Yamaha XSR900 (2016-2021) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2019 Yamaha XSR900. It shares a lot with the maintenance of other motorcycles in the Yamaha range with the 847cc triple engine, like the Tracer 900 or the MT-09.

The Yamaha XSR900 is a standard motorcycle, basically a re-styled MT-09 with a few component changes depending on which market you’re in. However, a few components are unique.

The 2016-2021 Yamaha XSR900 is based on the 847cc CP3 engine, a dual overhead cam 12-valve inline three-cylinder engine. In base form it makes 84 kW (113 hp) at 10000 rpm, and 87 Nm (64 lb-ft) at 8500 rpm. Final drive is through a 6-speed transmission, wet clutch, and chain drive.

Yamaha updated the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 with the 890cc CP3 engine, just like its siblings the updated MT-09 and Tracer 9.

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What you need to service the Yamaha XSR900 — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the XSR900, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on. Apart from that, for the Yamaha XSR900, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha XSR900 spec
Engine oilUse Yamalube 10W-40. The manual recommends “Yamalube” and it’s affordable, so why not! Other high-quality synthetic oils include Motul 7100 10W-40 or Mobil 1 Synthetic 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
Yamaha FZ-09, FJ-09, Tracer900, and MT-09 consumables (up to 2020)

Yamaha XSR900 (2016-2021) Maintenance Schedule (USA)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha XSR900.

Note that the XSR900 has two different maintenance schedules — US and Europe/APAC.

  • The US maintenance schedule shows service intervals of 4000 miles / 6000 km or 6 months.
  • The Europe maintenance schedule shows service intervals of 10000 km / 6000 miles or 12 months.

There are various other small differences too. Both are below.

Notes on the maintenance schedules

  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, continue in the pattern shown, usually every one or two service intervals. Some items should be done infrequently but still periodically e.g. valve service.
  • Yamaha only wants you to change the oil, lube the chain, and grease external pivot points, and recommend you take the bike to a dealer for most other items.
  • [Y]-marked items need specialist Yamaha / mechanic tools.
  • Don’t clean the air filter with compressed air.
  • The break-in service is omitted as the 2022 model is all new.

XSR900 (2016-2021) US maintenance schedule (miles)

Below is the US maintenance schedule in miles with 4000 mile / 6 month service intervals.

mi x 100048121620
months612182430Every
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Replace air filter (YA-8514)24000 mi
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9)
Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.26000 mi
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)2 years
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (FA252HH)
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (FA174HH)
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal components of brake master cylinder2 years
[Y] Perform diagnostic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check the error codes.
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.
Check evap control system (if fitted) for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged parts
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable, or lubricate if necessary (Protect All Cable Life)
Check wheel 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
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.12000 mi
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Correct if necessary.
Lubricate brake lever with silicone grease lightly.
Lubricate brake pedal, shift pedal, and clutch lever with lithium soap-based grease lightly.
Check side-stand pivot operation. Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.
Check fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/ replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension link pivots. Lubricate/replace as necessary.
Check operation of front and rear brake switches
Lubricate control cables (Protect all cable life)
Check throttle grip operation and free play. Adjust if necessary.
Lubricate throttle cable and grip housing (Protect all cable life)
Check operation of lights, signals, and switches.
Adjust headlight beam
Maintenance schedule table for the XSR900 (US)

Yamaha XSR900 maintenance schedule — Europe (km)

Below is the XSR900 maintenance schedule from the Europe / APAC manuals. Service intervals are 10000 km or one year.

km x 100010203040
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)Year
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Replace air filter (YA-8514)40000 km
Check spark plug condition. Adjust gap and clean.
Replace spark plugs (NGK CPR9EA9)
Check and adjust valve clearance.40000 km
Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessaryYear
Change coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)3 years
Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (FA252HH)Year
Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary. (FA174HH)Year
Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clampingYear
Replace brake hoses4 years
Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4) and internal components of brake master cylinder2 years
[Y] Perform diagnostic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check the error codes.Year
Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.Year
Check and adjust engine idle speed.Year
Adjust fuel injection synchronization.Year
Check evap control system (if fitted) for damage. Replace if necessary.
Check the air induction cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage. Replace any damaged partsYear
Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable, or lubricate if necessary (Protect All Cable Life)
Check wheel 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.
Check steering bearing assemblies for looseness.
Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.
Check all chassis fittings and fasteners. Correct if necessary.Year
Lubricate brake lever with silicone grease lightly.Year
Lubricate brake pedal, shift pedal, and clutch lever with lithium soap-based grease lightly.Year
Check side-stand pivot operation. Lubricate with molybdenum disulfide grease.Year
Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.Year
Check fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/ replace if necessary.
Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.
Check rear suspension relay arm and connecting pivot points.
Check operation of front and rear brake switches
Lubricate moving parts and cables (Protect all cable life)Year
Check throttle grip operation and free play. Adjust if necessary.Year
Lubricate throttle cable and grip housing (Protect all cable life)Year
Check operation of lights, signals, and switches.Year
Adjust headlight beamYear
Maintenance schedule table for the XSR900 (Europe)

Chain Maintenance on the Yamaha XSR900

It’s important to maintain your chain on the XSR900, as on any chain-driven motorcycle. Use a good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste, or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain.

Yamaha recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule every 500 mi (US manual)/ 1000 km (Europe/APAC manuals) and after washing the motorcycle, riding in the rain, or riding in wet areas.

Chain maintenance item
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary (Motul chain paste)
Check drive chain slack, alignment, and condition, adjusting / replacing if necessary
Chain slack spec: 5-15 mm (0.2-0.59 in) at middle point
Chain maintenance — Yamaha XSR900

Tire size and tire pressure for the XSR900

The Yamaha XSR900 ships with Bridgestone S20 sport touring tires.

Below are the tire sizes and recommended pressures.

WheelTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)250-290 kPa / 2.5-2.9 bar / 36-42 psi
Rear180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)250-290 kPa / 2.5-2.9 bar / 36-42 psi
Tyre sizes and pressures

Adjust tire pressure to suit your riding style and your weight, including any passengers and luggage.

About the Yamaha XSR900 (2016-2021)

The first-gen Yamaha XSR900 is a re-styled first-gen Yamaha MT-09 — a little bit classic-looking, but quite modern in technology.

The XSR900 takes inspiration from Yamaha’s history of sports bikes and motorcycle design, and combines it with high-tech engineering. So it has a round headlight and comfortable handlebars, plus some styling that make it look OK as a naked, but it shares so many components with the MT-09 that it’s really a styling exercise

But the Yamaha XSR900 is no “heritage” bike — it’s definitely a sport bike that’s designed for twisty roads or aggressive street riding.

The heart of the Yamaha XSR900 is the same as other CP3-based engines of its generation. It’s a 847cc inline three-cylinder engine that is liquid cooled and has four valves per cylinder.

At peak, the Yamaha XSR900’s engine makes makes 84 kW (113 hp) at 10000 rpm, and 87 Nm (64 lb-ft) at 8500 rpm, making for a sporty ride. Given that the XSR900 has a wet weight of only 195 kg (430 lb), it really hustles!

Compared with the MT-09, the XSR900 has a more comfortable (and taller) seat and more relaxed ergonomics. Taller riders like the fact that they can spread their arms out wider.

From the rider’s perspective, the instrument panel is one of the more distinctive differences between the MT-09 and the XSR900.

While the MT-09’s functional LCD gets the job done, it has an odd shape, and isn’t aesthetically for everyone. The XSR900’s single round clock, on the other hand, is legible as well as attractive.

A frequent complaint about the MT-09 (especially earlier years) is under-sprung suspension. The XSR900, while sharing many components with the MT-09, has different specs in the forks that results in fewer of these complaints. Back-to-back testing shows that the XSR900 has harder, more planted suspension, which is a relief.

The early 2016-2021 XSR900 does, on the other hand, share the same snatchy throttle as the first gen MT-09. This was alleviated in the 2022 Yamaha XSR900, which has full ride-by-wire.

Brakes on the XSR900 are quite sporty, being 298mm discs with 4-piston radial mounted calipers. Suspension is capable too. Both the inverted fork and the single rear shock are adjustable for preload and rebound damping. It’s not superbike spec, but then, nobody really expects a heritage bike to be.

Maintaining the Yamaha XSR900 is similar to most other liquid-cooled Yamaha motorcycles. You change the oil every 4000 miles (US) or 10000 km (Europe / APAC), and every 2nd service you change the spark plugs and inspect the valves. Along the way, keep the fluids like brake fluid and coolant fresh, maintain the chain, and you’ll be in good shape.

Reference — Manual for the Yamaha XSR900

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2019 Yamaha XSR900, and checked against other years to make sure the content was the same. See the screenshot below.

2019 Yamaha XSR900 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

See the screenshot of the maintenance schedule from the European XSR900 manual to see the differences — 10000 km / 1 year service intervals.

Yamaha XSR900 2016-2021 maintenance schedule europe

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