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Yamaha Virago 250 (XV250) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2007 Yamaha Virago 250

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Virago 250 for all years up until 2007. After that, it was replaced by the Yamaha V Star 250 — although that was 99% a re-brand!

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What you need to service the V Star 250

Firstly, you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools. But aside from that, you also need

Oil Yamalube 10W-40 Yamalube 10w-40The manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 (if you ride in heat over 100F/40C). You need 1.4L without changing the oil filter, or 1.6L with changing it, so one gallon/4L should be good for two changes. Tighten the oil drain bolt to 34 Nm (25 ft-lb).
Oil filter KN-145 oil filter Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Standard Yamaha part is 5JX-13440-00-00, or you can use a KN-145. Tighten to 10Nm (7.2 ft-lb) The benefit of the K&N is you don’t need a special tool to remove it (you can use a regular wrench).
Spark plugs LMAR8A-9 spark plugs Triumph Rocker III Use NGK spark plugs with code C6HSA (sold individually). Make sure they’re gapped to 0.6-0.7mm with an appropriate spark plug gapping tool, and tightened to 13 Nm (9.4 lb-ft) with an appropriate torque wrench.
Air filter XV250 V Star 250 maintenance air filter Standard Yamaha part number is 2UJ-14451-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-2588 which is more available.
Chain lube motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain paste Motul chain paste is a highly-regarded chain lubricant to use on the chain (the V Star 250 doesn’t have a belt, unlike nearly all its bigger siblings). You might also need a chain cleaner brush.
Brake padsEBC FA179HH Brake Pads xv250 brake pads The front brake pads have parts code 4HM-W0045-00-00, and the rear brake shoes have parts code 19D-W253E-00-00.
Brake Fluid Castrol dot 4 brake fluid You can use any DOT 4 brake fluid (the one we recommend is a high-grade synthetic one)
Consumables for Yamaha XV250

Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Virago 250

The maintenance for the Yamaha Virago 250 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Items marked with an asterisk: Yamaha says “Since this items require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.” However, many of the operations are simple, and able to be done by a home mechanic.

Note: From 19,000 mi (31,000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months.


  • The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  • Hydraulic brake system
    • When disassembling the master cylinder or caliper cylinder, always replace the brake fluid. Check the brake fluid level regularly and fill as required.
    • Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the master cylinder and caliper cylinder every two years.
    • Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (6,000 km) or 6 months7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months13,000 mi (21,000 km) or 24 months16,000 mi (26,000 km)30 months
Fuel line*• Check fuel hose and vacuum hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace at 7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months.
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Idle speed*• Check and adjust engine idle speed.
Exhaust system*• Check for leakage.
• Tighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission control system (For California only)*• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (6,000 km) or 6 months7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months13,000 mi (21,000 km) or 24 months16,000 mi (26,000 km)30 months
Air filter element*• Clean with solvent.
• Replace if necessary.
Battery*• Check specific gravity and breather pipe for proper operation.
Clutch*•Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace break pads if necessary.
Rear brake*•Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Adjust cable and replace break shoes if necessary.
Brake hose*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace.Every 4 years
Wheels*• Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage.
• Tighten spokes if necessary.
Tires*• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
Wheel bearings*• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
Swingarm pivot bushes*• Check bush assemblies for looseness.
• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and thoroughly lubricate chain with a Yamaha chain and cable lube.
Every 300 mi (500 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain.
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-base grease every 10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months.
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake and clutch lever and pivot shafts• Apply lithium-soap-based grease ( all-purpose grease) lightly.
Brake and shift pedal pivot shafts• Apply lithium-soap-based grease ( all-purpose grease) lightly.
Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease ( all-purpose grease) lightly.
Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Repair if necessary.
Shock absorber assemblies.*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining).
Engine oil filter element• Replace.
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control and meter cables*• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly
Throttle grip housing and cable*• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.

About the Yamaha Virago 250

Its light weight and seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the Virago 250 a great trainer motorcycle, as well as a great choice for riders who appreciate the fun that comes in small packages.

Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome, and typical Yamaha attention to detail; this is one sharp little cruiser. It catches people’s eye even when they’ve been riding for years. Front disc brake provides highly controllable stopping power. And the rear drum provides just a reminder that you shouldn’t over-rely on the rear brake!

The Virago 250 is powered by a 249cc air-cooled, 60-degree V-twin engine with a long, 66mm stroke produces plenty of bottom-end torque and smooth roll-on power.

Its single 26mm Mikuni downdraft carburettor gives good fuel/air mixing great throttle response.

The widely geared five-speed transmission makes the most of Virago 250’s powerband.

Basically, the Yamaha Virago 250 is an easy, small motorcycle that starts every time and which will go forever, or until you decide you want an upgrade.

Manual for the Yamaha Virago 250

2007 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2007 Yamaha Virago 250. with edits made from earlier manuals.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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