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Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance (2015+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha R3, the common name for what Yamaha calls the YZF-R3.

This maintenance schedule applies to all the years of the Yamaha YZF-R3 from 2015 onward. There were some updates to the R3, but the maintenance stays the same.

The Yamaha YZF-R3 is powered by a 321 cc liquid cooled 8-valve parallel twin. At peak, the engine makes 42 bhp (31 kW) at 10750 rpm, with torque of 22 ft-lb (30 Nm) peaking at 9000 rpm.

The service schedule is very similar to the one for the Yamaha MT-03 naked sportbike, which shares many of the same components.

In 2019, Yamaha updated the Yamaha YZF-R3. Even though the engine remained the same, a number of external things like the suspension and electronics were updated. If you can do a diagnostic check with Yamaha equipment, then this is the first year you’re recommended to do it.

Also, many Yamaha motorcycles (even those with different engines) use similar reusables like oil filters.

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What you need to service the Yamaha R3

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an R3, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools. Aside from that, you need the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha YZF-R3 Spec
Engine oilYamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 as recommended by Yamaha. The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Other lubricants would do, e.g. Motul 7100 10W-50 or Mobil 1 Synthetic, but that’s your call. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 20 Nm/15 lb-ft 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 Hiflofiltro HF204RC. Torque is 17 Nm/13 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK CR8E. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.7-0.8mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1WD-E4451-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-3215.
Brake padsI recommend EBC double hardened brake pads for extra life and better brake feel. For the R3 and MT-03 you need one set for the front (FA663HH) and one for the rear (FA662HH).
Chain maintenanceMotul 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.
Cable lubeUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
GreaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R3

Yamaha R3 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R3.

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)
  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air (to avoid damaging it)
  • The maintenance schedule from the US manual for the YZF-R3 is a bit different to the one for the Europe / Asia Pacific manuals (which are in km). See below for the differences.

Yamaha YZF-R3 maintenance schedule — USA

Below is the maintenance schedule from the USA manual. It has 3000 mile / 5000 km or 6-month maintenance intervals.

x1000 mi0.647101316
x1000 km1611162126
month1612182430Every
[Y] Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one). Check the error codes
Change engine oil with Yamalube 10W-40, Motul 7100 10W-40When oil change indicator flashes
Check vehicle for oil leakage
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plugs. Adjust gap and clean with gapping tool
Replace spark plugs (NGK CR8E)
Check and adjust valve clearance26600 Mi (42000 Km)
Clean air filter check hose
Replace air filter (part YA-3215)More often if riding in dusty/wet areas
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA663HH)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA662HH)
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Replace rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers2 years
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant with ethylene glycol pre-mix
Check wheel 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 assemblies for looseness
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease
Check drive chain slack, alignment and condition. Adjust and lubricate chain with e.g. Motul chain paste500 mi (800 km) or after getting chain dirty/wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearing with lithium soap-based grease
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, and lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild or replace if necessary.
Check shock operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check front and rear brake switch operation
Lubricate 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 (Protect All Cable Life)
Check lights, signals and switch operation. Adjust headlight beam
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Adjust fuel injection synchronization
Check exhaust for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gasket(s) if necessary
Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary
Check the air induction cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R3

Yamaha YZF-R3 Europe / Asia Pacific maintenance schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for Europe/Asia (well, the rest of the world) for the Yamaha YZF-R3.

Maintenance intervals for the are a lot wider outside the US, 10000 km / 6000 mi or 12 months.

See here for a discussion of Europe vs US maintenance schedules for Yamaha motorcycles.

km x 1000110203040
mi x 10000.66121824Every
[Y] Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool (if you have one). Check the error codesYear
Change engine oil with Yamalube 10W-40, Motul 7100 10W-40Annually or when the oil change indicator flashes.
Check vehicle for oil leakage5000 km (3000 mi)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plugs. Adjust gap and clean with gapping tool
Replace spark plugs (NGK CR8E)
Check and adjust valve clearance40000 km (24000 mi)
Clean air filter check hose
Replace air filter (part YA-3215)More often if riding in dusty/wet areas
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA663HH)Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA662HH)Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clampingYear
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Replace rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers2 years
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant with ethylene glycol pre-mix3 years
Check wheel 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 assemblies for excessive play
Lubricate swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease50000 km (30000 mi)
Check drive chain slack, alignment and condition. Adjust and lubricate chain with e.g. Motul chain paste500 mi (800 km) or after getting chain dirty/wet
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearing with lithium soap-based grease20000 km (12000 mi)
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, and lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage.
Check shock operation and for oil leakage.
Check front and rear brake switch operationYear
Lubricate 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 (Protect All Cable Life)Year
Check lights, signals and switch operation. Adjust headlight beamYear
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessaryYear
Adjust fuel injection synchronizationYear
Check muffler / exhaust screw clamps for looseness
Check the air induction cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.Year
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R3 (Europe/Asia)

Yamaha R3 Tire specs

The recommended tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha R3 are as follows (per the manual)

TireSizePressure (cold)
Front110/70R-17M/C (54H)200 kPa (29 psi)
Rear140/70R-17M/C (66H)250 kPa (36 psi)
Tire size and pressures for the Yamaha R3

About the Yamaha YZF-R3

2022 Yamaha YZF-R3 6 track

The YZF-R3 is a pocket rocket based on Yamaha’s 321 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine. It has the looks of its bigger brethren, the now-deceased YZF-R6 and the still powering-on YZF-R1, but with a much lower power engine, simpler ride gear, and also a more everyday riding position — despite the sporty looks.

The 321 cc engine in the YZF-R3 is simple and modestly powered, but it rips through the rev range, and produces a really linear torque curve that has minimal vibrations anywhere you place it.

It’s a thoroughly modern motor, with a modestly high compression ratio of 11.2:1, dual overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder. It’s the same engine used in Yamaha’s naked variant of the parallel twin sport bike, the MT-03.

At peak, the Yamaha R3 makes 31 kW (42 hp) at 10750 rpm, with torque of 30 Nm (22 ft-lb) peaking at 9000 rpm. Not huge numbers, and it takes a while to get there. But once you get the R3 singing, it’s a really fun engine to ride in the upper limits of the tachometer without being at illegal speeds.

And with a wet weight of only 167 kg, the YZF-R3 is an excellent first track bike. You don’t have to work hard to throw it into corners, and with the limited torque you never have to worry about spinning a wheel on an exit (though that’s a reason you might want to upgrade to a bigger bike).

The suspension on the Yamaha R3 is quite simple. At the front there’s a pair of lightweight 37mm KYB upside-down forks that are not adjustable. And at the rear there’s a preload adjustable monocross shock.

There’s just a single brake up front, a 298 mm floating rotor with a two-piston caliper. ABS is standard. It’s plenty of braking power for everyday use, though for track work it might get a little overcooked.

One of the most wonderful things about the Yamaha YZF-R3 is how — like many Yamaha liquid-cooled motorcycles — the service intervals are quite wide.

There’s an oil service light that lights up every 5-10000 km (3-6000 miles), depending on how you’ve been riding. And valves are serviced so infrequently that it’s likely you’ll have either passed the bike on to the next person, or perhaps sent it to an untimely early demise at the hands of the insurance company (which is what first bikes are for, after all).

The biggest mistake you can make about the Yamaha YZF-R3 is to write it off as an entry-level bike. Just ask anyone who rides a sportsbike on the street but who has a worked-over R3 for their track days. There are plenty of people like that around.

If you do ever want to move on from the YZF-R3 — well, look no further than Yamaha’s new YZF-R7, the middleweight sportbike for everyone.

Manual for the Yamaha YZF-R3

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha R3.

We compared multiple years from 2015 onward for the Yamaha YZF-R3 from Europe and the USA.

You can see some screenshots of the manuals below

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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