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Yamaha FZ8/FAZER8 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2011-2012 Yamaha FZ8

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha FZ8, also known as the FAZER8 in some markets. It was made between 2010 and 2013, and marketed up to 2015, at which point it was no longer sold.

The Yamaha FZ8 took over from the Yamaha FZ6 and FZ6 FAZER. It comes in a couple of forms — the FZ8N as the naked bike, and the FZ8S as a faired bike. Maintenance is the same for both.

The Yamaha FZ8 is powered by a 779cc inline four-cylinder engine that makes 79 kW (106 hp) @ 10,000 rpm, and 58 Nm (78 lb-ft) of torque at 8,000 rpm. So it’s a moderately high-revving bike, but not anywhere near as high a screamer as the previous FZ6.

Because the FZ8’s motor was specifically designed for a naked bike, it has a bit of different character to what you’d get in a full-on four-cylinder sportbike.

The FZ8 was eventually replaced by the three-cylinder Yamaha MT-09.

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Yamaha FZ8 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ8.

The maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ8 has the same contents as the manul, but it has been reformatted to be more easily read, with some items re-ordered (e.g. oil changes brought to the top).

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
  • The break-in service is no longer relevant and has been omitted.
  • The US maintenance schedule has 4000 mile intervals, and the European manual shows much the same items with 10000 km intervals. See here for more discussion on how US and European maintenance schedules for Yamaha manuals differ.

Yamaha FZ8 — US maintenance schedule

Below is the US maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ-8. It has 4000-mile service intervals.

Miles x 100048121620
Months612182430Every
Change engine oil — use Yamalube 10W-40
Replace engine oil filter — use HF204RC
Check condition of spark plugs
Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold 26 600 mi
Replace air filter.24 000 mi, or more often if riding in dust/wet.
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
Replace if necessary.
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage.
Replace if necessary
Check and adjust engine idle speed and synchronization.
Check exhaust system for leakage
Tighten if necessary
Replace gasket(s) if necessary
Check evaporative control system for damage
Replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage.
Replace any damaged parts.
Check clutch operation.
Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for leaks.
Replace brake pads if necessary.
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
Replace brake pads if necessary.
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage.
Check for correct routing and clamping.
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and all rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers2 years
Replace brake hoses4 years
Check wheel runout and for damage.
Replace if necessary.
Check tyre tread depth and for damage.
Replace if necessary.
Check tyre air pressure.
Correct if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation.
Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing assemblies for looseness.
Check drive chain slack/ alignment and condition.
Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
500 mi, or after riding in wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium-soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners.
Correct if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly
Check sidestand pivot operation.
Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage.
Replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage.
Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension link pivot operation.
Correct if necessary.
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage.
Replace if necessary.
Change coolant with ethylene glycol-based coolant 2 years
Check front and rear brake switch operation.
Lubricate control cables thoroughly (use Protect All Cable Life)
Check throttle grip operation.
Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Check lights, signals, and switches operation.
Adjust headlight beam.
Yamaha FZ8 maintenance schedule

Yamaha FZ8 — Europe/Australia/NZ/Asia maintenance schedule (km)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ8 seen in manuals in Asia, Europe, and Australia/NZ. It’s in kilometers, and intervals are a little different.

Km x 100010203040Every
Change engine oil — use Yamalube 10W-40Year
Replace engine oil filter — use HF204RC
Check condition of spark plugs.
Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold 40000 km
Replace air filter.More often if riding in dust/wet.
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
Replace if necessary.
Year
Check and adjust engine idle speed and synchronization.Year
Check muffler screw clamps for looseness. Tighten as necessary.Year
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage.
Replace any damaged parts.
Check clutch operation.
Adjust or replace cable.
Year
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for leaks. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage.
Check for correct routing and clamping.
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and all rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers2 years
Replace brake hoses4 years
Check wheel runout and for damage.
Replace if necessary.
Check tyre tread depth and for damage.
Replace if necessary.
Check tyre air pressure, correct if necessary.
Year
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation.
Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing assemblies for looseness.
Check drive chain slack/ alignment and condition.
Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
1000 km, or after riding in wet or washing bike
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium-soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners.
Correct if necessary.
Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.Year
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightlyYear
Check sidestand pivot operation.
Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Year
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.Year
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension link pivot operation. Correct if necessary.
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Change coolant with ethylene glycol-based coolant 3 years
Check front and rear brake switch operation.Year
Lubricate moving parts and cables (use Protect All Cable Life)Year
Check throttle grip operation.
Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Year
Check lights, signals, and switches operation.
Adjust headlight beam.
Year
Yamaha FZ8 maintenance schedule (Europe/APAC, km)

About the Yamaha FZ8

The Yamaha FZ8 or FAZER8 is one of Yamaha’s series of standard sportbikes, powered by four-cylinder (or in later years three-cylinder) engines.

The Yamaha FZ8 is a more powerful but also heavier replacement for the Yamaha FZ6, which was based on a YZF-R6 engine. The FZ8’s engine never appeared in a fairing-clad sportbike.

The FZ8 was Yamaha’s first answer to the question: how can we build a middleweight motorcycle that’s fun to ride and doesn’t feel like a superbike motor (even if “detuned”) in an upright chassis?

Unlike the FZ6, which has an R6 engine tuned for street use, the FZ8 has an engine from the already-in-production FZ1, but with reduced bore, bringing capacity down to 779cc. The aluminium frame and swingarm are also from the FZ1.

The result is a lower-power FZ1 but with a chassis and engine that’s much the same weight. The FZ1 weighed 220kg, and the FZ8 weighted 212kg (both wet). So it left a lot of reviewers asking: why?

Well, the answer is because the FZ8 is still a lot of motorcycle for most people. Reviewers got it from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds — which is faster than most supercars.

Additionally, because the FZ8 is more tuned for midrange torque rather than top-end power (of which it still has plenty!), the FZ8 is just a lot more suitable for riding in that sweet spot of fun between 60 and 160 km/h, where most people live (and rarely even at the top end of that).

Yamaha FZ8 dash and tachometer

The FZ8 came with optional ABS, and the FAZER8 came with it standard.

The FZ8 got an update in its chassis in 2013 that means that frankly, if you have a choice, the 2013+ FZ8 is a much better proposition.

The 2010-2012 Yamaha FZ8 had non-adjustable front forks, and rear suspension that was only preload adjustable. But in 2013, the FZ8 got a fully adjustable front fork and a better exhaust can to boot, plus a preload and compression damping adjustable rear shock which also came with a stiffer spring.

The FZ8 sold reasonably well, though nowhere near as well as the inline triple that replaced it in the FZ-09 or MT-09.

Manual for the Yamaha FZ8

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha FZ8.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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