Yamaha YZF-R7 (“R7”, 2022 model) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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 reduced-capacity 655 cc YZF-R7 in some markets has the same maintenance schedule.)

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:

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.

2021 Yamaha YZF-R7 on track

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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.

Finally, regularly maintain the chain and adjust the chain slack (tension). Guidelines are 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.

PartYamaha YZF-R7 Spec
Engine oilYamaha 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.

yamaha engine oil recommendation chart
Oil filterYamaha’s OEM part number is 5GH-13440-60-00, or HifloFiltro HF204RC for a high-quality and affordable alternative.
Air filterPart number for the air filter is 1WS-14450-00-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-6814.
Spark plugsStock 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 fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.
CoolantYamaha 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 maintenanceThe chain needs to be lubricated quite often (especially if it gets wet or dirty). A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.
Brake padsOEM 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 maintenanceUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables.
GreaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.
BatteryUse a YTZ7S battery if yours goes flat.
Yamaha YZF-R7 parts for maintenance

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 every 6000 km per the manual, or every 6 months.

km x 10001713192531
mi x 10000.648121620
Perform full inspection checklist (see below)
Change engine oil (warm engine before draining) (Yamalube 10W-40)
Replace oil filter (HF204RC)
Change coolant.
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 cold42000 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)
Yamaha YZF-R7 maintenance schedule

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 ChecklistAt 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.
Yamaha YZF-R7 Standard Inspection Checklist

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
(See below guidelines)
Chain maintenance — Yamaha YZF-R7

Naturally, if you track or race your YZF-R7, then attend to your chain more often.

Checking drive chain slack

To check / adjust the drive chain slack on your YZF-R7:

  1. Put the motorcycle on the side stand
  2. Put the bike in neutral
  3. Push down on the chain under the end of the drive chain guard
  4. Measure the distance between the drive chain guard and the center of the chain

Target drive chain slack on the Yamaha YZF-R7: 45-50 mm (Note: Different from the MT-07)

Yamaha YZF-R7 Drive Chain Slack
Yamaha YZF-R7 Drive Chain Slack Check

Adjusting drive chain slack on the YZF-R7

Yamaha YZF-R7 Drive Chain Slack Adjustment
Yamaha YZF-R7 Drive Chain Slack Adjustment

To adjust the R7’s drive chain slack, you have to use the adjusters near the rear axle. You’ll need wrenches and a large torque wrench for the rear axle nut.

  1. Loosen the locknut at each end of the swingarm.
  2. Loosen the axle nut.
  3. To tighten the chain, turn the drive chain adjusting nut clockwise. Tighten it by the same amount on each side, and use the alignment marks to make sure the chain is still aligned. Keep checking the chain tension to make sure it’s within spec.
  4. When you’re done, tighten the axle nut (105 Nm / 77 lb-ft) and the locknuts (16 Nm / 12 lb-ft).

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.

TyreSizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C 58W36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar
Rear18/55 ZR 17 M/C 73W42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Tyre sizes and tyre pressures for the Yamaha YZF-R7

The Yamaha YZF-R7 ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres, versatile street/sport bike tyres that a lot of people like.

YZF-R7 Tightening Torques

Below are some tightening torque specs for the 2022+ R7. These come from the service manual.

For other torque specs, ask on r7forums.com — a number of members have service manuals (which aren’t available all over the world! Many would buy them if they could).

Engine tightening torques

ItemThread sizeQ’tyTightening torque
Tightening torque
Exhaust pipe nutM842014.8
Muffler bracket boltM64107.4
Muffler boltM822014.8
Muffler cover boltM63107.4
Exhaust pipe protector boltM62107.4
Spark plugM102139.6
Cylinder head cover boltM64107.4
Generator rotor boltM1217051.6
Generator cover boltM62128.9
Generator cover boltM68128.9
Clutch boss nutM2019570.1
Clutch spring boltM63107.4
Clutch cover boltM610128.9
Clutch cover boltM62128.9
Oil filter cartridgeM2011712.5
Oil filter cartridge union boltM2014029.5
Coolant drain boltM6175.2
Engine oil drain boltM1414331.7
YZF-R7 Engine Tightening Torques

Frame/Chassis tightening torques

ItemThread sizeQ’tyTightening torque
Tightening torque
Front wheel axleM1616547.9
Front wheel axle pinch boltM812317
Rear wheel sprocket nutM1068059
Wheel axle nutM18110577.4
Rear brake caliper boltM812216.2
Brake caliper bleed screwM8353.7
Front brake caliper bolgtM1044029.5
Handlebar boltM62139.6
Handlebar pinch boltM813223.6
Clutch cable locknutM8175.2
Lower bracket pinch boltM842317
Upper bracket pinch boltM822619.2
Steering stem nutM22111081.1
Lower ring nutM251See below
Drive sprocket nutM22111081.1
Swingarm pivot bolt111081.1
YZF-R7 Frame/Chassis Tightening Torques

Lower ring nut notes:

  1. Tighten the ring nut to 52 Nm / 38 lb-ft, then loosen the lower ring nut completely.
  2. Tighten the lower ring nut to 18 Nm / 13 lb-ft

About the Yamaha YZF-R7 (2022+ model)

black YZF-R7 2021 2022 parked on twisty road

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.

2021 Yamaha R7 cockpit and dash, adjustable suspension
TFT dash, adjustable suspension

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.

Since 2022, the Yamaha YZF-R7 has remained largely the same, though Yamaha has released anniversary edition colours, which look great.

2022 Yamaha yZF-R7 Anniversary Edition RHS 3-4 static
2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Anniversary Edition

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.

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