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Yamaha Raider 2008-2017 XV1900 (including Raider S and SCL) Maintenance Schedule

2017 Yamaha Raider- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Raider, including the Raider S (more chrome) and SCL (more bling) models. The Yamaha Raider is also known as the XV1900.

The Raider has a stomping 1854cc (113 cubic inch) V-twin engine. It’s a pushrod engine, though you still are recommended to check the valves. It’s air-cooled and has four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and a belt drive (no chain to maintain! Though you still have to maintain a belt.)

The Yamaha Raider was produced between 2008 and 2017, with a bit of leftover stock. The fundamentals of the bike didn’t change in that time, although there were variations in paint schemes, amount of chrome (Raider S) and other options (SCL).

So this maintenance schedule applies to the Yamaha Raider, Yamaha Raider S, and Yamaha Raider SCL made in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

The maintenance schedule also has some things in common with the Star Eluder and the Star Venture, which were based on the same big twin.

2013 Yamaha Raider SCL- Stock Image
Yamaha Raider SCL

What you need to service a Yamaha Raider

Aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you might need the following specific consumables for doing a service on your Yamaha Raider.

ProductImagePart for Yamaha Raider XVS1900
Oil Yamalube 10W-40 The manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40, or any other oil that has API service SG type or higher, JASO standard MA. Other oils that Raider owners use are Mobil 1 Synthetic and Yamalube Synthetic 15W-50.
Oil filter KN-204-1 oil filter OEM Yamaha part is 5GH-1344061-00, or you can use a HF204RC, which you can remove without a special wrench. Tighten to 17Nm (12 ft-lb).
Spark plugs LMAR8A-9 spark plugs Triumph Rocker III Use NGK spark plugs with code DPR8EA-9 for the Raider.
Air filter K&N YA-9514 image Standard Yamaha part number is 1D7-14461-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-1906 which is more available.
Coolant Zerex valvoline coolant ethylene glycol-based The Raider is liquid cooled. Use a high quality ethylene glycol-based coolant. Don’t use water.
Brake Fluid Castrol dot 4 brake fluid You can use any DOT 4 brake fluid (the one we recommend is a high-grade synthetic one)
Cable lubricant motorcycle maintenance - cable lubricant Protect all cable life is a popular and affordable lube for cable mechanisms.
Lube Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based grease Use Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based grease to lube external pivot points, bearings, etc.
Belt tensioner belt tension tool for belt drive motorcycles Use a belt tension tool to measure the belt tension (and know if you have to make adjustments)
Consumables for Yamaha Raider XVS1900

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Yamaha Raider Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Raider.

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

Each item has a distance or time interval. Do the service at whichever one you get to first (so, yes, it needs some kind of service every six months).


  • From 24000 mi (37000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8000 mi (13000 km) or 12 months.
  • Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service (unless you are pretty confident! And why else would you be here…)

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 element needs to be replaced more frequent when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas

Hydraulic brake and clutch systems

  • After disassembling the brake or clutch master cylinders, caliper cylinders or clutch release cylinder, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
  • Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the brake or clutch master cylinders, caliper cylinders and clutch release cylinder every two years.
  • Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance for the Emission Control System

Distance (mi)600 40008000120001600020000
Distance (km)1000700013000190003000040000
ItemRoutine (months)1612182430
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
•Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*•Check condition.
•Adjust gap (0.8-0.9mm) with gapping tool and clean.
•Replace (NGK DPR8EA-9) — you need 4 (two per cylinder)
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold
•Adjust if necessary
Every 16000 mi (25000 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.
Yamaha Raider Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

General Maintenance and Lubrication

Distance (mi)600 40008000120001600020000
Distance (km)1000700013000190003000040000
ItemRoutine (months)1612182430
Air filter element*•Replace (K&N YA-1906)Every 24000 mi (37000 km)
Clutch*•Check operation, Fluid level, and fluid leakage
•Correct if necessary (with DOT 4)
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
•ReplaceEvery 4 years
Brake fluid*•Change (DOT 4 only)Every 2 years
Wheels*•Check runout and for damage
•Replace if necessary
Tires*•Check thread 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
Drive belt*•Check belt condition
•Replace if damaged
•Check belt tension
•Adjust if necessary
Every 2500 mi (4000 km)
Steering bearings*•Check bearing assembly for looseness
•Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based greaseEvery 16000 mi (25000 km)
Chassis fasteners*•Check all chassis fittings 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 silicone 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*•Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Engine oil•Change (Yamalube 10W-40)
Engine oil filter cartridge*• Replace (Hiflofiltro HF204RC)
Transfer case oil*•Check for leakage
•Change at initial 600 mi (1000 km) or 1 month, and thereafter every 16000 mi (25000 km) or 24 months
Front and rear brake switches*•Check operation
Control cables*•Apply cable lubricant thoroughly
Throttle grip*•Check operation and free play
•Check throttle grip free play and adjust if necessary.
•Lubricate cable and grip housing
Light, signals and switches*•Check operation
•Adjust headlight beam
General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart for Yamaha Raider

About the Yamaha Raider

The Yamaha Raider has a high-performance, 1854cc (113 cubic inch) air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 4 valves per cylinder, 48 degree, V-twin power plant.

It gets to maximum torque occurs at a ridiculous low 2,500 rpm, while maximum power occurs at 4,500 rpm, providing exciting acceleration with great pulse & torque feel.

Yes, the Raider’s engine is old-fashioned. OHV is synonymous with lacking OHC, after-all — it means that the valves are overhead. In other words, this is a pushrod engine, just like old-school American Harley-Davidsons.

The Yamaha Raider has a few options to make it easy to live with. Aside from electric starting (not sure why Yamaha’s marketing machine needs to mention it…), it has an auto-decompressor to ensure fast starts.

The Raider has two spark plugs per cylinder, a special oil passage near the exhaust valve seat to improve cooling & durability, and 25,000 km valve adjustment intervals.

Manual for the Yamaha Raider

2017 Yamaha Raider Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2017 Yamaha Raider.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

It’s essentially identical to the owners manuals for other years of the Raider.

2008 Yamaha Raider S owners manual screenshot
2008 Yamaha Raider S owners manual maintenance interval screenshot

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