Yamaha YZF-R15 3rd gen (2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha YZF-R15, an entry-level commuter motorbike that is extremely popular, particularly in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It’s also just known as the Yamaha R15 or just the R15.

The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a small single-cylinder motorcycle that has been made since 2008. The previous generation/generations of R15 were made with a 150cc engine, but in 2017 it got an upgrade of 5cc to 155cc.

The R15 runs a SOHC 4-valve engine with fuel injection and VVT that makes well… not very much power, but (just) enough to get you onto the freeway.

The YZF-R15 is very economical and is a popular choice of scoot for delivery riders. Plus, it looks sharp!

The YZF-R15 is styled after the very popular (and much more powerful, in comparison) YZF-R3, but is a totally different motorcycle.

Yamaha YZF-R15 blue 2

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What you need to service the Yamaha YZF-R15

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an YZF-R15, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools. Aside from that, you need the following specific consumables.

PartYamaha YZF-R15 spec
Engine oilYamaha suggests SAE 20W40 Yamalube (SG grade oil). Yamalube 10W-40 is a good substitute and much more available.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. The Hiflofiltro HF141 is an affordable and high-quality aftermarket substitute.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK CR8E as per the manual, with gap at 0.7-0.8mm.
Air filterThe K&N equivalent part number is YA-1208.
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R15

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

Description
Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
Motul 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.
Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables and tools

Yamaha YZF-R15 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R15. This is straight from the manual, modified slightly to fit this screen.

You maintain the R15 every 3000 km or 2000 miles.

Why so short a maintenance schedule? Well, largely because bikes like these run usually slowly (averaging ~40 km/h), so if you think about it in terms of time spent running rather than distance travelled, it becomes more equivalent.

Couple that with the fact that they usually run in high-stress conditions, squeezing the most out of the engine in start-stop traffic, and being started many times a day (cold ignition is high-stress) and it makes more sense.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • From the end of the maintenance schedule, follow it in the pattern shown (every 1, 2, or 4 maintenance intervals)
  • Air filter: Service the air filter more often if you ride in dusty or wet conditions.
  • Hydraulic brake service:
    • Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
    • Every two years, replace the internal components of the brake master cylinders and calipers, and change the brake fluid
    • Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.
ItemOdometer (x 1000 km):13691215Every
Fuel line* Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage.
Spark plug* Check condition.
* Clean and reset the gap
Spark plug* Replace. (NGK CR8E)
Valves* Check valve clearance.
* Adjust.
Air filter* Clean.
Air filter* Replace. (YA-1208)
Battery* Check Battery output voltage
Clutch* Check operation.
* Adjust.
* Lubricate Lever (Silicone grease)
Front brake* Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads (whenever worn to limit)
Rear brake* Check operation, fluid level and vehicle for fluid leakage.
* Replace brake pads (whenever worn to limit)
Brake lines* Check for cracks or damage.
* Replace.4 years
Wheels* Check runout and for damage.
Tyres* Check tread depth and for damage.
* Replace if necessary.
* Check air pressure.
* Correct if necessary.
Wheel bearings* Check bearing for looseness or damage.
Swingarm* Check operation and for excessive play.
Swingarm* Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.
Drive chain* Check chain slack, alignment and condition.
* Adjust and thoroughly lubricate chain.
500 km or after chain gets wet
Steering bearings* Check bearing play and steering for roughness
Steering bearings* Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease.
Chassis fasteners* Make sure that all nuts, bolts, and screws are properly tightened
Sidestand* Check operation.
* Lubricate.
Front fork* Check operation and for oil leakage
Shock absorber assembly* Check operation and shock absorber for oil leakage
Injector* Check operation
* Adjust engine idling speed
Engine oil* Change (Yamalube 10W-40)
* Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage
Engine oil filter element* Replace (HF141)10K km
Cooling system* Check coolant level and vehicle for coolant leakage
Cooling system* Change coolant. (Any ethylene glycol pre-mix)2 years
Front and rear brake switches* Check operation
Moving parts and cables* Lubricate (Protect all cable life)
Throttle grip housing and cable* Check operation and free play
* Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary
* Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable
Air induction system* Check the air cut-off valve, reed valve, and hose for damage
* Replace any damaged parts if necessary.
Lights, signals, and switches* Check operation
* Adjust headlight beam (if necessary)
Yamaha YZF-R15 maintenance schedule table

Yamaha YZF-R15 Tire specs

The recommended tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R15 are as follows (per the manual)

TireSizePressure (cold)
Front80/90-17 M/C 44P200 kPa (29 psi)
Rear100/80-17 M/C 52P225 kPa (33 psi)
Tire size and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R15

The R15 ships stock with MRF/Zapper tyres.

About the Yamaha YZF-R15

The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a very efficient commuter, but it’s not just that. Like other motorcycles in the R series, it’s a sportbike that you might just have fun bouncing off the rev limiter and getting the absolute most out of it.

Even though it’s used quite often by delivery riders, it’s a lot more entertaining than a twist-and-go scooter.

The third-generation R15 made from 2017 onward is actually capable of hitting freeway speeds despite its diminutive engine. Having a big delivery box on the back may slow you down slightly though! But otherwise, you can sit on 110 km/h, which will get you into trouble in many places (don’t do it other than on the freeway). You can get it to 135 km/h, but you’ll need a straight, flat road, and no headwinds!

This is achieved partly because of the VVT system the new R15 has. This gives it a power boost up to about 13 kW (18 hp) at 10,000 rpm. It also gives the engine a bit more gusto than previous models.

The clip-on style bars are really good for riding in a sporty way, but if you’re a learner rider, you might find them a little tricky when learning to do slow, tight turns.

But you don’t lean over very far to get to the bars. Think of it as a sportbike from the days when sportbikes were still comfortable (i.e. the 1990s). There are other things that make the R15 very easy to ride, too, like its feather-light weight (130 kilograms) and a slipper clutch.

One thing that really stands in the R15’s favour is just how great it looks. It borrows a lot from its bigger siblings the R3 and even the R1. Side-by-side there are obvious size and quality differences, but to the casual observer, the R15 is just excellent.

Yamaha YZF-R15 red and white

Manual for the Yamaha YZF-R15

The above information was gleaned from the service manual for the Yamaha YZF-R15.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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