This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Yamaha YZF-R7 released in 2021 for the 2022 model year. It’s from the manual, with some reference points from service guides and parts catalogues.
The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 is a sportbike release based on the acclaimed CP2 engine, a 689cc liquid-cooled parallel twin with a 270-degree crankshaft that gives it lively character and a unique bark. It revs to 12000 rpm, but you don’t need to take it that high to get the most out of its midrange-biased torque band.
The CP2 engine (so-named for being a “CrossPlane concept” engine) was first seen in the Yamaha MT-07.
The first Yamaha “Crossplane” engine was the CP4, in the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, but that’s quite a different kind of crossplane.
There was an earlier motorcycle named the YZF-R7 around 20 years ago that was an inline four-cylinder race bike produced in very limited quantities. The YZF-R7 is also the consumer successor to the YZF-R6, again, a four-cylinder sportbike that’s now not made in a road-legal version.
Here are all the motorcycles that share the same CP2 engine:
- Yamaha MT-07 (formerly the FZ-07) — the naked roadster
- Yamaha Ténéré 700 — the adventure bike
- Yamaha XSR700 — the “retro” roadster
- Yamaha YZF-R7 — the sport bike
- Yamaha Tracer 700 — the sport touring bike (Europe/APAC only). Yamaha Tracer 7 from 2021 onward.
This post was originally published in August 25, 2021, but has been significantly updated with a simplified maintenance schedule format, chain maintenance tips, tire specs, and more.
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Yamaha YZF-R7 Service Intervals
Overall, minor service intervals between oil changes for the Yamaha XSR700 are every 4000 miles / 6000 km or 6 months. This is the same in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and in the US.
At every service, change the oil, and either check or replace the spark plugs, and do a host of checks (see below for the regular service checklist).
The major service (valve clearance inspection) is every 26600 miles (US) or 40000 km (Europe). The first of these is most significant.
Make sure you also keep the brake fluid and the coolant fresh — see the schedule below.
What you need to service a Yamaha YZF-R7
To service your Yamaha YZF-R7 motorcycle, you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools.
Apart from that, you need the following consumables specific to your motorcycle.
|Part||Yamaha YZF-R7 Spec|
|Engine oil||Yamaha recommends 10W-40 oil of API service SG or higher, or JASO standard MA. You may also opt for a different oil, depending on the range of temperatures you ride in.|
Yamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40. You can also use a high-grade synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40.
|Oil filter||Yamaha’s OEM part number is 5GH-13440-60-00, or HifloFiltro HF204RC for a high-quality and affordable alternative.|
|Air filter||Part number for the air filter is 1WS-14450-00-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-6814.|
|Spark plugs||Stock spark plug is an NGK LMAR8A-9 with an 0.8-0.9mm gap (should come standard, but the maintenance schedule suggests checking the gap).|
|Brake fluid||Spec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.|
|Coolant||Yamaha recommends “Yamacool” coolant which you can get from a dealer, or says if it’s not available, to use “ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion inhibitors for aluminum engines” in a 1:1 ratio. A good and well-regarded option is Zerex Asian Vehicle coolant which is silicate and borate-free.|
|Chain maintenance||The chain needs to be lubricated quite often (especially if it gets wet or dirty). A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.|
|Brake pads||OEM part numbers for the brake pads are 5SL-25805-00 and 5VX-25806-00(rear). |
You can also opt for EBC HH pads, a well-liked alternative to stock pads, for better bite, feel and pad life, though they will also wear your rotors faster (as will all sportier pads). Parts are FA252HH (front) and FA174HH (rear).
|Cable maintenance||Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.|
|Battery||Use a YTZ7S battery if yours goes flat.|
Maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R7
Below is the full maintenance schedule for the Yamaha YZF-R7, adapted from the manual.
The maintenance schedule below has been simplified in a few ways for convenience. For example
- The order of activities and wording is simplified. Yamaha prioritises tasks by regulatory requirements, whereas for example “change the oil and filter” and “lube the chain” are much more top-of-mind for owners (and yet are buried near the bottom in the manual’s schedule)
- Yamaha recommends many items related to braking or steering be serviced by dealers (but that’s up to you).
Maintenance intervals on the Yamaha YZF-R7 from both the US and Europe manual are every 4000 miles or ever 6000 km per the manual, or ever 6 months.
|km x 1000||1||7||13||19||25||31|
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||8||12||16||20|
|Perform full inspection checklist (see below)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Change engine oil (warm engine before draining) (Yamalube 10W-40)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace oil filter (HF204RC)||✓||✓||✓|
|Check spark plug condition. Clean and adjust gap if necessary.||✓||✓||✓|
|Replace spark plugs.||✓||✓|
|Replace brake lines.||4 years|
|Change brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years|
|Change air filter.||37000 km (24000 mi)|
|Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold||42000 km (26600 mi)|
|Moderately repack steering bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||✓||✓||19000 km (12000 mi)|
|Moderately repack swingarm pivot bearings with lithium soap-based grease.||50000 km (32000 mi)|
|Grease rear suspension link pivots lightly (lithium soap-based grease)||✓||✓||19000 km (12000 mi)|
Standard inspection checklist
Below is the checklist of items to do on the YZF-R7 at every service per the schedules above.
The items required at break-in service are marked with a check mark in the right-most column.
|Yamaha YZF-R7 Standard Inspection Checklist||At break in?|
|[Dealers] Perform dynamic inspection using Yamaha diagnostic tool. Check the error codes.||✓|
|Check throttle grip operation and free play, and adjust if necessary.||✓|
|Lubricate throttle cable and grip housing (Protect All Cable Life).||✓|
|Check clutch operation. Adjust or replace cable.||✓|
|Lubricate moving parts and cables thoroughly (lithium soap-based grease, Protect All Cable Life).||✓|
|Check lights, signals, and switches operation.||✓|
|Check sidestand switch operation and replace if necessary.||✓|
|Check brake switch operation, front and rear.||✓|
|Check / adjust headlight beam (if necessary)||✓|
|Check and adjust fuel injection synchronization.||✓|
|Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.|
|Check brake hoses for cracks or damage, and for correct routing and clamping.|
|Check cooling system hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.|
|Check engine idle speed|
(Not required in US)
|Check front brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA252HH x 2).||✓|
|Check rear brake operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage. Replace brake pads if necessary (EBC FA174HH).||✓|
|Check tyre tread depth and for damage. Replace if necessary (see spec below).|
|Check and adjust tyre pressure as necessary.|
|Check front fork operation and for oil leakage. Rebuild/ replace if necessary.|
|Check shock absorber operation and for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.|
|Check wheel bearings for smooth operation, looseness, or damage. Replace if necessary.|
|Check swingarm pivot bearing operation and for excessive play.|
|Check all chassis fitting and fasteners, and tighten/replace as 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. Lubricate with lithium soap-based grease lightly.|
|Check crankcase breather hose for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary|
|Check exhaust system for leakage. Tighten and/or replace gaskets as necessary.|
Maintaining Your Chain on the Yamaha YZF-R7
It’s important to maintain your chain on the YZF-R7, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly on one you may ride aggressively like the R7. 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 / 800 km 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|
Naturally, if you track or race your YZF-R7, then attend to your chain more often.
Tire sizes and pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R7
The manual specifies the following tire sizes and pressures (cold). Obviously as this is a sport bike, get the tyre pressure right for your weight, ride style, etc.
|Tyre||Size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR 17 M/C 58W||36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||18/55 ZR 17 M/C 73W||42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar|
The Yamaha YZF-R7 ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, sport bike tyres that a lot of people like.
About the Yamaha YZF-R7 (2022 model)
The Yamaha YZF-R7 caught everyone by surprise when it was announced in 2021 for the 2022 model year.
It wasn’t a direct replacement for the YZF-R6, which had a loyal fan base for its addictive power delivery and screaming engine. But it shared a visual style, riding position, and some of the high-quality components — just with an engine that produced much less power.
And it wasn’t a replacement for the ancient 1999-2000 YZF-R7 (same name), a limited-run race homologation motorcycle that Yamaha made in 1999 and 2000.
Instead, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 can best be described as an MT-07 but with clip-ons, a fairing, and higher-quality suspension components.
It bridges the gap effectively between the entry-level YZF-R3 and the class-leading YZF-R1, giving sportbike riders a platform they can take to the mountain roads or to the track and have a lot of fun.
The engine powering the YZF-R7 is a gem. Called the CP2, it’s a 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin that needs almost no introduction. Every grinning owner of an MT-07 describes it as lively, sporty, revvy, fun, and makes their bikes “wheelie-prone”.
The front brakes are twin 298mm discs with 4-piston radial-mounted calipers and a Brembo radial master cylinder. The front suspension is a fully-adjustable 41mm fork from KYB. The rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound.
Even though the YZF-R7 is using a middleweight engine, it’s no slouch. You can definitely send the MT-07 north of 200 km/h (140 mph) if you dare, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t hit that top speed on the straights. You just might not hear the jet engine-like roar of the R6 as you do so…
The final clue as to the sporting intentions of the YZF-R7 are the tyres — Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, seen on many other high-end sportbikes.
Reference — Manual Screenshots for the Yamaha YZF-R7
The above maintenance schedule was transcribed from the US manual for the Yamaha YZF-R7 for the 2022 model year.
You can also see a screenshot of the Europe manual below. It’s very similar, with the same service intervals.
You can download the original copy from Yamaha’s website here.