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2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6. The model didn’t change much between these two model years, other than cosmetically, after an overhaul with this model.

So this maintenance schedule applies to the

  • 2017 Yamaha R6
  • 2018 Yamaha R6

The 2017 Yamaha R6 is the latest in a long, long line of amazing R6 motorcycles, first released in 1998. Here’s all the maintenance schedules we have:

What you need to service the Yamaha R6

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If you’re servicing the Yamaha R6, you at least need

For the Yamaha R6, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Engine oilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 (manual says 15W-50 but that’s strangely more expensive). The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Other lubricants would do, but that’s your call. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 42 Nm/31 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
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. These are correct for all R6 models ever. Torque for the oil filter is 16 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha always recommends Yamacool, but any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix meets the spec. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate (for which you’d need demineralised water).
Spark PlugsNGK CR10EK. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest for all R6 models. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.6-0.7mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number for the correct air filter from for the R6 from 2008 onward is 13S-14450-30-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-6008.
Brake padsIf you need brake pads, your choices are many, but it’s best to go with either OEM for street use, or EBC for street + track use (they give more life, and better brake feel, especially under duress). Check the forums for more info. See the below table for the part you need.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the Yamaha R6

Brake pads are the user-replaceable part that changed the most over the life of the Yamaha R6. Check the below table to see which brake pad you need. Note you need two pairs of front pads.

Yamaha R6 yearEBC front brake padsEBC rear brake padsOEM front brake padsOEM rear brake pads
Yamaha R6 brake pad part codes per model year

And the following general consumables are useful as well for servicing your R6.

Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe 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.
Chain cleaner brushmotorcycle maintenance - chain cleanerA chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.
Paddock standmotorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standLubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand (not necessary if you have a center stand).
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - 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.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6.

The maintenance for the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System


  • From 24000 mi (37000 km) or 36 months, repeat maintenance intervals starting from 8000 mi (13000 km) or 12 months.
  • Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service
x1000 mi0.648121620
x1000 km1713192531
1*Fuel line•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
2*Spark plugs•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
3*Valve clearance•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is coldEvery 26600 mi (42000 km)
4*Crankcase breather system•Check breather hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
5*Fuel injection•Adjust synchronization
6*Exhaust system•Check for leakage
•Tighten if necessary
•Replace gasket(s) if necessary
7*Evaporative emission control system (For California only)•Check control system for damage
•Replace if necessary
8*Air induction system•Check the air cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

x1000 mi0.648121620
x1000 km1713192531
1*Diagnostic system check• Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool
• Check error codes
2*Air filter element• Replace Every 24000 mi (37000 km)
3*Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
4*Front brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
5*Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
6*Brake hoses• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.Every 4 years
7*Brake fluid• ChangeEvery 2 years
8*Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
9*Tires• Check tread depth and for dam-
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
10*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth oper-
• Replace if necessary.
11*Swingarm pivot bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease.
12Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and
• Adjust and lubricate chain with a
special O-ring chain lubricant
Every 600 mi (1000 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain or riding in wet areas
13*Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease.
Every 16000 mi (25000 km)
14*Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis fitting and fas-
• Correct if necessary.
15Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly
16Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
17Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
18Shift pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
19Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
20*Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
21*Front fork• Check operation and for oil leak-
• Replace if necessary.
22*Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leak-
• Replace if necessary.
23*Rear suspension link pivots• Check operation.
• Correct if necessary.
24Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining)
25*Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace.
26*Cooling system• Check hoses for cracks or dam-
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant.
27*Front and rear brake switches• Check operation
28*Control cables• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable cable lubricant thoroughly
29*Throttle grip • Check operation
• Check throttle grip play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing
30*Lights, signals and switches• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam


  • Air filter
    • This model’s air filter uses a disposable oil-coated paper element. This element cannot be cleaned with compressed air, doing so will only damage it.
    • The air filter needs to be replaced more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • Regularly check the front and rear brake fluid levels. Replenish if necessary.
    • 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 hose every four years, or sooner if cracked or damaged.

About the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6

The 2017 Yamaha R6 was a major redesign.

The YZF-R6 is a legend on the street – and with 3 Supersport World titles in recent years it’s also a proven winner on the race track. One ride on this MotoGP-bred racer and you enter the exciting world of Yamaha.

Featuring low-drag bodywork and an aggressive look that bears all the characteristics of Yamaha’s thoroughbred R-series DNA, the new YZF-R6 has arrived.

And to give you the ability to push even harder, the new YZF-R6 comes with a 6-mode Traction Control System, as well as a Quick Shifter System (QSS) and ABS.

Manual for the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6

2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2017-2018 Yamaha YZF-R6.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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