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Yamaha R6 3rd Gen (2006-2016) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016 Yamaha YZF-R6

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha R6 3rd gen, made between 2006 and 2016. The Yamaha R6 is formally known as the Yamaha YZF-R6.

The Yamaha R6 3rd gen is the most recent generation of the R6 before the last one, launched in 2017, which added ABS, traction control, and a stunning visual redesign — while keeping weight at the same levels (I’m a fan of the latest one!).

The most important changes for the 3rd gen Yamaha R6 are revised fuel injection including YCC-I and YCC-T (Yamaha Computer Controlled Intake and Throttle respectively), and standard upside-down forks across the range.

2011 Yamaha r6 3rd gen black, black "raven"
A 2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 in black

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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.

Engine oilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 (manual says 15W-50 but that’s strangely 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 and Mobil 1 Synthetic are popular options.
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

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

2010-2016 Yamaha R6 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2010-2016 Yamaha R6 3rd gen.

Notes on reading this maintenance schedule

  • The mileage below is in miles for the US spec, and in kilometres for Australian/European spec. They line-up mostly, though you can see some are quite different (e.g. 16K miles is quite different to 40K km).
  • After the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern below.
  • 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!)

Air filter

  • This model’s air filter is equipped with a disposable oil-coated paper element, which must not be cleaned with compressed air to avoid damaging it
  • The air filter needs to be replaced more frequently 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 fluid level and fill the reservoirs as required
  • Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinder and calipers, and change the brake fluid
  • Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

The maintenance in the manuals for the Yamaha R6 3rd Gen is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plugs*•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace (R) with NGK CR10EK
RR
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance Every 26600 mi (42000 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.
2010-2016 Yamaha R6 3rd Gen maintenance schedule

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Air filter element*• Replace (YA-6008)Every 24000 mi (37000 km)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (FA380HH)
Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (FA174HH)
Brake hoses*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.Every 4 years
Brake fluid*• Change (Castrol 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 32000 mi (50000 km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain (e.g. Motul chain paste)
Every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.Every 12000 mi (19000 km)
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 before draining)
Engine oil filter cartridge*• Replace.
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant.
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation
Control cables*• Apply lubricant thoroughly (e.g. Protect all cable life)
Throttle grip *• Check operation
• Check throttle grip play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam
2010-2016 Yamaha R6 full maintenance schedule

About the 2010-2016 Yamaha R6

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.

Is this a small capacity bike that’s suitable for learners? Well, it’s not that a person can’t learn to ride on an R6. But it would be like learning to fly a plane in a rocket ship.

Manual for the 2010-2016 Yamaha R6

2016 Yamaha YZF-R6 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

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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