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Yamaha FZ6 (2004-2009, including S2) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2009 Yamaha FZ6

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha FZ6. It as also known as the FZ-6S Fazer.

The Yamaha FZ6 was first released in 2004, based on the 2003 YZF-R6 (2nd gen) engine, but tuned for more low-down grunt (without sacrificing too much off the top end). From the first model through to the last in 2009, the FZ6 was powered by a 599cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected 4-cylinder engine that made around 70 kW or 95 hp, though it depends who you ask.

The original 2004-2006 Yamaha FZ6 was very revvy, but In 2007, the FZ6 was updated significantly, becoming what fans call the Yamaha FZ6 S2. The FZ6 S2 had new brakes, a revised engine with new fuelling (for more low-down torque), and a revised fairing. After this point, there were no more revisions until the Fazer was retired in 2009.

Despite these changes, the FZ6 remained fundamentally the same internally, and maintenance is nearly the same, other than for different brake parts.

After 2009, the Yamaha FZ6 was retired in favour of the Yamaha FZ8 a.k.a. the FAZER8.

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Yamaha FZ6 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ6.

What you need to service a Yamaha FZ6

To service a Yamaha FZ6 you will need the following parts and consumables.

Part/consumableImageYamaha FZ6 specification and links
Engine oilYamalube yamaha engine oilYamaha recommends using their own motor oil, which is affordable and good. Yamalube 10W-50 covers a huge range of operating temperatures, from below freezing to above 100 degrees F / 40 degrees C.
Oil filterHiflofiltro oil filterAll model years of FZ6 use the same dimension oil filter. Many FZ6 owners use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC for easy replacement (you can use a normal wrench).
Spark plugsNGK spark plugsYou need four spark plugs for the Yamaha FZ6, NGK CR9EK for all model years.
Air filterYamaha K&N air filterThe K&N air filter YA-6004 is a drop-in replacement that’s easy to obtain online.
Brake padsEBC Front Brake PadsThe brakes updated in 2007, so there are two sets of brake pads for the front brake
FZ6 04-06 (2-piston calliper): EBC FA199HH, 2 pairs
FZ6 S2 07-09 (4-piston calliper): EBC FA252HH, 2 pairs
Rear brake: FA174HH, 1 pair
Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteA really popular chain lubricant that’s low-mess and highly effective is Motul chain paste.
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantKeeping good clutch action depends on having a well-lubricated chain. You can use engine oil, but Protect All Cable Life is an affordable and well-used staple of maintenance.
Mechanical greaseIt’s important to grease moving parts, like the sidestand and sometimes bearings, to keep them from getting notchy or seizing. Valvoline moly-fortified grease meets a lot of needs.
Yamaha FZ6 maintenance consumables

The maintenance for the Yamaha FZ6 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Notes:

  • The service intervals are in miles from the US manual, and KM from the European/APAC manuals. They don’t quite match up, but they’re directionally similar.
  • After the end of the maintenance schedule, follow the schedule in the same pattern every. Most things are either every one, two, or four services.
  • Items marked with an *: Yamaha says “Since these items require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.” Basically they only want you to lube the chain, change the oil, and grease external parts.

Periodic Maintenance — Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/APAC)10001000020000300004000050000
ItemMonths1612182430
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace as scheduled
ReplaceReplace
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is coldEvery 26.6K mi (40K km)
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage
• Replace if necessary
Fuel injection*• Check and adjust engine idle speed and synchronization.
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
Air induction system• Check the air cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage.
• Replace any damaged parts.
Emissions maintenance for Yamaha FZ6

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/APAC)10001000020000300004000050000
ItemMonths1612182430
Air filter element*• Replace.Every 24K mi (37K km)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Rear brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Brake hoses*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace.Every 4 years
Wheels*• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace 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 bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.
Repack
Drive chain• Check chain slack/ alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate (Motul chain paste).
Every 500 mi (800 km) or after chain gets wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.Every 12K mi (20K km)
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly.
Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Shift pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Centerstand and sidestand pivots*• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch*• Check operation and replace if necessary.
Front fork*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Shock absorber assembly*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining)
Engine oil filter*• Replace.
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix) C
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control cables*• Apply lubricant thoroughly (e.g. Protect all cable life).
Throttle grip housing and cable*• Check operation.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ6

Notes:

  • 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 frequently 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 fluid level and fill the reservoirs as required.
    • Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinder and calipers, and change the brake fluid
    • Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

About the Yamaha FZ6

The Yamaha FZ6 is a (slightly) de-tuned, road-focused, more comfortable version of the Yamaha R6… but it still absolutely rips. With an easy-to-control chassis, nearly 100 hp on tap, and good suspension and braking components, it’s not a motorcycle that anyone has described as “not fast enough”.

The FZ6’s delight is that it’s not just fast and easy to ride, it’s also incredibly reliable. Being a de-tuned race bike, it rarely suffers from internal failures (unless it’s just abused, which people are wont to do).

The FZ6 was a great bike for its time, and still stands up as a great bike today, partly because there’s no actual direct competition. It’s a standard bike with a windshield, a light fairing, and a sporty engine that makes 100 hp. The only thing close is the older CBR650F, which didn’t make as much power, or a modern naked bike, which lacks the fairing.

Because the FZ6 has a sportbike engine and hasn’t had a displacement change, even revised tuning can’t help the fact that you have to rev the snot out of it, just like you do a sport bike. This was particularly true of the earlier 2001-2006 models, but the 2007-2009 got revised mapping which gave it more low-down torque.

The FZ6 Fazer’s handling is great. It has a solid chassis, fat tyres, wide bars, and decent suspension. The brakes mean it stops quickly, although an upgrade to EBC brake pads would be a good one to prevent fade and improve overall performance.

Manual for the Yamaha FZ6

Yamaha FZ6 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2009 Yamaha FZ6.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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