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Yamaha Stryker (XVS1300CU) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2017 Yamaha Stryker- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Stryker, also known as the XVS1300CU, made between 2011 and 2017.

The Yamaha Stryker is another minimalist cruiser from Yamaha in the same vein of the Bolt, but based on a different platform. It’s the tougher cousin to the other XVS1300 motorcycles (like the Yamaha V Star 1300), but its internals are the same — it’s powered by the same liquid-cooled fuel-injected 1304cc 60-degree V-twin. But the chassis and look are entirely different, with a kicked-out chopper front, less chrome, modern lights, and a minimalist look.

The Yamaha Stryker is indeed a striking looking motorcycle… kind of a fully customised cruiser right off the factory floor. The engine is a modern one (four valves per cylinder!) making 100Nm at a low 3,000 rpm (max torque 113 Nm/82 ft-lb @ 4K rpm), and revs more than most cruiser engines — though its still a cruiser that you’ll short-shift.

The Yamaha Stryker has a belt driven rear wheel. So even though it’s liquid-cooled, maintenance is slightly easier than on a chain-driven motorcycle — though you still do have to check belt tension.

What you need to service the Yamaha Stryker

Here’s a quick shopping list for the main things you need to service your Yamaha Stryker.

At its core, it’s a fuel-injected V-twin with a belt-driven rear, so what you need to service it is pretty scarce. Mostly filters, spark plugs, and fluids. But you do need to keep the belt tension in check.

ProductImagePart for Yamaha Stryker XVS1300
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.
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 LMAR7A-9 for the Stryker.
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-1307 which is more available.
Coolant Zerex valvoline coolant ethylene glycol-based The Stryker 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 cable lube.
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 Stryker XVS1300

Yamaha Stryker Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Stryker.

The maintenance for the Yamaha Stryker 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, repeat it in the pattern you see.
  • US maintenance schedule intervals are in miles and the European ones in Kilometres. They don’t quite convert perfectly, I know.
  • Yamaha says that items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills (Ed: but usually they’re within the grasp of a competent home mechanic)

Air filter

  • The Stryker has 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.

Servicing the hydraulic brakes

  • After disassembling the brake master cylinders and cylinders, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake 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 and if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace every 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
Valves*• Check and adjust clearance
• Adjust if necessary.
Every 16,000 mi (25,000 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.
Regular emissions maintenance for the Yamaha Stryker

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Air filter element• Replace (YA-1307)Every 24,000 mi (37,000 km)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
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.Every 4 years.
Brake fluid*• Replace (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 bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.
Drive belt*• Check belt condition.
• Replace if damaged.
• Check belt tension (belt tension tool)
• Adjust if necessary.
Every 2,500 mi (4,000 km)
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease Every 16,000 mi
(25,000 km)
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake lever pivot• Apply silicone grease lightly.
Brake pedal pivot• Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Clutch lever pivot• Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Shift pedal pivot• 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.
• 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• Replace (HF204RC)
Cooling system* • Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change coolant (Ethylene glycol-based coolant)
Front and rear brake
• Check operation.
Control cables*• Apply cable lube (e.g. Protect all cable life) oil thoroughly.
Throttle grip*• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Lights, signals
and switches*
• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Stryker

About the Yamaha Stryker

The Yamaha Stryker is Yamaha’s factory-made fully customised cruiser. Roll up with the money, and you walk away with an absolutely beautiful bike.

The Stryker is based on the same 1304cc water-cooled 4-valve-per-cylinder V-twin engine as you see in the Yamaha V Star 1300, but it’s livelier in the Stryker, thanks to slightly different gearing.

It’s crazy that a 1300+cc motorcycle isn’t even the largest one that Yamaha offers. That spot is taken by the Raider, with its stomping 1900cc V-twin. So many might ask: Is the Stryker enough motorcycle?

It definitely is. Making over 80 lb-ft (100 Nm) at 3,000 revs, the Stryker feels very powerful. It’s geared for low-end acceleration, and while its 0-60 time ranges between 4.3 and 6+ seconds, most of that is because of the effort it takes to shift (and you have to shift before getting to top speed). The top speed of one is a GPS-indicated approximately 180 km/h (120 mph) — again, not Hayabusa speeds, but most people don’t climb north of there that often when your seating position makes you a human windsock. It’s the journey up ther and what it feels like that’s more fun.

Anyway, speed isn’t really what the Yamaha Stryker is about. It’s more about looking and feeling great. It does both jobs well.

It’s long and low, and comes with a heavy dose of nostalgia. The bobbed fenders front and rear, and the shallow steering head rake, make for a bike that comes straight out a designer’s sketchbook.

It handles decently for a chopper, too. Even though the rake looks quite extreme, Yamaha keeps the trail reasonable at only 4.3 inches, which counteracts the feeling that choppers sometimes give you of flopping over. The seat is just 67 cm (26.4 in) off the ground, so all kinds of riders are comfortable — if they can reach the forward controls.

The front end is nothing magical. There are right-side-up forks, a single front disc (320mm), and no ABS.

 Manual for the Yamaha Stryker

2017 Yamaha Stryker Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

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

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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