Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Yamaha Tech

Yamaha Tech Originally the Yamaha XT600 Tech Forum, due to demand it now includes all Yamaha's technical / mechanical / repair / preparation questions.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 28 Mar 2005
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: paris, france
Posts: 86
spark plug size

Hi all, Just got my hands on a 1vj model tenere but dont have a manual. I understand the clymer manual is the way to go, but untill i get it can anyone recommend the correct spark plug model and what size spanner i will need? Is there clerance to remove it without removing the airbox?
Also whats the story with oil level checks, I cant see a level indicator on the side of the tank??
Thanks in advance.
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Mar 2005
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 184
Hi 'blackjack'.

Spark Plug:-
The NGK site gives the recommended plugs for our models (follow the www.ngkntk.co.jp link). This normally is DPR7EA-9 or DPR8EA-9. I mainly run the 8 which is a colder tip, but swap it for a 7 to help mid-winter running and starting.

Spark Plug Access:-
My 3AJ came with no spark plug socket. I use a Triumph socket (part # 2300107-T0301) that is in the Thunderbird/Sprint/etc.. tool kit. The plugs are the same (although slightly different heat rating). The socket works great for me, having a rubber inner washer/gripper to retain the plug, and the top end is a smaller hex (like a box spanner) so that you can put a normal open spanner onto it for some leverage. I am sure there are plenty of other makes that may well be similar (i.e. 14mm size), but at least I know this one fits and works well.

As well as Clymer, I also find the German Repair manual very useful as it covers our Tenere models (ISBN 3-7168-1789-9), and I have some fun translating it.

Oil Levels:-
My 3AJ has a 'dip stick' as part of the cap to the oil tank. Does the 1VJ not have a similar cap?

Hope this helps?
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Mar 2005
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Suffolk, England
Posts: 109
I think you will find the correct plug for the earlier Tenere is the DR7ES.

If the 1VJ has a dipstick, and if you are not used to dry sump engines, make you sure you check the oil level with the engine warmed up to normal running temperature. Check the oil level about half a minute after the engine has been turned off.
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Mar 2005
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: paris, france
Posts: 86

Ah....fantastic, just the info i need, The spark plug is so far down I can hardly see it, I didnt want to go poking about in the dark, so to speak.
I,ll order a manual cheers for the number, ref the oil tank the only time I looked in was when i bought it, didnt notice a dip stick in the inside of the cap ??? Shall check next time i play.
Cheers for the info.
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Mar 2005
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: paris, france
Posts: 86
Thanks for taking the time to reply guys........
Reference the plug, i,ll muddy the water more and see what the local french yamaha mechanics recommend, in my loudest slowest english..
Reply With Quote
Old 31 Mar 2005
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: GENT Belgium
Posts: 508
Also remember to remove the side cover before starting the oil check process otherwise you need to do it once the engine is hot and well its more agro....

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 13:17.