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Yamaha YZF-R15 3rd gen (2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Yamaha YZF-R15 blue in front of wall

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha YZF-R15, an entry-level commuter motorbike that is extremely popular, particularly in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It’s also just known as the Yamaha R15 or just the R15.

The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a small single-cylinder motorcycle that has been made since 2008. The previous generation/generations of R15 were made with a 150cc engine, but in 2017 it got an upgrade of 5cc to 155cc.

The R15 runs a SOHC 4-valve engine with fuel injection and VVT that makes well… not very much power, but (just) enough to get you onto the freeway.

The YZF-R15 is very economical and is a popular choice of scoot for delivery riders. Plus, it looks sharp!

The YZF-R15 is styled after the very popular (and much more powerful, in comparison) YZF-R3, but is a totally different motorcycle.

Yamaha YZF-R15 blue 2

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What you need to service the Yamaha YZF-R15

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an YZF-R15, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools. Aside from that, you need the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha YZF-R15 spec
Engine oilYamaha suggests SAE 20W40 Yamalube (SG grade oil). Yamalube 10W-40 is a good substitute and much more available.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. The Hiflofiltro HF141 is an affordable and high-quality aftermarket substitute.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK CR8E as per the manual, with gap at 0.7-0.8mm.
Air filterThe K&N equivalent part number is YA-1208.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R15

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

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 YZF-R15 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R15. This is straight from the manual, modified slightly to fit this screen.

You maintain the R15 every 3000 km or 2000 miles.

Why so short a maintenance schedule? Well, largely because bikes like these run usually slowly (averaging ~40 km/h), so if you think about it in terms of time spent running rather than distance travelled, it becomes more equivalent.

Couple that with the fact that they usually run in high-stress conditions, squeezing the most out of the engine in start-stop traffic, and being started many times a day (cold ignition is high-stress) and it makes more sense.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • From the end of the maintenance schedule, follow it in the pattern shown (every 1, 2, or 4 maintenance intervals)
  • Air filter: Service the air filter more often if you ride in dusty or wet conditions.
  • Hydraulic brake service:
    • Regularly check the brake and clutch 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 or if cracked or damaged.
ItemOdometer (x 1000 km):13691215Every
Fuel line* Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
Spark plug* Check condition.
* Clean and reset the gap
Spark plug* Replace. (NGK CR8E)
Valves* Check valve clearance.
* Adjust.
Air filter* Clean.
Air filter* Replace. (YA-1208)
Battery* Check Battery output voltage
Clutch* Check operation.
* Adjust.
* Lubricate Lever (Silicone grease)
Front brake* Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads (whenever worn to limit)
Rear brake* Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads (whenever worn to limit)
Brake lines* Check for cracks or damage.
* Replace.4 years
Wheels* Check runout and for damage.
Tyres* Check tread depth and for damage.
* Replace if necessary.
* Check air pressure.
* Correct if necessary.
Wheel bearings* Check bearing for looseness or damage.
Swingarm* Check operation and for excessive play.
Swingarm* Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.
Drive chain* Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
* Adjust and thoroughly lubricate chain.
500 km or after chain gets wet
Steering bearings* Check bearing play and steering for roughness
Steering bearings* Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.
Chassis fasteners* Make sure that all nuts, bolts, and screws are properly tightened
Sidestand* Check operation.
* Lubricate.
Front fork* Check operation and for oil leakage
Shock absorber assembly* Check operation and shock absorber for oil leakage
Injector* Check operation
* Adjust engine idling speed
Engine oil* Change (Yamalube 10W-40)
* Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage
Engine oil filter element* Replace (HF141)10K km
Cooling system* Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage
Cooling system* Change coolant. (Any ethylene glycol pre-mix)2 years
Front and rear brake switches* Check operation
Moving parts and cables* Lubricate (Protect all cable life)
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
Air induction system* Check the air cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage
* Replace any damaged parts if necessary.
Lights, signals, and switches* Check operation
* Adjust headlight beam (if necessary)
Yamaha YZF-R15 maintenance schedule table

Yamaha YZF-R15 Tire specs

The recommended tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R15 are as follows (per the manual)

TireSizePressure (cold)
Front80/90-17 M/C 44P200 kPa (29 psi)
Rear100/80-17 M/C 52P225 kPa (33 psi)
Tire size and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R15

The R15 ships stock with MRF/Zapper tyres.

About the Yamaha YZF-R15

The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a very efficient commuter, but it’s not just that. Like other motorcycles in the R series, it’s a sportbike that you might just have fun bouncing off the rev limiter and getting the absolute most out of it.

Even though it’s used quite often by delivery riders, it’s a lot more entertaining than a twist-and-go scooter.

The third-generation R15 made from 2017 onward is actually capable of hitting freeway speeds despite its diminutive engine. Having a big delivery box on the back may slow you down slightly though! But otherwise, you can sit on 110 km/h, which will get you into trouble in many places (don’t do it other than on the freeway). You can get it to 135 km/h, but you’ll need a straight, flat road, and no headwinds!

This is achieved partly because of the VVT system the new R15 has. This gives it a power boost up to about 13 kW (18 hp) at 10,000 rpm. It also gives the engine a bit more gusto than previous models.

The clip-on style bars are really good for riding in a sporty way, but if you’re a learner rider, you might find them a little tricky when learning to do slow, tight turns.

But you don’t lean over very far to get to the bars. Think of it as a sportbike from the days when sportbikes were still comfortable (i.e. the 1990s). There are other things that make the R15 very easy to ride, too, like its feather-light weight (130 kilograms) and a slipper clutch.

One thing that really stands in the R15’s favour is just how great it looks. It borrows a lot from its bigger siblings the R3 and even the R1. Side-by-side there are obvious size and quality differences, but to the casual observer, the R15 is just excellent.

Yamaha YZF-R15 red and white

Manual for the Yamaha YZF-R15

The above information was gleaned from the service manual for the Yamaha YZF-R15.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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