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Yamaha Star Venture / Eluder (1854cc, 2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018 Yamaha Star Eluder

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2018+ Yamaha Star Venture / Eluder.

The Yamaha Star Venture is a mega-tourer, or a luxury tourer. It’s basically a first-class plane ticket in motorcycle format. The Eluder is the same bike, but in “bagger” form.

Yamaha calls these “transcontinental” type cruisers. They’re powered by the 1854cc engine from the Yamaha Raider. It’s an air-cooled pushrod V-48-degree overhead valve twin with four valves per cylinder. It makes peak torque of 126 ft-lb (171 Nm), though power specs aren’t quoted (but this bike is more about torque, anyway).

The two big Star variants are:

  • Yamaha Star Venture — This is the full-dress bagger with everything. You mostly can tell it’s the Venture because of the rear back rest and top box with integrated speakers.
  • Yamaha Star Eluder — This is the slightly pared-back version of the Venture. Has more of a “Bagger” look. It has a shorter screen and is missing the top box, plus has a lot more stuff painted black.

Maintenance of both models is very similar to maintaining the stripped-back Raider. But that changes when you get to maintaining the infotainment system on these things! They both come with it.

Yamaha Star Venture dash and infotainment system

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Because the Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder (which is the same as the Venture but ever so slightly trimmed down) are big, new, expensive machines, it’s unlikely you’ll be doing much more than oil changes on your motorcycle — if that. But in case you’re game, here’s the full maintenance schedule.

And in any case, yes, change your oil!

ProductImagePart for Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder
OilYamalube 10W-40The manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40, or any other oil that has API service SG type or higher, JASO standard MA. A high-grade alternative is Yamaha’s own fully synthetic Yamalube Synthetic 15W-50 (a favourite on the Star forums)
Oil filterKN-204-1 oil filterOEM 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 plugsLMAR8A-9 spark plugs Triumph Rocker IIIUse NGK spark plugs with code DPR8EA-9 for the Star Venture/Star Eluder.
Air filterK&N YA-9514 imageStandard Yamaha part number is 2DF-14451-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-1818 which is more available.
CoolantZerex valvoline coolant ethylene glycol-basedThe Star Venture/Eluder is liquid cooled. Use a high quality ethylene glycol-based coolant. Don’t use water unless you’re very confident it’ll never go below freezing, and make sure you have rust inhibitors in there.
Brake FluidCastrol dot 4 brake fluidYou can use any DOT 4 brake fluid (the one we recommend is a high-grade synthetic one)
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantProtect all cable life is a popular and affordable cable lube.
LubeValvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based greaseUse Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based grease to lube external pivot points, bearings, etc.
Belt tensionerbelt tension tool for belt drive motorcyclesUse a belt tension tool to measure the belt tension (and know if you have to make adjustments)
Consumables for Yamaha Star Venture/Eluder

Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder Maintenance Schedule

Yamaha Star venture asphalt parked on road with river
Yamaha Star Venture

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder.

The maintenance for th Yamaha Star Eluder is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

  • From 24,000 mi (37,000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
  • Yamaha suggests you get a dealer or mechanic to service every aspect of the Yamaha Star Eluder other than the air filter, changing the oil, and greasing various external points.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • 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 frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • Hydraulic brake and clutch systems
    • Always change the fluid after disassembling the brake or clutch master cylinders, caliper cylinders or clutch release cylinder.
    • Regularly check the brake 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

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Mi x 10000.648121620
Km x 10001713192531
Fuel line* Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
* Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs* Check condition.
* Adjust gap and clean.
* Replace (DPR8EA-9)XX
Valve clearance* Check and adjust valve clearance
* Adjust if necessary.
breather system*
* Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
* Replace if necessary.
Fuel injection** Adjust synchronization.XXXXX
Exhaust system** Check for leakage.
* Tighten if necessary.
* Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission
control system
* 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
Regular maintenance for the Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Mi x 10000.648121620
Km x 10001713192531
Diagnostic system check* Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one)
* Check the error codes
Air filter element* Replace (YA-1818)24K miles/37K km
Clutch* Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
* Correct if necessary
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
* Replace 4 years
Brake fluid* Change2 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 XCheck bearings for
smooth operation.
* Replace if necessary.
Swingarm pivot
* Check operation and for excessive play.X
* Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.X
Drive belt* Check belt tension.
* Adjust if necessary
* Replace if damaged
XXXXXX2.5K mi (4K km)
Steering bearings* Check bearing assemblies for looseness.XXXXXX
* Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.X
Chassis fasteners* Check all chassis
fitting and fasteners.
* Correct if necessary.
Brake lever
pivot shaft
* Apply silicone grease lightly.XXXXX
Brake pedal
pivot shaft
* Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Clutch lever
pivot shaft
* Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Shift pedal
pivot shaft
* Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
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
* Check operation and
for oil leakage.
* Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension link pivots* Apply lithium-soap-based-grease lightlyX
Engine oil* Change while warm (Yamalube Synthetic 15W-50)XXXXXX
Engine oil filter* Replace (HF204RC)XXX
Front and rear brake switches* Check operation.XXXXXX
Throttle grip * Check operation
* Lubricate housing tube guides
Lights, signals and
* Check operation
* Adjust headlight beam
Yamaha Star Eluder and Star Venture maintenance schedule

About the Yamaha Star Venture and Eluder

The Yamaha Star Venture was released in 2017 and is aimed squarely at luxury Harley-Davidson riders… as well as Honda Gold Wing riders.

It’s a luxury premium tourer with everything. Heated grips, cruise control, a really advanced audio system, and even a seat on the rear that many people would look at with enthusiasm rather than dread.

The huge engine, which has 1854cc in capacity, is just under the displacement of Harley’s largest displacement engine, the Milwaukee Eight (which is 1868cc). It’s the same basic block as the one in the Yamaha Raider.

The Yamaha Star Eluder is the same as the Yamaha Star Venture, but slightly less tourer and more bagger. The differences are minimal, mostly about the shorter screen and absence of a rear case and back rest. Both motorcycles are huge, roomy, heavy, and torquey.

The Star Eluder is quite a lot lighter though. The Star Venture weighs 434 kg (957 lb) and the Star Eluder weighs 397 kg (875 lb). They’re both obviously very heavy though, and weight isn’t likely to be a primary decision making factor.

Both the Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder are powered by the same 1854cc (113ci) V-twin. It uses an old-school air-cooled pushrod activated design, though it’s fuel injected. The final drive is a belt drive.

One thing Yamaha always does well is make big heavy tourers that handle well. Yes, they’d be a nightmare if you dropped them (mostly because of the scratches… they’d probably gently balance on their side cases!). But once underway, they’re easy to control at every speed at which you take them. They even can handle moderate speed twisty turns well.

At low speeds, big Yamaha tourers have motors to help you park them. And for the long tours, you have all kinds of touring aids like GPS navigation, satellite radio, dual zone audio control, fog lights, and a security system with an alarm.

Finally, the Star Venture and Tourer have a wealth of rider aids, including traction control, power modes, linked ABS, and cruise control. They’re not unexpected on luxury tourers, but it’s interesting to see them alongside an air-cooled pushrod-actuated V-twin.

Manual for the Yamaha Star Venture and Star Eluder

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture. The schedule is the same across both motorcycles (we checked).

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here. Note some of the manuals online are for the infotainment system only.

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