This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Yamaha YZF-R7 released in 2021 for the 2022 model year. It’s from the manual, with some reference points from service guides and parts catalogues.
The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 is a sportbike release based on the acclaimed CP2 engine, a 689cc liquid-cooled parallel twin with a 270-degree crankshaft that gives it lively character and a unique bark. It revs to 12000 rpm, but you don’t need to take it that high to get the most out of its midrange-biased torque band.
The CP2 engine (so-named for being a “CrossPlane concept” engine) was first seen in the Yamaha MT-07. The first Yamaha “Crossplane” engine was the CP4, in the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1.
There was an earlier motorcycle named the YZF-R7 around 20 years ago that was an inline four-cylinder race bike produced in very limited quantities. The YZF-R7 is also the consumer successor to the YZF-R6, again, a four-cylinder sportbike that’s now not made in a road-legal version.
Here are all the motorcycles that share the same CP2 engine:
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What you need to service a Yamaha YZF-R7
To service your Yamaha YZF-R7 motorcycle, you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools.
Apart from that, you need the following consumables specific to your motorcycle.
|Part||Yamaha YZF-R7 Spec|
|Engine oil||Yamaha recommends 10W-40 oil of API service SG or higher, or JASO standard MA. You may also opt for a different oil, depending on the range of temperatures you ride in.|
Yamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40. You can also use a high-grade synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40.
|Oil filter||Yamaha’s OEM part number is 5GH-13440-60-00, or HifloFiltro HF204RC for a high-quality and affordable alternative.|
|Air filter||Part number for the air filter is 1WS-14450-00-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-6814.|
|Spark plugs||Stock spark plug is an NGK LMAR8A-9 with an 0.8-0.9mm gap (should come standard, but the maintenance schedule suggests checking the gap).|
|Brake fluid||Spec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.|
|Coolant||Yamaha recommends “Yamacool” coolant which you can get from a dealer, or says if it’s not available, to use “ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion inhibitors for aluminum engines” in a 1:1 ratio. A good and well-regarded option is Zerex Asian Vehicle coolant which is silicate and borate-free.|
|Chain maintenance||The chain needs to be lubricated quite often (especially if it gets wet or dirty). A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.|
|Brake pads||OEM part numbers for the brake pads are 5SL-25805-00 and 5VX-25806-00(rear). |
You can also opt for EBC HH pads, a well-liked alternative to stock pads, for better bite, feel and pad life, though they will also wear your rotors faster (as will all sportier pads). Parts are FA252HH (front) and FA174HH (rear).
|Cable maintenance||Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.|
|Battery||Use a YTZ7S battery if yours goes flat.|
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R7
Below is the full maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R7, adapted from the manual.
The maintenance schedule below has been simplified in a few ways for convenience. For example
- The order of activities and wording is simplified. Yamaha prioritises tasks by regulatory requirements, whereas for example “change the oil and filter” and “lube the chain” are much more top-of-mind for owners (and yet are buried near the bottom in the manual’s schedule)
- Yamaha recommends many items related to braking or steering be serviced by dealers (but that’s up to you).
Maintenance intervals on the Yamaha YZF-R7 are every 4000 miles or ever 6-7000 km per the manual, or ever 6 months (which seems a little excessive, but that’s your call).
|km x 1000||1||7||13||19||25||31|
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||8||12||16||20|
|• [Dealer] Perform diagnostic system check using the Yamaha tool.|
• Check the error codes.
|Change engine oil (warm engine before draining)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace oil filter||✓||✓||✓|
|Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Lubricate control cables (Protect all cable life)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|• Check throttle operation and free play, and adjust if necessary.|
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
|Check spark plug condition. Clean and adjust gap if necessary.||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace spark plugs.||✓||✓|
|Clean air filter check hose||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Adjust fuel injection synchronization.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|• Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.|
• Replace front brake pads if necessary.
|• Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.|
• Replace rear brake pads if necessary.
|• Check clutch operation.|
• Adjust or replace clutch cable.
|Check brake lines for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace brake lines.||4 years|
|Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years|
|Change air filter.||37K km (24K mi)|
|Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold||42K km (26.6K mi)|
|Check fuel lines for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|• Check drive chain slack, alignment and condition.|
• Clean, adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain care kit)
|800 km (500 mi) or after chain gets dirty or wet.|
|• Check wheel runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|• Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.|
• Check air pressure. Correct if necessary.
|Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||19K km (12K mi)|
|Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check swingarm pivot bearings operation and for excessive play.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||50K km (32K mi)|
|Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten, and/or replace gaskets if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grease brake lever pivot lightly with silicone grease.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grease brake pedal pivot lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grease clutch lever pivot lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grease shift pedal pivot lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check sidestand pivot operation. Grease lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grease rear suspension link pivots lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||19K km (12K mi)|
|Check operation of front and rear brake switches.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Correct if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check operation of all lights, signals, and switches.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|• Adjust headlight beam.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||–|
Tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R7
The manual specifies the following tire sizes and pressures (cold). Obviously as this is a sport bike, get the tyre pressure right for your weight, ride style, etc.
|Tyre||Size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR 17 M/C 58W||36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||18/55 ZR 17 M/C 73W||42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar|
The Yamaha YZF-R7 ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, sport bike tyres that a lot of people like.
About the Yamaha YZF-R7 (2022 model)
The Yamaha YZF-R7 caught everyone by surprise when it was announced in 2021 for the 2022 model year.
It wasn’t a direct replacement for the YZF-R6, which had a loyal fan base for it’s “drug-like” insane power delivery and screaming engine. But it shared a visual style, riding position, and some of the high-quality components — just with an engine that produced much less power.
And it wasn’t a replacement for the ancient 1999-2000 YZF-R7 (same name), a limited-run race homologation motorcycle that Yamaha made in 1999 and 2000.
Instead, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 can best be described as an MT-07 but with clip-ons, a fairing, and higher-quality suspension components.
It bridges the gap effectively between the entry-level YZF-R3 and the class-leading YZF-R1, giving sportbike riders a platform they can take to the mountain roads or to the track and have a lot of fun.
The engine powering the YZF-R7 is a gem. Called the CP2, it’s a 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin that needs almost no introduction. Every grinning owner of an MT-07 describes it as lively, sporty, revvy, fun, and makes their bikes “wheelie-prone”.
The front brakes are twin 298mm discs with 4-piston radial-mounted calipers and a Brembo radial master cylinder. The front suspension is a fully-adjustable 41mm fork from KYB. The rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound.
Even though the YZF-R7 is using a middleweight engine, it’s no slouch. You can definitely send the MT-07 north of 200 km/h (140 mph) if you dare, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t hit that top speed on the straights. You just might not hear the jet engine-like roar of the R6 as you do so…
The final clue as to the sporting intentions of the YZF-R7 are the tyres — Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, seen on many other high-end sportbikes.
Manual for the Yamaha YZF-R7
The above maintenance schedule was transcribed from the manual for the Yamaha YZF-R7 for the 2022 model year.
You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.