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2019-20 Yamaha Niken Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha Niken

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2019 Yamaha Niken. Since it uses the 847cc triple engine common to the FZ-09, MT-09, and Tracer GT, the maintenance for the Niken shares a lot with those motorcycles.

This applies to the

  • 2019 Yamaha Niken
  • 2020 Yamaha Niken

What you need to service the Yamaha Niken — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the Niken, you at least need

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

Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 43 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 oil filter (part 5GH-13440-50-00) or the K&N KN-204-1. Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends Yamacool, but use any coolant with a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. You can either use ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR9EA9 should be used per the manual Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.6-0.7mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1RC-14451-00-00, or the K&N alternative YA-8514.
Brake padsChoose OEM, or EBC for more bite and lower fade. You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: OEM 5SL-25805-00-00, EBC FA252HH
* Rear: OEM 5VX-25806-00-00, EBC FA174HH
Yamaha FZ-09, FJ-09, Tracer900, and MT-09 consumables (up to 2020)

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

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

2019 Yamaha Niken Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2019 Yamaha Niken.

The maintenance for the 2019 Yamaha Niken is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

• From 24,000 mi (37,000 km) 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
• Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (7,000 km) or 6 months8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months12,000 mi (19,000 km) or 18 months16,000 mi (25,000 km) or 24 months20,000 mi (31,000 km) or 30 months
1*Fuel line• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
2*Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace
3*Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance
when engine is cold.
Every 26000 mi (42000 km)
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
• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
8*Air induction system• Check the air cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage
• Replace ant damaged parts

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (7,000 km) or 6 months8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months12,000 mi (19,000 km) or 18 months16,000 mi (25,000 km) or 24 months20,000 mi (31,000 km) or 30 months
1*Diagnostic system check• Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool
• Check the 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.
*• Balance the front wheelsWhenever the tires or wheels have been changed or replaced
9*Tires• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
10*Wheel bearings •Check bearings for
smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
11*Steering system• Check bearing play and steering for roughnessEvery 12000 mi (19000 km)
• Lubricate with urea greaseEvery 12000 mi (19000 km)
12*Swingarm pivot
• Check operation and for excessive play.
*• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based
Every 32000 mi (50000 km)
13*Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition
• Adjust and lubricate chain with a special O-ring lubricant thoroughly
Every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle, riding in the rain or riding in wet areas
14*Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis
fitting and fasteners.
• 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 leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
22*Shock absorber
• Check operation and
for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
23Rear 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 coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage
• Change coolantEvery 3 years
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 free play, and adjust if necessary
• Lubricate cable and grip
30*Lights, signals and
• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.

● 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.
• Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions

● Hydraulic brake service
• Regularly check the brake fluid levels. Replenish as necessary
• Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinders and calipers, and change the brake fluid.
• Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

About the 2019 Yamaha Niken

The NIKEN is a three-wheeled Tracer GT.

If that’s not enough information for you, then go have a look at more pictures.

Yamaha describes it as “an exclusive motorcycle control system that provides unparalleled rider confidence across a wide range of road conditions”.

With two front tires leaning in unison, the NIKEN doubles the amount of available grip for exceptional stopping power, cornering confidence, rider comfort and impeccable road manners—all while maintaining natural steering feel.

Derived from the award-winning MT-09, the advanced CP3 inline 3-cylinder motor uses Yamaha’s full range of performance technology to produce exceptional torque with linear power delivery.

This results in a flexible, responsive powerplant that combines the best aspects of both 2- and 4-cylinder motors while remaining light, slim and compact.

Manual for the 2019 Yamaha Niken

2019 Yamaha Niken Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha Niken.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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