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Yamaha MT-10 & MT-10 SP / FZ-10 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Yamaha MT-10 grey and orange

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP, formerly known as the FZ-10 before it got universally renamed to the MT-10.

The MT-10 was first announced in 2015, and called the FZ-10 in the US. By 2018, Yamaha was calling it the Yamaha MT-10 in all markets. Nothing significant changed over the years other than some tuning to make it smoother down low, and some different colours, of course.

In 2016, Yamaha released the Yamaha MT-10 SP, which has the same mechanical spec but has Öhlins electronic front suspension and a full-colour display.

The MT-10 was sold alongside the MT-09 and MT-09 SP, Yamaha’s triple. They kind of compete — the MT-09 is the sporty naked, whereas the MT-10 is the “hyper” naked. Anyway, they both go fast, sound great, and are a hoot in different ways.

Yamaha MT-10 SP
Yamaha MT-10 SP

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What you need to service the Yamaha MT-10/FZ-10

Luckily, you’re dealing with a naked bike, so it’s way easier to get to bits like the spark plugs and oil sump plug.

To service the MT-10, you do need a few motorcycle servicing basics, like a catch pan and so on.

Aside from that, you need the following parts/fluids/consumables for your Yamaha MT-10.

PartYamaha MT-10/FZ-10 consumables
Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable… but if you want a high grade synthetic, Motul 7100 is a popular choice.

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 filterEither 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. Valvoline’s Zerex G05 meets the spec.
Spark PlugsNGK LMAR9E-J 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 2CR-14451-00, or the Hiflofiltro alternative HFA4924.
Brake padsChoose EBC for more bite and lower fade. You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: EBC FA380HH (2 pairs)
* Rear: EBC FA174HH
Yamaha MT-10/FZ-10 consumables

Yamaha MT-10 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha MT-10.

The maintenance schedule here is the same as it is in the manual — just slightly modified to fit this screen (as best as possible).

  • Continue maintenance in the pattern shown in this maintenance schedule.
  • Note that the below service intervals in miles are from the US owner’s manual, and the distances in kilometres are from the Europe/Australia manuals. In Europe, much the same things are required, but with wider service intervals of 10,000 kms. Valve services are required at 40,000 kms.
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, service the chain, and do simple greasing. per Yamaha: “Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills, and Yamaha recommends you have a Yamaha dealer perform the service. “

The maintenance for the Yamaha MT-10 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance — Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)600400080001200016000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (months)16121824Annual
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.

Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.

• Replace (NGK LMAR9E-J)
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is coldEvery 26,600 mi (40,000 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 if necessary.
Periodic maintenance for the Yamaha MT-10/FZ-10

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart for Yamaha MT-10

Distance (mi, US)600400080001200016000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)16121824Annual
Air filter element*• Replace (YA-1015)Every 24,000 mi (40,000 km)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary. (EBC FA380HH, two pairs)
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.Every 4 years
Brake fluid*• Change (manual recommends DOT 4)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.Every 32,000 mi (50,000 km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack/ alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain (popular choice is Motul chain paste).
Every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain or wet.
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.Every 16,000 mi (25,000 km)
Steering damper*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
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 (warm engine first) with Yamalube 10W-50 or Motul 7100
Engine oil filter cartridge*• Replace (Hiflofiltro HF204RC)
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant (Valvoline Zerex G05)
EXUP system*• Check operation, cable free play and pulley position.Every 12000 mi (19000 km)
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control cables*• Apply lubricant e.g. 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.
Maintenance schedule for Yamaha MT-10/FZ-10

Other notes

  • 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 Yamaha MT-10/FZ-10

The Yamaha MT-10 is a naked Yamaha R1.

OK, that’s a bit reductionist. The MT-10 is quite a different bike to the R1, not just in riding position, but also in features, price, and tuning of the engine.

It’s easier to describe the Yamaha MT-10 by talking about its components. The MT-10 has Yamaha’s crossplane crank 998cc engine from the previous generation Yamaha R1, but tuned for lower down torque and with lower max power — topping out at a claimed 120kW or 160 hp (although dyno runs by reviewers say that it may be slightly shy of this).

The Yamaha MT-10 comes standard with ABS and traction control, and also with cruise control, which isn’t available on any of the Yamaha R1 models.

The compression ratio is also lower than the R1 at 12:1, but you’ll still have to use premium fuel.

Manual for the Yamaha MT-10

2019 Yamaha MT-10 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha MT-10, but it’s identical to the schedule for other years, including those named FZ-10.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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