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Yamaha FZ6R (2009-2013) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2012 Yamaha FZ6R

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha FZ6R. The FZ6R was made between 2009 and 2013, and while it got some tuning updates in that period to improve the response, it remained largely unchanged form a maintenance perspective.

The Yamaha FZ6R is quite different to the Yamaha FZ6 — it’s a lower spec, cheaper model, intended to compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Suzuki SV650.

It makes around 65 hp, but with a more linear torque curve than the FZ6, which is a little lumpy but which screams all the way up past 12,000 rpm.

The FZ6R also trades the FZ6’s aluminium frame for a steel frame. It’s thus heavier, but also cheaper.

On the other hand, the FZ6R has a full fairing, which looks pretty great.

Yamaha FZ6R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FZ6R.

The maintenance for the Yamaha FZ6R is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Yamaha recommends you only maintain the chain and change the oil, plus keep general lubrication up to date, and leave everything else up to a dealer.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • From after 16K miles or 30K km (Europe), repeat every two last maintenance schedules
  • Chain — Clean and lubricate the chain every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain
  • Air filter
    • Change ever 24K miles or 40K km
    • The air filter needs to be replaced more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • After disassembling the brake master cylinders and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake fluid level and fill the reservoirs as required
    • Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinder and calipers, and change the brake fluid
    • Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Fuel line• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.

Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace (R)
Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance (Every 26,600 mi (42,000 km)
Crankcase breather system• Check breather hose
for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary
Fuel injection• Check and adjust engine idle speed and synchronization.
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-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage.
• Replace any
damaged parts.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

Distance (mi, US)60040008000120001600020000
Distance (km, Eur/Aus)100010000200003000040000
ItemTime (mon)1612182430
Air filter element• Replace periodically
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 hoses• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping.
• Replace (every 4 years)
Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace 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
• Check operation and for excessive play.
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease. (Every 32K mi/50K km)
Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain as needed with Motul chain paste
Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
• Moderately repack with lithium soap-based grease (every 12K mi/30K km)
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
• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Engine oil• Change — use Yamalube 10W-40 or Motul 7100
Engine oil
• Replace — use HF204RC
Cooling system• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change with ethylene glycol coolant (C) every 2 years C
Front and rear
brake switches
• Check operation.
Control cables• Apply cable lube (e.g. Protect all cable life) thoroughly.
Throttle grip• Check operation.
• Check throttle grip free play, and adjust if necessary.
• Lubricate cable and grip housing.
Lights, signals
and switches
• Check operation.
• Adjust headlight beam.
Yamaha FZ6R maintenance schedule

About the Yamaha FZ6R

The Yamaha FZ6R is an everyday upright sportbike that’s designed to be comfortable and unintimidating for new riders.

Those looking for a pure sportbike should look at the FZ6 (or the R6…), but the FZ6R is great for everyone else. It’s comfortable from the moment you swing a leg over the seat. It is a sports bike that does not make any earth-shattering claims; just a machine that will leave you smiling after each and every ride.

The Yamaha FZ6R is powered by a 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 13.1:1, providing a great response for a bike of its stature.

On top of that, it’s also one of the first Yamaha bikes to come with a Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system for improved response under all conditions and a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake for excellent cylinder filling and a broader powerband.

Manual for the Yamaha FZ6R

2012 Yamaha FZ6R Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2012 Yamaha FZ6R.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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