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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.

The Yamaha V Star 650 is one of the lowest-maintenance motorcycles you can buy. The combination of a shaft drive, an air-cooled V-twin, and a low compression ratio of 9.0:1 mean that there’s little to do on the V-Star 650. (No fuel injection, though!)

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 differences
  • 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 1998-2016 V Star 650 (XVS650), including Classic, Custom, and Silverado.

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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.

What you need to service the Yamaha V Star 650

If you want to service your V Star 650, you’ll need the below consumable items.

PartYamaha V Star 650 spec
OilThe manual for this aging motorcycle says 10W-30 or 20W-40, but Yamalube 10W-40 will cover you. Tighten the oil drain bolt to 43 Nm / 31 lb-ft.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every second time you change the oil. A good drop-in replacement is the Hiflofiltro HF145.
Spark PlugsNGK DPR7EA-9. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm / 13 lb-ft.
Air filterYou can normally clean the air filter. If you need to replace it, the part number is 4TR-14451-00. The K&N part YA-6598 is a drop-in replacement.
Brake pads/shoesFor the front disc front use EBC FA179HH. You can also buy Niche’s V Star 650 brake pad and shoe set.
Brake fluidUse DOT 4 brake fluid to service the brake system. (the clutch has a cable)
Final drive oilYou need SAE80 API “GL-4” hypoid gear oil such as Lucas Oil 80W-90. Tighten the bolt to 23 Nm / 17 lb-ft.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the V Star 650

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.


  • From 24000 mi (37000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals in the patterm shown.
  • Per Yamaha, items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills, Yamaha recommends you have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.
  • The air filter needs more frequent service if you ride 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.

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

Periodic Maintenance of Emission Control System

1999 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom
Distance (mi x 1000, US)0.648121620
Distance (km x 1000, Eur/APAC)11020304050
Fuel line* •Check fuel hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary.
Fuel filter* •ReplaceX
Spark plugs•Check condition.
•Adjust gap and clean.
•Replace every 8k mi (12k km) or 12 months with NGK DPR7EA-9.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.
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.
Evaporative emission control system (CA only)• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Emissions — V-Star 650 maintenance

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)0.648121620
Distance (km, Eur/APAC)11020304050
Air filter element*• Clean with compressed air.
• Replace if necessary (K&N YA-6598)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
Front brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Adjust brake pedal free play
• Replace brake pads if necessary.XXXXX
Rear brake*• Check operation.
• Adjust cable
• Replace brake shoes if necessary.XXXXX
Brake hose*• Check for cracks or damage.XXXXX
• Replace. 4 years
Brake fluid*• Replace with DOT 4 brake fluid2 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 bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack (R) with lithium-soap-based grease.
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assembly for looseness.XXXXXX
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.X16K mi / 25K km
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake lever• Apply silicone grease lightly.XXXXX
Brake pedal • Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Clutch lever• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Shift pedal• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.XXXXX
Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.XXXXXX
Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining) with Yamalube 10W-40XXXXXX
Engine oil filter• Replace (every second oil change/12 mon.) with Hiflofiltro HF145XXX
Final gear oil• Check (C) oil level and for oil leakage.
• Replace (R) at initial service, then every 16K mi/25K km or 24 months (use Lucas Oil 80W-90)
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation. (Not mentioned in earlier manuals)XXXXXX
Control and meter cables*• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly.XXXXXX
Throttle grip housing and cable (not mentioned separately in some manuals)• Check operation and free play.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Lights, signals and switches* (not mentioned in earlier manuals)• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Yamaha XVS650 V Star 650 regular maintenance table.

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 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.

Some items (small things) weren’t mentioned in some manuals, or not called out explicitly. We’ve included everything in the above schedule as there’s no harm.

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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