This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha TT-R230, sometimes written TTR230.
It succeeds the earlier Yamaha TTR225.
The Yamaha TT-R230 is a single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled dirt bike that’s for off-road 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).
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Maintenance items for your Yamaha TT-R230
Here’s a list of items you need for regular maintenance of your TT-R230 dirt bike.
|Part||Yamaha TT-R230 spec|
|Oil||Keep it simple, use Yamalube 10W-40. It’s recommended, affordable and good quality.|
|Oil filter||K&N KN-143 is a drop-in replacement|
|Air filter||Hiflofiltro HFF4016. Keep it maintained with Yamaha air filter oil.|
|Spark plug||Standard is NGK DR8EA per the manual|
|Grease||When the schedule says to grease a part, use lithium soap-based grease|
|Chain maintenance||Use a Motul chain care kit or Motul chain paste to keep the chain in good condition.|
Yamaha TT-R230 Maintenance
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha TT-R230.
Yamaha suggests you take anything 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!
We’ve broken service into two sections: 1. Regular service, and 2. an inspection checklist.
- After the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown, servicing it every 1200 miles or 2000 km, or 60 hours or 6 months.
Do the following at break-in (at 600 mi, 1000 km, 1 month, or 30 hours)
- Change the oil
- Change the oil filter
- Check the idle speed, and adjust it
- Check the steering bearings and make sure it’s still smooth
- Run over the inspection checklist (focus on the items marked to be done at break in)
After that, follow the service schedule with the intervals shown below.
|Every x000 mi||1.2||2.4|
|Every x000 km||2||4|
|Every x hours||60||120|
|Every x months||6||12||Notes|
|Inspection checklist (see below) — Perform|
* Note — Only some items (marked below) need to be done at break-in
|Engine oil — Change (when warm) (Yamalube 10W-40)||✓||✓|
|Engine oil filter — Clean, replace if necessary (HF143). Check engine oil level and for leakage||✓||✓|
|Air filter — Clean with solvent. Replace if necessary|
* Service more often if riding in dusty / wet areas
|Valve clearances — Check and adjust||✓|
|Spark plug — Check condition. Adjust gap and clean. Replace if necessary (NGK DR8EA)||✓||✓|
|Carburetor — Check engine idling speed and starter operation. Adjust if necessary||✓||✓|
|Drive chain — Check chain slack/alignment and condition. Adjust and lubricate chain (Motul chain paste)||Ride|
|Brake fluid — Change||2 years|
|Brake hoses — Replace||4 years|
|Brake pads — Inspect . Replace when worn to limit||✓||✓|
|Spark arrester — Clean||✓|
|Steering bearings — Check bearing assemblies for looseness. Moderately repack with lithium-soap-based grease as needed.||✓|
|Sidestand pivot — Check operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly||✓|
|Rear suspension link pivots — Lubricate with lithium-soap-based grease||✓|
Regular service checklist
|Yamaha TT-R230 — Regular service checklist||Do at break-in?|
|Fuel lines — Check for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary|
|Air filter — Clean with solvent. Replace if necessary|
|Exhaust system — Check for leakage. Retighten if necessary. Replace gasket(s) if necessary|
|Clutch — Check operation. Adjust if necessary||Yes|
|Front and rear brake — Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.||Yes|
|Rear brake — Check operation. Adjust brake pedal free play and replace brake shoes of necessary||Yes|
|Brake hoses — Check for cracks and damage. Check for correct routing and clamping|
|Wheels — Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage. Tighten spokes if necessary||Yes|
|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|
|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|
|Front fork — Check operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild / replace if necessary|
|Shock absorber assembly — Check operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary|
|Rear suspension link pivots — Check operation|
|Control cables — Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable cable lubricant thoroughly||Yes|
|Throttle grip housing and cable — Check operation. Adjust the throttle cable free if necessary. Lubricate the throttle grip housing||Yes|
|Chassis fasteners — Check all chassis fitting and fasteners. Correct if necessary||Yes|
|Crankcase breather system — Check ventilation hose for cracks or damage and drain any deposits. Replace if necessary||Yes|
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 a very simple bike — a carburettor-fed lightweight dirt bike with a four-stroke engine.
The heart of the Yamaha TT-R230 is its 223 cc air-cooled SOHC four-stroke engine. It is a 2-valve design with a 9.5:1 compression ratio — two things which mean that the bike is very easy to tune and very hard to kill.
Final drive is via a 6-speed transmission and chain.
There’s nothing very shocking about the TT-R230’s setup. Suspension is via a fairly long-travel but basic fork and shock setup (total ground clearance is 11.6 inches), and there’s a front disc but only a rear drum. In terms of advanced features — well it has an electric start, but precious little else!
Despite the simple setup, the Yamaha TT-R230 is designed for a day of fun out beyond the road. The flat seat isn’t designed for touring comfort but rather racing around tracks.
Manual for the Yamaha TT-R230
The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha TT-R230. We looked across multiple years and combined the most important elements.
You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.