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Chapterthree; Lubrication, Maintenance And Tune-up - Kawasaki KZ500 Manual

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CHAPTER THREE
LUBRICATION, MAINTENANCE AND TUNE-UP
This chapter covers all the regular
maintenance you have to perform to keep your
machine in top shape.
Regular maintenance is the best guarantee of
a trouble-free, long lasting motorcycle. In
addition, while performing the routine jobs,
you will probably notice any other developing
problems at an early stage when they are simple
and inexpensive to correct.
Table 1 is a recommended minimum
maintenance schedule (Tables 1-6 are at the
end of the chapter). However, you will have to
determine
your
own
maintenance
requirements based on the type of riding you
do and the place you ride. If you ride in dusty
areas or at high speeds or if you make a lot of
short 10 or 15 minute rides, service the items
more often. Perform the maintenance at each
TIME or MILEAGE interval, whichever
comes first.
NOTE
Ifyou have a brand new motorcycle, we
recommend you take the bike to your
dealer for
the initial break-in
maintenance at 500 miles (800 km).
EMISSION CONTROLLED
MOTORCYCLES
This manual covers both U.S. emission
controlled motorcycles and non-controlled
motorcycles.
If your motorcycle is emission controlled,
we urge you t o follow all procedures
specifically designated for your bike. If you
don't follow the maintenance schedule in this
manual or if you alter engine parts or change
their settings from the standard factory
specifications (ignition timing, carburetor idle
mixture, exhaust system, etc.), your bike may
not comply with government emissions
standards.
In addition, since most emission controlled
bikes are carburetted with a lean fuel/air
mixture, any changes to emission-related parts
(such as exhaust system modifications) could
cause the engine to run so lean that engine
damage would result.
MODEL IDENTIFICATION
In the process of building motorcycles, the
factory often introduces new models
throughout the calendar year. New models,
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