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Yamaha Bolt XVS950 / XV950R (2014-present, including R-Spec and C-Spec) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2017-2019 Yamaha Bolt- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Bolt — Standard, R-Spec, and C-Spec, from 2014 to present. The Bolt is also known as the XVS950, or XVS950C or XVS950CU in the US, and as the XV950R in Europe.

The Yamaha Bolt was initially released in 2014 and continues to be produced today, in 2021. Even when it was released, it was an old-fashioned, back-to-basics motorcycle, intended to be a throwback that’s cheap and easy to customise. It has basic suspension, an air-cooled engine, a belt drive, and doesn’t have ABS standard (and not even as an option in most markets).

The Bolt is based around the same engine as seen in similar displacement Yamaha Star cruiser motorcycles. It’s a 942cc air-cooled SOHC V-twin. Power is put down via a 5-speed transmission and a belt drive.

The Yamaha Bolt comes in these variations:

  • R-Spec: Slightly up-rated piggyback reservoir shocks and cast alloy wheels
  • C-Spec: Clip-on handlebars

They both come in a variety of colours, depending on the year.

This maintenance schedule thus applies equally to the Yamaha Bolt, Yamaha Bolt C-Spec and Yamaha Bolt R-Spec from any year. The engine and drivetrain didn’t change.

In addition, the maintenance schedule has a lot in common with the Yamaha V Star 950. They share the same fundamentals, but have different engine tunes.

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What you need to service the Yamaha Bolt

If you’re servicing the Yamaha Bolt, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on. (Though you don’t need anything to maintain the chain… because there isn’t one!)

For the Yamaha Bolt’s engine, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha 950 engine spec
OilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 for high ambient heat ranges (up to 120F/50C). You need 4 L (about a US gallon). Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 43 Nm/31 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock one (part 5GH-13440-50-00, used for many Yamaha products) or the K&N KN-204-1. Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR7EA-9. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 13 Nm / 10 lb-ft.
Air filterYamaha part number for the OEM air filter is 3D8-14451-00-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-1307.
Brake padsOEM brake pads are 5S7-W0045-00 for the front and 3D8-25806-00-00 for the rear.

You can also use EBC HH pads for extra life and better brake feel. For front use EBC FA179HH and for rear use EBC FA319/2HH.
Belt tension toolYou use this tool to make sure that the belt has the appropriate tension. The same tool can be used for pretty much every belt-driven motorcycle.
Brake fluidYou need DOT 4 brake fluid to service the brake system.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the V-Star 950 and Bolt

Yamaha Bolt Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Bolt. There are two maintenance schedules, one for the US and the one for Europe/Australia/Asia/New Zealand etc.

  • US Maintenance Schedule — intervals of 4000 miles / 6000 km or 6 months
  • European/Asian maintenance schedule — service intervals of 10000 km (6000 miles) or 12 months

Some other items have similar intervals, but they’re not quite the same. See here for more information about how the metric and US maintenance schedules for Yamaha motorcycles differ.

Notes

  • For higher mileage, continue this maintenance schedule in the pattern indicated.
  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air, to avoid damaging it.

Yamaha Bolt — US maintenance schedule (miles)

Below is the US maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Bolt with 4000 mile / 6000 km or 6 month intervals

See further below for the Europe schedule in kilometres.

mi x 10000.648121620
km x 10001713192531
Months1612182430Every
[Dealers] Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check the error codes.
Change engine oil while engine warm (Yamalube 10W-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check drive belt condition. Replace if damaged. Check belt tension with a belt tension tool. Adjust as necessary2500 mi / 4000 km
Adjust fuel injection synchronization
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean. Replace
Replace the spark plug (CPR7EA-9)
Check and adjust valve clearance.16000 mi / 25000 km
Replace air filter (YA-1307)24000 mi / 37000 km, or more often if riding in dust/rain
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA179HH)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA319/2HH).
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers.2 years
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
Check wheels for and for damage.
Check tire tread depth and for damage.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearing with lithium soap-based grease.32000 mi / 50000 km
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.12000 mi / 19000 km
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners for tightness.
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand operation. Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch operation.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage.
Check rear shock absorber operation and for oil leakage.
Check operation of front and rear brake switches.
Lubricate control cables with cable lubricant thoroughly.
Check throttle grip operation and free play, and adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Check lights, signals, and switch operation. Adjust headlight beam.
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets as necessary.
Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Yamaha Bolt — US Maintenance schedule

Yamaha Bolt (XV950R) — Europe maintenance schedule (kilometres)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Bolt motorcycles from Europe.

Note that the maintenance intervals are every 10000 km or 6000 miles, or annual.

km x 1000110203040
mi x 10000.66121824Every
[Dealers] Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check the error codes.Year
Change engine oil while engine warm (Yamalube 10W-40)Year
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check drive belt condition. Replace if damaged.
Check belt tension with belt tension tool and adjust as necessary
4000 km
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace the spark plug (CPR7EA-9)
Check and adjust valve clearance.20000 km
Check engine idle speedYear
Adjust fuel injection synchronizationYear
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA179HH)Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (FA319/2HH).Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.Year
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers.2 years
Replace air filter (YA-1307)40000 km, or more often if riding in dust/rain
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheels for and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearing with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.Year
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal with lithium soap-based grease lightlyYear
Check sidestand 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. Replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check operation of front and rear brake switches.Year
Lubricate control cables with cable lubricant thoroughly.Year
Check throttle grip operation and free play, and adjust if necessary.
Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Year
Check lights, signals, and switch operation.
Adjust headlight beam.
Year
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets as necessary.
Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Yamaha Bolt — Europe Maintenance schedule (km / annual)

About the Yamaha Bolt

2016 Yamaha Bolt XV950CR Anniversary edition
2016 Anniversary Edition Cafe

The Yamaha Bolt is a middleweight cruiser motorcycle from Yamaha.

The Bolt has a semi-modern air-cooled fuel-injected V-twin engine with 942cc of displacement. It has a single overhead cam design with 60 degrees separation and four valves per cylinder.

So the Bolt has some modern elements — fuel injection and four valves per cylinder — but is decidedly old-school with its air cooling!

The pistons in the Yamaha Bolt are driven with a very low 9.0:1 compression ratio. So there’s a lot of room for improvement with different pistons and a hotter cam (and there’s just one cam per cylinder to hot up).

The Bolt is a simple but attractive machine (especially in R-Spec or C-Spec form), with a 2-into-1 exhaust pipe layout on the right side of the engine. It is meant to be a competitor to other sporty bobbers out there, like the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 or the Indian Scout.

But the Yamaha Bolt has developed its own aesthetic and isn’t trying too hard to be one of those motorcycles. It has a high degree of customizability — that’s what owners of the Bolt really enjoy, making it their own.

2017 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec- Stock Image
Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

Fundamentally, the equipment on the Bolt is very simple. The front brake is a single disc with a two-piston caliper. The front fork is a conventional (non-inverted) fork with a damping rod design. Neither of these screams performance, but they still are enough for simple urban cruising.

Basically, this isn’t a sportbike, but riders of the Bolt are likely looking for exactly this.

Manual for the Yamaha Bolt

The above information comes from the owner’s manual for a recent Yamaha Bolt, but with input from earlier maintenance schedules from manuals.

See how the US manual has 4000 mile (or 6000 km) service intervals.

A screenshot from the European maintenance schedule showing the different service intervals is below.

Yamaha Bolt XV950 maintenance schedule (Europe km)
Europe maintenance schedule – 10000 km intervals

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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