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  • Page 2 SAFETY INFORMATION Quick Reference Guide GENERAL INFORMATION This Quick Reference Guide will HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE assist you in finding the information you’re looking for. MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT APPENDIX MAINTENANCE RECORD A Table of Contents is included after the Foreword.
  • Page 3 NOTICE Whenever you see the symbols shown below, heed their instructions! NOTICE is used to address prac- Always follow safe operating and main- tices not related to personal in- tenance practices. jury. DANGER NOTE DANGER indicates a hazardous ○ This note symbol indicates points of situation which, if not avoided, particular interest for more efficient will result in death or serious in-...
  • Page 4 NOTICE WARNING Engine exhaust, some of its THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN MAN- constituents, and certain vehi- UFACTURED FOR USE IN A cle components contain or emit REASONABLE AND PRUDENT chemicals known to the State of MANNER BY A QUALIFIED OP- California to cause cancer and ERATOR AND AS A VEHICLE birth defects or other reproduc-...
  • Page 5 Foreword Congratulations on your purchase of a new Kawasaki motorcycle. Your new mo- torcycle is the product of Kawasaki’s advanced engineering, exhaustive testing, and continuous striving for superior reliability, safety and performance. Please read this Owner’s Manual carefully before riding so that you will be thoroughly familiar with the proper operation of your motorcycle’s controls, its fea-...
  • Page 6 However, there may be minor differences between the actual product and illustra- tions and text in this manual. All products are subject to change without prior notice or obligation. KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD. Motorcycle & Engine Company © 2012 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. May 2012. (4)
  • Page 7: Emission Control Information

    Emission Control Information To protect the environment in which we all live, Kawasaki has incorporated crankcase emission (1) and exhaust emission (2) control systems in compliance with applicable regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board. Additionally, Kawasaki has incorporated...
  • Page 8 3. Evaporative Emission Control System The evaporative emission control system for this vehicle consists of low perme- ation fuel hoses and fuel tank. 3. Evaporative Emission Control System (California) Vapors caused by fuel evaporation in the fuel system are not vented into the atmosphere.
  • Page 9 Owner’s Manual at your own expense. The Kawasaki Limited Emission Control System Warranty requires that you re- turn your motorcycle to an authorized Kawasaki dealer for remedy under warranty. Please read the warranty carefully, and keep it valid by complying with the owner’s obligations it contains.
  • Page 10 Tampering With Noise Control System Prohibited Federal law prohibits the following acts or the causing thereof: (1) the removal or rendering inoperative by any person other than for purposes of maintenance, re- pair, or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use, or (2) the use of the vehicle after such device or element of design has been removed or rendered inoperative by any person.
  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY INFORMATION ....12 GENERAL INFORMATION....23 Read Owner’s Manual ..... 12 Specifications ........23 Training ..........12 Serial Number Locations....27 Daily Safety Checks and Periodic Location of Labels ......28 Maintenance ......... 12 Location of Parts ......38 Loading and Accessories Meter Instruments ......
  • Page 12 Tool Kit Compartment....... 67 Clutch ..........108 Event Data Recorder......67 Drive Chain ........110 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE . 69 Brakes ..........114 Break-In ........... 69 Brake Light Switches......117 Starting the Engine ......70 Suspension System ......119 Jump Starting ........
  • Page 13: Safety Information

    WARNING Training Failure to perform these checks Kawasaki strongly recommends that or to correct a problem before all operators of this vehicle complete a operation may result in serious suitable motorcycle rider training pro- damage or an accident. Always...
  • Page 14: Loading And Accessories Information

    Before you ride the Kawasaki dealer as soon as possible. motorcycle, make sure it is not overloaded and that you have followed these instructions.
  • Page 15: Passenger

    Kawasaki Parts and Accessories oughly familiar with motorcycle op- have been specially designed for eration. The passenger can affect use on Kawasaki motorcycles. We control of the motorcycle by im- strongly recommend that all parts proper positioning during cornering and accessories you add to your and sudden movements.
  • Page 16: Baggage And Luggage

    SAFETY INFORMATION 4. Do not carry passengers unless will not move around while you are passenger footpegs are installed. riding. Recheck baggage security Instruct any passenger before riding as often as possible (not while the to keep his or her feet on the pas- motorcycle is in motion) and adjust senger footpegs and hold on to the as necessary.
  • Page 17: Other Load

    Kawasaki does not manu- 2. Weight attached to the handlebar or facture sidecars or trailers for mo- front fork will increase the mass of...
  • Page 18: Safe Operation

    Do not run the engine in en- ent. Have your motorcycle thoroughly closed areas. Operate only in a checked at a Kawasaki dealer as soon well-ventilated area. as possible. Safe Operation The following should be carefully ob- served for safe and effective vehicle operation.
  • Page 19: Fueling

    SAFETY INFORMATION Fueling Protective Gear and Clothing Helmet WARNING Kawasaki strongly recommends both Gasoline is extremely flammable the operator and passenger wear a and can be explosive under cer- DOT-approved helmet even if this is tain conditions. To prevent fire not a legal requirement.
  • Page 20: Safe Riding Techniques

    SAFETY INFORMATION Gloves Safe Riding Techniques Wear gloves which have suitable protection for your hands, especially against abrasion. Keep Hands on Handlebars Clothing When riding always keep both hands Wear protective clothing. on the handlebars and both feet on the Wear bright, highly visible clothing footpegs.
  • Page 21 SAFETY INFORMATION Accelerate and Brake Smoothly throttle so that the engine can act as an In general your actions should be auxiliary brake. Use the front and rear smooth as sudden acceleration, brak- brakes for primary braking. ing or turning may cause loss of control, Riding in Wet Conditions especially when riding in wet conditions Rely more on the throttle to control...
  • Page 22: Additional Considerations For High Speed Operation

    SAFETY INFORMATION fuel consumption but also for long ve- Additional Considerations for hicle life and quieter operation. High Speed Operation Riding on Rough Roads Exercise caution, slow down, and grip the fuel tank with the knees for WARNING better stability. Handling characteristics of a Acceleration motorcycle at high speeds may...
  • Page 23 SAFETY INFORMATION Engine Oil see that they are correctly adjusted and functioning properly. To avoid engine seizure and resulting loss of control, make sure that the oil Steering level is at the upper level line. Looseness in the steering can cause Coolant loss of control.
  • Page 24: General Information

    GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Specifications PERFORMANCE Minimum Turning Radius 2.4 m (94 in.) DIMENSIONS Overall Length 2 015 mm (79.33 in.) Overall Width 715 mm (28.1 in.) Overall Height 1 110 mm (43.70 in.) Wheelbase 1 405 mm (55.31 in.) Road Clearance 140 mm (5.51 in.) Curb Mass...
  • Page 25 GENERAL INFORMATION Compression Ratio 10.6 : 1 Starting System Electric starter Cylinder Numbering Method Left to right, 1-2 Firing Order Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection) Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition) 10° BTDC @1 300 r/min (rpm) ∼ 31° BTDC @7 000 Ignition Timing (Electronically advanced) r/min (rpm)
  • Page 26 GENERAL INFORMATION Clutch Type Wet, multi disc Driving System Chain drive Primary Reduction Ratio 3.087 (71/23) Final Reduction Ratio 3.000 (42/14) Overall Drive Ratio 7.938 (Top gear) Gear Ratio: 2.714 (38/14) 1.789 (34/19) 1.409 (31/22) 1.160 (29/25) 1.000 (27/27) 0.857 (24/28) FRAME Castor 27°...
  • Page 27 GENERAL INFORMATION Rim Size: Front J17M/C × MT2.75 Rear J17M/C × MT4.00 Fuel Tank Capacity 17 L (4.5 US gal) ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT Battery 12 V 8 Ah Headlight: High Beam 12 V 55 W + 55 W Low Beam 12 V 55 W Tail/Brake Light 12 V 5/21 W Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 28: Serial Number Locations

    GENERAL INFORMATION Serial Number Locations The engine and frame serial numbers are used to register the motorcycle. They are the only means of identifying your particular machine from others of the same model type. These serial numbers may be needed by your dealer when ordering parts.
  • Page 29: Location Of Labels

    Therefore, it is very important that all warning labels be on your vehicle in the locations shown. If any label is missing, damaged, or worn, get a replacement from your Kawasaki dealer and install it in the correct posi- tion. NOTE ○...
  • Page 30 GENERAL INFORMATION 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) 3. Battery Poison/Danger 4. Rear Shock Absorber Warning
  • Page 31 GENERAL INFORMATION 5. Radiator Cap Danger 6. Important Drive Chain Information 7. Tire and Load Data 8. Weight and Manufacture
  • Page 32 GENERAL INFORMATION 9. Daily Safety Checks 10. Vehicle Emission Control Information 11. Noise Emission Control Information 12. Fuel Level
  • Page 33 GENERAL INFORMATION 13. Vacuum Hose Routing Diagram
  • Page 36 GENERAL INFORMATION 10) except California model
  • Page 37 GENERAL INFORMATION 10) only on California model 12) only on California model
  • Page 38 GENERAL INFORMATION 13) only on California model
  • Page 39: Location Of Parts

    GENERAL INFORMATION Location of Parts 1. Rear View Mirrors 6. Front Brake Lever 2. Clutch Lever 7. Throttle Grip 3. Starter Lockout Switch 8. Left Handlebar Switches 4. Meter Instruments 9. Ignition Switch/Steering Lock 5. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) 10. Right Handlebar Switches
  • Page 40 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Headlight 7. Tool Kit 13. Shift Pedal 2. Turn Signal Light 8. Tying Hooks 14. Side Stand 3. Spark Plugs 9. License Plate Light 15. Swingarm 4. Fuel Tank 10. Front Fork 16. Drive Chain 5. Idle Adjusting Screw 11.
  • Page 41 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Muffler 8. Fuel Tank Cap 2. Tail/Brake Light 9. Coolant Reserve Tank 3. Passenger’s Seat 10. Brake Discs 4. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Rear) 11. Brake Calipers 5. Rider’s Seat 12. Rear Brake Light Switch 6. Air Cleaner 13.
  • Page 42: Meter Instruments

    GENERAL INFORMATION Meter Instruments A. Green Neutral Indicator Light B. Red Battery Charging System Warning Indicator Light C. Red Oil Pressure Warning Indicator Light D. Red Coolant Temperature Warning Indicator Light E. Yellow Engine Warning Indicator Light F. Yellow ABS Indicator Light (Only on ABS model) G.
  • Page 43: Tachometer

    If the tachometer does Engine r/min (rpm) should not not operate correctly, have it checked be allowed to enter the red zone; by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. operation in the red zone will overstress the engine and may cause serious engine damage.
  • Page 44: Multifunction Meter

    GENERAL INFORMATION Multifunction Meter A. Economical Riding Indicator B. Speedometer C. Clock D. Multifunction Display - Odometer - Trip meter A - Trip meter B E. Fuel Gauge When the ignition switch is turned on, all LCD segments are displayed with opening display functions for few seconds, then the multifunction meter turns to operational mode.
  • Page 45 GENERAL INFORMATION Speedometer NOTE ○ The speedometer shows the speed Do not operate the motorcycle with of the vehicle in digital values. wrong unit (mph or km/h) of the speedometer. Unit Setting The unit setting in the meter instru- To change the meter display unit in ment can be changed according to lo- the meter instrument as follows: cal regulations.
  • Page 46 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE NOTE ○ ○ For safety, do not operate the instru- The data is maintained even if the ment buttons while riding the motor- battery is disconnected. ○ cycle. When the figures come to 999999, ○ The multifunction display is dis- they are stopped and locked.
  • Page 47 GENERAL INFORMATION • • Push the right button and hold it in. Push the right button for more than • After two seconds, the figure display two seconds. Both the hour and turns to 0.0, and then starts counting minute displays start blinking. when the vehicle is operated.
  • Page 48 GENERAL INFORMATION ○ When the battery is disconnected, the clock is reset to 1:00 and starts working again when the battery is connected. Economical Riding Indicator • Push the right button. Both the hour When the operator is driving the mo- and minute displays start blinking torcycle for optimum fuel-efficiency, the again.
  • Page 49 GENERAL INFORMATION the fuel gauge checked by an autho- WARNING rized Kawasaki dealer. Failing to properly observe the As the fuel level in the tank goes road ahead increases the chance down, the segments disappear one by of an accident resulting in se- one from F (full) to E (empty).
  • Page 50: Indicator Lights

    Have the wiring inspected shortly after the motorcycle starts mov- by an authorized Kawasaki dealer im- ing. If the ABS is normal, it stays off. If mediately. something is wrong with the ABS, this NOTE light goes on and stays on.
  • Page 51: Warning Indicator Light

    V or higher than 16 V. Green Turn Signal Indicator Light If this light goes on, have the battery : When the turn signal switch is checked by an authorized Kawasaki pushed to the left or right, the cor- dealer. responding turn signal indicator light...
  • Page 52 This light also goes on or blinking down, then have the cooling system whenever the troubles occur in digital checked by an authorized Kawasaki fuel injection (DFI) system. dealer. The blinking of this light indicates the condition that the engine cannot be started.
  • Page 53: Keys

    HOW TO RIDE THE MO- TORCYCLE chapter for more informa- tion. If this light goes on, have the DFI system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Keys This motorcycle has a combination key, which is used for the ignition A. Ignition Key switch, steering lock, seat lock, and B.
  • Page 54: Ignition Switch/steering Lock

    Contact your Kawasaki dealer to pur- chase additional spare keys either us- ing your original key as a master or us- ing the key code on the tag or your key.
  • Page 55 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE ○ The tail, city and license plate lights are on whenever the ignition key is in the “ON” position. Headlights go on when the starter button is released after starting the engine. To avoid battery discharge, always start the engine immediately after turning the ignition key to “ON.”...
  • Page 56: Right Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION Right Handlebar Switches The engine stop switch is for emer- gency use. If required, move the switch to the position. NOTE ○ Although the engine stop switch stops the engine, it does not turn off all the electrical circuits. Ordinarily, the ignition switch should be used to stop the engine.
  • Page 57: Left Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION Left Handlebar Switches High beam..( Low beam..( Turn Signal Switch When the turn signal switch is turned to the left ( ) or right ( ), the corresponding turn signals blink on and off. To stop blinking, push the switch in. Horn Button When the horn button is pushed, the horn sounds.
  • Page 58: Fuel Tank Cap

    GENERAL INFORMATION Fuel Tank Cap To open the fuel tank cap, pull up the key hole cover. Insert the ignition key into the fuel tank cap and turn the key to the right. To close the cap, push it down into place with the key inserted.
  • Page 59 GENERAL INFORMATION WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under cer- tain conditions, creating the po- tential for serious burns. Turn the ignition switch off. Do not smoke. Make sure the area is well ventilated and free from any source of flame or sparks;...
  • Page 60 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE Antiknock Index is an average of the Research Octane Number (RON) and California model only: Never fill the Motor Octane Number (MON) as the tank so the fuel level rises shown in the table. into the filler neck. If the tank is overfilled, heat may cause the Minimum fuel to expand and flow into the...
  • Page 61 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE Fuels Containing Oxygenates Gasoline frequently contains oxy- Use minimum of 87 octane gaso- genates (alcohols and ethers) espe- line only to prevent severe en- cially in areas of the U.S. and Canada gine damage. which are required to sell such refor- mulated fuels as part of a strategy to reduce exhaust emissions.
  • Page 62 When operating your in unleaded gasoline include TAME Kawasaki for 30 to 60 days, mix a (up to 16.7%) and ETBE (up to fuel stabilizer (such as STA-BIL) 17.2%). Fuel containing these oxy- with the gasoline in the fuel tank.
  • Page 63: Side Stand

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE Never store this product with “gasohol” in the fuel system. Before storage it is recom- mended that you drain all fuel from the fuel system. See the Storage section in this manual. Side Stand A. Side Stand The motorcycle is equipped with the NOTE side stand.
  • Page 64: Seats

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE ○ The motorcycle is equipped with a side stand switch. This switch is de- signed so that the engine does not start if the transmission is in gear and the side stand is down. Seats Passenger’s Seat Removal •...
  • Page 65 GENERAL INFORMATION • Pull the left and right side covers to the outside for detaching the projec- tions. A. Projection B. Slots C. Tabs D. Insert • A. Side Cover (Left Side) Push down the front part of the pas- B.
  • Page 66 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Bolt and Collar (Left Side) A. Rider’s Seat B. Rider’s Seat B. Tabs C. Pull Up and Rear C. Slots D. Insert Rider’s Seat Installation • Install the collars and tighten the Install the rider’s seat in the reverse bolts.
  • Page 67: Helmet Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION Helmet Hooks Helmets can be secured to the motor- cycle using the helmet hooks. The hel- met hooks are located under the pas- senger’s seat. WARNING Riding with helmets attached to the hooks could cause an ac- cident by distracting the oper- A.
  • Page 68: Tool Kit Compartment

    GENERAL INFORMATION A. Tying Hooks A. Tool Kit Compartment B. Tool Kit Tool Kit Compartment Event Data Recorder The tool kit compartment is located This vehicle is equipped at the fac- under the passenger’s seat. tory with an event data recorder (EDR). The kit contains tools that can be The main purpose of this device is to helpful in making roadside repairs,...
  • Page 69 This device does not collect or the information if they have access to store personal data or information (e.g. the EDR. Kawasaki does not access name, gender, age). The EDR in this the EDR information without obtaining vehicle is designed to record such data...
  • Page 70: How To Ride The Motorcycle

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Break-In Distance Maximum engine traveled speed The first 1 600 km (1 000 mi) that the 0 ∼ 800 km motorcycle is ridden is designated as 4 000 r/min (rpm) (0 ∼...
  • Page 71: Starting The Engine

    A. Engine Stop Switch that the owner has the initial mainte- B. Starter Button nance service performed by an autho- • Turn the ignition key to “ON” position. rized Kawasaki dealer. • Make sure the transmission is in neu- tral.
  • Page 72 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE if the engine cannot be started. Af- ter righting the motorcycle, first turn the ignition key to “OFF” position and then back to “ON” position before starting the engine. • Without holding the throttle grip, push the starter button to start the engine.
  • Page 73: Jump Starting

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE designed so that the engine does not start if the transmission is in gear and Do not let the engine idle longer the side stand is down. However, the than five minutes, or engine engine can be started if the clutch overheating and damage may lever is pulled and the side stand is...
  • Page 74 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Remove the side covers and the DANGER rider’s seat. Battery acid generates hydro- • Remove the battery cover. Refer to gen gas which is flammable and the Battery section in the MAINTE- explosive under certain con- NANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chap- ditions.
  • Page 75 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE DANGER Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause burns and pro- duce hydrogen gas which is highly explosive. Do not make this last connection at the fuel system or battery. Take care not to touch the positive and nega- tive cables together, and do not lean over the battery when mak- A.
  • Page 76: Moving Off

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE Moving Off • Do not operate the starter con- Check that the side stand is up. • tinuously for more than 5 sec- Pull in the clutch lever. • onds or the starter will overheat Shift into 1st gear.
  • Page 77: Shifting Gears

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTE WARNING ○ The motorcycle is equipped with a Downshifting to a lower gear at side stand switch. This switch is de- high speed causes engine rpm signed so that the engine does not to increase excessively, poten- start if the transmission is in gear and tially damaging the engine and the side stand is down.
  • Page 78: Braking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Braking Shifting down km/h (mph) 6th → 5th • 30 (19) Close the throttle completely, leav- ing the clutch engaged (except when 5th → 4th 25 (15) shifting gears) so that the engine will 4th → 3rd 20 (12) help slow down the motorcycle.
  • Page 79: Anti-lock Brake System (abs)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE corner, it is better to limit braking to the light application of both brakes or not to brake at all. Reduce your speed before you get into the corner. • For emergency braking, disregard downshifting, and concentrate on applying the brakes as hard as pos- sible without skidding.
  • Page 80 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE prevent wheel lock-up and allows sta- or downhill surfaces, the stopping ble steering control while stopping. distance of a motorcycle with ABS Brake control function is identical to may be longer than that of an equiv- that of a conventional motorcycle.
  • Page 81 10 km/h (6 mph) or above. ABS indicator light goes off by this operation, but if it remains lit, you should have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 82: Yellow Abs Indicator Light

    • in the ABS. You should have the ABS Lock the steering. checked by an authorized Kawasaki NOTE dealer. • ○ The light does not come on when the The motorcycle is equipped with a ignition switch is turned on.
  • Page 83: Stopping The Motorcycle In An Emergency

    Stopping the Motorcycle in fuel injection system. an Emergency In an emergency situation such as throttle failure, your vehicle may be Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been stopped by applying the brakes and designed and manufactured to pro- disengaging the clutch. Once this...
  • Page 84: Parking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Parking WARNING The engine and exhaust system WARNING get extremely hot during normal operation and can cause serious Operating or parking the vehi- burns. cle near flammable materials can Never touch a hot engine, ex- cause a fire, and can result in haust pipe, or muffler during op- property damage or severe per-...
  • Page 85 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • If parking inside a garage or other WARNING structure, be sure it is well ventilated Gasoline is extremely flammable and the motorcycle is not close to and can be explosive under cer- any source of flame or sparks; this tain conditions, creating the po- includes any appliance with a pilot tential for serious burns.
  • Page 86: Maintenance And Adjustment

    Please note that Kawasaki cannot assume any responsibility for damage result- ing from incorrect or improper adjustment made by the owner.
  • Page 87 NOTE ○ If a torque wrench is not available, the maintenance items which require a specific torque value should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 88: Daily Safety Checks

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Daily Safety Checks Check the following items each day before you ride. The time required is minimal, and habitual performance of these checks will help ensure you a safe, reliable ride. If any irregularities are found during these checks, refer to the MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chapter or see your dealer for the action required to return the motorcycle to a safe operating condition.
  • Page 89 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page Lubricate if dry Bolts, nuts and fasteners – Check for loose and/or missing bolts, nuts and fasteners Steering – Action smooth but not loose from lock to lock – No binding of control cables Brakes Brake pad wear Brake fluid level –...
  • Page 90 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page Coolant – No coolant leakage Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold) Electrical equipment – All lights (head, tail/brake, turn signal, warning/indicator) and horn work Engine stop switch – Stops engine Side stand –...
  • Page 91: Periodic Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Periodic Maintenance *A: Service at number of years shown or indicated odometer reading intervals, whichever comes first. *B: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here. *C: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
  • Page 92 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) ○ Air cleaner element (*C) ○ Idle speed ○ Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) ○...
  • Page 93 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) : every 36 000 km – Coolant, water hoses and O-rings (22 500 mile) ○ – Valve clearance ○...
  • Page 94 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) : every 1 000 km Drive chain slack (*C) (600 mile) – Drive chain wear (*C) – Drive chain guide wear –...
  • Page 95 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) – Suspension system – Lubrication of rear suspension – Steering play – Steering stem bearings – Electrical system ○...
  • Page 96: Engine Oil

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Engine Oil Oil Level Inspection • If the engine is cold, start the engine and run it for several minutes at idle speed. • Stop the engine, then wait several minutes until the oil settles. NOTICE A. Oil Level Inspection Window Racing the engine before the oil B.
  • Page 97 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Oil and/or Oil Filter Change • The oil change and oil filter replace- ment should be done by an autho- rized Kawasaki dealer. WARNING Engine oil is a toxic substance. Dispose of used oil properly. Contact your local authorities for approved disposal methods A.
  • Page 98 Viscosity: A. Oil Filter SAE10W-40 Tightening Torque Oil Filter: *Kawasaki Performance Oils and Lu- bricants have been specifically engi- 17.5 N·m (1.78 kgf·m, 12.9 ft·lb) neered for your vehicle. Consistent use of these products meets or ex- ceeds warranty and service require- ments and can help to extend the life of your Kawasaki.
  • Page 99: Coolant

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE ○ Do not add any chemical additive to the oil. Oils fufilling the above re- quirements are fully formulated and provide adequate lubrication for both the engine and the clutch. Engine Oil Capacity Capacity: 2.0 L (2.1 US qt) [when filter is not removed] 2.2 L (2.3 US qt) Coolant...
  • Page 100 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Coolant Filling • Remove the cap from the reserve tank and add coolant through the filler opening to the F (Full) level line. A. F (Full) Level Line B. L (Low) Level Line C. Reserve Tank NOTE ○...
  • Page 101 Drinking coolant can result in bly leakage in the system. Have serious injury or death. the cooling system inspected coolant in accordance with the by your authorized Kawasaki instructions of the manufacturer. dealer. Use a permanent type of antifreeze •...
  • Page 102: Air Cleaner

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE Unscrew the air cleaner element cap mounting screws, then remove the If hard water is used in the sys- air cleaner element cap. tem, it causes scale accumula- tion in the water passages, and considerably reduces the effi- ciency of the cooling system.
  • Page 103 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Element A. Element B. Frame • Remove the element from the frame. • Put a clean, lint-free towel into the air cleaner housing to keep dirt or other foreign material from entering. • Inspect the element material for dam- age.
  • Page 104 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Element Cleaning • Clean the element in a bath of a high If dirt or dust is allowed to pass flash-point solvent. through into the throttle body • Squeeze it dry in a clean towel. Do assembly, the throttle may be- not wring the element or blow it dry;...
  • Page 105 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Gasoline and low flash-point sol- vents are extremely flammable and may explode, causing se- vere burns. Do not use gaso- line or a low flash-point solvent to clean the element. Clean the element in a well-ventilated area. Be sure there are no sparks or flame in the work area, including A.
  • Page 106: Throttle Control System

    2 ∼ 3 mm (0.08 ∼ 0.12 in.) steering positions. • If the throttle grip does not return • If there is improper play, adjust it. properly, have the throttle control system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 107 Throttle Grip Free Play Adjustment • Loosen the locknut at the throttle justment of the throttle cables should grip, and turn the adjuster until the be done by an authorized Kawasaki proper amount of throttle grip play is dealer. • obtained.
  • Page 108: Idle Speed

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Idle Speed Open and close the throttle a few times to make sure that the idle speed does not change. Readjust if Idle Speed Adjustment • necessary. Start the engine, and warm it up thor- • With the engine idling, turn the han- oughly.
  • Page 109: Clutch

    Check that the clutch lever operates properly and that the inner cable slides smoothly. If there is any irreg- ularity, have the clutch cable checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Check the clutch lever play as shown. Clutch Lever Play A.
  • Page 110 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Too much cable play can pre- vent clutch disengagement and cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. When adjusting the clutch or replac- ing the cable, be sure the up- per end of the clutch outer cable is fully seated in its fitting, or it could slip into place later, creat- A.
  • Page 111: Drive Chain

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Drive Chain Drive Chain Lubrication Lubrication is necessary after riding through rain or on wet roads, or any time that the chain appears dry. Use a lubricant for sealed chains to prevent deterioration of chain seals. If the chain is especially dirty, clean it using a cleaner for sealed chains fol- lowing the instructions supplied by the...
  • Page 112 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chain midway between the engine Drive Chain Slack Adjustment • sprocket and rear wheel sprocket. Loosen the left and right chain ad- juster locknuts. • Remove the cotter pin, and loosen the axle nut. A. Chain Slack •...
  • Page 113 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • If the chain is too tight, turn out the left and right chain adjusting nuts evenly. • Turn out both chain adjusting nuts evenly until the drive chain has the correct amount of slack. To keep the chain and wheel properly aligned, the notch on the left wheel alignment in- dicator should align with the same...
  • Page 114 If a torque wrench is not available, NOTE this item should be serviced by an ○ When inserting the cotter pin, if the authorized Kawasaki dealer. slots in the nut do not align with the cotter pin hole in the axle shaft,
  • Page 115: Brakes

    • Check the rear brake (see the Brakes section). Brakes If you feel there is something wrong when applying the brakes, have the brake system checked by an autho- rized Kawasaki dealer immediately. A. Turn Clockwise
  • Page 116 Have the brake checked immediately by an au- A. Front Brake Fluid Reservoir thorized Kawasaki dealer. B. Lower Level Line • With the rear brake fluid reservoir Brake Fluid Level Inspection •...
  • Page 117 1.5 mm (0.06 • Rear If the fluid level is lower than the in.) in.) lower level line it may indicate that the fluid is leaking. In this case, have the brake system inspected by an au- thorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 118: Brake Light Switches

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Front Brake Pads A. Rear Brake Pads B. Lining Thickness B. Lining Thickness C. Service Limit C. Service Limit Brake Light Switches Brake Light Switch Inspection • Turn the ignition switch on. • The brake light should go on when the front brake is applied.
  • Page 119 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • If it does not, ask your authorized Brake Pedal Travel Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front 10 mm (0.4 in.) brake light switch. • Check the operation of the rear brake Brake Light Switch Adjustment light switch by depressing the brake •...
  • Page 120: Suspension System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE Remove the bolts to take off the chain cover. To avoid damaging the electrical connections inside the switch, be sure that the switch body does not turn during adjustment. Suspension System Rear Shock Absober Spring Preload Adjustment A.
  • Page 121 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Bolts A. Spring Preload Adjuster B. Wrench • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise • Install the chain cover in the reverse to increase spring preload and stiffen order of removal. the suspension. • Turn the adjuster clockwise to de- crease preload and soften the sus- pension.
  • Page 122: Setting Table

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Setting Table Rear Shock Absorber Spring Preload Setting Hardest setting Softest setting limit Standard limit Adjuster Position ←→ Spring Action Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→ Speed High
  • Page 123: Wheels

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Wheels Tire Pressure Inspection • Remove the air valve cap. • Check the tire pressure often, using an accurate gauge. • Make sure to install the air valve cap securely. NOTE ○ Measure the tire pressure when the A.
  • Page 124 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT So it is false economy and unsafe to Minimum Tread Depth use the tires until they are bald. — Front 1 mm (0.04 in.) Tire Wear Inspection Under 130 km/h 2 mm (0.08 in.) • Measure the depth of the tread with (80 mph) Rear a depth gauge, and replace any tire...
  • Page 125 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Tires that have been punctured and repaired do not have the same capabilities as undam- aged tires and can suddenly fail, causing an accident resulting in serious injury or death. Re- place damaged tires as soon as possible.
  • Page 126: Battery

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Standard Tire (Tubeless) Make, Type: New tires are slippery and may IRC, ROAD WINNER RX-01F cause loss of control and injury. Front A break-in period of 160 km (100 Size: miles) is necessary to estab- 110/70-17M/C 54S lish normal tire traction.
  • Page 127 12.6 volts, the battery should be Yuasa MB-2040/2060 charged using an appropriate charger Christie C10122S (check with your Kawasaki dealer). If you will not be using the motorcy- If the above chargers are not avail- cle for longer than two weeks, the able, use equivalent one.
  • Page 128 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT For more details, ask your Kawasaki DANGER dealer. Battery acid generates hydro- gen gas which is flammable and Battery Charging • Charge the battery following the in- explosive under certain con- structions of your battery charger. ditions.
  • Page 129 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Battery posts, terminals and re- lated accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproduc- tive harm. Wash hands after handling. Battery Removal A. Relay Assy • Make sure the ignition switch is B.
  • Page 130 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. (+) Terminal A. Capped Cable B. (–) Terminal B. Main Harness C. Main Fuse • Take the battery out of the case. • • Place the battery in the battery case. Clean the battery using a solution of •...
  • Page 131: Headlight

    When installing the battery cover, in- Headlight sert tab of the battery cover into hole of the frame and tighten the screw. Headlight aiming should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dearer. Horizontal Adjustment The headlight beam is adjustable horizontally. If not properly adjusted
  • Page 132 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT horizontally, the beam will point to one nor high beam will illuminate the road side rather than straight ahead. far enough ahead. If adjusted too high, • Turn the horizontal adjuster in or out the high beam will fail to illuminate the until the beam points straight ahead.
  • Page 133: Fuses

    If the fuse fails repeatedly, there is something wrong with the electrical system. Have the motorcycle checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. The main fuse removal should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. 50 mm (2.0 in.) B.
  • Page 134: General Lubrication

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT General Lubrication WARNING Lubricate the points shown below, Substituting fuses can cause with either engine oil or regular grease, wiring to overheat, catch fire in accordance with the Periodic Main- and/or fail. Do not use any sub- tenance Chart or whenever the vehicle stitute for the standard fuse.
  • Page 135: Cleaning Your Motorcycle

    Cleaning Your Motorcycle General Precautions Frequent and proper care of your Apply grease to the following Kawasaki motorcycle will enhance points its appearance, optimize overall per- • (K) Clutch Inner Cable Upper End formance, and extend its useful life.
  • Page 136 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Be sure the engine and exhaust are WARNING cool before washing. Build-up of debris or flammable • Avoid applying degreaser to seals, material in and around the vehi- brake pads, and tires. cle chassis, engine, and exhaust •...
  • Page 137: Washing Your Motorcycle

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Avoid spraying water in delicate detergent can damage parts of your areas such as in air intakes, fuel sys- motorcycle). • tem, brake components, electrical Use a soft cloth to dry your motorcy- components, muffler outlet, and fuel cle.
  • Page 138 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE water as it accelerates the chemical reaction of the salt. After drying, Using high-pressure water, as apply a corrosion protection spray from a car wash facility, could on all metal and chrome surfaces to damage the radiator fins and im- prevent corrosion.
  • Page 139 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE If any doubt, consult an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Plastic parts may deteriorate and break if they come in con- Windshield and Other Plastic tact with chemical substances Parts or household cleaning products After washing use a soft cloth to such as gasoline, brake fluid, gently dry plastic parts.
  • Page 140 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT should be washed with a mild neu- The sidewalls of tires and other rub- tral detergent and finished with a spray ber components should be treated with polish. Aluminum wheels, both painted a rubber protectant to help prolong their and unpainted can be cleaned with useful life.
  • Page 141: Appendix

    APPENDIX APPENDIX Storage Preparation for Storage • Clean the entire vehicle thoroughly. • Run the engine for about five minutes to warm the oil, shut it off, and drain the engine oil. WARNING Engine oil is a toxic substance. Dispose of used oil properly. Contact your local authorities for approved disposal methods or possible recy- cling.
  • Page 142 APPENDIX WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain con- ditions, creating the potential for serious burns. Turn the ignition key off. Do not smoke. Make sure the area is well ventilated and free from any source of flame or sparks; this includes any appliance with a pilot light. Gasoline is a toxic substance.
  • Page 143 APPENDIX • Spray oil on all unpainted metal surfaces to prevent rusting. Avoid getting oil on rubber parts or in the brakes. • Lubricate the drive chain and all the cables. • Remove the battery, and store it where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture, or freezing temperatures.
  • Page 144: Troubleshooting Guide

    APPENDIX Troubleshooting Guide Engine Does Not Start Starter Motor Won’t Turn • Engine stop switch off • Transmission not in neutral • Fuse blown • Battery leads do not make good electrical contact with battery terminals • Battery discharged Engine Cranks, But Won’t Start •...
  • Page 145: Your Warranty/owner Satisfaction

    Congratulations on buying your Kawasaki vehicle. You’ve chosen a great, high- quality product with state-of-the-art features and built to Kawasaki’s high standards. Your satisfaction is important to your authorized Kawasaki dealer and to Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Here is some important information regarding your vehicle’s limited warranty.
  • Page 146 You can find the warranty period in the Kawasaki Limited Warranty Certificate your Kawasaki dealer provided to you at the time of sale. The warranty does not cover the cost of regularly-scheduled maintenance. The warranty also does not ap- ply to the normal wear of items such as tires, brake pads, transmission drive belts, chains, sprockets, etc.
  • Page 147 Whether you do it yourself or take your vehicle to a Kawasaki dealer, be sure to record your service in the Maintenance Record section of this Owner’s Manual.
  • Page 148 Kawasaki if the repair is one that will be covered by the limited warranty. The dealership will also file all necessary paperwork. The dealership is responsi- ble for correctly completing any necessary repairs, whether they are covered by the limited warranty or not.
  • Page 149 If there is a problem with your vehicle within the limited warranty period, you will need to schedule a service appointment and provide any maintenance records to an authorized Kawasaki dealer for inspection and diagnosis. You can go to any Kawasaki dealer for warranty repairs. Your Kawasaki dealer will inspect your vehi- cle and give you the results of the inspection.
  • Page 150 Want to Contact Kawasaki? This owner’s manual should answer most of your questions about your Kawasaki. Your Kawasaki dealer should either be able to answer any other questions you might have immediately or be able to find the answer for you.
  • Page 151: Reporting Safety Defects

    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Kawasaki Motors Corpora- tion, U.S.A.
  • Page 152: Environmental Protection

    Con- sult your authorized Kawasaki dealer or local environmental waste agency for their proper disposal procedure. This also applies to disposal of the entire vehicle at the end of its life.
  • Page 153: Maintenance Record

    MAINTENANCE RECORD MAINTENANCE RECORD Owner Name..................Address ....................Phone Number ................... Engine Number .................. Vehicle Number.................. Key Code .................... Selling Dealer Name ................Phone Number ................... Warranty Start Date ................Note: Keep this information and a spare key in a secure location. Odometer Date Maintenance Performed...
  • Page 154 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading
  • Page 155 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading
  • Page 156 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading
  • Page 157 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading
  • Page 158 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading
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