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Yamaha R3 Maintenance (2015-2021) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha R3, the common name for what Yamaha calls the YZF-R3.

This maintenance schedule applies to all the years of the Yamaha R3 from 2015 to 2021. There were some updates to the R3, but the maintenance stays the same. The schedule is very similar to the maintenance schedule for the MT-03, which shares many of the same components.

In 2019, Yamaha updated the Yamaha R3. Even though the engine remained the same, a number of external things like the suspension and electronics were updated. If you can do a diagnostic check with Yamaha equipment, then this is the first year you’re recommended to do it.

Also, many Yamaha motorcycles (even those with different engines) use similar reusables like oil filters.

2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
2016 Yamaha R3, black

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What you need to service the Yamaha R3

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an R3, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools. Aside from that, you need the following specific consumables.

Engine oilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 as recommended by Yamaha. The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Other lubricants would do, e.g. Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic, but that’s your call. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 20 Nm/15 lb-ft 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 one (part 5GH-13440-50-00, used for many Yamaha products) or the Hiflofiltro HF204RC. Torque is 17 Nm/13 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK CR8E. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.7-0.8mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1WD-E4451-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-3215.
Brake padsI recommend EBC double hardened brake pads for extra life and better brake feel. For the R3 and MT-03 you need one set for the front (FA663HH) and one for the rear (FA662HH).
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R3 and MT-03

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 R3 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha R3.

The maintenance for the Yamaha R3 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • From the end of the maintenance schedule, follow it in the pattern shown (every 1, 2, or 4 maintenance intervals)
  • Yamaha suggests that items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and skills, and to have a dealer perform the service. But most of them are home-serviceable.

Air filter:

  • The R3 has a a disposable oil-coated paper element, which you shouldn’t clean with compressed air (to avoid damaging it)
  • The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequent when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas

Hydraulic brake service:

  • After disassembling the brake master cylinders and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
  • 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.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

x1000 mi0.647101316
x1000 km1611162126
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plugs•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean with gapping tool
•Replace periodically (R) with NGK CR8E
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance 26.6K MI (42K 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 valve and reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts if necessary
Regular maintenance for the Yamaha YZF-R3

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

x1000 mi0.647101316
x1000 km1611162126
Diagnostic system check*• Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one)
• Check the error codes
Air filter element• Replace. (part YA-3215)
Air filter check hose• Clean
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA663HH)
Rear brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA662HH)
Brake hose*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.4 years
Brake fluid*• Replace (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 bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain with e.g. Motul chain paste
500 mi (800 km) or after getting chain dirty/wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack (R) with lithium soap-based grease
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 pivots 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.
Engine oil• Change with Yamalube 10W-40, Motul 7100, or another high-quality oilWhen oil indicator flashes
• Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage
Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace with HF204RC
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant with ethylene glycol pre-mix
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation
Control cables*• Apply lubricant (e.g. Protect All Cable Life)
Throttle grip*• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha R3

Yamaha R3 Tire specs

The recommended tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha R3 are as follows (per the manual)

TireSizePressure (cold)
Front110/70R-17M/C (54H)200 kPa (29 psi)
Rear140/70R-17M/C (66H)250 kPa (36 psi)
Tire size and pressures for the Yamaha R3

About the Yamaha YZF-R3

The YZF-R3 is a pocket rocket. In 2019 Yamaha updated the suspension and electronics, plus the styling. But it’s still the same awesome.

The 321cc liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder engine rips through the rpm range. With a 180-degree crank design and integrated counter-balancer, the the engine minimizes vibrations for a smooth, refined engine character.

With a compression ratio of 11.2:1, double overhead cams and four-valve cylinder heads, the YZF-R3 motor is designed for quick-revving performance and high-rpm efficiency.

It has a smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox, making the R3 easy to use on tight canyon corners, on a racetrack straight, or in city traffic. The downdraft induction fuel injection system means it is easy to start, has excellent fuel economy, and great performance in all conditions.

Yamaha’s unique all-aluminum DiASil cylinder is used to ensure excellent heat dissipation, with an innovative offset cylinder design that reduces horsepower loss and improves both power and fuel efficiency.

Forged aluminum pistons — the same technology used for the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 — means lighter weight and excellent strength at higher temperatures, ensuring reliability at higher rpm. Short muffler design features modern styling and helps to centralize mass, improving agility for ultra-responsive handling.

Manual for the Yamaha R3

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha R3.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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