| |

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 as the MT-09.

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.

This site has links for things like oil and spark plugs from which we earn a commission (which unfortunately nobody can save, not even us). If you appreciate this work, then please use those links. Thanks!

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.

Description
Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
Motul 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.
Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Use 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, and recommend that other items be left to a dealer or mechanic.
  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air (you’ll damage it).
  • Regularly check the brake fluid levels. Replenish as necessary.
  • The break-in service is not included below (these bikes are no longer sold and have all been broken in.

The maintenance schedule for the Yamaha MT-09 is different in the US and European manuals.

  • US manual — the maintenance intervals are 4000 miles / 6000 km, or 6 months.
  • European manuals — the maintenance intervals are 10000 km / 6000 mi, or 12 months

There are also a few items that are unique to each manual. So they’re separate below.

Yamaha MT-09 US Maintenance Schedule (Miles)

Below is the miles-based maintenance schedule for the Yamaha MT-09. See below for the km-based schedule.

miles x 100048121620
Months612182430Notes
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)12 000 mi / 18 months
Check and adjust valve clearance26 600 mi
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets if necessary.
Check evap emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.
Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool Check the error codes.
Replace air filter (K&N YA-8514)24 000 mi, or riding in rain/dust
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (EBC FA252HH x 2)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH).
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal components of brake master cylinder and calipers.2 years
Check wheel runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.32 000 mi
* Check drive chain chain slack/ alignment and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
600 mi or after washing/rain
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.Repack every 12K mi (20K km)
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Tighten/replace if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.
Lubricate brake pedal, shift pedal, and clutch lever 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. Rebuild/ replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension pivots operation. Correct if necessary.
Change engine oil (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-40.
Replace oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF204RC)
Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.
Change coolant (Pro Honda HP coolant) 3 years
Check front/rear brake switch operation.
Lube control cables thoroughly (Protect all cable life)
Check throttle grip operation and free play, and adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Check lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam.
Maintenance schedule for the MT-09 (US)

Yamaha MT-09 Europe Maintenance Schedule (Km)

This is the maintenance schedule for the km-based manuals (Europe, Australia). Maintenance schedules are slightly wider.

km x 100010203040Every
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)
Check and adjust valve clearance40 000 km
Check engine idle speedYear
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.Year
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets if necessary.
Check evap emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.Year
Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool Check the error codes.Year
Replace air filter (K&N YA-8514)
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (EBC FA252HH x 2)Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH).Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.Year
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal components of brake master cylinder and calipers.2 years
Check wheel runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.
* Check drive chain chain slack/ alignment and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
1000 km or after washing/rain
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Tighten/replace if necessary.Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.Year
Lubricate brake pedal, shift pedal, and clutch lever 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. Rebuild/ replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension pivots operation. Correct if necessary.
Change engine oil (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-40.Year
Replace oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF204RC)Year
Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.
Change coolant (Pro Honda HP coolant) 3 years
Check front/rear brake switch operation.Year
Lube control cables thoroughly (Protect all cable life)Year
Check throttle grip operation and free play, and adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing.Year
Check lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam.Year
Maintenance schedule for the MT-09 (Europe)

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 for the Yamaha MT-09 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 the maintenance schedule for the MT-09 from Yamaha’s website here.

Similar Posts