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Yamaha MT-09/FZ-09 (2015-2020, 847cc triple) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha MT-09, which was previously known as the FZ-09.

The Yamaha MT-09 was first released as the FZ-09 in the US. But by 2018, the whole world had aligned on its name.

Irrespective of its name, it has always been the same motorcycle. It was updated somewhat in 2017 to tame the throttle response which earlier reviewers had described as “snatchy”, but that description never quite faded away in the MT-09’s whole model life.

Nonetheless, the fundamental parts and tools required to service the MT-09 haven’t changed since 2015, so this maintenance schedule is for the FZ-09 and MT-09 from 2015-2020. In 2021, a new MT-09 and MT-09 SP were released with an updated 890cc CP3 engine.

It’s similar to the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XSR900 which has the same 847cc CP3 engine at their core.

The Yamaha MT-09 is also available as the MT-09 SP, which up-rated fully-adjustable Öhlins front suspension and a Sachs rear shock.

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What you need to service the Yamaha MT-09 — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the MT-09, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.

For the Yamaha MT-09, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha MT-09/FZ-09 part spec
Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! Other high-quality synthetic oils include Motul 7100 10W-40 or Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W-40.

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 Hiflofiltro HF204RC (better than K&N). Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends an ethylene glycol antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors. Yamalube coolant is hard to get, so Pro Honda HP coolant is a good substitute.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR9EA9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (with a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13Nm/10 lb-ft.
Air filterYamaha part number 1RC-14451-00-00, or the K&N alternative YA-8514.
Brake padsChoose EBC for more bite and lower fade, the people on fz09.org like them (among others). You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: EBC FA252HH
* Rear: EBC FA174HH
Yamaha FZ-09, FJ-09, Tracer900, and MT-09 consumables (up to 2020)

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

PhotoDescription
motorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standPaddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteMotul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based greaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
motorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables

Yamaha MT-09 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha MT-09, also known as the FZ-09.

Maintenance notes

  • At the end of the schedule, continue the maintenance schedule in the order below (every 1, 2, or 4 maintenance periods, depending on the line item)
  • Yamaha only wants you to lube the chain, change the oil, and grease external pivot parts. They say “Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.”
  • Adjust, clean, and lubricate the chain every 600 mi (1000 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain or riding in wet areas.

Air filter

  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air (you’ll damage it).
  • Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions.

Hydraulic brake maintenance

  • 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.
  • The break-in service is not included below (these bikes are no longer sold and have all been broken in.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

‘000 miles48121620
‘000 km1020304050
ItemMonths612182430Notes
Fuel line** Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs** Check condition. Adjust gap and clean.
* Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)Replace every 12K mi (30K km) or 18 months
Valve clearance** Check and adjust valve clearance every 26K mi (40K km)
Crankcase breather system** Check breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Fuel injection** Adjust 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.
Periodic Maintenance for the MT-09

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

‘000 miles48121620
‘000 km1020304050
ItemMonths612182430Notes
Diagnostic system check** Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool.
* Check the error codes.
Air filter element** Replace (K&N YA-8514)Replace every 24K mi (40K km)
Clutch** Check operation.
* Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake** Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads if necessary. (EBC FA252HH x 2)
Rear brake** Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH).
Brake hoses** Check for cracks or damage.
* Check for correct routing and clamping.
* Replace
* Replace brake hosesReplace every 4 years
Brake fluid** Change (Castrol DOT 4)Replace every 2 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 operation and for excessive play.
* Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.Repack every 32K mi (50K km)
Drive chain* Check chain slack/ alignment and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste is popular)
Clean/Lube every 600 mi (1000 km) or after chain gets wet
Steering bearings** Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
* Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.Repack 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
Sidestand pivot* 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.
Rear suspension link pivots** Check operation.
* Correct if necessary.
Engine oil** Change oil (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-40.
Engine oil filter cartridge* Replace oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF204RC)
Cooling system** Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.
Coolant* Change coolant (Pro Honda HP coolant) Replace every 3 years.
Front and rear brake switches** Check operation.
Control cables** Apply cable lubricant thoroughly (Protect all cable life)
Throttle grip** Check operation.
* Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
* Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Lights, signals and switches** Check operation.
* Adjust headlight beam.
General maintenance for the Yamaha MT-09

About the Yamaha MT-09

The Yamaha MT-09 is a classic hooligan bike — upright, lightweight, easy to ride, and very fast.

It’s so fast that many reviewers and riders think the engine’s throttle response is “twitchy”, i.e. it’s hard to keep it smooth at low or steady speeds. That’s just the result of a motor that makes torque everywhere and is — again — very light, at under 190kg fully fuelled.

Yamaha’s “crossplane concept” CP3 powerplant is the beating heart of the MT-09. The engine has 847cc, dual overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder. It’s a cracker of an engine, with torque down low, and linear power delivery up until a high redline. It’s the same engine used in the similar but more retro-styled XSR900, and the same as that used in touring-oriented Tracer 900.

An 11.5-to-1 compression ratio will put you at the premium pump, but it’s a necessary evil as it is what’s needed for the respectable 86 kW or 115-horsepower.

That’s quite a bit of power for such a light bike, and the factory provides you with a few features meant to help you stay in control of the Yamaha MT-09: the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle, the D-Mode function and adjustable traction control. A lot of riders only use it in B-mode, which seems a waste!

While people complained about the original MT-09’s suspension, it was upgraded in 2017 with

The MT-09 has been updated in 2017 and 2018 to try to make it smoother. In 2021, Yamaha announced a new MT-09 with a larger 890cc engine.

Manual for the Yamaha MT-09 (2015-2020)

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09, but it’s similar to other years of the MT-09 (see below).

You can see that the maintenance schedules are different. The US manual has intervals of 4000 miles or 6000 km, and the European manual has intervals of 10000 km (6000 miles), with largely the same items (e.g. changing the oil) at different intervals.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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