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Yamaha Tracer 9 (890cc, 2021+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT side view on mountain road

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2021+ Yamaha Tracer 9, one of Yamaha’s premium sport-touring motorcycles.

The Yamaha Tracer 9 is an update to the well-liked Tracer 900 (and Tracer 900 GT), which had the old (but still awesome) 847cc CP3 engine. Like the Tracer 900, it also comes in an up-spec GT variant which has many added extras like hand guards, a centre stand, and cruise control.

The new 2021 Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT has a host of improvements over the outgoing model with the 847cc CP3 engine. But the star of the show is the engine, an 890cc liquid-cooled 12-valve inline triple that makes a claimed 87.5 kW (117.4 hp) at 10,000 rpm. It shares this engine with the new-for-2021 Yamaha MT-09.

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT 2021 facing front on mountain road

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What you need to service the Yamaha Tracer 9 / GT — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the Yamaha Tracer 9, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on. (Well, you don’t need the paddock stand if you have the GT as you would already have a centre stand.)

For the Yamaha Tracer 9 / GT, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha Tracer 9 (890cc, 2021+) part spec
Engine oilYamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! The manual has a whole section on “Why Yamalube” saying their oils come from “teams of specialists of mechanical engineering, chemistry, electronics, and track testing” and that Yamalube oils “have their own distinct characters and value”.

Other high-quality synthetic oils include Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. The Hiflofiltro HF204RC is a good option. The standard Yamaha 5GH-13440-61-00 also works.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends an ethylene glycol antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors like Yamalube coolant. But a good alternative is — bear with me — Honda coolant.
Spark PlugsNGK LMAR9A-9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9 mm (with a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13 Nm/10 lb-ft.
Air filterDNA performance air filter: P-Y9N21-01. OEM air cleaner element number is B7N-14451-01-00.
Brake padsOEM front brake pads are part 5SL-25805-00-00. This is the same as on many sport bikes from Yamaha, including the previous gen Tracer 900. EBC part number is FA252HH.

OEM rear brake pads are part 5VX-25806-00-00. This rear brake pad is shared by many Yamaha motorcycles from 15 years ago. The EBC equivalent is FA174HH.
Brake fluidYamaha specifies to use only DOT 4 fluid (e.g. Castrol DOT 4 synthetic) brake fluid from a sealed container.
General greaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings, and silicone grease for a few points.
Chain maintenanceMotul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Yamaha Tracer 9 parts

The Tracer 9 is quite fresh, so more aftermarket parts are still being released.

Yamaha Tracer 9 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2021+ Yamaha Tracer 9 with the 890cc CP3 engine.

The maintenance for the Yamaha Tracer 9 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

The schedule below is from the European manual, but it’s quite similar to that in the US manual Some distances are very slightly different (e.g. 42,000 km valve service intervals in the US manuals vs 40,000 in the Europe ones — it’s semantic).

Having the centre stand fitted to the Tracer 9 (or getting the GT spec) makes maintenance a lot easier.

Maintenance notes

  • At the end of the schedule, continue the maintenance schedule in the order below
  • Adjust, clean, and lubricate the chain every 600 mi (1000 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain or riding in wet areas.

Air filter

  • The Tracer 9 uses a disposable oil-coated paper element. Don’t clean it with compressed air as you may damage it.
  • Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions.

Hydraulic brake maintenance

  • Regularly check, and if necessary, correct the brake fluid level.
  • 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 — Emissions control

‘000 km110203040
Item‘000 mi0.66121824Every
Fuel line* Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage .
* Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs* Check condition.
* Adjust gap and clean.
* Replace (NGK LMAR9A-9, gap 0.8-0.9mm)
Valve clearance* Check and adjust valve clearance 40K km (24K mi)
Fuel injection* Check idle engine speedYear
* Check and adjust synchronisationYear
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
Periodic Maintenance for the Yamaha Tracer 9

General maintenance and lubrication for the MT-09

‘000 km110203040
Item‘000 mi0.66121824Every
Diagnostic system check (Dealers)* Perform dynamic inspection
using Yamaha diagnostic tool.
* Check the error codes.
Air filter element* Replace. 40,000 km (24,000 mi)
Clutch* Check operation.
* Adjust
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.
• Replace4 years
Brake fluid• Change (Castrol DOT 4) 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.
• Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.50K km (30K mi)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
1000 km (600mi)
Or when chain gets wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.
Chassis fasteners* Make sure all nuts, bolts, and sfcrewes are properly tightenedYear
Brake lever pivot shaft* Lubricate with silicone grease.Year
Brake pedal pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Clutch lever pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Shift pedal pivot shaft* Lubricate with lithium soap-based greaseYear
Sidestand* Check operation.
* Lubricate with molybdenum di-sulfide grease.
Centerstand* Check operation
* Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease
Sidestand switch* Check operation and replace if necessary.Year
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 relay arm and connecting arm pivot points* Check operation.
* Correct if necessary.
Engine oil* Change (warm engine before draining). Use Yamalube 10W-40Year
Engine oil filter cartridge* Replace
Cooling system* Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.Year
* Change coolant (Honda coolant) 3 years
Front and rear brake switches* Check operation.Year
Moving parts and cables* Lubricate (Protect all cable life)Year
Throttle grip** Check operation.
* Lubricate throttle grip housing tube guides
Lights, signals and switches** Check operation.
* Adjust headlight beam.
General maintenance for the Yamaha Tracer 9

Tyre sizes/pressures for the Yamaha Tracer 9

The manual specifies the following tyre sizes and pressures for the Yamaha Tracer 9.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)250 kPa (2.5 bar, 36 psi)
Rear180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W)290 kPa (2.9 bar, 42 psi)
Yamaha Tracer 9 tyre pressures

The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22R tyres — high-end sport-touring tyres.

About the 2021+ Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT

2021 Tracer 9 gt on winding roads

If you like middleweight sport bikes/nakeds but want to do distance, then the Yamaha Tracer is made for you and there are few other things like it.

The other Japanese manufacturers don’t make bikes in the same category.

Kawasaki has the sportier but less comfy Ninja 1000, and the more comfy but less sporty Versys 1000. Both great bikes, just on different points on the spectrum.

Honda makes the VFR800X Crossrunner, but it’s heavier, less powerful, ageing, and not even available in most markets (e.g. not in the US).

Suzuki make the V-Strom bikes, but they’re more adventure and less sport. The twin has a different character.

The closest parallels in the middleweight adventure sport touring class would be from UK and European manufacturers, most notably the Triumph Tiger 900 (which also has a triple of similar capacity).

So the Tracer motorcycles have their own special place — a Japanese-built motorcycle that’s sporty but more upright and with equipment (especially in the GT form) to be all-day comfortable. And it really is both those things — sporty and also comfortable.

  • It’s lightweight — The Tracer 9 GT is (with full oil and tank, but nothing in the panniers) 220kg or under 500 lbs. That’s impressive, and the same weight as many litre-class nakeds.
  • It’s powerful — it makes nearly 90 kW (120 hp) at the crank. And it’s revvy too, willingly going up beyond 10,000 rpm.

In short, riding the Tracer 9, you get an odd feeling of being on a bike that’s very composed and touring friendly but that still feels quick. Even the Tracer 900 felt quick. Easy to tip into corners, easy to fling up to 200 km/h.

But the Tracer 9 makes it even easier, with a slightly more willing engine and electronics that make it just seem so poised and ready.

The six-axis IMU mean that braking into corners is even more assuring than it used to be. With the previous gen, braking was already ABS-supported. But the new Tracer 9 GT now has lean angle-aware ABS or “cornering ABS” which means the bike will not stand up under hard braking when in a corner. Magic!

Active suspension on the 2021 Tracer 9 GT

Another significant addition for the Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT is the KYB active suspension. The KYB Actimatic Damper System optimizes suspension setting in near-real time. The suspension can be set in two modes, “sport” and “comfort”, according to the rider’s preferences and road conditions. The active suspension system then monitors wheel movement and controls rebound and compression damping in the front fork and rebound damping in the rear.

The Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT also get a vastly updated dash. I always liked the colour display of the Tracer 900, but the Tracer 9’s TFT display is bigger, more colourful, and more feature-rich.

Manual for the 890cc 2021+ Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 in the “Periodic Maintenance” section (9-5).

Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT maintenance schedule screenshot

Parts were referenced from Yamaha Parts House.

You can download the manual from Yamaha’s website here.

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