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2018-2020 Yamaha MT-09 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2018-2020 Yamaha MT-09.

The 2018 MT-09 is essentially the same as the 2017 FZ-09, which was updated over previous years.

This maintenance schedule applies to the

  • 2018 Yamaha MT-09
  • 2019 Yamaha MT-09
  • 2020 Yamaha MT-09.
  • (but not 2021, which has an updated CP3 engine!)

It’s similar to the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XSR900 or the 2017 FZ-09.

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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.

Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! 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 K&N KN-204-1. Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends Yamacool, but use any coolant with a 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix is the same.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR9EA9 should be used per the manual Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.6-0.7mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1RC-14451-00-00, or the K&N alternative YA-8514.
Brake padsChoose OEM, or EBC for more bite and lower fade. You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: OEM 5SL-25805-00-00, EBC FA252HH
* Rear: OEM 5VX-25806-00-00, EBC FA174HH
Yamaha FZ-09, FJ-09, Tracer900, and MT-09 consumables (up to 2020)

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

Yamaha MT-09 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09.

The maintenance for the 2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System


  • From 24,000 mi (37,000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
  • Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.
No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4000 mi (7000 km) or 6 months8000 mi (13000 km) or 12 months12000 mi (19000 km) or 18 months16000 mi (25000 km) or 24 months20000 mi (31000 km) or 30 months
1*Fuel line• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage .
• Replace if necessary.
2*Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.

• Replace (NGK/CPR9EA9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)Every 12000 mi (19000 km) or 18 months.
3*Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve
clearance when engine is cold
Every 26,600 mi (42,000 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-off valve, reed
valve, and hose for damage.
• Replace any
damaged parts.
Periodic Maintenance for the MT-09

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month
4000 mi (7000 km) or 6 months

8000 mi (13000 km) or 12 months
12000 mi (19000 km) or 18 months
16000 mi (25000 km) or 24 months
20000 mi (31000 km) or 30 months
1*Diagnostic system
• Perform dynamic inspection
using Yamaha diagnostic tool.
• Check the error codes.
2*Air filter element• Replace. (K&N YA-8514)Every 24000 mi (37000 km)
3*Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
4*Front brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary. (EBC FA252HH x 2)
5*Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH).
6*Brake hoses• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping.
• Replace.Every 4 years
7*Brake fluid• Change (DOT 4)Every 2 years
8*Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
9*Tires• Check tread depth and for dam-
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
10*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
11*Swingarm pivot bearings• Check operation and for excessive play.
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease.
Every 32,000 mi (50,000 km)
12Drive chain• Check chain slack
/alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain with chain lubricant
Every 600 mi (1000 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain
or riding in wet areas.
13*Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease.
Every 12,000 mi (19,000 km)
14*Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis
fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
15Brake lever
pivot shaft
• Apply silicone
grease lightly.
16Brake pedal
pivot shaft
• Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly
17Clutch lever
pivot shaft
• Apply lithium-
soap-based grease lightly
18Shift pedal
pivot shaft
• Apply lithium-
soap-based grease lightly
19Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-
soap-based grease lightly.
20*Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
21*Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
22*Shock absorber
• Check operation and for oil leak-
• Replace if necessary.
23*Rear suspension
link pivots
• Check operation.
• Correct if necessary.
24Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining)
Use Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50
25Engine oil
filter cartridge
• Replace (K&N KN-204-1)
26*Cooling system• Check coolant level and vehicle
for coolant leakage.
• Change coolant (ethylene glycol pre-mix)Every 3 years.
27*Front and rear
brake switches
• Check operation.
28*Control cables• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or
other suitable cable lubricant (Protect All Cable Life) thoroughly.
29*Throttle grip• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play,
and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
30*Lights, signals
and switches
• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
General maintenance for the MT-09


Air filter

  • This model uses a disposable oil-coated paper element. The element cannot be cleaned with compressed air, doing so will only damage it.
  • Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions.

Hydraulic brake service

  • 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.

About the 2018-2020Yamaha MT-09

Yamaha’s “crossplane concept” (i.e. 270-degree crankshaft) powerplant serves as the beating heart of the MT-09. On paper, the 78 mm bore and 59.1 mm stroke gives this inline-triple engine a total displacement of 847 cc. Dual over-head cams time the valvetrain with four valves per cylinder to help ensure low-resistance aspiration and efficient waste-gas evacuation.

An 11.5-to-1 compression ratio will put you at the premium pump, but it’s a necessary evil as it contributes heavily to the respectable 115-horsepower and 64.5 pound-feet of torque tucked away in the plant.

That’s quite a bit of power for such a light bike, and the factory provides you with a few features meant to supplement the efforts of the ABS: the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle, the D-Mode function and adjustable traction control.

The ride-by-wire throttle helps reconcile the difference between demand and capability for seamless transitions while the D-Mode provides three separate profiles for different throttle responses.

A switchable traction control provides the last layer of protection with two levels of intervention and an Off setting if you want to go full-real. A slip-and-assist clutch reduces the effort at the lever with back-torque protection and another layer of safety.

Manual for the 2018-2020 Yamaha MT-09

2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2018-2019 Yamaha MT-09.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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