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Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09SP (890cc, 2021+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2021 Yamaha MT-09 black studio photo

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09 SP with the upgraded 890cc engine.

The 2021 model’s 890cc inline triple is an upgrade on the 847cc triple in the original Yamaha MT-09 (which was originally released as an FZ-09, but which has always been the same bike) and XSR900, which shares the same base platform in a more “modern classic” design aesthetic.

The new 2021 MT-09 and MT-09 SP have a host of improvements over the outgoing models with the 847cc CP3 engine. But the star of the show is the engine, an 890cc liquid-cooled 12-valve inline triple that makes a claimed 87.5 kW (117.4 hp) at 10,000 rpm. It shares this engine with the new-for-2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 (the same sport bike but in a touring format).

The MT-09 SP has the same base platform as the standard MT-09, but gets fully adjustable Öhlins (the base model has fully adjustable KYB suspension) and cruise control. Maintenance is the same for the SP model.

The 890cc engine is also shared with the new 2021 Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT, for which maintenance is similar.

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What you need to service the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the 2021 Yamaha 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 (2021+, 890cc) part spec
Engine oilYamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! The manual has a whole section on “Why Yamalube” saying their oils come from “teams of specialists of mechanical engineering, chemistry, electronics, and track testing” and that Yamalube oils “have their own distinct characters and value”.

Other high-quality synthetic oils include Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. On most Yamaha motorcycles the HF204RC fits, and this motorcycle shouldn’t be different… (TBC)
Engine coolantYamaha recommends an ethylene glycol antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors like Yamalube coolant. But a good alternative is — bear with me — Honda coolant.
Spark PlugsNGK LMAR9A-9 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 filterDNA performance air filter: P-Y9N21-01.
Yamaha 2021 MT-09 and MT-09 SP parts

The MT-09 is quite fresh, so more parts are being released often.

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

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 (2021) Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2021+ Yamaha MT-09 with the 890cc CP3 engine.

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

The schedule below is from the European manual, but it’s quite similar to that in the US manual Some distances are very slightly different (e.g. 42,000 km valve service intervals in the US manuals vs 40,000 in the Europe ones — it’s semantic).

Maintenance notes

  • At the end of the schedule, continue the maintenance schedule in the order below
  • 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

  • The MT-09 uses a disposable oil-coated paper element. Don’t clean it with compressed air as you may damage it.
  • Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions.

Hydraulic brake maintenance

  • Regularly check, and if necessary, correct the brake fluid level.
  • 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 and if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance — Emissions control

‘000 km110203040
Item‘000 mi0.66121824Every
Fuel line* Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage .
* Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs* Check condition.
* Adjust gap and clean.
* Replace (NGK LMAR9A-9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)
Valve clearance* Check and adjust valve clearance 40K km (24K mi)
Fuel injection* Check idle engine speedYear
* Check and adjust synchronisationYear
Exhaust system* Check for leakage.
* Tighten if necessary.
* Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission control system* Check control system for damage
* Replace if necessary
Periodic Maintenance for the MT-09

General maintenance and lubrication for the MT-09

‘000 km110203040
Item‘000 mi0.66121824Every
Diagnostic system check (Dealers)* Perform dynamic inspection
using Yamaha diagnostic tool.
* Check the error codes.
Air filter element* Replace. 40,000 km (24,000 mi)
Clutch* Check operation.
* Adjust
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.
• Check for correct routing and clamping.
• Replace4 years
Brake fluid• Change (Castrol DOT 4) 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.
• Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.50K km (30K mi)
Drive chain• Check chain slack / alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
1000 km (600mi)
Or when chain gets wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.
Chassis fasteners* Make sure all nuts, bolts, and sfcrewes are properly tightenedYear
Brake lever pivot shaft* Lubricate with silicone grease.Year
Brake pedal pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Clutch lever pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Shift pedal pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Sidestand* Check operation.
* Lubricate with molybdenum di-sulfide grease.
Sidestand switch* Check operation and replace if necessary.Year
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 relay arm and connecting arm pivot points* Check operation.
* Correct if necessary.
Engine oil* Change (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-40Year
Engine oil filter cartridge* Replace
Cooling system* Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.Year
* Change coolant (Honda coolant) 3 years
Front and rear brake switches* Check operation.Year
Moving parts and cables* Lubricate (Protect all cable life)Year
Throttle grip** Check operation.
* Lubricate throttle grip housing tube guides
Lights, signals and switches** Check operation.
* Adjust headlight beam.
General maintenance for the MT-09 (2021+)

Tyre sizes/pressures for the Yamaha MT-09 (2021+)

The manual specifies the following tyre pressures for the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09 SP.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)250 kPa (2.5 bar, 36 psi)
Rear180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W)290 kPa (2.9 bar, 42 psi)
Yamaha MT-09 (2021+) tyre pressures

The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22R tyres.

About the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09 SP

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

The outgoing up-to-2020 Yamaha MT-09 was always very well loved, but people frequently complained about either a twitchy throttle or an unstable chassis. A shame because the engine was universally adored.

Of course “twitchy” is just another way of saying “very fast”. That’s something that the MT-09 has alwasy been.

Yamaha’s “crossplane concept” CP3 engine got bigger in 2021, the 847cc three-cylinder engine becoming an 890cm engine with 6% more top-end power.

Part of the reason for the upgrade was so that power wouldn’t get downgraded as the new bike was updated to comply with EURO5 emissions regulations. But a bigger engine is always (well, usually) better, anyway.

But the more important changes to the new-for-2021 Yamaha MT-09 and MT-09 SP are the chassis improvements.

The chassis got a lot tighter, the suspension a lot more advanced — even the base model MT-09 now has fully adjustable forks. That’s quite unusual on a middleweight motorcycle that usually targets a lower budget than the very top-end. The market is shifting somewhat to favour middleweights, something many are in favour of.

The 2021 MT-09 and SP also got a full IMU with electronics from the most recent Yamaha YZF-R1. Pretty incredible. And the icing on the cake is that the SP version even gets cruise control, one of those things you love on a touring bike, but you just adore on a lightweight naked bike.

More controversial are the styling changes. The MT-09 always was quite aggressively styled, but the “cyclops” front light isn’t the favourite of many. Still, I think it looks great, and an interesting-looking bike is often what becomes one that will be a classic. In 10 years time they’ll write “The cylcops lighting was controversial at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight, it appears that Yamaha’s design gurus were ahead of their time”. I think.

Manual for the 890cc 2021 Yamaha MT-09 & MT-09 SP

Yamaha MT-09 2021 maintenance schedule table
Yamaha MT-09 2021 maintenance schedule table

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 maintenance schedule.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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