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Yamaha V Star 250 (XV250) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016-2019 Yamaha V Star 250

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha V Star 250, also known as the XV250.

The Yamaha V Star 250 is a very old-school bike, with old components, but with a modern visual design.

This year’s V Star 250 is functionally identical to the one released in 2008, which was really a re-badge of the earlier Virago 250. You can see that maintenance schedule — it’s identical, but on a separate page because people will go looking for their Virago! Even in 2021, the V Star 250 is still carburettor-fed. Quite the dinosaur. But it works.

So this maintenance schedule applies to the V Star 250 (XV250) from 2008 onward, through to 2021 and for the foreseeable future until it’s discontinued.

The V Star 250 has (and always has had) a 249cc air-cooled V-twin engine that produces… well, it’s not about how much power. It’s the fact that it’s a super cool looking V-twin that anyone can ride.

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What you need to service the V Star 250

Firstly, you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools. But aside from that, you also need

Oil Yamalube 10W-40 Yamalube 10w-40The manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 (if you ride in heat over 100F/40C). You need 1.4L without changing the oil filter, or 1.6L with changing it, so one gallon/4L should be good for two changes. Tighten the oil drain bolt to 34 Nm (25 ft-lb).
Oil filter KN-145 oil filter Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Standard Yamaha part is 5JX-13440-00-00, or you can use a KN-145. Tighten to 10Nm (7.2 ft-lb) The benefit of the K&N is you don’t need a special tool to remove it (you can use a regular wrench).
Spark plugs LMAR8A-9 spark plugs Triumph Rocker III Use NGK spark plugs with code C6HSA (sold individually). Make sure they’re gapped to 0.6-0.7mm with an appropriate spark plug gapping tool, and tightened to 13 Nm (9.4 lb-ft) with an appropriate torque wrench.
Air filter XV250 V Star 250 maintenance air filter Standard Yamaha part number is 2UJ-14451-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-2588 which is more available.
Chain lube motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain paste Motul chain paste is a highly-regarded chain lubricant to use on the chain (the V Star 250 doesn’t have a belt, unlike nearly all its bigger siblings). You might also need a chain cleaner brush.
Brake padsEBC FA179HH Brake Pads xv250 brake pads The front brake pads have parts code 4HM-W0045-00-00, and the rear brake shoes have parts code 19D-W253E-00-00.
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)
Consumables for Yamaha XV250

Yamaha V Star 250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha V Star 250.

The maintenance for the Yamaha V Star 250 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication. But they’re combined below for ease of use.


  • Mileage is from US-based manuals, and kilometres are from Europe/Australia manuals. The numbers don’t quite align mathematically (but they’re order-of-magnitude similar)
  • Keep following the same periodic maintenance schedule at the end of the indicated distance/time periods.
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, lube the chain, and grease a few parts. They say “Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service” (but we both know you’re going to do it yourself)
  • Air filter: The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  • Hydraulic brake system:
    • When disassembling the master cylinder or caliper cylinder, always replace the brake fluid. Check the brake fluid level regularly and fill as required.
    • Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the master cylinder and caliper cylinder every two years.
    • Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.
Fuel line *• Check fuel and vacuum
hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs *• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace (R)
Valve clearance *• Check and adjust valve clearance
when engine is cold.
breather system *
• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Idle speed *• Check and adjust
engine idle speed.
Exhaust system *• Check for leakage.
• Tighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission
system * (CA only)
• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Air filter*• Clean with solvent.
• Replace if necessary.
Battery*• Check specific gravity and breather hose for proper operation.
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Adjust brake lever free play and replace brake pads if necessary.
Rear brake*• Check operation.
• Adjust brake pedal free play and replace brake shoes if necessary.
Brake hose*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace.Every 4 years.
Brake fluid*Replace (note: omitted from manual in later years, but still do it)Every two years
Wheels*• Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage.
• Tighten spokes 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
• Check bush assemblies for looseness.
• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease.
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and thoroughly lubricate chain (Protect all cable life)
Every 300 mi (500 km) and after the chain gets wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack (R) with lithium-soap-based grease
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.
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.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine
before draining.)
Engine oil filter element• Replace.
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control and
meter cables*
• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly
Throttle grip*• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle
grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and
• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Yamaha V Star 250 Maintenance Schedule Table

About the Yamaha V Star 250

Introduced in 2008, the V Star 250 replaced the Virago 250, but was essentially the same bike spec-wise.

It’s still an ultra light and nimble cruiser with enough torque to get around town, and a nice low seat to help keep your feet on the ground. And the best part is it only kept getting better looking over time — every time I see a 2020 model I do a double take, thinking “wow, nice looking bike”.

The V Star 250 is a good entry-level bike and with a 250 cc engine that has fuel economy rated at 78 mpg, it is a contender for your choice of an economically sound cruiser.

In 2012, there was a minor redesign that changed the shape of the 2008 handlebars and mirrors. You can see the change in the two pictures below.

Manual for the Yamaha V Star 250

2016-2019 Yamaha V Star 250 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha V Star 250 from 2019, with edits and inputs from earlier models since 2008.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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