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Yamaha Tracer 900 / FJ-09 (2015-2020) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2020 Yamaha MT09 Tracer 900 GT Studio silver and blue

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT, formerly known as the FJ-09 or the MT-09 Tracer (Australia).

The maintenance schedule applies to the 2015-2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 (and GT) which all shared the 847cc three-cylinder CP3 engine, which is also used in the Yamaha MT-09.

Here’s a brief history of the Tracer 900

  • 2015: Launched as the Yamaha FJ-09, or the MT-09 Tracer (Australia)
  • 2017: Yamaha added a lighter slipper clutch, a longer swingarm, and added adjustable traction control.
  • 2018: Yamaha launched the higher-spec Tracer 900 GT with hard luggage, a colour TFT dash, cruise control, quick shifter, center stand, and heated grips. Also renamed the FJ-09 and MT-09 tracer to Tracer 900 globally.
  • 2019-2020: The Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT stayed the same
  • 2021: New model — the Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT. It’s got a larger 890cc engine, an IMU with cornering ABS, and a new design. The GT got semi-active suspension.

In some markets (e.g. Australia), the Tracer 900 GT is the only spec available.

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What you need to service the Yamaha Tracer 900/GT — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the Tracer 900 or Tracer 900 GT, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan. You don’t need a rear paddock stand on the GT as you have a center-stand.

For the Yamaha Tracer 900, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha Tracer 900 / GT part spec
Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! You can use another high-quality synthetic oil like Motul 7100 10W-40.

Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 43 Nm/31 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt 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 oil filter (part 5GH-13440-50-00) or the Hiflofiltro HF204RC (better than K&N). Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends an ethylene glycol antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors. Yamalube coolant is hard to get, so Pro Honda HP coolant is a good substitute.
Spark PlugsNGK CPR9EA9 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (with a gapping tool) and torqued with a torque wrench to 13Nm/10 lb-ft.
Air filterYamaha part number 1RC-14451-00-00, or the K&N alternative YA-8514.
Brake padsChoose EBC for more bite and lower fade, the people on fz09.org like them (among others). You need two sets for the front and one for the rear. Front: EBC FA252HH , Rear: EBC FA174HH.
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.
LubeAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Cable lubeUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
Yamaha Tracer 900 / 900 GT maintenance parts

Yamaha FJ-09 / MT-09 Tracer / Tracer 900 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT, and FJ-09 / MT-09 Tracer when it was called that.

It’s exactly what’s in the owner’s manual, but with the content adjusted for display on a web page.

There are two versions of the maintenance schedule, one for the US and one for Europe (in km).

  • In the US, the Tracer 900 has 4000 mile (6000 km) and 6-month maintenance intervals.
  • In Europe, the Tracer 900 has 10000 km (6000 mile) and 12-month maintenance intervals.

There are a number of small variations in line items as well.

Other notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • From the end of the maintenance schedule, continue in the pattern (repeating every 1, 2, or 4 periods).
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, lube the chain, and lube a few external parts, recommending you take other items to a dealer or qualified mechanic.
  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air, and replace it more often if you ride in rain or dusty conditions.

Yamaha FJ-09 / Tracer 900 — US Maintenance Schedule (miles)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha FJ-09 / Tracer 900 from the US manuals. Service intervals are every 4000 miles or 6 months.

mi x 100048121620
Time (mon)612182430Every
[D] Perform diagnostic system check with the Yamaha tool. Check error codes.
Change engine oil (warm engine before draining) (Yamalube 10W-40)
Replace engine oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plugs. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9)
Replace air filter (K&N YA-8514)24000 mi, or more often if riding in dusty/wet areas.
Check and adjust valve clearance26600 mi
Check/adjust fuel injection synchronization
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
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, routing, and clamping.
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of brake calipers and master cylinder.2 years
Check coolant hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Change coolant. (Ethylene glycol-based coolant)
* Check chain slack, alignment, and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain. (Motul chain care kit)
500 mi and after washing the motorcycle, or getting chain wet
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.
Check wheels for runout and damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tyres for tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing for operation and excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm bearing with lithium soap-based grease.32000 mi
Check operation of sidestand, including switch. Grease if necessary.
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearing with lithium soap-based grease.12000 mi
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Secure/tighten if necessary.
Check fork operation and for fluid leaks. Repair/replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for fluid leakage. Repair/replace if necessary.
Check operation of rear suspension link pivots.
Check operation and play of throttle grip, adjusting if necessary. Lubricate grip housing.
Lubricate control cables (Protect All Cable Life)
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium-soap-based grease
Check evaporative emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check operation of front and rear brake switches
Check operation of lights, signals, and switches
Adjust headlight beam
Yamaha Tracer 900 /GT maintenance schedule (US, miles)

Yamaha Tracer 900 / GT Europe Maintenance Schedule

Below is the Tracer 900 / 900 GT maintenance schedule from the European and Australian/NZ manuals (including MT-09 Tracer, which is the same bike). It’s in km and the schedules are slightly different.

km x 1000 (Eur/Aus/NZ manuals)10203040Every
[D] Perform diagnostic system check with the Yamaha tool. Check error codes.Year
Change engine oil (warm engine before draining) (Yamalube 10W-40)Year
Replace engine oil filter (HF204RC)
Check spark plugs. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9)
Replace air filter (K&N YA-8514)
Check and adjust valve clearance
Check engine idle speedYear
Check/adjust fuel injection synchronizationYear
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.
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, routing, and clamping.Year
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of brake calipers and master cylinder.2 years
Check coolant hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Change coolant. (Ethylene glycol-based coolant)3 years
* Check chain slack, alignment, and condition.
* Adjust and lubricate chain. (Motul chain care kit)
1000km or after the chain gets wet/dirty
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts.Year
Check wheels for runout and damage. Replace if necessary.
Check tires for tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check wheel bearings for looseness or damage. Replace if necessary.
Check swingarm pivot bearing for operation and excessive play.
Moderately repack swingarm bearing with lithium soap-based grease.50000 km
Check operation of sidestand, including switch. Grease if necessary.Year
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearing with lithium soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Secure/tighten if necessary.Year
Check fork operation and for fluid leaks. Repair/replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for fluid leakage. Repair/replace if necessary.
Check operation of rear suspension relay arm and connecting arm pivot points
Check operation and play of throttle grip, adjusting if necessary. Lubricate grip housing.Year
Lubricate moving parts and cables (Protect All Cable Life)Year
Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone greaseYear
Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium-soap-based greaseYear
Check exhaust for leaks. Tighten and/or replace gaskets as necessary
Check evaporative emission control system for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check operation of front and rear brake switchesYear
Check operation of lights, signals, and switchesYear
Adjust headlight beamYear
Yamaha Tracer 900 / GT — Europe Maintenance Schedule (km)

About the Yamaha Tracer 900 & Tracer 900 GT

The Yamaha Tracer 900 (formerly known as the FJ-09, or also the MT-09 Tracer in Australia) is an upright sports tourer — basically a Yamaha MT-09 but in a more comfortable, all-day chassis.

Whereas the MT-09 is a lightweight, somewhat frantic sports bike, The Tracer 900 puts its 86 kW (115 bhp) down in a much more predictable fashion. The Tracer 900 is fast, but not insane, and you can see north of 150 km/h without much fuss.

While it’s an upright, “adventure”-shaped bike, the Yamaha Tracer 900 is lightweight. It handles more easily than the Honda VFR800X, and has more power to boot; and it’s a lot lighter than Kawasaki’s offering, the Kawasaki Versys 1000.

Of course, all those motorcycles appeal to slightly different markets. But it’s just to say that the Tracer 900 will get you along the straights in comfort, with a lot of poke and easy maneuverability for the fun, twisty parts.

The downsides to the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT are that it lacks a little in the high-end spec of its competitor, e.g. the Versys 1000. It doesn’t have cruise control or an IMU, the windscreen is a bit shorter, and the luggage isn’t as roomy. The situation improved with the 2021+ Tracer 9, of course.

The heart of the Tracer 900 is an 847 cc inline three-cylinder engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder.

It’s a relatively short-stroke motor, with a bore of 78.0 mm and stroke of 59.1mm. It revs high, but it has torque over a broad spectrum of RPMs.

While it has wide handlebars, the Tracer 900 isn’t an unwieldy bike. With a wheelbase of 1500mm and on 17-inch tires (just like on the MT-09 or most sportbikes), the Tracer 900 feels and responds like a sportbike when you want to flick it over.

In 2018, Yamaha launched the Tracer 900 GT. The GT has the same basic underlying engine and chassis as the Tracer 900, but gets a number of higher-spec components as standard:

  • Hard luggage
  • Colour TFT dash (a single screen)
  • Cruise control
  • Quick shifter
  • Heated grips
  • Centre stand

The fact that all these items come standard when most other brands make you pay extra for them gave the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT a competitive edge.

In 2021, Yamaha significantly updated the Tracer 900, releasing the Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT with an 890 cc engine, an IMU for cornering ABS and traction control, and even active KYB suspension on the GT model.

Tire sizes and pressures for the Tracer 900

The Yamaha Tracer 900 comes shod with street/sport touring tyres, Dunlop D222Fs.

Below are the suggested tire pressures (when cold).

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70-1733-36 psi / 2.25-2.5 bar
Rear180/55-1736-42 psi / 2.5-2.9 bar
Tyre sizes and pressures

Manual for the Yamaha Tracer 900

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT, but it’s identical to the information in other manuals/from earlier years.

The European manual was also consulted, noting its contrasting service intervals.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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