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Yamaha V Star 650 (XVS650) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2015-2016 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha V Star 650, also known as the XVS650, XVS650A, and DragStar 650. (Editor’s note: it’s a nice bike, but it’s not honestly a “star” of the drag strip…)

The V Star 650 (also known as the XVS650) is a cruiser motorcycle with a middleweight engine. It was produced since 1997 and remained unchanged for nearly two decades until 2016, when Yamaha stopped producing it. There were some cosmetic changes of course, but nothing major.

There were a few variants of the V Star 650 (much like the V Star 1100):

  • V Star 650 Custom: The base version. It also came in a Midnight Custom blacked out version with black paint and trim.
  • V Star 650 Classic: Same as the custom, but with a wider front wheel, metal fenders, longer bodywork, less styling, drag-style handlebars, a wider seat, and other styling differencces
  • V Star 650 Silverado: Same additions as the classic, but with saddlebags and a few other touring editions

So this maintenance schedule table applies to the (sorry, this will be long):

  • 1998 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 1999 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2000 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2001 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2002 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2003 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2004 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2005 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2006 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2007 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2008 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2009 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2010 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2011 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2012 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2013 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2014 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2015 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
  • 2016 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado
2015-2016 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom

The basic maintenance is exactly the same for all versions of the V Star 650 in every year.

Some things were added to later years of the maintenance schedule, like replacing brake fluid. But they apply equally to earlier years.

Also in earlier maintenance schedules (from the manuals), the order of items mentioned changed. For example, adjusting valve clearance wasn’t mentioned first. But that’s trivial — the intervals were the same.

Yamaha V Star 650 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha V Star 650 (a.k.a. the XVS650) range of motorcycles.

The maintenance for the Yamaha V Star 650 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Notes:

  • X = Perform maintenance task.
  • Items marked with a * are what Yamaha suggests you get a dealer to do. However, any experienced home mechanic can do most of them.

Periodic Maintenance of Emission Control System

1999 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom

TIP

  • From 24000 mi (37000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8000 mi (13000 km) or 12 months.
  • Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.
ItemRoutine600 mi (1k km) or 1 mon.4k mi (7k km) or 6 mon.8k mi (13k km) or 12 mon.12k mi (19k km) or 18 mon.16k mi (25k km) or 24 mon.20k mi (31k km) or 30 mon.
Fuel line* •Check fuel hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Fuel filter* •Replace.Replace
Spark plugs•Check condition.
•Adjust gap and clean.
XXX
•Replace every 8k mi (12k km) or 12 months.XX
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.XXXXXX
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Carburetor synchronization• Adjust synchronization of carburetors.XXXXXX
Idle speed*• Check and adjust engine idle speed.XXXXX
Exhaust system*• Check for leakage.
• Tighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
XXXXX
Evaporative emission control system
(For California only)*
• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
XX
Periodic Maintenance of Emission Control System

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

ItemMaintenance task600 mi (1k km) or 1 mon.4k mi (7k km) or 6 mon.8k mi (13k km) or 12 mon.12k mi (19k km) or 18 mon.16k mi (25k km) or 24 mon.20k mi (31k km) or 30 mon.
Air filter element*• Clean with compressed air.
• Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
XXXXXX
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Adjust brake pedal free play and
XXXXXX
• Replace brake pads if necessary.XXXXX
Rear brake*• Check operation.
• Adjust cable
XXXXXX
• Replace brake shoes if necessary.XXXXX
Brake hose*• Check for cracks or damage.XXXXX
• Replace. Every 4 years
Brake fluid*• Replace. (note: earlier models didn’t require this)Every 2 years
Wheels*• Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage.
• Tighten spokes if necessary.
XXXXXX
Tires*• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
XXXXX
Wheel bearings*• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Swingarm pivot bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.
XRepack (every 16K mi.
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assembly for looseness.XXXXXX
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.Every 16k mi (25k km)
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
XXXXX
Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly.XXXXX
Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Shift pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
XXXXX
Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.XXXXXX
Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
XXXXX
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining).XXXXXX
Engine oil filter• Replace (every second oil change/12 mon.)XXX
Final gear oil• Check oil level and for oil leakage.
• Change at initial 600 mi (1000 km) or 1 month, and thereafter every 16,000 mi (25,000 km) or 24 months.
ChangeXXXChangeX
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation. (Not mentioned in earlier manuals)XXXXXX
Control and meter cables*• Apply cable lubricant or engine oil thoroughly.XXXXXX
Throttle grip housing and cable*• Check operation and free play.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
XXXXX
Lights, signals and switches* (not mentioned in earlier manuals)• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
XXXXXX
Yamaha XVS650 V Star 650 regular maintenance table.

TIP:

  • 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.

About the Yamaha V Star 650

2011 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom

The Yamaha V Star 650 isn’t the most powerful cruiser on the market. It’s not even the most powerful 650 — not by a long shot.

But to those who love the V Star 650, the engine is “just right”. Its oversquare engine with a mild compression ratio puts out around 37 lb-ft (about 50 Nm) of torque at 3,000. At just over 220kg (500 lb) wet, it’s just enough to keep you hustling along all the way well into illegal speeds.

The V Star 650 has a 649cc air-cooled 70 degree V-twin and drives its rear wheel through a shaft drive.

The Yamaha XVS650 has twin Mikuni carburettors with throttle position sensors that give crisp response. A wide-ratio, five-speed transmission makes for a bike that’s both extremely usable while also delivering cruiser-friendly power delivery.

The V Star 650 has light clutch action that’s perfect for novice riders. And servicing it is a doddle:

  • The maintenance-free, transistorized coil ignition provides sure starts and excellent engine performance.
  • A classic, side-mounted air cleaner not only adds that special styling touch but also is easy to service.
  • Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise.
  • A low-maintenance, exposed shaft drive provides quiet, clean, reliable performance.

Basically, there’s rarely anything to do on a V Star 650 other than ride, and that’s part of its joy.

Manual for the Yamaha V Star 650 Custom

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha V Star 650, with input from the owner’s manuals from may years, comparing changes and differences.

V Star 650 mainteance schedule from manual
XVS650 maintenance schedule from manual
1998 v star 650 manual maintenance schedule
Screenshot of earlier 1998 XVS650 mentioning valve clearance first

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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