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Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200Z (2010-2020, inc. ES) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018-2019 Yamaha Super Tenere ES- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Super Ténéré, also known as the XTZ1200Z, and known affectionately by its fans as the “S10”.

The Yamaha Super Ténéré was launched in 2010 and has had a lot of minor revisions since then, as well as one major revision in 2014 when the second-generation Super Ténéré was born, along with the 2014+ Super Ténéré ES, with some small engine improvements, adjustable windshield, improved LCD panel, improved traction control, and cruise control as standard on both the standard and ES models.

The Super Ténéré is an adventure touring motorcycle with an upright seating position, powerful 1,199cc parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crankshaft, and everything needed for long-range travel.

Being a touring motorcycle, it’s the kind of bike a lot of riders like to work on themselves. Luckily, it’s very low-maintenance. The engine is very reliable, has only one cylinder head (the beauty of a parallel twin) and it drives its rear wheel through a shaft drive.

The Super Ténéré was also released in an ES trim with electronic suspension, that lets you choose pre-load and damping pre-sets via button. The ES also has heated grips as standard.

What you need to service the Yamaha Super Ténéré

ItemYamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 recommendations per manual
Engine oilUse 3.4L (with filter change) of Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! You can also use a high grade synthetic like Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic.

Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 20 Nm/14 lb-ft for both oil drain bolts per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterMost users change the filter with every oil change. Either get a stock oil filter (part 5GH-13440-50-00) or the HifloFiltro HF204RC (which many prefer to K&N oil filters, saying those have gone down in quality). Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantThe manual doesn’t specify what coolant to use, but all Yamaha motorcycles use similar coolants. Zerex G05 is a good ethylene glycol antifreeze that is phosphate and silicate free.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR8EB9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13Nm/9.4 ft-lb.
Air filterYou have a few choices for air filter: K&N YA-1210 (easy to obtain), HiFlo HFA4922 (a forum favourite), or the OEM Yamaha part 23P144510000.
Brake padsYou need two pairs of brake pads for the front, and one pair for the rear. You can get OEM parts from the dealer, or get aftermarket EBC parts, which offer more more bite and less fade.
Front: 2C02580500 (from dealer), or EBC part FA380HH
Rear: 3D8258060000 (from dealer), or EBC part FA319/2HH
Final gear oilYou don’t have a chain, but you have to maintain the final drive! Yamaha requires “SAE 80 API GL-4 Hypoid gear oil” e.g. Mobil 1 LS 75W-90 or Lucas Oil 80W-90, which many users have used and reported no problems with.
Yamaha Super Ténéré parts for maintenance

Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Super Ténéré.

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

Maintenance schedule guidelines

  • From the last maintenance schedule, repeat every last two maintenance tasks periodically every 8,000 miles or 20,000 km.
  • Yamaha suggests you only maintain the chain and change the oil (and grease a few points) yourself, and give everything else to a mechanic.
  • The European spec manual is very similar to the US-spec, but the intervals are different.

Maintenance notes

  • Air filter
    • This model’s air filter uses 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 unusual wet or dusty areas
  • Hydraulic brake and clutch systems
    • After disassembling the brake or clutch master cylinders, caliper cylinders or clutch release cylinders, 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 tears.
    • Replace the brake and clutch hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

x1000 mi (US manual)0.648121620
x1000 km (Europe/Australia/Asua manual)11020304050
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plugs*•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace (every 12k mi/2 years) (NGK CPR8EB9)
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold (Every 26600 mi or 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* (CA only)•Check control system for damage
•Replace if necessary
Emissions maintenance — Yamaha Super Ténéré

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

x1000 mi0.648121620
x1000 km1713192531
Diagnostic system check• Perform inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one)
• Check error codes
Air filter element*• Replace (Hiflo HFA4922)24k mi/40K 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*• Change (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Wheels*• Check rim runout and spokes for damage.
• Tighten all spokes.
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.32K mi (50K km)
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.16K mi (25K 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 silicone grease lightly
Shift pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Centerstand and sidestand pivots• 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.
Rear suspension link pivots*• Check operation.
• Correct if necessary.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining)
Engine oil filter• Replace (HF204RC)
Cooling system*• Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.
• Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)3 years
Final gear oil• Check oil level and for oil leakage.
• Change.
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation
Throttle grip *• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing
• Lubricate grip warmer wire and wire housing.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam
Maintenance schedule for Yamaha Ténéré

About the Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200

The Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 is Yamaha’s answer to the BMW R1200GS (and these days the R1250GS)… although in some places, it is more expensive than its competition, unusually for a Japanese alternative.

The S10 has always been powered by an 1199cc parallel twin dual overhead cam engine with a 270-degree firing order, giving it a bit of character, much like its more modern, smaller stablemate, the Yamaha Ténéré 700 XTZ700. Although the big cylinders of the XTZ1200 move a lot more slowly — this isn’t a free-revving engine and feels a lot more sedate than its smaller sibling.

The engine has a modest compression ratio of 11.01:1 and makes 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 110 Nm (84 ft-lb) at 6,000 rpm. But a lot of that torque comes on low. And despite the wet weight of 261 kg, a lot of the weight is down low, which makes the S10 surprisingly agile off-road, according to reviewers who have tested many bikes.

The Super Ténéré’s riding position is comfortable, designed for the long-distance. To help you get there it’s also designed to have low maintenance — this is a shaft-driven adventure bike! The front tyre is a 19-inch wheel, giving you agility over large obstacles, somewhat at a cost of cornering performance (but diving into corners isn’t what the Super Ténéré is about).

The standard S10 comes with a skid plate and hand guards.

 Manual for the Yamaha Super Ténéré

See screenshots for both the US and European versions of the manual below.

Yamaha Super Ténéré Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual
Yamaha Super Tenere — US manual maintenance intervals
Yamaha Super Tenere European maintenance schedule screenshot
Yamaha Super Tenere — European manual maintenance intervals

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha Super Ténéré.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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