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2019 Yamaha R3 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2019 Yamaha R3, the common name for what Yamaha calls the YZF-R3.

This maintenance schedule applies to the

  • 2019 Yamaha R3
  • 2020 Yamaha R3
  • 2021 Yamaha R3

It’s very similar to the maintenance schedule for other years of the R3, as well as the MT-03, which shares many of the same components.

In 2019, Yamaha updated the Yamaha R3. Even though the engine remained the same, a number of external things like the suspension and electronics were updated. If you can do a diagnostic check with Yamaha equipment, then this is the first year you’re recommended to do it.

Also, many Yamaha motorcycles use similar reusables like oil and spark plugs.

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What you need to service the Yamaha R3

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an R3, you at least need

For the Yamaha R3, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Engine oilYamalube 10W-40 or 10W-50 as recommended by Yamaha. 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 20 Nm/15 lb-ft 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. Torque is 17 Nm/13 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any coolant with a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate (for which you’d need demineralised water). I usually recommend this Valvoline 50/50 pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK/CR8E. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.7-0.8mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1WD-E4451-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-3215.
Brake padsI recommend EBC double hardened brake pads for extra life and better brake feel. For the R3 and MT-03 you need one set for the front (FA663HH) and one for the rear (FA662HH).
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R3 and MT-03

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 R3 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2019 Yamaha R3.

The maintenance for the 2019 Yamaha R3 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System


  • From 19000 mi (31000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months.
  • Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service
x1000 mi0.647101316
x1000 km1611162126
1*Fuel line•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
2Spark plugs•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace every 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months and thereafter every 6000 mi (10000 km) or 12 months with NGK/CR8E
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 if necessary

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

x1000 mi0.647101316
x1000 km1611162126
1*Diagnostic system check• Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool
• Check the error codes
2Air filter element• Replace. (part 1WD-E4451-00)
3Air filter check hose• Clean
4*Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
5*Front brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary with EBC FA663HH
6*Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary with EBC FA662HH
7*Brake hose• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.Every 4 years
8*Brake fluid• Replace with DOT-4 (Castrol Dot 4 full synthetic)Every 2 years
9*Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
10*Tires• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
11*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
12*Swingarm pivot bearings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease
13Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and
• Adjust and lubricate chain with a
special O-ring chain lubricant
thoroughly (Motul’s chain lube)
Every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle, riding in the rain or riding in wet areas
14*Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease
15*Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
16Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly
17Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
18Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
19Shift pedal pivots shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
20Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
21*Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
22*Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
23*Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
24Engine oil• Change with Yamalube 10W-40 or 10W-50When the oil indicator flashes
• Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage
25Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace with OEM 5GH-13440-50-00 or K&N KN-204-1
26*Cooling system• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
*• Change coolant with Valvoline 50/50 pre-mix
27*Front and rear brake switches• Check operation
28*Control cables• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable cable lubricant (Motul’s chain lube) thoroughly
29*Throttle grip• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play
if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing
and cable.
30*Lights, signals and switches• 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
  • The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequent when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas

Hydraulic brake service:

  • After disassembling the brake master cylinders and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
  • 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.

Yamaha YZF-R3 Tire specs

The recommended tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha R3 are as follows (per the manual)

TireSizePressure (cold)
Front110/70R-17M/C (54H)200 kPa (29 psi)
Rear140/70R-17M/C (66H)250 kPa (36 psi)
Tire size and pressures for the Yamaha R3

About the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

The YZF-R3 is a pocket rocket. In 2019 Yamaha updated the suspension and electronics, plus the styling. But it’s still the same awesome.

The 321cc liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder engine rips through the rpm range. With a 180-degree crank design and integrated counter-balancer, the the engine minimizes vibrations for a smooth, refined engine character.

With a compression ratio of 11.2:1, double overhead cams and four-valve cylinder heads, the YZF-R3 motor is designed for quick-revving performance and high-rpm efficiency.

It has a smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox, making the R3 easy to use on tight canyon corners, on a racetrack straight, or in city traffic. The downdraft induction fuel injection system means it is easy to start, has excellent fuel economy, and great performance in all conditions.

Yamaha’s unique all-aluminum DiASil cylinder is used to ensure excellent heat dissipation, with an innovative offset cylinder design that reduces horsepower loss and improves both power and fuel efficiency.

Forged aluminum pistons — the same technology used for the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 — means lighter weight and excellent strength at higher temperatures, ensuring reliability at higher rpm. Short muffler design features modern styling and helps to centralize mass, improving agility for ultra-responsive handling.

Manual for the 2019 Yamaha R3

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha R3.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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