early FireBlades (which weren’t quite literbikes, but nobody was counting ccs that closely). But a lot has changed since 1998.

Along the way, Yamaha has dramatically updated the engine with fuel injection (2002), ride by wire (2007), and rider aids (2012). And since 2015, the Yamaha YZF-R1 has had a six-axis IMU that grants the R1 cornering ABS, and traction control that modulates based on ride characteristics.

The latest generation Yamaha R1 is what it has been for a while — a street-legal MotoGP machine. The 998cc engine makes a claimed 147.1 kW (200 PS / 197 bhp) at the crank, with a huge plateau of torque from around 8000 rpm after the EXUP valve has opened up.

It’s unquestionably a track-focused bike. It would be hard to imagine a place on public roads where you could get the most out of a bike like the Yamaha YZF-R1. But that’s not to say you can’t try — it has lots of torque in its midrange, and mirrors and turn signals, after all.

The IMU gives inputs to the ECU that let it modulate both braking and traction control. So depending on the ride mode, the 2015+ Yamaha YZF-R1 senses when you are doing a wheelie, when the rear wheel is sliding out, or if the rear wheel is spinning, and modulates power and braking accordingly to make sure things don’t go too far sideways.

On the standard Yamaha R1, there are KYB front and rear suspension units with full adjustability. The R1M gets Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension that automatically adjusts damping characteristics on the fly.

Both the R1 and R1M have 320mm front discs and 4-piston calipers.

Yamaha updated the YZF-R1 slightly in 2020, though it kept the same engine and ride components. The main changes were:

  • Revised engine internals (cylinder head, injectors, finger-follower rocker arms, camshaft profiles)
  • A new APS with grip ride-by-wire system to eliminate the throttle cable
  • A new electronics package, incorporating brake control selection
  • R1 (non-M): New KYB fork with revised internal shim stack design, and a revised KYB rear shock
  • R1M: Improved suspension internals to the Öhlins electronic racing suspension — new NPS pressurised fork internals, and revised shock internals.
  • Redesigned bodywork
  • New compact LED headlights
  • New brake friction material

Maintaining the Yamaha R1 is much like maintaining former generations, or any superbike.

Primarily, change the oil periodically and also the brake/clutch fluid and coolant

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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