Yamaha Stryker (XVS1300CU) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Stryker, also known as the XVS1300CU, made between 2011 and 2017.

The Yamaha Stryker is another minimalist cruiser from Yamaha in the same vein of the Bolt, but based on a different platform. It’s the tougher cousin to the other XVS1300 motorcycles (like the Yamaha V Star 1300), but its internals are the same — it’s powered by the same liquid-cooled fuel-injected 1304cc 60-degree V-twin. But the chassis and look are entirely different, with a kicked-out chopper front, less chrome, modern lights, and a minimalist look.

You can also consider it a little sibling to the Yamaha Raider. But comparing the Stryker with other bikes in the line doesn’t quite do it justice as it stands easily on its own.

The Yamaha Stryker is indeed a “striking” looking motorcycle… kind of a fully customised cruiser right off the factory floor. The engine is a modern one (four valves per cylinder!) making 100Nm at a low 3,000 rpm (max torque 113 Nm/82 ft-lb @ 4K rpm), and revs more than most cruiser engines — though its still a cruiser that you’ll short-shift.

The Yamaha Stryker has a belt driven rear wheel. So even though it’s liquid-cooled, maintenance is slightly easier than on a chain-driven motorcycle — though you still do have to check belt tension.

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What you need to service the Yamaha Stryker

Here’s a quick shopping list for the main things you need to service your Yamaha Stryker.

At its core, it’s a fuel-injected V-twin with a belt-driven rear, so what you need to service it is pretty scarce. Mostly filters, spark plugs, and fluids. But you do need to keep the belt tension in check.

ProductPart for Yamaha Stryker XVS1300
OilThe manual suggests Yamalube 10W-40, or any other oil that has API service SG type or higher, JASO standard MA.
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 LMAR7A-9 for the Stryker.
Air filterStandard Yamaha part number is 1D7-14461-00-00. You can also use the K&N part YA-1307 which is more available.
CoolantThe Stryker is liquid cooled. Use a high quality ethylene glycol-based coolant. Don’t use water.
Brake FluidYou can use any DOT 4 brake fluid (the one we recommend is a high-grade synthetic one)
Cable lubricantProtect all cable life is a popular and affordable cable lube.
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 Stryker XVS1300CU

Yamaha Stryker Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Stryker. It’s the same information as from the manual, but presented in a much easier-to-read format.

In the original manual, Yamaha broke maintenance into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication. These are combined and re-ordered in a more intuitive way for everyday maintenance.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • The maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Stryker in the US is different from the Yamaha Stryker’s service intervals in Europe. In the US it’s 4000 miles / 6000 km or 6 months, and in Europe it’s 10000 km / 6000 miles or 12 months, with other various changes in details (e.g. in the valve service interval). See here for more info in US vs Europe maintenance intervals for Yamaha motorcycles.
  • Yamaha originally recommended many items (other than oil changes and greasing) to be done by mechanics, especially those related to safety and emissions.
  • The break-in service is omitted (as this bike is no longer sold new).

Yamaha Stryker — US Maintenance Schedule

The below maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Stryker is from US manual. Maintenance intervals are 4000 mile / 6000 km or 6 months, with 16000 mi valve service intervals.

mi x 100048121620
km x 1000713192531
Months612182430Every
Change engine oil (Yamalube 10w-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean. Replace (R) spark plugs (LMAR7A-9)RR
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Adjust if necessary.16000 mi / 25000 km
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Replace air filter (K&N YA-1307)24000 mi / 37000 km. Do not clean with compressed air. Replace more often if riding in dusty/rainy conditions.
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. Check for correct routing and clamping.
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of calipers/master cylinders2 years
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 bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack swingarm bearings with lithium soap-based grease.
Check drive belt condition and tension (belt tension tool). Replace if damaged. Adjust if necessary.2500 mi/ 4000 km
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease16000 mi / 25000 km
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.
Brake lever — Apply silicone grease lightly.
Brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal — Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand pivot — Check operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch — Check operation and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension pivots — apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check cooling hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)2 years
Check front and rear brake switch operation.
Lubricate control and meter cables. (Protect All Cable Life).
Check throttle grip operation. Check throttle grip free play. Adjust if necessary. Lubricate throttle cable and grip housing.
Check lights, signals, and switches operation. Adjust headlight beam.
Check fuel line for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check exhaust for leakage. Tighten if necessary. Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Check evap emission control (if fitted) system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Yamaha Stryker — US maintenance schedule

Yamaha Stryker — Europe maintenance schedule

Below is the Europe maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XVS1300CU.

It’s the same maintenance schedule as above but with different service intervals. Basic maintenance is every 10000 km / 6000 mi or 12 months.

km x 100010203040
mi x 10006121824Every
Change engine oil (Yamalube 10w-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean. Replace spark plugs (R) (LMAR7A-9)RR
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Adjust if necessary.20000 km / 12000 mi
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Replace air filter (K&N YA-1307)Do not clean with compressed air. Replace more often if riding in dusty/rainy conditions.
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. Check for correct routing and clamping.
Replace brake hoses4 years
Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of calipers/master cylinders2 years
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 bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack swingarm bearings with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km (30000 mi)
Check drive belt condition and tension (belt tension tool). Replace if damaged. Adjust if necessary.4000 km / 2500 mi
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.
Brake lever — Apply silicone grease lightly.
Brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal — Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand pivot — Check operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch — Check operation and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Rear suspension relay arm / connecting arm pivots — apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check cooling hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)3 years
Check front and rear brake switch operation.
Lubricate control and meter cables. (Protect All Cable Life).
Check throttle grip operation. Check throttle grip free play. Adjust if necessary. Lubricate throttle cable and grip housing.
Check lights, signals, and switches operation. Adjust headlight beam.
Check fuel line for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check exhaust for leakage. Tighten if necessary. Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Yamaha Stryker — Europe/APAC/Canada maintenance schedule

About the Yamaha Stryker

Yamaha Stryker XVS1300 LHS riding action

The Yamaha Stryker is Yamaha’s factory-made fully customised cruiser. Roll up with the money, and you walk away with an absolutely beautiful bike.

The Stryker is based on the same 1304cc water-cooled 4-valve-per-cylinder V-twin engine as you see in the Yamaha V Star 1300, but it’s livelier in the Stryker, thanks to slightly different gearing.

It’s crazy that a 1300+ cc motorcycle isn’t even the largest one that Yamaha offers. That spot is taken by the Raider, with its stomping 1900cc V-twin. So many might ask: Is the Stryker enough motorcycle?

It definitely is. Making over 80 lb-ft (100 Nm) at 3,000 revs, the Stryker feels very powerful. It’s geared for low-end acceleration, and while its 0-60 time ranges between 4.3 and 6+ seconds, most of that is because of the effort it takes to shift (and you have to shift before getting to top speed).

The top speed of one is a GPS-indicated approximately 180 km/h (120 mph) — again, not Hayabusa speeds, but most people don’t climb north of there that often when your seating position makes you a human windsock. It’s the journey up there and what it feels like that’s more fun.

Anyway, speed isn’t really what the Yamaha Stryker is about. It’s more about looking and feeling great. It does both jobs well.

It’s long and low, and comes with a heavy dose of nostalgia. The bobbed fenders front and rear, and the shallow steering head rake, make for a bike that comes straight out a designer’s sketchbook.

It handles decently for a chopper-style motorcycle, too. Even though the rake looks quite extreme, Yamaha keeps the trail reasonable at only 4.3 inches, which counteracts the feeling that choppers sometimes give you of flopping over. The seat is just 67 cm (26.4 in) off the ground, so all kinds of riders are comfortable — if they can reach the forward controls.

Riding the Yamaha Stryker is very rewarding. The “bigger middleweight” style of motorcycle is very easy to handle — particularly if you’re expecting something like a backyard chopper! The Stryker isn’t as obscenely heavy as the heavyweight cruisers like the Raider or Suzuki M109R. So its generous torque gives it a hefty amount of pull.

If you’re used to riding sportbikes in the ~600cc class and want to ride cruisers, this class of cruiser is probably the one most likely to keep your juices flowing. Or at minimum the ~900 class, but you’d be giving up a bit of “pull” then.

The front end of the Yamaha Stryker is nothing magical. There are right-side-up forks, a single front disc (320mm), and no ABS.

Manual for the Yamaha Stryker XVS1300CU

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2017 Yamaha Stryker from the US manual, and from the European manual from 2016.

2017 Yamaha Stryker maintenance schedule screenshot

Below is a screenshot from the European manual for the XVS1300CU. Note the different service intervals!

Yamaha Stryker XVS1300CU europe maintenance schedule screenshot
Europe maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XVS1300

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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