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Yamaha XT250 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016-2019 Yamaha XT250

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha XT250, produced in its third generation from 2008. (There were two previous generations of XT250, the last one ending in 1991.)

This maintenance schedule applies to the 2008-2021 Yamaha XT250. The XT250 is a dual sport motorcycle by Yamaha that almost stands in a class of its own.

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What you need to service a Yamaha XT250

To service a Yamaha XT250, aside from common motorcycle maintenance tools, you need a few common parts.

PartYamaha XT250 Spec
Engine oilYamalube 10W-40
Oil filterHiflofiltro HF145
Spark plugNGK DR7EA, spark gap 0.6-0.7m
Brake fluidDOT 4
Air filterYA-2509
Chain cleanerMotul chain paste
Brake padsFront: EBC FA275HH, Rear: EBC FA152R
CoolantIt’s air-cooled 🙂
Yamaha XT250 parts for maintenance

Yamaha XT250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XT250.


  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, repeat every 1, 2, or 4 intervals (observe the pattern in the table)
  • Service intervals in the US are in miles, and are shorter than Europe/Australia spec (in Km)
  • Yamaha says “Items marked with an asterisk (*) require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service” (editor: but I know you won’t)

Air filter

  • The XT250’s air filter has a disposable oil-coated paper element. Don’t clean it with compressed air as you might damage it.
  • The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas

Hydraulic brake service

  • After disassembling the brake master cylinder 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 cylinder and caliper, and change the brake fluid
  • Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.
x 1000 mi (US).647101316
x 1000 km (Eur/Aus/NZ)1610203040
ItemRoutine1 mon6 mon12 mon18 mon24 mon30 mon
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plug•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace (R) periodically
Spark arrester•Clean
Valve clearance*•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold
Crankcase breather system*•Check breather hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Fuel injection*•Check and adjust engine idle speed
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
Air induction system*•Check the air cut valve, reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts
Air filter element*• Clean condition and for damage, and replace if necessary
• Replace (R)R
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 hose*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace (Every
4 years)
Brake fluid*• Change (Every
2 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 bushes*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease
Drive chain (*every 300 mi/500 km, or after chain gets wet)• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain chain lubricant.
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 assembly*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension link pivots*• Check operation
• Correct if necessary
Engine oil• Change (Warm engine before draining)
Engine oil filter element• Replace.
Brake switches*• Check operation
Control cables*• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly
Throttle grip*• Check operation
• Check throttle grip free play and adjust if necessary
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing.
Lights, signals and switches*• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam
Emissions maintenance for the Yamaha XT250

About the Yamaha XT250

The Yamaha XT250 is a cult classic simple on/off-road motorcycle powered by a fuel-injected air-cooled 249cc thumper (a single-cylinder engine).

It’s an easy to ride single-cylinder motorcycle that gives you over 30km on a litre of fuel. That’s twice the fuel economy of a Prius!

The piston is significantly oversquare, with respective bore and stroke of 74mm and 58mm.

Yamaha’s fuel-injection system feeds the motor, and a transistor-controlled ignition (TCI) handles the ignition.

Power figures vary depending on whose dyno is used, but unofficially the XT250 puts out around 17 horsepower. This is barely enough for highway speeds (and flat-out inadequate if you’re in the US where highway speeds are fast), but is fine for its designed purpose and makes the XT250 capable in rough terrain and on other-than-interstate roads.

Lastly but possibly most importantly, Rambo rode an XT250 in the 1982 movie “First Blood”.

Manual for the Yamaha XT250

The above maintenance schedules were from the manual, though we altered the format slightly so it would fit the screen better (removing the numbering and the column for the asterisks).

2016-2019 Yamaha XT250 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha XT250.

It remained largely unchanged between 2008 and today.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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