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Yamaha XSR900 (2016-2021) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha XSR900

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2019 Yamaha XSR900. It shares a lot with the maintenance of other motorcycles in the Yamaha range with the 847cc triple engine, like the Tracer 900 or the MT-09.

The Yamaha XSR900 is a standard motorcycle, basically a re-styled MT-09 with a few component changes depending on which market you’re in.

Unlike the MT-09, the 2021 Yamaha XSR900 hasn’t received the upgrades, so this is relevant until then. So you can use this for any XSR900 from 2016-2021 (so far).

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What you need to service the Yamaha XSR900 — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the XSR900, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on. Apart from that, for the Yamaha XSR900, 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 10W-40 or Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W-40.

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 Pro Honda HP 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.

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 XSR900 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XSR900.

The maintenance for the Yamaha XSR900 was broken into two sections (periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication) but they’re combined below for ease of reading.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • Mileage is from the US manuals, and kilometer-based intervals are from the European/APAC manuals. They don’t totally match up but they’re order-of-magnitude similar.
  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, continue in the pattern shown, usually every one or two service intervals. Some items should be done infrequently but still periodically e.g. valve service.
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, lube the chain, and grease external pivot points. They say “Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.”
  • Air filter
    • The XSR900’s air filter has 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.
Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemMonths1612182430
Fuel line*• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Spark plugs*• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace (NGK code CPR9EA9)
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.Every 26K mi (40K km)
Fuel injection*• Adjust synchronization.
Evaporative emission control system* (for California 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
Diagnostic system check*• Perform inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool
• Check the error codes
Air filter element*• Replace.Every 14K 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.
Rear brake*• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Brake hoses*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.Every 4 years
Brake fluid*• Change (DOT 4)Every 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.Every 32K mi (50K km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition
• Adjust and lubricate chain (use Motul chain paste)
Every 500 mi (800 km) or after chain gets wet
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based greaseEvery 12K mi (19K 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.
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 with Yamalube 10W-40 or Motul 7100
Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace (HF204RC)
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks or damage
• Replace if necessary
• Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation.
Control cables*• Lubricate (Protect all cable life)
Throttle grip*• Check operation
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary
• Lubricate cable and grip housing
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam
Maintenance schedule table for the XSR900

About the Yamaha XSR900

The Yamaha XSR900 is a re-styled MT-09 — a little bit classic, but a little bit raving modern.

The XSR900 takes inspiration from Yamaha’s history of sports bikes and motorcycle design, and combines it with high-tech engineering. So it has a round headlight and comfortable handlebars, plus some styling that make it look OK as a naked, but it shares so many components with the MT-09 that it’s really a styling exercise. This is no “heritage” bike — it’s definitely a sport bike that’s designed for twisty roads or aggressive street riding.

The XSR900 has a more comfortable (and taller) seat and more relaxed ergonomics. Taller riders like the fact that they can spread their arms out wider.

From the rider’s perspective, the instrument panel is one of the more distinctive differences between the MT-09 and the XSR900. While the MT-09’s functional LCD gets the job done, it has an odd shape, and isn’t aesthetically for everyone. The XSR900’s single round clock, on the other hand, is legible as well as attractive.

A frequent complaint about the MT-09 (especially earlier years) is under-sprung suspension. The XSR900, while sharing many components with the MT-09, gets fewer of these complaints. Back-to-back testing shows that the XSR900 has harder, more planted suspension, which is a relief!

Another difference is the throttle response. Until the 2021 update for the MT-09, many riders complained of snatchy throttle response that had to be tuned out. The XSR900 has much smoother response on both A and B modes.

Manual for the Yamaha XSR900

2019 Yamaha XSR900 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha XSR900.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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