This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha V Star 950, also known as an XVS950 or the DragStar 950.
This applies to the V Star 950 and V Star 950 Tourer of all model years, from 2009 to the point when it was discontinued (which varies per market). The maintenance is the same as the bike is unchanged, though it isn’t sold in every market.
The Yamaha V Star 950 has always been powered by a four-stroke 60-degree V-twin with a single overhead cam and 4 valve-per-cylinder design. It’s even fuel injected. But it’s air cooled!
The engine is 942cc in capacity. It makes a sedate but very capable peak torque of 58 ft-lb (79 Nm) at a low 3500 rpm, with peak power of 36 kW (50 hp) coming at 5600 rpm.
The same engine powers the Yamaha Bolt series of motorcycles. The maintenance for them is very similar.
Note that in later model years, a few more things were added to the maintenance schedules. For example, in early manuals, it wasn’t recommended to change brake fluid every two years, or to repack the swingarm pivot bearings every 32000 mi or 50000 km. Because these things equally can apply to earlier models, we’ve added them in (it’s not like an older bike wouldn’t need those things).
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What you need to service the Yamaha V Star 950
If you’re servicing the V Star 950, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.
For the V Star 950 engine, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.
|Part||Yamaha V Star 950 spec|
|Oil||Yamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40 or Yamalube 10W-50 for high ambient heat ranges (up to 120F/50C). You need 4 L (about a US gallon). 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 filter||Needs to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock one (part 5GH-13440-50-00, used for many Yamaha products) or the Hiflofiltro HF204RC. Torque for the oil filter is 17 Nm/12 lb-ft.|
|Engine coolant||Yamaha recommends Yamacool, but use any coolant that’s a 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate (for which you’d need demineralised water).|
|Spark Plugs||NGK CPR7EA-9. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 13 Nm / 10 lb-ft.|
|Air filter||Yamaha part number for the OEM air filter is 3D8-14451-00-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-1307.|
|Brake pads||OEM brake pads are 5S7-W0045-00 for the front and 3D8-25806-00-00 for the rear. You can also use EBC HH pads for extra life and better brake feel. For front use EBC FA179HH and for rear use EBC FA319/2HH.|
|Cable management||Lubricate control cables with Protect All Cable Life|
|Belt tension||Check the belt tension with a belt tension tool|
|General grease||Grease external pivot points with either silicone grease or lithium soap-based grease|
Yamaha V Star 950 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha V Star 950, taken from the user manual. It’s the same content but reformatted and re-ordered for convenience.
For the V Star 950, the service intervals for North America is 4000 miles or 6000 km, or 6 months.
In the Europe manuals for the XVS950A, the service intervals are every 10000 km or 6000 miles, or 12 months. There are a few other small differences in the service schedules, too.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
- Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air as you may damage it (earlier manuals suggested this)
- The break-in schedule is not shown as this bike is no longer sold new in most markets.
Yamaha V Star 950 (XVS950) North America maintenance schedule
Below is the US/North America maintenance schedule for the XVS950 with 4000 mile / 6 month service intervals.
|mi x 1000||4||8||12||16||20|
|km x 1000||7||13||19||25||31|
|Change engine oil (warm engine before draining.) (Yamalube 10W-40)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace oil filter (HF204RC)||✓||✓|
|Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace spark plugs (CPR7EA-9)||✓||✓|
|Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.||16000 mi (25000 km)|
|Adjust fuel injection synchronization.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace air filter (YA-1307)||24000 mi (37000 km)|
|Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Adjust brake lever free play and replace brake pads if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (FA179HH, FA319/2HH)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace brake hoses||4 years|
|Replace brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers||2 years|
|Check wheels for 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 pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||32000 mi (50000 km)|
|Check belt tension and condition. Adjust tension if necessary, or replace belt if damaged.||2500 mi (4000 km)|
|Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||12000 mi (19000 km)|
|Check all chassis fitting and fasteners for tightness. 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 sidestand pivot operation. Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Lubricate rear suspension link pivots with lithium soap based grease lightly.||✓|
|Check operation of front and rear brake switches.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Lubricate control cables (Protect All Cable Life)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check throttle operation and free play. Adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing. (Protect All Cable Life)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets as necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check evap control system for damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓|
|Check lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam.||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Yamaha V Star 950 (XVS950) Europe / Australia / NZ maintenance schedule
Below is the Europe / Australia / NZ / Asia maintenance schedule for the XVS950 with 10000 km mile / 12 month service intervals.
|km x 1000||10||20||30||40|
|mi x 1000||6||12||18||24||Every|
|Change engine oil (warm engine before draining.)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Replace oil filter||✓||✓|
|Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.||✓||✓|
|Replace spark plugs||✓||✓|
|Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.||✓||✓|
|Adjust fuel injection synchronization.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Replace air filter||✓|
|Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Adjust brake lever free play and 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 clamping.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Replace brake hoses||4 years|
|Replace brake fluid and rubber parts of brake master cylinder and calipers||2 years|
|Check wheels for runout and for damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check tire tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check wheel bearings for smooth operation. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||50000 km (30000 mi)|
|Check belt tension and condition. Adjust tension if necessary, or replace belt if damaged. Make sure wheel is properly aligned.||4000 km (2500 mi)|
|Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness / roughness||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||✓||✓|
|Check all chassis fitting and fasteners for tightness. Correct if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Lubricate brake lever pivot shaft with silicone grease lightly.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Lubricate brake pedal, clutch lever, and shift pedal pivot shafts with lithium soap based grease lightly.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check sidestand pivot operation. Apply lithium soap-based grease lightly.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Lubricate rear suspension relay arm pivots with lithium soap based grease lightly.||✓||✓|
|Check operation of front and rear brake switches.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Lubricate control cables (Protect All Cable Life)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check throttle operation and free play. Adjust if necessary. Lubricate cable and grip housing. (Protect All Cable Life)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Check muffler exhaust clamp for looseness, and tighten if necessary.||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check lights, signals, and switches. Adjust headlight beam.||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
Yamaha V Star 950 Tire sizes and pressures
|Size||130/70-18M/C 63 H||170/70B16 M/C 75H|
|Pressure||225 kPa (33 psi)||250 kPa (36 psi)|
About the Yamaha V Star 950
The Yamaha V Star 950 is a middleweight cruiser or touring motorcycle from Yamaha that has many fans. It hits a sweet spot of everyday power and torque while still being very capable on the highway — as long as you have the option with a bit of wind protection (unless you want the full noise experience!)
The Yamaha V Star 950 is based on a a 942cc air/oil-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine. It has a single overhead cam and 4-valves per cylinder. It’s tuned for mid-range torque, with peak torque of 57 ft-lb (77 Nm) reached at only 3500 rpm. The engine is the same fundamental block used in other 950-class motorcycles like the Yamaha SCR950 for example.
The V Star 950 is neither powerful nor lightweight, but it never feels slow. The V-twin pulls strongly all the way through to 5000 rpm — though you’ll only get there if you’re really hammering it for some reason.
The V Star 950 is designed to compete with other entry-level cruisers like the Harley-Davidson Iron 883. But it is both more powerful and more reliable, making it a compelling alternative… unless you’re swayed by the dealer network and the brand (and the design).
In Yamaha’s line-up, the Yamaha V Star 950 sits between the even more entry-level V Star 650 and the middleweight V Star 1300. These are all air/oil-cooled twins. But the V Star 950 hits a sweet spot in its torque and power that make it good for longer highway runs while not being too cumbersome for around town.
Despite being an air-cooled engine, the relatively modern design of the V Star 950 means that it has relatively wide (for an air-cooled engine) valve service intervals of 16000 miles or 20000 km (depending on whether you look at the US or Europe manuals). And there are no fairings to take off, just a tank — so service is relatively low cost or easy.
Final drive is via a wet clutch, 5-speed transmission, and a belt drive. You do have to check the belt tension periodically, but otherwise it’s a fairly low-maintenance bike.
Where the V Star 950 is simpler than many motorcycles is in the ride gear. The front brake is a single disc with a two-piston caliper. Front and rear suspension is non-adjustable other than for preload on the rear monoshock.
Of course, you probably aren’t going to push the V Star 950 to the point where you’ll complain about dive or braking!
The great thing about the V Star 950 and other motorcycles with the same engine is that it’s dead reliable. It has a low compression ratio of 9.0:1, meaning it’ll take any grade of fuel in a pinch, and isn’t cursed with oil leaks like some of its older competitors.
The only strike against the V Star 950 is that it’s quite heavy, with a 297 kg (655 lb) wet weight.
Manual for the Yamaha V Star 950
The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the Yamaha V Star 950. The later model years were slightly more conservative and had a few extra line items (e.g. suggesting repacking steering head bearings). But these are good for all years.
You can see in the screenshots below the different schedules for US and Europe versions of the V Star 950, with the different service intervals for different regions.
You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.