Yamaha TT-R230 (2005-present) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha TT-R230, sometimes written TTR230.

The Yamaha TT-R230 is a single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled motorcycle that’s for offroad travel only. Its styling and handling is inspired by the YZ range of motorcycles from Yamaha. Yamaha has been making the TT-R range for around 30 years and hasn’t changed it much. The current versions have seen upgrades including

  • A front disc brake
  • Improved rear suspension
  • Six speed transmission
  • A headlight

The current model TTR-230 has been made in this way since 2005, but maintenance for earlier ones is the same (though brake parts might be different).

It succeeds the earlier Yamaha TTR225.

Maintenance items for your Yamaha TT-R230

Here’s a list of items you need for regular maintenance of your TT-R230 dirt bike.

PartYamaha TT-R230 spec
OilKeep it simple, use Yamalube 10W-40. It’s recommended, affordable and good quality.
Oil filterK&N KN-143 is a drop-in replacement
Air filterHiflofiltro HFF4016. Keep it maintained with Yamaha air filter oil.
Spark plugStandard is NGK DR8EA per the manual
GreaseWhen the schedule says to grease a part, use lithium soap-based grease
Chain maintenanceUse a Motul chain care kit or Motul chain paste to keep the chain in good condition.
Yamaha TT-R230 maintenance parts

Yamaha TT-R230 Maintenance

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha TT-R230.

The maintenance for the Yamaha TT-R230 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Yamaha suggests you take any thing more complicated than maintaining a chain or changing major fluids to a mechanic, but if you’re here, it’s because you want to do it yourself!


  • From 7000 km (4200 mi) or 18 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 3000 km (1800 mi ) or 6 months.
  • Air filter
    • The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas
    • In later Yamaha motorcycle manuals, Yamaha says you should not clean the filter with compressed air, as you may damage it (and the engine)
  • Hydraulic brake service
    • Regularly check and, if necessary, correct the brake fluid level
    • Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinder and caliper, and change the brake fluid
    • Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

ItemCheck and Maintenance Jobs1000 km (600 mi) or 1 month or 30 hours3000 km (1800 mi) or 6 months or 90 hours5000 km (3000 mi) or 12 months or 150 hours
Fuel line• Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary
Spark plug• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean
* Replace if necessary (NGK DR8EA)
Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance
Air filter element• Clean with solvent
• Replace if necessary
Crankcase breather system• Check ventilation hose for cracks or damage and drain any deposits
• Replace if necessary
Carburetor• Check engine idling speed and starter operation.
• Adjust if necessary
Exhaust system• Check for leakage
• Retighten if necessary
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary
Spark arrester• Clean
Engine oil• Change (when warm) (Yamalube 10W-40)
Engine oil filter element• Clean, replace if necessary (KN-143)
• Check engine oil level and for leakage
Periodic maintenance — TT-R230 — Emmisions related

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

ItemCheck and Maintenance Jobs1000 km (600 mi) or 1 month or 30 hours3000 km (1800 mi) or 6 months or 90 hours5000 km (3000 mi) or 12 months or 150 hours
Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust if necessary
Front brake• Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake padsWhenever worn to the limit
Rear brake• Check operation.
• Adjust brake pedal free play and replace brake shoes of necessary
Brake hoses• Check for cracks and damage
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• ReplaceEvery 4 years
Brake fluid• ChangeEvery 4 years
Wheels• Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage.
• Tighten spokes if necessary
Tires• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure
• Correct if necessary
Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth operation
• Replace if necessary
Swingarm pivot bearings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease
Drive chain• Check chain slack/alignment and condition
• Adjust and lubricate chain with Yamaha chain and cable lube thoroughly
Every ride
Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease
Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners
• Correct if necessary
Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly
Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease (all-purpose grease) lightly
Shift pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease (all-purpose grease) lightly
Sidestand pivot• Check operation
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly
Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage
• Replace if necessary
Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage
• Replace if necessary
Rear suspension link pivots• Check operation
• Lubricate lithium-soap-based grease
Control cables• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable cable lubricant thoroughly
Throttle grip housing and cable• Check operation
• Adjust the throttle cable free if necessary
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing
General Maintenance — TT-R230

About the Yamaha TT-R230

The Yamaha TT-R230 is one of Yamaha’s staple dirt bikes, produced nearly the same for decades, and not likely to go away.

It’s very reliable, its single-cylinder 223 cc thumper unlikely to die unless you kill it through neglect. It’s carburettor fed and air-cooled, so there’s not much to do to keep it going/

The engine features a few performance features a CDI magneto ignition system, YZ-type air filter, and a lightweight exhaust with quiet muffler and spark arrestor. So this isn’t the most basic carburettor-fed motorcycle you can find.

The stopping power is handled by front 220mm disc and 130mm rear drum brakes.

The Yamaha TT-R230 is widely acknowledged as being a very reliable motorcycle. The SOHC engine is smooth and has lots of torque right off the mark, with a short front gear. It’s a great bike for learners — but they’ll have to do all their learning off-road, as you can’t register the Yamaha TT-R230 for road use.

Manual for the Yamaha TT-R230

2016-2019 Yamaha TT-R230 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha TT-R230.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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