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going. A simple, accurate gauge (Figure 41) can
be purchased for a few dollars and should be
carried in your motorcycle tool kit. See Table 6
at the end of the chapter for tire inflation
specifications, or see the tire and load data
label on the motorcycle (Figure 42).
Tire Wear
Check the tread for excessive wear, deep cuts
and imbedded objects such as stones, nails or
glass. If you find a nail in a tire, mark its
location with a light crayon before pulling it
out. See Tire Changingin Chapter Nine. Check
local traffic regulations concerning minimum
tread depth. Measure with a small ruler (Figure
43). Kawasaki recommends replacement when
the front tread depth is 0.04 in. (1 mm) or less.
For the rear tire, the recommended limits are
0.08 in. (2 mm) for speeds below 70 mph and
0.12 in. (3 mm) for higher speeds.
The ball bearings in the wheel hubs and the
speedometer gear housing at the front wheel
should be lubricated with high-temperature
grease according to the maintenance schedule
1). Refer to Chapter Nine.
Inspect the brake function, brake fluid level
and brake pad wear according to the
maintenance schedule (Table 1). The front disc
brake automatically compensates for wear and
requires no periodic free play adjustment. On
models with a rear disc brake, the brake pedal
free play must be adjusted any time the pedal
height is changed.
Brake Function
Check for a solid feel at the lever and pedal.
If the hydraulic brake feels spongy, perform
Brake Fluid Bleeding as described in Chapter
Pedal Height
The rear brake pedal height can be adjusted
for comfort and for quick reaction time. Once
you have set the pedal height, no periodic
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