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Yamaha Tracer 900 / FJ-09 (2015-2020) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT.

The maintenance schedule applies to the 2016-2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 (and GT) which all shared the 847cc three-cylinder CP3 engine, which is also used in the Yamaha MT-09.

Here’s a brief history of the Tracer 900

  • 2015: Launched as the Yamaha FJ-09
  • 2016: Yamaha changed the FJ-09’s name to the Tracer 900
  • 2017: Yamaha added a lighter slipper clutch, a longer swingarm, and added adjustable traction control.
  • 2018: Yamaha launched the higher-spec Tracer 900 GT with hard luggage, a colour TFT dash, cruise control, quick shifter, and heated grips.
  • 2019-2020: The Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT stayed the same
  • 2021: New model — the Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT. It’s got a larger 890cc engine, semi-active suspension, cornering ABS, and a new design.

In some markets (e.g. Australia), the GT is the only spec available.

Maintenance for all of the above models is the same (other than the 2021 — don’t know yet).

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What you need to service the Yamaha Tracer 900/GT — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the Tracer 900 or Tracer 900 GT, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan. You don’t need a rear paddock stand on the GT as you have a center-stand.

For the Yamaha Tracer 900, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha MT-09/FZ-09 part spec
Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! Other high-quality synthetic oils include Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 43 Nm/31 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock oil filter (part 5GH-13440-50-00) or the Hiflofiltro HF204RC (better than K&N). Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends an ethylene glycol antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors. Yamalube coolant is hard to get, so Honda coolant is a good substitute.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR9EA9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (with a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13Nm/10 lb-ft.
Air filterYamaha part number 1RC-14451-00-00, or the K&N alternative YA-8514.
Brake padsChoose EBC for more bite and lower fade, the people on fz09.org like them (among others). You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: EBC FA252HH
* Rear: EBC FA174HH
Yamaha FZ-09, FJ-09, Tracer900, and MT-09 consumables (up to 2020)

And the following general consumables are useful as well. (You don’t need a paddock stand if you have a center stand!)

PhotoDescription
motorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standPaddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteMotul 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.
Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based greaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
motorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables

Yamaha Tracer 900 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT, and FJ-09 when it was called that.

It’s exactly what’s in the owner’s manual, but with the content adjusted for display on a web page.

The maintenance for the Yamaha Tracer 900 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Notes on the maintenance:

  • From the end of the maintenance schedule, continue in the pattern (repeating every 1, 2, or 4 periods).
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, lube the chain, and lube a few external parts. They say “Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills, and Yamaha recommends you have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.”
  • 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.
    • Replace the air filter more frequently if you often ride in the rain or dusty conditions
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • Regularly check the brake fluid levels. Replenish as necessary
    • 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 or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance — Emission Control Systems

‘000 miles0.648121620
‘000 km110123040
ItemMonths1612182430Every
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace (NGK CPR9EA9)
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.26K mi (40K km)
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Fuel injection*• Adjust synchronization.
Evaporative emission control system* (CA only)• 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 emissions maintenance for the Yamaha Tracer 900

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

‘000 miles0.648121620
‘000 km110123040
ItemMonths1612182430Every
Diagnostic system check*• Perform inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one)
• Check error codes
Air filter element*• Replace (K&N YA-8514)24K mi (40K km)
Clutch*• Check operation
• Adjust or replace cable
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
(2x EBC FA252HH)
Rear brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH)
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 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.
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease.30K mi (50K km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition
• Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)
500 mi (800 km) and after getting chain wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease12K mi (20K 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 lithium-soap-based 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.
Shock absorber assembly*• 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.) Use Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50
Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace (HF204RC)
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage
• Replace if necessary
• Change coolant (Honda coolant)
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control cables*• Apply lubricant (e.g. Protect All Cable Life) thoroughly
Throttle grip*• Check operation
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary
• Lubricate cable and grip housing
• Lubricate grip warmer wire
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Maintenance schedule table for the Yamaha Tracer 900

About the Yamaha Tracer 900

The Tracer 900 is basically an MT-09 in an upright touring chassis.

Whereas the MT-09 is a lightweight, somewhat frantic sports bike, The Tracer 900 puts its 86 kW (115 hp) down in a much more predictable fashion. It’s fast, but not insane, and you can see north of 150 km/h without much fuss.

The Tracer 900 GT is the up-spec version of the Tracer 900, with bags, a centre stand, a larger fuel tank, and a few other comfort components.

The Tracer 900 GT is ideal for the daily commute, short fun rides, or weekend getaways.

Both motorcycles (and the FJ-09) share the same 847cc liquid-cooled, inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 12-valve engine. This engine combines high-tech components with a “crossplane concept” crankshaft to deliver an exciting, sporty engine character with plenty of torque for flexibility and relaxed highway comfort.

Manual for the Yamaha Tracer 900

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT, but it’s identical to the information in other manuals/from earlier years.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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