Yamaha R1 4th Gen (2007-2008) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen replacing the previous generation R1 that was from 2004-2006.

Here are all the Yamaha YZF-R1 maintenance schedules in case you’re looking for one of those:

The 4th gen Yamaha R1 brought with it significant changes, both internally and externally.

Internally, Yamaha ditched the 5-valve-per-cylinder design for a more traditional 4-valve-per-cylinder engine block. This gave the motorcycle better mid-range and better road manners — for better or worse.

The chassis also gets updated by way of new frame, swingarm and suspension.

The 2007 Yamaha R1 also got full ride by wire, with Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) governing fuelling.

The 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 was replaced by the 2009 Yamaha R1 “Crossplane”.

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What you need to service a 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen

Below is a list of consumable items you may need to service your 2007-2008 4th generation Yamaha R1.

Part/consumable2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen specification.
Engine oilYamaha recommends using their own motor oil, which is affordable and good. Yamalube 10W-40 covers a huge range of operating temperatures, from below freezing to above 100 degrees F / 40 degrees C. You can also use a high-grade synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40.
Yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterReplace every 2nd oil change. Many 4th gen R1 owners use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC for easy replacement (you can use a normal wrench).
Spark plugsYou need four spark plugs for the YZF-R1, NGK CR9EK for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1.
Air filterUse K&N air filter YA-1007 for the 2007-2008 model.
Chain lubricantA really popular chain lubricant that’s low-mess and highly effective is Motul chain paste.
Brake and Clutch FluidYamaha requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid. Castrol DOT 4 is a good option.
CoolantValvoline Zerex G05 meet’s Yamaha’s requirements for an ethylene-glycol anti-freeze with corrosion-prevention properties.
Cable lubricantKeeping good clutch action depends on having a well-lubricated chain. You can use engine oil, but Protect All Cable Life is an affordable and well-used staple of maintenance.
Mechanical greaseIt’s important to grease moving parts, like the sidestand and sometimes bearings, to keep them from getting notchy or seizing. Valvoline moly-fortified grease meets a lot of needs.
2007-2008 3rd Gen Yamaha R1 consumables

Yamaha R1 4th Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th Gen. It’s the same content as the manual, but simplified for easy legibility.

Notes:

  1. Yamaha recommends that you get a dealer or mechanic to service everything other than the brakes, chain, and lubricating the controls.
  2. There is a maintenance schedule from the US manual, and one from the European manual. The US manual has 4000 mile / 6 month service intervals, where as the European one has longer 10000 km / 12 month service intervals.
  3. After the last maintenance interval, continue repeating the schedule in the pattern shown.
  4. The break-in service is not shown (as this bike is no longer sold new, so they’re all broken in).

Yamaha R1 4th gen (2007-2008) Maintenance Schedule — North America

Below is the North American maintenance schedule with 4000 mile / 6000 km and 6 month maintenance intervals.

See further below for the Europe/Oceania maintenance schedule.

mi x 100048121620
km x 1000713192531
months612182430Every
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
Replace spark plugs (NGK CR9EK)
Check and adjust valve clearance26.6K mi (42K km)
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Adjust fuel injection synchronization
Check exhaust for leakage. Tighten if necessary. Replace gasket(s) if necessary
Check EXUP system operation, cable free play and pulley position
Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts if necessary
Replace air filter (YA-1007)24K mi (37K km), more often when riding in dust/wet
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal parts of caliper and master cylinders2 years
Check wheels for runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearing with with lithium soap-based grease30K mi / 50K km
Check chain slack, alignment and condition. Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)Every 500 mi (800 km), or after riding in rain/wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness
Repack steering bearings with lithium-soap based grease
Check steering damper operation and for oil leakage
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand pivot operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild / replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension link pivot operation. Correct if necessary.
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)
Replace oil filter cartridge (HF204RC)
Check cooling hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant (Valvoline Zerex G05)
Check front and rear brake switch operation
Apply lubricant thoroughly to control cables (Protect all cable life)
Check throttle operation and free play. Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary. Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
Check operation of lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam
Yamaha R1 (2009-2014) maintenance schedule

Yamaha R1 4th gen (2007-2008) Maintenance Schedule — Europe/Oceania

Below is the European / Australian / New Zealand / Asian maintenance schedule with longer 10000 km / 6000 mile or 12 month service intervals.

km x 100010203040
mi x 10006121824Every
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessaryYear
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
Replace spark plugs (NGK CR9EK)
Check and adjust valve clearance40K km (24K mi)
Adjust fuel injection synchronizationYear
Check mufflers/exhaust pipes for looseness. Tighten if necessary.
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts if necessaryYear
Replace air filter (YA-1007)More often when riding in dust/wet
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clampingYear
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal parts of caliper and master cylinders2 years
Check wheels for runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheel bearings for looseness or damage.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.
Lubricate swingarm pivot bearing with with lithium soap-based grease 50K km / 30K mi
Check chain slack, alignment and condition. Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)Every 800 km (500 mi), or after riding in rain/wet
Check steering bearings play and for roughness.
Lubricate steering bearings with lithium-soap based grease
Check steering damper operation and for oil leakage
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightlyYear
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly.Year
Check sidestand pivot operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.Year
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.Year
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild / replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check operation of rear suspension relay arm and connecting arm pivot points.
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)Year
Replace oil filter cartridge (HF204RC)
Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.Year
Change coolant (Valvoline Zerex G05) 3 years
Check front and rear brake switch operationYear
Apply lubricant thoroughly to moving parts and cables (Protect all cable life)Year
Check throttle operation and free play. Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary. Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.Year
Check operation of lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam.Year
Yamaha R1 (2009-2014) maintenance schedule (Europe/Oceania)

About the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1

2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 4th gen blue on track

Yamaha announced the 2007 model YZF-R1 in late 2006.

It continued the general story of the YZF-R1: a “no-compromises” approach to a sports bike that’s built for the track first but with some street-legal parts on it for the rest of the world.

Fundamentally, the YZF-R1 remained the same: a literbike based on an inline four-cylinder 998cc engine.

But Yamaha modified the 2007 model, giving it an all-new top-end. They ditched the 5 valve-per-cylinder Genesis layout, and moved to a traditional 4-valve-per-cylinder design, like the majority of modern motorcycles.

It’s a short-stroke engine, with a 77mm bore and 53.6mm stroke, letting it rev high for more top-end power. The 2007 R1 makes a claimed 132.4 kW / 180 hp at 12500 rpm, with peak torque of 112.7 Nm / 83 ft-lb arriving at 10000 rpm.

That’s a lot of power for a bike with no rider aids other than the pilot’s self control!

Yamaha also gave the 2007 YZF-R1 a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) electronic variable-length intake funnel system and Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) fly-by-wire throttle system.

Other changes include a slipper-type clutch (ok fine, that’s a rider aid), all-new aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm, six-piston radial-mount front brake calipers (up from four) with 310mm discs, a wider radiator, and M1 styling on the new large ram-air ports in the front fairing.

Like most modern superbikes, the 2007-2008 YZF-R1 only starts making serious torque around 6000 rpm, and then reaches the peak around 9-10K — at which point you’re doing freeway speed limits in first gear. So it’s a very top-end bike that doesn’t really like to play nice at low speeds.

To help you come down to low speeds are two big 310mm discs up front and 6-piston calipers. Yamaha later reduced this back down to 4-piston calipers — these days, 6 pistons setups are rarely (if ever) seen.

And the suspension on the 2007-2008 R1 is fully adjustable. The shock is adjustable for high and low-speed compression damping, and has a piggyback reservoir to boot.

These days, we know the 2007-2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 4th gen as being the last of the R1 line before the “crossplane crankshaft” engine format took over in the 2009 Yamaha R1.

Manual for the 2007-2008 Yamaha R1

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1. We also consulted various parts fiches for other info.

2007-2008 Yamaha R1 4th gen maintenance screenshot

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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