Yamaha a reputation for dependability. Please take the time to read this manual thoroughly, so as to enjoy all advantages of your XVS250. The owner’s manual does not only instruct you in how to operate, inspect and maintain your motorcycle, but also in how to safeguard yourself and others from trouble and injury.
This manual should be considered a permanent part of this motorcycle and should remain with it even if the motorcycle is subsequently sold. Yamaha continually seeks advancements in product design and quality. Therefore, while this manual contains the most current product information available at the time of printing, there may be minor discrepancies between your motorcycle and this manual.
TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY INFORMATION ....1-1 OPERATION AND IMPORTANT Adjusting the brake pedal RIDING POINTS......... 5-1 position and free play ....6-17 DESCRIPTION ........2-1 Starting a cold engine ....5-1 Adjusting the rear brake Left view ..........2-1 Starting a warm engine ....5-2 light switch ........
TABLE OF CONTENTS Front wheel ........6-32 Rear wheel ........6-33 Troubleshooting ......6-35 Troubleshooting chart ....6-36 MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE ..........7-1 Care ..........7-1 Storage ...........7-3 SPECIFICATIONS ......8-1 CONSUMER INFORMATION.....9-1 Identification numbers ....9-1...
SAFETY INFORMATION EAU10250 AND/OR WHEN MADE NECES- • Ride where other motorists can SARY BY MECHANICAL CONDI- see you. Avoid riding in another MOTORCYCLES SINGLE TIONS. motorist’s blind spot. TRACK VEHICLES. THEIR SAFE USE Many motorcycle accidents in- AND OPERATION ARE DEPENDENT Safe riding volve inexperienced operators.
Modifications made to this motorcycle other motorists can see you. the single most critical factor in the pre- not approved by Yamaha, or the re- The posture of the operator and vention or reduction of head injuries. moval of original equipment, may ren- passenger is important for proper Always wear an approved helmet.
Since Yamaha cannot should be kept to a minimum. 180 kg (397 lb). When loading within test all other accessories that may be •...
SAFETY INFORMATION Gasoline and exhaust gas • Do not park the motorcycle on a GASOLINE IS HIGHLY FLAMMA- slope or soft ground, otherwise it BLE: may fall over. • Always turn the engine off when • Do not park the motorcycle near refueling.
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS EAU10460 EAU10680 To unlock the steering Main switch/steering lock LOCK The steering is locked, and all electrical systems are off. The key can be re- moved. To lock the steering 1. Push. 2. Turn. The main switch/steering lock controls the ignition and lighting systems, and is Push the key in, and then turn it to used to lock the steering.
CAUTION: engine is defective. When this occurs, Do not use the parking position for have a Yamaha dealer check the self- an extended length of time, other- diagnosis system. 1. High beam indicator light “...
Yamaha dealer check the vehicle. ECA11170 CAUTION: To prevent engine damage, be sure 1. Speedometer to consult a Yamaha dealer as soon 2. Odometer as possible if this occurs. 3. Tripmeter 4. Tripmeter reset knob The speedometer unit is equipped with a speedometer, an odometer and a tripmeter.
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS EAU12342 Right position. To cancel the turn signal Handlebar switches lights, push the switch in after it has re- turned to the center position. Left EAU12500 Horn switch “ ” Press this switch to sound the horn. EAU12590 Light switch “...
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS ECA10050 EAU12820 EAU12870 Clutch lever Shift pedal CAUTION: See page 5-1 for starting instruc- tions prior to starting the engine. 1. Clutch lever 1. Shift pedal The clutch lever is located at the left The shift pedal is located on the left handlebar grip.
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS EAU12890 EAU12941 EAU13000 Brake lever Brake pedal Fuel tank cap 1. Brake lever 1. Brake pedal 1. Unlock. The brake lever is located at the right The brake pedal is on the right side of To remove the fuel tank cap handlebar grip.
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS or premium unleaded fuel. Use of un- EAU13580 Fuel cock leaded fuel will extend spark plug life This model is equipped with a negative and reduce maintenance costs. pressure fuel cock. The fuel cock sup- plies fuel from the tank to the carburetor while also filtering it.
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS EAU13590 EAU14281 Starter (choke) lever “ ” Helmet holder 1. Pointed end positioned over “PRI” 1. Starter (choke) lever “ ” 1. Helmet holder This indicates prime. With the fuel cock 2. Unlock. Starting a cold engine requires a richer lever in this position, the engine can be To open the helmet holder, insert the air-fuel mixture, which is supplied by...
INSTRUMENT AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS below and have a Yamaha dealer re- EAU15311 Ignition circuit cut-off system pair it if it does not function proper- The ignition circuit cut-off system (com- prising the sidestand switch, clutch switch and neutral switch) has the fol- lowing functions.
5. Push the start switch. Does the engine start? The neutral switch may be defective. The motorcycle should not be ridden until checked by a Yamaha dealer. With the engine still running: 6. Move the sidestand up. 7. Keep the clutch lever pulled.
PRE-OPERATION CHECKS EAU15591 The condition of a vehicle is the owner’s responsibility. Vital components can start to deteriorate quickly and unexpectedly, even if the vehicle remains unused (for example, as a result of exposure to the elements). Any damage, fluid leakage or loss of tire air pressure could have serious consequences.
• Make sure that operation is smooth. • Check cable free play. Throttle grip 6-12, 6-23 • If necessary, have Yamaha dealer adjust cable free play and lubricate cable and grip housing. • Make sure that operation is smooth. Control cables 6-23 •...
Chassis fasteners — • Tighten if necessary. Instruments, lights, signals • Check operation. — and switches • Correct if necessary. • Check operation of ignition circuit cut-off system. Sidestand switch 3-10 • If system is defective, have Yamaha dealer check vehicle.
Become thoroughly familiar following conditions must be met: Yamaha dealer check the electrical cir- The transmission is in the neutral with all operating controls and cuit. position. their functions before riding.
EAU16640 EAU16671 Starting a warm engine Shifting engine, and have a Yamaha dealer Follow the same procedure as for start- check the self-diagnosis system. ing a cold engine with the exception 6. After starting the engine, move the that the starter (choke) is not required starter (choke) back halfway.
OPERATION AND IMPORTANT RIDING POINTS ECA10260 EAU16800 Shift up points: Tips for reducing fuel CAUTION: 1st → 2nd: 23 km/h (14 mi/h) consumption 2nd → 3rd: 36 km/h (22 mi/h) Even with the transmission in 3rd → 4th: 50 km/h (31 mi/h) Fuel consumption depends largely on the neutral position, do not 4th →...
Do not park on a slope or on soft during the engine break-in period, tle operation or any condition that might ground, otherwise the vehicle immediately have a Yamaha dealer result in engine overheating must be may overturn. check the vehicle.
If you are not familiar with mainte- certain maintenance work correctly. nance work, have a Yamaha dealer do it for you. NOTE: If you do not have the tools or experi- ence required for a particular job, have a Yamaha dealer perform it for you.
The annual checks must be performed every year, except if a kilometer-based maintenance is performed in- stead. From 50000 km, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 10000 km. Items marked with an asterisk should be performed by a Yamaha dealer as they require special tools, data and technical skills. ODOMETER READING (× 1000 km)
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR ODOMETER READING (× 1000 km) ANNUAL ITEM CHECK OR MAINTENANCE JOB CHECK • Check runout, spoke tightness and for damage. √ √ √ √ 9 * Wheels • Tighten spokes if necessary. • Check tread depth and for damage. •...
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR ODOMETER READING (× 1000 km) ANNUAL ITEM CHECK OR MAINTENANCE JOB CHECK √ √ √ Engine oil filter element • Replace. √ 23 * Engine oil strainer • Clean. Front and rear brake √ √ √...
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU18770 The panels shown above need to be re- Removing and installing moved to perform some of the mainte- panels nance jobs described in this chapter. Refer to this section each time a panel needs to be removed and installed. EAU19521 Panel A To remove the panel...
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU19161 To install the panel EAU19543 Panel B Checking the spark plugs 1. Secure the front of the panel, and The spark plugs are important engine then push the rear of the panel in. To remove the panel components, which are easy to check.
If any spark plug shows a distinctly dif- ferent color, the engine could be defec- tive. Do not attempt to diagnose such 1. Spark plug gap problems yourself. Instead, have a Yamaha dealer check the vehicle. Spark plug gap: 0.6–0.7 mm (0.024–0.028 in)
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU19751 2. Place an oil pan under the engine Engine oil and oil filter NOTE: to collect the used oil. The engine oil should be between the element 3. Remove the engine oil filler cap minimum and maximum level marks.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR ECA11620 Tightening torque: CAUTION: Oil filter element cover bolt: In order to prevent clutch slip- 10 Nm (1.0 m·kgf, 7.2 ft·lbf) page (since the engine oil also lubricates the clutch), do not NOTE: mix any chemical additives. Do Make sure that the O-ring is properly not use oils with a diesel speci- seated.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU20660 out with compressed air as shown. Cleaning the air filter element If the air filter element is damaged, The air filter element should be cleaned replace it. at the intervals specified in the periodic maintenance and lubrication chart.
Therefore, most car- buretor adjustments should be left to a Yamaha dealer, who has the neces- sary professional knowledge and expe- rience. The adjustment described in the following section, however, may be ser- 1.
175 kPa (25 psi) (1.75 kgf/cm²) Rear: from occurring, the valve clearance regarding the specified tires. 200 kPa (29 psi) (2.00 kgf/cm²) must be adjusted by a Yamaha dealer 90–180 kg (198–397 lb): at the intervals specified in the periodic Tire air pressure Front: maintenance and lubrication chart.
Front tire: glass fragments in it, or if the sidewall is Size: cracked, have a Yamaha dealer re- 80/100-18M/C 47P place the tire immediately. Manufacturer/model: CHENG SHIN/C-916...
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR 3. If the specified clutch lever free 7. Tighten the locknut at the clutch le- EAU22092 Adjusting the brake lever free play could be obtained as de- ver and the crankcase. play scribed above, tighten the locknut and skip the rest of the procedure, otherwise proceed as follows.
1. Brake pedal position adjusting bolt EWA10670 trol and an accident. WARNING 2. Locknut It is advisable to have a Yamaha 3. Tighten the locknut. dealer make these adjustments. EWA11230 WARNING After adjusting the brake pedal posi-...
The brake pedal free play should mea- obtained as described, have a switch sure 20.0–30.0 mm (0.79–1.18 in) at Yamaha dealer make this ad- the brake pedal end. Periodically check justment. the brake pedal free play and, if neces- After adjusting the brake pedal sary, adjust it as follows.
Changing the brake fluid make sure that the top of the mas- denly, have a Yamaha dealer Have a Yamaha dealer change the ter cylinder is level by turning the check the cause. brake fluid at the intervals specified in handlebars.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU22760 Drive chain slack The drive chain slack should be checked before each ride and adjusted if necessary. EAU22770 To check the drive chain slack 1. Place the motorcycle on a level surface and hold it in an upright po- sition.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU23020 Tightening torques: Lubricating the drive chain Locknut: The drive chain must be cleaned and 16 Nm (1.6 m·kgf, 12 ft·lbf) lubricated at the intervals specified in Axle nut: the periodic maintenance and lubrica- 104 Nm (10.4 m·kgf, 75 ft·lbf) tion chart, otherwise it will quickly wear 4.
Recommended lubricant: EWA10730 Lithium-soap-based grease (all-pur- Lithium-soap-based grease (all-pur- WARNING pose grease) pose grease) If the sidestand does not move up and down smoothly, have a Yamaha dealer check or repair it. Recommended lubricant: Lithium-soap-based grease (all-pur- pose grease) 6-24...
Securely support the vehicle so that fork does not operate smoothly, damage and excessive oil leakage. there is no danger of it falling over. have a Yamaha dealer check or re- pair it. To check the operation 2. Hold the lower ends of the front 1.
If there is play in the wheel hub or if the wheel does not turn smoothly, have a Yamaha dealer check the wheel bearings. 1. Battery The battery is located behind panel A.
To charge the battery burns. Avoid any contact with battery damage. Have a Yamaha dealer charge the bat- skin, eyes or clothing and al- To charge a sealed-type (MF) tery as soon as possible if it seems to...
7. Spare fuse 4. If the fuse immediately blows If a fuse is blown, replace it as follows. again, have a Yamaha dealer 1. Turn the key to “OFF” and turn off check the electrical system. the electrical circuit in question.
6. Install the headlight unit by install- 4. Place a new headlight bulb into po- ing the screws. sition, and then secure it with the 7. Have a Yamaha dealer adjust the 1. Headlight bulb cover headlight beam if necessary. bulb holder.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU24131 EAU24210 Replacing the tail/brake light Replacing a turn signal light bulb bulb 1. Remove the tail/brake light lens by 1. Remove the turn signal lens by re- removing the screws. moving the screws. 1. Tail/brake light bulb 3.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR EAU24350 a jack either under each side of the Supporting the motorcycle frame in front of the rear wheel or under Since this model is not equipped with a each side of the swingarm. centerstand, follow these precautions when removing the front and rear wheel or performing other maintenance requiring the motorcycle to stand up-...
To remove the front wheel jections mesh with the slots. EWA10820 WARNING It is advisable to have a Yamaha dealer service the wheel. Securely support the motor- cycle so that there is no danger 1. Front wheel axle pinch bolt of it falling over.
Rear wheel EAU25430 To remove the rear wheel EWA10820 WARNING It is advisable to have a Yamaha dealer service the wheel. Securely support the motor- cycle so that there is no danger 1. Speedometer gear unit retainer of it falling over.
PERIODIC MAINTENANCE AND MINOR REPAIR 2. Lift the rear wheel off the ground 7. Push the wheel forward, and then Tightening torque: according to the procedure on remove the drive chain from the Brake torque rod nut: page 6-31. rear sprocket. 23 Nm (2.3 m·kgf, 17 ft·lbf) 3.
MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE EAU26040 ucts onto seals, gaskets, sprock- cleaning products, solvent or Care ets, the drive chain and wheel thinner, fuel (gasoline), rust re- While the open design of a motorcycle axles. Always rinse the dirt and de- movers or inhibitors, brake flu- reveals the attractiveness of the tech- greaser off with water.
MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE After normal use ECA10790 4. To prevent corrosion, it is recom- CAUTION: Remove dirt with warm water, a mild mended to apply a corrosion pro- detergent, and a soft, clean sponge, tection spray metal, Do not use warm water since it in- and then rinse thoroughly with clean including chrome- and nickel-plat- creases the corrosive action of the...
NOTE: and spark plugs. To prevent corrosion, avoid Consult a Yamaha dealer for advice on b. Pour a teaspoonful of engine oil damp cellars, stables (because what products to use. into each spark plug bore.
MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE EWA10950 than 30 °C (90 °F)]. For more in- WARNING formation on storing the battery, To prevent damage or injury from see page 6-26. sparking, make sure to ground the NOTE: spark plug electrodes while turning Make any necessary repairs before the engine over.
Record the key identification number, vehicle identification number and mod- el label information in the spaces pro- vided below for assistance when ordering spare parts from a Yamaha dealer or for reference in case the vehi- cle is stolen. KEY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 1.
EAU26460 Model label 1. Model label The model label is affixed to the loca- tion shown. Record the information on this label in the space provided. This in- formation will be needed when ordering spare parts from a Yamaha dealer.
INDEX Air filter element, cleaning ....6-10 Front fork, checking.......6-25 Rear brake light switch, adjusting ..6-18 Anti-theft alarm (optional) ....... 3-3 Fuel ............3-7 Fuel cock..........3-8 Safety information........1-1 Fuel consumption, tips for reducing ..5-3 Battery ..........6-26 Self-diagnosis device......3-3 Fuel tank cap...........3-6 Brake and clutch levers, checking Shifting............