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Yamaha YZF-R6 (2010-2016) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016 Yamaha YZF-R6

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha YZF-R6 gen, made between 2010 and 2016. The Yamaha R6 is formally known as the Yamaha YZF-R6.

Here are all the generations of Yamaha YZF-R6 for which we have maintenance schedules:

The Yamaha R6 made between 2006 and 2016 is the most recent generation of the R6 before the last one, launched in 2017, which added ram air, bigger forks and brakes, ABS, traction control, and a stunning visual redesign — while keeping weight at the same levels (I’m a fan of the latest one!). After that generation, the YZF-R6 was retired from street duty, becoming a track-exclusive.

The most important changes for the 3rd gen Yamaha R6 are revised fuel injection and YCC-T (Yamaha Computer Controlled Throttle respectively), and standard upside-down forks across the range. Yamaha implemented YCC-I (variable-length intakes) in 2008, with revised tuning to suit, but the maintenance schedule didn’t change.

2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 black RHS studio
A 2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 in black

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What you need to service the Yamaha YZF-R6 3rd gen (2006-2016)

If you’re servicing the Yamaha R6, you at least need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on

For the Yamaha R6, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha YZF-R6 (2006-2016)
Engine oilYamalube 10W-50 (manual says 15W-50, which is more expensive). The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 42 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.

If you prefer full synthetic oil, Motul 7100 15W-50 is a popular option.
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 Hiflofiltro HF204RC, preferred over the K&N version. These are correct for all R6 models ever. Torque for the oil filter is 16 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha always recommends Yamacool, but any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix meets the spec.
Spark PlugsNGK CR10EK. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest for all R6 models. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.6-0.7mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number for the correct air filter from for the R6 from 2008 onward is 13S-14450-30-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-6008.
Brake padsIf you need brake pads, your choices are many, but it’s best to go with either OEM for street use, or EBC for street + track use (they give more life, and better brake feel, especially under duress).
Front brake part numbers: 2 x OEM 2C0-25805-00-00 or EBC FA380HH
Rear brake part numbers: 1 x OEM 5SL-W0046-00-00 or EBC FA174HH
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste or a full motul chain care kit to take care of your chain. There are other options, but these two are well liked.
CableKeep your cables lubricated! Use Protect all cable life, a cheap and effective cable lube.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the Yamaha R6 (2006-2016)

2012 Yamaha R6 3rd gen, blue
2012 Yamaha YZF-R6

2006-2016 Yamaha R6 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2006-2016 Yamaha YZF-R6.

Notes on reading this maintenance schedule

  • After the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern below.
  • The break-in service is omitted (as these bikes are all broken in).
  • Items marked with an asterisk require (according to Yamaha) special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service (or do it yourself!)
  • Don’t clean the air-filter with compressed air.

The maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R6 3rd gen is slightly different in the US and European/Australia/NZ manuals. Both are shown below.

US Yamaha R6 3rd gen (2006-2016) maintenance schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R6 in miles. See below for the one in Km for the European/Australian/NZ markets.

mi x 100048121620
months612182430Every
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
* Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
* Replace (R) with NGK CR10EK
RR
Check and adjust valve clearance 26600 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 gasket(s) if necessary
Check evap control system for damage. Fix/replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.
Replace air filter (YA-6008)24000 mi, or more often if riding in dusty conditions
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA380HH)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (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 rubber parts of brake calipers and master cylinder.2 years
Check wheels for runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
* Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
* Check air pressure. Correct if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearing with lithium soap-based grease.32000 mi
* Check drive chain chain slack, alignment and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain (e.g. Motul chain paste)
500 mi, or after rain/riding in wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.12000 mi
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Tighten/repair if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand pivot operation, and lubricate with 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 link operation. Correct if necessary.
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 15W-50) (warm engine before draining)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant (Pro Honda Coolant)
Check operation of front and rear brake switches.
Lubricate control cables thoroughly (e.g. Protect all cable life)
* Check throttle grip operation and play, and adjust if necessary.
* Lubricate cable and grip housing
* Check lights, signals, and switches.
* Adjust headlight beam
US Yamaha R6 3rd Gen (2006-2016) maintenance schedule

Europe Yamaha R6 (2006-2016) maintenance schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha R6 from the European manual in km. Maintenance intervals are 10000 km or 12 months.

km x 100010203040Every
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessaryYear
* Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
* Replace (R) with NGK CR10EK
RR
Check and adjust valve clearance 40000 km
Adjust fuel injection synchronizationYear
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gasket(s) if necessary
Check the air induction cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.Year
Replace air filter (YA-6008)More often if riding in dust/rain.
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA380HH)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (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 rubber parts of brake calipers and master cylinder.2 years
Check wheels for runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
* Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
* Check air pressure. Correct if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearing with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km
* Check drive chain chain slack, alignment and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain (e.g. Motul chain paste)
800 km, or after rain/riding in wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Lubricate steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.20000 km
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Tighten/repair if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand pivot operation, and lubricate with 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 link operation. Correct if necessary.
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 15W-50) (warm engine before draining)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant (Pro Honda Coolant) 3 years
Check operation of front and rear brake switches.
Lubricate control cables thoroughly (e.g. Protect all cable life)
* Check throttle grip operation and play, and adjust if necessary.
* Lubricate cable and grip housing
* Check lights, signals, and switches.
* Adjust headlight beam
European Yamaha R6 3rd Gen (2006-2016) maintenance schedule

About the 2006-2016 Yamaha R6

Yamaha’s YZF-R6 has been a class-leading track race motorcycle since its first launch many years prior.

It has always been a 600 cc class motorcycle, i.e. powered by a liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and sixteen valves.

Like most inline four 600cc bikes, the Yamaha YZF-R6 makes most of its torque and power over 8000 rpm. In fact, the R6 revs to over 16000 rpm!

In 2006, Yamaha significantly updated the YZF-R6. They changed the engine, making it even more oversquare (67 x 42.5 bore and stroke, vs the 65.5 x 44.5 mm of previous years). Yamaha also added fly-by-wire (YCC-T), and and revised gearing, with a 45 tooth rear sprocket (down from 48).

The 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 kept the other updates to the anniversary model — a 41mm inverted telescopic fork with separate low and high-speed compression damping, and larger 310mm front discs.

In 2008, Yamaha added YCC-I (variable length intakes) and a re-tune, to help with emissions while keeping low-end power.

In 2010, Yamaha released a revised version of the 2008 Yamaha R6.

In 2009, Yamaha had to detune out quite a bit of power to satisfy the US EPA. Unfortunately, people didn’t like this. Turns out people prefer to go fast.

In 2010, Yamaha listened to the criticisms and did what they could to get the smoothest power curve with the most output out of the Yamaha R6. So the result is that they reclaimed most of the former glory, with a screaming six-cylinder engine that puts out most of its power above 10,000 rpm.

Finally, Yamaha heavily revised the Yamaha YZF-R6 in 2017, upgrading the brakes, suspension, ride electronics, and visual design.

Manual for the 2006-2016 Yamaha R6

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2016 Yamaha YZF-R6 3rd Gen.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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