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Yamaha Warrior XV1700 (2002-2009) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2009 Yamaha Warrior midnight Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Warrior XV1700, also known as the Yamaha Road Star Warrior. The Yamaha Warrior was sold between 2002 and 2009.

The Yamaha Warrior came under a few names, including the Road Star Warrior and the Midnight Warrior (a.k.a. Road Star Warrior Midnight) for the all-blacked out version.

All Yamaha Warrior XV1700 share the shame platform, a 1670cc V-twin air-cooled pushrod motor, which was a bored out 1602cc engine from the XV1600. On top of that, Yamaha gave the revised engine hotter cams, a revamped exhaust, and a new airbox. The net effect is a 15% power increase over its predecessor and a higher redline, resulting in 62 kW (84 hp) and 135 Nm (100 ft-lb) of torque.

Harley-Davidson stole the early 2000s with their V-Rod, but Cycle World said that despite being lower tech (how ironic for Yamaha), the Yamaha Warrior was a close second.

2010 Yamaha Road Star Warrior Midnight
2010 Yamaha Road Star Warrior Midnight

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Yamaha Warrior Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Warrior.

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

Notes on this maintenance schedule:

  • The service intervals are miles from the US manual, and km from the European/Asia-Pacific manuals. They dont’ quite match up, I know, but they’re similar in order of magnitude.
  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, continue in the pattern shown.
  • Items marked with an asterisk (*): Yamaha says “Since these items require special tools, data and technical skills, Yamaha suggests you have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.” Basically they only want you to grease the chain and external pivot points and change the oil.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/APAC)10001000020000300004000050000
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace every 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.
• Adjust if necessary.
Every 16,000 mi (25,000 km).
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Fuel injection*• Check and adjust engine idle speed and synchronization.
Exhaust system*• Check for leakage.
• Tighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission control system*(For California only)• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Emissions maintenance — Yamaha Warrior XV1700

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)10001000020000300004000050000
Air filter element*• Replace.Every 24,000 mi (37,000 km)
Clutch*• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
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.
• Replace.Every 4 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.
• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
Swingarm pivot bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease.
Drive belt*• Check belt tension.
• Adjust if necessary.
Every 2,500 mi (4,000 km)
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack 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 level 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 assembly*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension link pivots*• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Engine oil• Change (warm engine before draining).
Engine oil filter cartridge*• Replace.
Transfer case oil* • Check for leakage.
• Change periodically or every 24 months
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control cables*• Apply Yamaha chain and cable lube or engine oil thoroughly.
Throttle grip housing and cable*• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Maintenance schedule for Yamaha Warrior


  • 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 them.
    • The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • After disassembling the brake master cylinders and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required.
    • 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.

About the Yamaha Warrior XV1700

The Yamaha Warrior is a power cruiser, or according to Yamaha, possibly a sport bike.

This is a somewhat dubious claim, considering the platform — a big, heavy bike, hung low, with a pushrod valve actuated air-cooled long stroke engine, feet forward… need I go on… it’s obviously a cruiser.

But Yamaha has added details to the Yamaha Warrior to make sure it performs better than other cruisers of the same category. For starters, the front suspension is derived from the Yamaha R1 — it has upside-down Kayaba forks, though they’re preload adjustable only. Yamaha also added in beefy top and bottom triple clamps to increase fork rigidity.

On the rear, Yamaha has link rear suspension, with a preload and damping adjustable single rear shock. It’s hidden away though, so you think it’s still a hardtail cruiser (but they don’t make those anymore).

Front braking is also high spec — dual 298mm disc brakes with 4-piston monoblock calipers on fully floating rotors. Finally, in the handling department, Yamaha has included lightweight 5-spoke wheels to reduce unsprung mass.

The result of the handling is surprising. Even though this is a classic cruiser, it has enough cornering clearance, steering agility, suspension competence, and tyre grip to let you get pretty lively with it in back roads. At the time, it was the closest bridge between sport bikes and cruisers that existed, though since then, the Diavel has taken that crown.

But the real star of the show is the engine, a 1670cc (102 cubic inch) 48-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder. It runs a very modest 8.3:1 compression ratio and is air cooled. It provides massive torque, with most of it available at 2500 rpm, and gives the Yamaha Warrior a very aggressive pull.

The Midnight Warrior is the meaner, darkened version of the standard Warrior. If the casual silver/ chrome cruiser looks on the Warrior were not enough, the grim, shiny Midnight should quench your thirst for evil bikes. Naturally, it has the same 1engine

 Manual for the Yamaha Warrior

2009 Yamaha Midnight Warrior Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha Warrior.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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