Yamaha Raider 2008-2017 XV1900 (including Raider S and SCL) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Raider, including the Raider S (more chrome) and SCL (more bling) models. The Yamaha Raider is also known as the XV1900.

The Raider has a stomping 1854cc (113 cubic inch) V-twin engine. It’s a pushrod engine, though you still are recommended to check the valves. It’s air-cooled and has four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and a belt drive (no chain to maintain! Though you still have to maintain a belt.)

The Yamaha Raider was produced between 2008 and 2017, with a bit of leftover stock. The fundamentals of the bike didn’t change in that time, although there were variations in paint schemes, amount of chrome (Raider S) and other options (SCL).

So this maintenance schedule applies to the Yamaha Raider, Yamaha Raider S, and Yamaha Raider SCL made in from 2008-2017.

The maintenance schedule also has some things in common with the Star Eluder and the Star Venture, which were based on the same big twin.

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Yamaha Raider Service Intervals

The Yamaha Raider has 4000 mile / 6000 km or 6 month maintenance intervals at which point you change the engine oil and do a bunch of other checks.

At 16000 miles (25000 km) you inspect the valves and also repack the steering bearings with new grease.

Since the Raider has a belt drive, you don’t need to maintain it other than making sure it keeps its tension.

What you need to service a Yamaha Raider

Aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you might need the following specific consumables for doing a service on your Yamaha Raider.

ProductPart for Yamaha Raider XVS1900
OilThe manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40, or any other oil that has API service SG type or higher, JASO standard MA. Other oils that Raider owners use are Mobil 1 Synthetic and Yamalube Synthetic 15W-50.
Oil filterOEM Yamaha part is 5GH-1344061-00, or you can use a HF204RC, which you can remove without a special wrench. Tighten to 17Nm (12 ft-lb).
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plugs with code DPR8EA-9 for the Raider. Note the Raider has four spark plugs (two per cylinder)
Air filterStandard Yamaha part number is 1D7-14461-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-1906 which is more available.
Brake FluidYou can use any brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4, a high-grade synthetic.
Cable lubricantProtect all cable life is a popular and affordable lube for cable mechanisms.
Transfer case oilThe manual calls for SAE 80 API GL-4 Hypoid gear oil. Lucas Oil 80W-90 is a popular option.
LubeUse Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based grease to lube external pivot points, bearings, etc.
Belt tensionerUse a belt tension tool to measure the belt tension (and know if you have to make adjustments)
Consumables for Yamaha Raider XVS1900

Yamaha Raider Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Raider XV1900.


  • Each item has a distance or time interval. Do the service at whichever one you get to first (so, yes, it needs some kind of service every six months).
  • Do not clean the air filter with compressed air. Earlier manuals recommended it; later manuals recommend replacing it to avoid damaging the filter and thus the engine.
  • Since this motorcycle is no longer sold new, the break-in schedule is not shown.
mi x 100048121620
km x 1000713192531
Change engine oil (Yamalube 10W-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap (0.8-0.9mm) and clean
Replace spark plugs (NGK DPR8EA-9)
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold16000 mi (25000 km)
(Distance interval only)
Replace air filter24000 mi (37000 km), or more often if riding in rain / dusty areas
Check fuel hose for crack and damage. Replace if necessary
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Adjust throttle cable free play. Lubricate the cable and grip housing.
Check and adjust engine idle speed.
Check front and rear brake operation, fluid level, and for leakage.
Check and replace brake pads if necessary
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and inner parts of brake master cylinder and brake caliper pistons2 years
Replace the brake hoses4 years
Check drive belt condition, replace if damaged. Check and adjust belt tension if necessary.2500 mi (4000 km)
Check transfer case for leakage
Change transfer case oil (Lucas Oil 80W-90)
Check clutch operation and for fluid leakage. Correct if necessary.
Check wheels for runout and damage.
Check tires for cracks and damage. Replace if necessary.
Lubricate control cables (Protect all cable life)
Check front fork operation and for leakage.
Check steering bearing assembly for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearing with lithium soap-based grease16000 mi (25000 km)
Check rear swingarm pivot bearing assembly for looseness.
Lubricate rear suspension link pivots with lithium soap-based grase lightly
Check shock absorber for leakage. Repair / replace if necessary
Lubricate brake lever with silicone grease lightly
Lubricate clutch lever, brake pedal, and shift pedal with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand pivot operation and lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.
Check sidestand switch and clean or replace if necessary.
Check front and rear brake switches. Replace if necessary
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Tighten/replace as necessary
Check lights, signals, and switches, and adjust headlight beam.
Check wheel bearings for smooth rotation.
Check crankcase ventilation hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Check exhaust system for leakage. Retighten/replace gaskets if necessary.
Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Yamaha Raider maintenance schedule

About the Yamaha Raider XV1900

Yamaha Raider XV1900 action LHS with panniers and crash bars

The Yamaha Raider, also known as the Star Raider, is Yamaha’s big-bore “factory chopper”.

It’s based on a high-performance 1854cc (113 cubic inch) air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 4 valves per cylinder, 48 degree, V-twin power plant.

It gets to maximum torque occurs at a ridiculous low 2,500 rpm, while peak power occurs at 4,500 rpm, giving acceleration right from launch with great pulse & torque feel.

Yes, the Raider’s engine is old-fashioned. The engine is a pushrod design, just like old-school Harley-Davidsons. However, it does have four-valve design.

The Yamaha Raider has a few options to make it easy to live with. It has a mechanical centrifugal decompression system for those huge pistons to help with fast, easy starts. The engine has dual counter balancers to reduce engine vibrations. And finally, the belt drive — just like on many cruisers — means you don’t have to stop to maintain the final drive every ride.

Maintaining the Yamaha Raider XV1900 is fairly unintimidating. The Raider has 4000 mile or 6000 km maintenance intervals, and 16000 mile / 25000 km valve adjustment intervals.

Front brakes on the Raider are an impressive twin 298 floating setup with 4-piston monoblock calipers. Suspension however is by a traditional non-adjustable fork, and by a single shock (that’s hidden for a classic “hardtail” look).

Manual for the Yamaha Raider

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2017 Yamaha Raider. The same maintenance schedule can be seen on manual for many years and variants of the Raider.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

It’s essentially identical to the owners manuals for other years of the Raider, e.g. the 2008 one shown below.

2008 Yamaha Raider S owners manual screenshot
2008 Yamaha Raider S owners manual maintenance interval screenshot

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