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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.)

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

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 little beast, and a transistor-controlled ignition (TCI) handles the sparks.

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 California), 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”.

This maintenance schedule thus applies to the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Yamaha XT250.

Yamaha XT250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XT250.

The maintenance for the XT250 is broken into two sections (as with all Yamaha motorcycles): periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System


  • From 19000 mi (31000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months
  • 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)
ItemRoutine600 mi (1k km) or 1 month4k mi (6k km) or 6 months7k mi (11k km) or 12 months10k mi (16k km) or 18 months13k mi (21k km) or 24 months16k mi (26k km) or 30 months
Fuel line*•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
Spark plug•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace every 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months and thereafter every 6000 mi (10000 km) or 12 months
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 and reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts
Emissions maintenance for the Yamaha XT250

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month
4000 mi (6000 km) or 6 months

7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months
10000 mi (16000 km) or 18 months
13000 mi (21000 km) or 24 months
16000 mi (26000 km) or 30 months
Air filter element*• Clean condition and for damage, and replace if necessary
• Replace air filter every 13K mi (21K km) or 24 months
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*• ChangeEvery 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• Check chain slack, alignment and
• Adjust and lubricate chain chain lubricant.
Every 300 mi (500 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain or riding in wet areas
Steering bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for
• 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 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.
Front and rear brake switches*• Check operation
Control cables*• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable 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


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 damaging 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.

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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