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Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200Z (2010-2020, inc. ES) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018-2019 Yamaha Super Tenere ES- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Super Ténéré, also known as the XTZ1200Z or XT1200Z, and known affectionately by its fans as the “S10”.

The Yamaha Super Ténéré was launched in 2010 and has had a few minor revisions since then, as well as one major revision in 2014 when the second-generation Super Ténéré was born, along with the 2014+ Super Ténéré ES, with some small engine improvements, adjustable windshield, improved LCD panel, improved traction control, and cruise control as standard on both the standard and ES models.

All these variants have had the same fundamental service schedule as they share the same engine and drivetrain.

The Super Ténéré is an adventure touring motorcycle with an upright seating position, powerful 1199 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crankshaft, and everything needed for long-range travel.

Being a touring motorcycle, it’s the kind of bike a lot of riders like to work on themselves. Luckily, it’s very low-maintenance. The engine is very reliable, has only one cylinder head (the beauty of a parallel twin) and it drives its rear wheel through a shaft drive.

The Super Ténéré was also released in an ES trim with electronic suspension, that lets you choose preload and damping presets via button. The ES also has heated grips as standard.

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What you need to service the Yamaha Super Ténéré

Despite some minor revisions, the things you need to service the Yamaha Super Ténéré has not changed fundamentally since its decade of service started.

ItemYamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 recommendations per manual
Engine oilUse 3.4L (with filter change) of Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! You can also use a high grade synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40.

Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 20 Nm/14 lb-ft for both oil drain bolts per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterMost users change the filter with every oil change. Either get a stock oil filter (part 5GH-13440-50-00) or the HifloFiltro HF204RC. Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantThe manual doesn’t specify what coolant to use, but all Yamaha motorcycles use similar coolants. Zerex G05 is a good ethylene glycol antifreeze that is phosphate and silicate free.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR8EB9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13Nm/9.4 ft-lb.
Air filterYou have a few choices for air filter: K&N YA-1210 (easy to obtain), HiFlo HFA4922 (a forum favourite), or the OEM Yamaha part 23P144510000.
Brake padsYou need two pairs of brake pads for the front, and one pair for the rear. You can get OEM parts from the dealer, or get aftermarket EBC parts, which offer more more bite and less fade.
Front: 2C02580500 (from dealer), or EBC part FA380HH
Rear: 3D8258060000 (from dealer), or EBC part FA319/2HH
Final gear oilYou don’t have a chain, but you have to maintain the final drive! Yamaha requires “SAE 80 API GL-4 Hypoid gear oil” e.g. Mobil 1 LS 75W-90 or Lucas Oil 80W-90, which many users have used and reported no problems with.
Yamaha Super Ténéré parts for maintenance

Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Super Ténéré. It’s adapted from the manual to make it easier to read.

Maintenance schedule guidelines

  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, repeat it in the pattern shown.
  • Yamaha suggests you only change the oil, do external greasing, and check for leaks, cracks and damage yourself, and give everything else to a mechanic.
  • The European spec manual is very similar to the US-spec, but the intervals are different. Both are shown below. See here for the main differences.

Yamaha XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule — US version (miles)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the US XTZ1200, with 4000 mile service intervals.

See below for the Australian/European maintenance schedule.

mi x 10000.648121620
months1612182430Every
[D] Perform inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check error codes.
Change engine oil (Yamalube 10W-40) while engine is warm
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR8EB9)12000 mi / 18 months
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.26600 mi / 42000 km
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten bolts/replace gaskets as necessary
Check evaporative emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Replace air filter (HFA4922)
(Do not clean with compressed air.)
24000 miles, or more often when riding in rain/dust.
Check clutch operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Correct if necessary.
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 lines for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping
Replace brake hoses4 years, or when cracked/ damaged
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) along with rubber parts of brake calipers / master cylinder.2 years
Check wheel rim runout and spokes for damage. Tighten all spokes.
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearings operation and for excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.32000 miles
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.16000 miles
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 center stand and side stand pivots for smooth operation. Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check side stand switch operation and replace if necessary.
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension link pivots. Correct if necessary.
Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix) 2 years
Check final gear oil level and for oil leakage.
Change final gear oil
Check front and rear brake switch operation
Check throttle operation, and for free play. Adjust if necessary.
Lubricate cable and grip housing, and grip warmer wire and wire housing.
Check lights, signals, and switches.
Adjust headlight beam
Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule (US version)

Yamaha XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule — Europe/Australia/NZ/Asia version (km)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the rest-of-world XTZ1200, with 10000 km and annual service intervals.

km x 1000110203040Every
[D] Perform inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check error codes.Year
Change engine oil (Yamalube 10W-40) while engine is warmYear
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessaryYear
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR8EB9)
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.40000 km
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.Year
Check muffler and exhaust system for leakage. Tighten/replace gaskets as necessary
Check evaporative emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Replace air filter (HFA4922)40000 km, or more often when riding in rain/dust.
(Do not clean with compressed air.)
Check clutch operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Correct if necessary.
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary.Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clampingYear
Replace brake hoses4 years, or when cracked/damaged
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) along with rubber parts of brake calipers / master cylinder.2 years
Check wheel rim runout and spokes for damage. Tighten all spokes.Every 5000 km
Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearings operation and for excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km
Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary.Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightlyYear
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap-based grease lightly.Year
Check center stand and side stand pivots for smooth operation. Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.Year
Check side stand switch operation and replace if necessary.Year
Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension relay arm and connecting arm pivot points. Correct if necessary.
Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage.Year
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix) 3 years
Check final gear oil level and for oil leakage.
Change final gear oil
Check front and rear brake switch operationYear
Check throttle operation, and for free play. Adjust if necessary.Year
Lubricate cable and grip housing, and grip warmer wire and wire housing.Year
Check lights, signals, and switches.Year
Adjust headlight beamYear
Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 Maintenance Schedule (Europe/Australia/Asia/Rest of world)

About the Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200

2019 Yamaha XTZ1200Z RHS static outdoor

The Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 is a large adventure touring motorcycle, conceptually Yamaha’s answer to the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1250 GS.

The Yamaha Super Ténéré has always been powered by an 1199 cc parallel twin dual overhead cam engine with a 270-degree firing order, giving it a bit of character, much like its more modern, smaller stablemate, the Yamaha Ténéré 700 XTZ700.

However, the big cylinders of the XTZ1200 move a lot more slowly — this isn’t a free-revving engine and feels more sedate than its smaller (newer) sibling.

The engine has a modest compression ratio of 11.01:1 and makes 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 110 Nm (84 ft-lb) at 6,000 rpm. But a lot of that torque comes on low. And despite the wet weight of 261 kg, a lot of the weight of the Super Ténéré XTZ1200 is down low, which makes the Super Ténéré surprisingly agile off-road, according to reviewers and owners.

The Super Ténéré’s riding position is comfortable, designed for the long-distance. Like on many adventure tourers, you have an upright seating position with lots of leg room, making it easy to stand up when you need to.

2019 Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ1200 standing up

To help you get there it’s also designed to have low maintenance — this is a shaft-driven adventure bike! The front tyre is a 19-inch wheel, giving you agility over large obstacles, somewhat at a cost of cornering performance (but diving into corners isn’t what the Super Ténéré is about).

The standard Super Ténéré comes with a skid plate and hand guards.

Over the lifespan of the Yamaha Super Ténéré, Yamaha has made relatively few changes.

Pundits say there’s a “gen 1” and “gen 2” Yamaha Super Ténéré (the latter made from 2014 onward), but they’re quite similar. The main differences are

  • Standard cruise control
  • An improved side stand
  • LED turn signals
  • Improved clutch
  • New instruments
  • Recalibrated drive mode
  • Revised windscreen mount (built onto the old one), handlebar risers
  • Lighter pistons

The year 2014 also saw Yamaha release the ES model with adjustable suspension.

Maintaining the Yamaha Super Ténéré is much like maintaining most other Yamaha liquid-cooled motorcycles. The maintenance intervals are 4000 miles (US) or 10000 km (Europe), with valve services needed every 26600 miles (US) or 40000 km (Europe).

 Manual for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200

See screenshots for both the US and European versions of the manual below.

Yamaha Super Ténéré Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual
Yamaha Super Tenere — US manual maintenance intervals
Yamaha Super Tenere European maintenance schedule screenshot
Yamaha Super Tenere — European manual maintenance intervals

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

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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