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  • Page 2 ENGLISH Motorcycle Owner's Manual Original instructions...
  • Page 4 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 5 Whenever you see the symbols NOTE ○ shown below, heed their instructions! NOTE indicates information that may Always follow safe operating and main- help or guide you in the operation or tenance practices. service of the vehicle. DANGER DANGER indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious in- jury.
  • Page 6 NOTICE THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN MAN- UFACTURED FOR USE IN A REASONABLE AND PRUDENT MANNER BY A QUALIFIED OP- ERATOR AND AS A VEHICLE ON-...
  • Page 7 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- tures, capabilities, and limitations.
  • Page 8 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 © 2015 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Apr. 14, 2015. (2)
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY INFORMATION ..... 11 GENERAL INFORMATION ....22 Read Owner's Manual ....... 11 Specifications ........22 Training ..........11 Serial Number Locations ....26 Daily Checks and Periodic Mainte- Location of Labels ......27 nance ..........11 Location of Parts ........
  • Page 10 Stopping the Motorcycle in an Emer- Wheels ..........142 gency ..........93 Battery ..........145 Parking ..........94 Headlight ..........149 Fuses ..........150 Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) .. 96 Power Mode ........99 General Lubrication ......152 Cleaning ..........153 KTRC and Power Mode Combination General Precautions ...... 153...
  • Page 11 Where to be Careful ....... 157 Washing Your Vehicle ....158 APPENDIX ........... 159 Storage ..........159 Troubleshooting Guide ......161 Environmental Protection ....163 MAINTENANCE RECORD ....164...
  • Page 12: Safety Information

    Checks section and the Periodic Main- safely. tenance section in the MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chapter for more Training information. Kawasaki strongly recommends that all operators of this vehicle complete a suitable motorcycle rider training pro- gram to learn the proper skills and...
  • Page 13: Loading And Accessories Information

    Weight of rider, passenger, baggage, and accessories must not exceed 180 kg (397 oughly checked at an authorized Ka- lb). wasaki dealer as soon as possible. With the exception of genuine Kawa- saki Parts and Accessories, Kawasaki has no control over the design or...
  • Page 14: Passenger

    Kawasaki Parts and Accessories eration. The passenger can affect have been specially designed for control of the motorcycle by improp- use on Kawasaki motorcycles. We er positioning during cornering and strongly recommend that all parts sudden movements. It is important...
  • Page 15: Baggage And Luggage

    SAFETY INFORMATION 4. Do not carry passengers unless security as often as possible (not passenger footpegs are installed. while the motorcycle is in motion) Instruct any passenger before rid- and adjust as necessary. ing to keep his or her feet on the 3.
  • Page 16: Other Load

    SAFETY INFORMATION the steering assembly and can re- vehicles. Kawasaki does not manu- sult in an unsafe riding condition. facture sidecars or trailers for mo- 3. Fairings, windshields, backrests, torcycles and cannot predict the and other large items have the ca-...
  • Page 17: Safe Operation

    Have your motorcycle thoroughly Do not run the engine in enclosed checked at a Kawasaki dealer as soon areas. Operate only in a well-ven- as possible. tilated area. Safe Operation...
  • Page 18: Fueling

    SAFETY INFORMATION Fueling Protective Gear and Clothing Helmet WARNING Kawasaki strongly recommends both the operator and passenger wear a Gasoline is extremely flammable helmet even if this is not a legal re- and can be explosive under cer- quirement. tain conditions.
  • Page 19: Safe Riding Techniques

    SAFETY INFORMATION Gloves Safe Riding Techniques Wear gloves which have suitable Keep Hands on Handlebars protection for your hands, especially against abrasion. When riding always keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the Clothing footpegs. Removing your hands from Wear protective clothing.
  • Page 20 SAFETY INFORMATION control, especially when riding in wet Riding in Wet Conditions conditions or on loose road surfaces, Rely more on the throttle to control when the ability to maneuver will be re- vehicle speed and less on the front duced.
  • Page 21: Additional Considerations For High Speed Operation

    SAFETY INFORMATION Riding on Rough Roads Additional Considerations for Exercise caution, slow down, and High Speed Operation grip the fuel tank with the knees for better stability. WARNING Acceleration Handling characteristics of a mo- When quick acceleration is neces- torcycle at high speeds may vary sary to pass another vehicle, shift to a from those you are familiar with lower gear to obtain the necessary...
  • Page 22 SAFETY INFORMATION Steering Electrical Equipment Looseness in the steering can cause Make sure that the headlight, tail/- loss of control. Check to see that the brake light, turn signals, horn, etc., all handlebar turns freely but has no play. work properly. Tires Miscellaneous High speed operation is hard on...
  • Page 23: General Information

    GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Specifications PERFORMANCE Maximum Horsepower 96.4 kW (131 PS) @13 500 r/min (rpm) (HR) 78.2 kW (106 PS) @13 500 r/min (rpm) Maximum Torque 71 N·m (7.2 kgf·m, 52 ft·lb) @11 500 r/min (rpm) (HR) 61 N·m (6.2 kgf·m, 45 ft·lb) @10 800 r/min (rpm) Minimum Turning Radius 3.4 m (134 in.) DIMENSIONS...
  • Page 24 GENERAL INFORMATION Bore × Stroke 67.0 × 45.1 mm (2.64 × 1.78 in.) Compression Ratio 12.9 : 1 Starting System Electric starter Cylinder Numbering Method Left to right, 1-2-3-4 Firing Order 1-2-4-3 Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection) Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition) Ignition Timing 12.5°...
  • Page 25 GENERAL INFORMATION Overall Drive Ratio 6.638 (Top gear) Gear Ratio: 2.846 (37/13) 2.200 (33/15) 1.850 (37/20) 1.600 (32/20) 1.421 (27/19) 1.300 (26/20) FRAME Caster 23.5° Trail 101 mm (3.98 in.) Tire Size: Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) Rear 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) Rim Size: Front J17M/C ×...
  • Page 26 HR: with Honeycomb Catalytic Converter (Restricted model) Even if one of LED (Light Emitting Diode) brake/tail light does not go on, consult with an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Specifications are subject to change without notice, and may not apply to every...
  • Page 27: 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 28: Location Of Labels

    GENERAL INFORMATION Location of Labels All warning labels which are on your vehicle are repeated here. Read labels on your vehicle and understand them thoroughly. They contain information which is important for your safety and the safety of anyone else who may op- erate your vehicle.
  • Page 29 GENERAL INFORMATION 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) 3. Battery Poison/Danger 4. Rear Shock Absorber Warning...
  • Page 30 GENERAL INFORMATION 5. Radiator Cap Danger 6. Fuel Notice...
  • Page 31 GENERAL INFORMATION 7. Important Drive Chain Information 8. Tire and Load Data...
  • Page 32 GENERAL INFORMATION...
  • Page 33 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Read Owner's Manual, see page 11 2. Unleaded gasoline, see page 71 3. Octane rating of gasoline, see page...
  • Page 34 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Read Owner's Manual, see page 11 1. Read Owner's Manual, see page 11 2. Drive chain slack, see page 126 2. Maximum load, see page 12 3. Safety alert symbols 3. Tire pressure, see page 142 4. Front tire size and manufacture, see page 145 5.
  • Page 35: Location Of Parts

    GENERAL INFORMATION Location of Parts 1. Rear View Mirrors 8. Left Handlebar Switches 2. Clutch Lever 9. Spring Preload Adjuster 3. Starter Lockout Switch 10. Ignition Switch/Steering Lock 4. Meter Instrument 11. Rebound Damping Force Adjuster 5. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) 12.
  • Page 36 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Headlight 8. Turn Signal Lights 15. Rebound Damping Force 2. Fuse Box 9. License Plate Light Adjuster 3. Spark Plugs 10. Front Fork 16. Swingarm 4. Fuel Tank 11. Radiator 17. Drive Chain 5. Compression Damping 12. Idle Adjust Screw 18.
  • Page 37 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Tail/Brake Light 9. Brake Calipers 2. Passenger’s Seat 10. Brake Disks 3. Rider’s Seat 11. Rear Brake Light Switch 4. Rear Shock Absorber 12. Rear Brake Pedal 5. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Rear) 13. Oil Level Inspection Window 6.
  • Page 38: Meter Instruments

    GENERAL INFORMATION Meter Instruments A. Tachometer B. RESET Button C. MODE Button D. Yellow Shift Up Indicator Light E. Yellow Engine Warning In- dicator Light F. Amber Fuel Level Warning Indicator Light G. Blue High Beam Indicator Light H. Green Neutral Indicator Light I.
  • Page 39 GENERAL INFORMATION (For models equipped KIBS) A. Tachometer B. Reset Button C. Mode Button D. Yellow Shift Up Indicator Light E. Yellow Engine Warning In- dicator Light F. Amber Fuel Level Warning Indicator Light G. Blue High Beam Indicator Light H.
  • Page 40: Tachometer

    If the tachometer does not operate correctly, have it checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 41: Multifunction Meter

    GENERAL INFORMATION Multifunction Meter A. Coolant Temperature Meter B. Gear Position Indicator C. Power Mode Indicator D. KTRC Mode Indicator E. Multifunction Display - Odometer - Trip Meter A/B - Current Mileage - Average Mileage - Clock F. KTRC Level Indicator G.
  • Page 42 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 multifunction To change the meter display units in meter can be changed according to lo- the multifunction meter as follows: •...
  • Page 43 GENERAL INFORMATION When the MODE button is pushed, the display modes can be shifted as follows. Multifunction Display The multifunction display indicates the following modes. • Odometer NOTE • Trip Meter A ○ • For safety, do not operate the instru- Trip Meter B •...
  • Page 44 GENERAL INFORMATION Odometer Trip Meter The odometer shows the total dis- The trip meter has two meters which distinguished between the “TRIP A” tance in kilometers or miles that the ve- and “TRIP B”. The trip meter shows the hicle has run. If the odometer is displayed, the “ODO”...
  • Page 45 GENERAL INFORMATION when the vehicle is operated. The NOTE ○ meter counts until it is next reset. The numerical value shows “– –.–” until 4 seconds have passed and the NOTE speedometer is rises to above 0 ○ The data is maintained even if the km/h (0 mph).
  • Page 46 GENERAL INFORMATION • hold it in until the average mileage Push the RESET button for more values resets to “– –. –”. than 2 seconds. Both the hour and minute displays start blinking. NOTE ○ The data is maintained by backup power if the ignition switch is turned off.
  • Page 47 GENERAL INFORMATION ○ MODE button to advance the mi- The clock works normally by the nutes. back-up power while the ignition switch is turned off. ○ When the battery is disconnected, the clock is reset to 1:00 and starts working again when the battery is connected.
  • Page 48 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE ○ If the gear position is in the neutral position, the gear position is disap- pears and the neutral indicator light goes on. When the coolant temperature rises Coolant Temperature Meter to above 40°C (104°F), the numerical The coolant temperature meter indi- value of the coolant temperature at the cates temperature of the engine cool-...
  • Page 49 Have the cooling system checked by an author- ized Kawasaki dealer. A. Coolant Temperature Warning Symbol B. Red Warning Indicator Light A. Coolant Temperature Warning Symbol If the coolant temperature rises to B.
  • Page 50 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE Do not let the engine continue running when the coolant temper- ature shows “HI”. Prolonged en- gine operation will result in A. Economical Riding Indicator severe engine damage from over- heating. WARNING Failing to properly observe the Economical Riding Indicator road ahead increases the chance When the operator is driving the mo-...
  • Page 51 GENERAL INFORMATION Power mode section in the HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE chapter. A. KTRC Mode Indicator KTRC Level Indicator A. Power Mode Indicator The instantaneous strength and weakness of the KTRC operation can KTRC Mode Indicator be checked with the KTRC level indi- This indicator shows the selected cator in the multifunction meter while KTRC mode.
  • Page 52: Indicator Lights

    GENERAL INFORMATION light goes on to indicate the timing for Indicator Lights shifting up to prevent engine damage. The shift-up indicator light has five Green Neutral Indicator Light modes, light off, blinking (fast), blinking N : When the transmission is in neutral, (slow), light on (bright) and light on the neutral indicator light goes on.
  • Page 53 GENERAL INFORMATION • speed can only be adjusted when To complete the adjustment, push the light is on. the MODE button and RESET button • To adjust the shift-up engine speed, simultaneously for more than two press the RESET button and the seconds.
  • Page 54 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE WARNING ○ Pushing and holding the RESET but- Failing to properly observe the ton advances the shift–up engine road ahead increases the chance speed continuously. ○ of an accident. Do not concen- The data is maintained even if the trate on the shift-up indicator battery is disconnected.
  • Page 55 If the ABS indicator light shows any of the following, a fault or faults may have taken place in the ABS. You should have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • The light does not go on when the ignition switch is turned on.
  • Page 56 5 km/h (3.1 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 57: Warning Indicator Lights

    This light also goes on or blinking the KTRC system checked by an au- whenever the troubles occur in digital thorized Kawasaki dealer. fuel injection (DFI) system. The blinking of this light indicates the Yellow Warning Indicator Light...
  • Page 58 Light in this chapter. If the yellow warning indicator light goes on, have the KTRC system an- d/or KIBS system checked by an au- thorized Kawasaki dealer. Amber Fuel Level Warning Indi- cator Light : The fuel level warning indicator A.
  • Page 59 GENERAL INFORMATION display can be shifted to the odome- ter mode. The Fuel level warning indicator light and “FUEL” will blink in case of the open or short of the wiring. Have the wiring inspected by an authorized Ka- wasaki dealer immediately. Red Warning Indicator Light This warning indicator light and the oil pressure warning symbol (...
  • Page 60 2 seconds, with- the immobilizer system checked by an in twenty seconds after turning the authorized Kawasaki dealer. ignition switch to the “OFF” position, When the ignition switch is turned then the red warning indicator light off, the red warning indicator light will will not blink.
  • Page 61 Oil Pressure Warning Symbol Have the cooling system checked by : The red warning indicator light and the oil pressure warning symbol an authorized Kawasaki dealer. ) goes on whenever the oil pres- NOTICE sure is dangerously low or the ignition switch is in the “ON”...
  • Page 62: Keys

    Have the machine checked by an thorized Kawasaki dealer. Blank keys authorized Kawasaki dealer are available at your Kawasaki deal- promptly because the engine might ers. Ask your dealer to make any addi- stop suddenly when keeping running tional spare keys you may need, using in that condition.
  • Page 63 GENERAL INFORMATION keys can be registered with the immo- NOTICE bilizer system at one time. Do not put two keys of any immo- bilizer system on the same key ring. Do not submerge any key in water. Do not expose any key to exces- sively high temperature.
  • Page 64 ECU and key is occurred, the engine If all ignition keys are lost, an au- does not start with the immobilizer thorized Kawasaki dealer will warning symbol ( ) and the red have to replace the ECU and or- warning indicator light blinks.
  • Page 65: Ignition Switch/steering Lock

    GENERAL INFORMATION Push and hold the MODE and RE- Ignition Switch/Steering SET buttons simultaneously for more Lock than 2 seconds, within twenty sec- onds after turning the ignition key to This is a three-position, key-operated the “OFF” position, then the red switch.
  • Page 66 GENERAL INFORMATION Engine on. All electrical equip- ment can be used. Engine off. Electrical circuits off. Steering locked. Engine off. LOCK Electrical circuits off. NOTE ○ The tail, city and license plate lights are on whenever the ignition key is in the “ON”...
  • Page 67: Right Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION The engine stop switch is for emer- Right Handlebar Switches 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 68: Left Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION headlight is on high beam ( ), the Left Handlebar Switches high beam indicator light goes on. High beam..( Low beam..( NOTE ○ Do not allow anything to cover the headlight lens when the headlight is on. If covered, heat can build up in the headlight lens causing lens dis- coloration or melting, as well as dam- age to the item covering the lens.
  • Page 69: Brake Lever Adjuster

    GENERAL INFORMATION Passing Button minimum at Number 6 and maximum at Number 1. When the passing button is pushed, the headlight high beam (passing beam) goes on to signal the driver of the vehicle ahead that you are about to pass.
  • Page 70: Fuel

    C. Fuel Tank Cap Fuel Fuel Requirement Your Kawasaki engine is designed to use only unleaded gasoline with a min- imum octane rating shown below. Never use gasoline with an octane rat- ing lower than the minimum specified...
  • Page 71 GENERAL INFORMATION by Kawasaki to prevent severe engine NOTICE damage. If engine “knocking" or “pinging" The octane rating of a gasoline is a measure of its resistance to detonation occurs, use a different brand of or “knocking.” The term commonly gasoline of a higher octane rat- used to describe a gasoline’s octane...
  • Page 72: Filling The Tank

    GENERAL INFORMATION equal to or higher than that shown in Filling the Tank the table. Avoid filling the tank in the rain or Fuel Type Unleaded Gasoline where heavy dust is blowing so that the fuel does not get contaminated. Ethanol Content E10 or less Minimum Octane...
  • Page 73: Side Stand

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE WARNING Certain ingredients in gasoline Gasoline is extremely flammable may cause paint fading or dam- and can be explosive under cer- age. Be extra careful not to spill tain conditions, creating the po- fuel during refueling. tential for serious burns. Turn the ignition switch off.
  • Page 74: Seat

    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. Seat Passenger’s Seat Removal •...
  • Page 75 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Ignition Key A. Tab B. Seat Lock B. Slot C. Passenger’s Seat C. Projections D. Holes • Passenger’s Seat Installation • Pull up the front and rear ends of the Insert the tab on the rear of the pas- passenger's seat to make sure they senger’s seat into the slot in the are securely locked.
  • Page 76 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Bolts and Washers A. Wellnut B. Inner Cover B. Projections • C. Hook-and-Loop Fasteners Remove the wellnut. • D. Hook Pull out the side cover out slowly to E. Side Cover • clear the projections and the hook- Remove the other side of the inner and-loop fasteners.
  • Page 77 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Bolt (Both Sides) A. Rider’s Seat B. Rider’s Seat B. Tab C. Slot • Rider’s Seat Installation • When install the side cover, insert Insert the tab on the rear of the the hook into the slot, and then insert rider’s seat into the slot in the frame the projections into the holes and at- and tighten the bolts.
  • Page 78: Helmet Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION Helmet Hooks Helmets can be secured to the mo- torcycle using the helmet hooks. The helmet hooks are located under the passenger's seat. WARNING Riding with helmets attached to the hooks could cause an acci- dent by distracting the operator A.
  • Page 79: Tool Kit

    GENERAL INFORMATION A. Helmet Hooks A. Tool Kit B. Band Tool Kit Air Cleaner Intake The tool kit is located under the pas- The air cleaner intake allows air to senger's seat. enter the fuel system. Never allow any- The kit contains tools that can be thing to restrict the flow of air into the helpful in making roadside repairs, ad- air cleaner.
  • Page 80: Event Data Recorder

    The EDR in this vehicle is designed In common with many other vehicle to record only data that is relevant to manufacturers, Kawasaki the vehicle’s running condition at the equipped this motorcycle with an event time of an accident like, but not limited data recorder (EDR).
  • Page 81 To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment and access to the EDR is required. Kawasaki will not ac- cess or share the EDR information without obtaining your consent, unless legally obliged to do so.
  • Page 82: How To Ride The Motorcycle

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Maximum engine Break-In Distance traveled speed 0 ~ 800 km (0 ~ The first 1 600 km (1 000 mi) that the 4 000 r/min (rpm) 500 mi) motorcycle is ridden is designated as the break-in period.
  • Page 83: Starting The Engine

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Do not race the engine while the Starting the Engine transmission is in neutral. • Check that the engine stop switch is WARNING in the position. New tires are slippery and may cause loss of control and injury. A break-in period of 160 km (100 miles) is necessary to establish normal...
  • Page 84 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE started. After righting the motorcycle, first turn the ignition key to “OFF” and then back to “ON” before starting the engine. • Without holding the throttle grip, push the starter button to start the engine. NOTE ○...
  • Page 85 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE Do not operate the starter contin- uously for more than 5 seconds, or the starter will overheat and the battery power will drop tem- porarily. Wait 15 seconds be- tween each operation of the starter to let it cool and the bat- tery power recover.
  • Page 86: Jump Starting

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Jump Starting DANGER If your motorcycle battery is ”run Battery acid generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and ex- down”, it should be removed and plosive under certain conditions. charged. If this is not practical, a 12 It is present within a battery at all volt booster battery and jumper cables times, even in a discharged con-...
  • Page 87 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Slide the red cap from the positive (+) terminal. • Connect a jumper cable from the positive (+) terminal of the booster battery to the positive (+) terminal of the motorcycle battery. NOTICE Be careful not to contact the jumper cable slip on the positive battery terminal to the frame, or it A.
  • Page 88: Moving Off

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE DANGER Do not operate the starter contin- Batteries contain sulfuric acid uously for more than 5 seconds that can cause burns and pro- or the starter will overheat and duce hydrogen gas which is the battery power will drop tem- highly explosive.
  • Page 89: Shifting Gears

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Open the throttle a little, and start to designed so that the engine does not let out the clutch lever very slowly. start if the transmission is in gear • As the clutch starts to engage, open and the side stand is down.
  • Page 90: Braking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • • Open the throttle part way, while re- When stopping, always apply both leasing the clutch lever. brakes at the same time. Normally the front brake should be applied a NOTE little more than the rear. Shift down ○...
  • Page 91: Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System (kibs, For Models Equipped With Kibs)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE A. Front Brake Lever A. Rear Brake Pedal Kawasaki Intelligent anti- lock Brake System (KIBS, For models equipped with KIBS) KIBS regulates anti-lock braking per- formance with more precision during sports riding compared to a conven-...
  • Page 92 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE KIBS is designed to help prevent the you would with motorcycles not wheels from locking up when the equipped with KIBS. • brakes are applied hard while riding KIBS is not designed to shorten the straight.
  • Page 93 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • KIBS will not prevent the rear wheel WARNING lifting. Use of non-recommended tires can cause the KIBS to malfunc- WARNING tion and lead to extended braking KIBS cannot protect the rider distance, resulting in a crash from all possible hazards and is causing serious injury or death.
  • Page 94: Stopping The Engine

    Maintenance” section. Stopping the Motorcycle in Stopping the Engine an Emergency • Close the throttle completely. Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been • Shift the transmission into neutral. designed and manufactured to provide • Turn the ignition key to “OFF.”...
  • Page 95: Parking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 2. During removal of the air cleaner, Parking dirt is allowed to enter and jam the fuel injection system. WARNING In an emergency situation such as throttle failure, your vehicle may be Operating or parking the vehicle stopped by applying the brakes and near flammable materials can disengaging the clutch.
  • Page 96 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • If parking inside a garage or other WARNING structure, be sure it is well ventilated and the motorcycle is not close to The engine and exhaust system any source of flame or sparks; this get extremely hot during normal includes any appliance with a pilot operation and can cause serious...
  • Page 97: Kawasaki Traction Control (ktrc)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Kawasaki TRaction Control WARNING (KTRC) KTRC cannot protect the rider from all possible hazards and is KTRC is an intelligent system that not a substitute for safe riding calculates the slip level of the rear practices.
  • Page 98 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Mode 1: WARNING KTRC least intervenes among the three modes. This mode gives maxi- Use of nonrecommended tires mum acceleration for sport riding. could cause a malfunction or im- Mode 2: proper operation of KTRC. Al- KTRC intervention is at the inter- ways recommended...
  • Page 99 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTE ○ When changing the mode, stop the motorcycle. ○ The mode can be changed only when the throttle grip is closed com- pletely. ○ Operate the throttle carefully while the KTRC is OFF because wheel- spin of the rear wheel cannot be con- trolled.
  • Page 100: Power Mode

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE automatically switched to 1, when the ignition switch is turned to “ON” position after the battery is dis- charged or removed. Power Mode A. KTRC Mode Indicator B. KTRC Level Indicator The Power mode determines the en- For information about the KTRC gine power output characteristics and warning indicator light, see Warning In-...
  • Page 101 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Mode L (Low Power): About 80% of the highest engine power output is achieved. The throttle response is milder than F mode. Power mode setting • Close the throttle grip completely. • NOTE Hold down (0.3 ~ 0.4 seconds) the ○...
  • Page 102: Ktrc And Power Mode Combination

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE examples of mode combinations NOTE ○ The Power mode setting is main- tained if the ignition switch is turned to “OFF” position, or if the battery is disconnected. KTRC and Power Mode Combination By combining the KTRC mode and Power mode, the eight-pattern settings are available to suit the various condi- tions.
  • Page 103: 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 104 NOTE ○ If a torque wrench is not available, the maintenance items which require a spe- cific torque value should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 105: Daily Checks

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Daily 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 106 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page Bolt, 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 107 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page 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 – Return to its fully up position by spring tension –...
  • Page 108: Periodic Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Periodic Maintenance *A: Service at number of years shown or indicated odometer reading intervals, which- ever 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 109 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) See year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items – Engine vacuum synchronization – Fuel system – Fuel hose Coolant level – Cooling system : every 36 000 km –...
  • Page 110 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) See year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items Tire air pressure Wheels and tires – Wheel bearing damage Drive chain lubrication condition (*C) : every 600 km (400 mile) : every 1 000 km (600 Drive chain slack (*C) mile)
  • Page 111 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) See year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items Rubber parts of master cylinder and : every 48 000 km – caliper (30 000 mile) Brake pad wear (*C) Brake light switch operation –...
  • Page 112: 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 113 Oil and/or Oil Filter Change • The oil change and oil filter replace- ment should be done by an author- ized Kawasaki dealer. WARNING Engine oil is a toxic substance. Dispose of used oil properly. Contact your local authorities for approved disposal methods or possible recycling.
  • Page 114 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE ○ Do not add any chemical additive to the oil. Oils fulfilling the above re- quirements are fully formulated and provide adequate lubrication for both the engine and the clutch. Engine Oil Capacity Capacity: 2.8 L (3.0 US qt) [when filter is not removed] 3.1 L (3.3 US qt) A.
  • Page 115: Coolant

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. F (Full) Level Line Coolant B. L (Low) Level Line C. Reserve Tank Coolant Level Inspection • NOTE Position the motorcycle so that it is ○ perpendicular to the ground. Check the level when the engine is •...
  • Page 116 • Install the reserve tank cap. Coolant Change Have the coolant changed by an au- A. Reserve Tank Cap thorized Kawasaki dealer. NOTE ○ In an emergency you can add water alone to the coolant reserve tank, however it must be returned to the...
  • Page 117: Air Cleaner

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Coolant Requirement NOTICE WARNING If hard water is used in the sys- tem, it causes scale accumula- Coolant containing corrosion in- tion in the water passages, and hibitors for aluminum engines considerably reduces the effi- and radiators include harmful ciency of the cooling system.
  • Page 118 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Element Replacement • Remove the side covers and rider’s seat. • Remove the fuel tank bracket bolts. A. Connector B. Screws C. Air Cleaner Housing Cover • Put a clean, lint-free towel over the air cleaner housing ducts to keep dirt A.
  • Page 119 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING If dirt or dust is allowed to pass through into the throttle body as- sembly, the throttle may become stuck, possibly causing accident. Be sure to keep the dust from en- tering during cleaning. NOTICE A. Air Cleaner Element •...
  • Page 120 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Clamp A. Clutch Cable B. Harness B. Throttle Cables • C. Fuel Tank Bracket Run the throttle cables and clutch cable under the fuel tank bracket WARNING and tighten the fuel tank bracket bolts securely. Do not pinch the cables between the bracket and the frame.
  • Page 121: Throttle Control System

    If there is any oil in the reservoir, re- steering positions. • move the reservoir from the lower If the throttle grip does not return end of the drain hose and drain the properly, have the throttle control oil. system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 122 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Check the throttle grip free play by screw both throttle cable adjusters in turning back and forth. completely so as to give the throttle grip plenty of play. • Turn out the decelerator cable ad- juster until there is no play when the throttle grip is completely closed.
  • Page 123: Idle Speed

    Kawasaki are free from damage. dealer. • With the engine idling, turn the han- dlebar to each side.
  • Page 124: Clutch

    If there is any irregu- necessary. • larity, have the clutch cable checked With the engine idling, turn the han- by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. dlebar to each side. If handlebar • Check the clutch lever play as movement changes the idle speed, shown.
  • Page 125 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Clutch Lever Play WARNING 2 ~ 3 mm (0.08 ~ 0.12 in.) Too much cable play can prevent clutch disengagement and cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. When adjusting the clutch or replacing the cable, be sure the upper end of the clutch outer cable is fully seated in its fitting, or it could slip into...
  • Page 126: Drive Chain

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT does not slip and that it releases properly. 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.
  • Page 127 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chain midway between the engine Drive Chain Slack Adjustment • Loosen the left and right chain ad- sprocket and rear wheel sprocket. juster locknuts. • Remove the cotter pin, and loosen the axle nut. A. Chain Slack •...
  • Page 128 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • If the chain is too tight, turn in the left and right chain adjusters evenly. • Turn out both chain adjusters 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 129 A. Cotter Pin NOTE ○ 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...
  • Page 130: 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 author- ized Kawasaki dealer immediately. A. Turn Clockwise...
  • Page 131 Have brake checked immediately by an au- A. Front Brake Fluid Reservoir thorized Kawasaki dealer. B. Upper Level Line C. Lower Level Line Brake Fluid Level Inspection • With the brake fluid reservoirs held...
  • Page 132 A. Front Brake Pads brake system inspected by an au- B. Lining Thickness C. 1 mm (0.04 in.) thorized Kawasaki dealer. Brake Pad Wear Inspection Inspect the brakes for wear. For each front and rear disc brake caliper, if the...
  • Page 133: Brake Light Switches

    The brake light should go on when the rear brake light switch. the front brake is applied. • Brake Pedal Travel If it does not, ask your authorized 10 mm (0.4 in.) Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front brake light switch.
  • Page 134: Suspension System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Brake Light Switch Adjustment • NOTICE To adjust the rear brake light switch, move the switch up or down by turn- To avoid damaging the electrical ing the adjusting nut. connections inside the switch, be sure that the switch body does not turn during adjustment.
  • Page 135 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Spring Preload Adjustment The adjuster is located at the top of the left front fork leg. Standard 5 turns in In from the fully seated position (turned fully counterclockwise). • Turn the adjuster clockwise to in- crease spring preload and stiffen the suspension.
  • Page 136 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Turn the adjuster clockwise with a screwdriver to increase damping force. • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise to decrease damping force. NOTICE Do not turn the adjuster beyond the fully seated position or the adjusting mechanism may be damaged.
  • Page 137: Rear Shock Absorber

    If the spring action feels too soft or the fully seated position or the too stiff, have it adjusted by an author- adjusting mechanism may be ized Kawasaki dealer. damaged. Rebound Damping Force Adjustment The adjuster is located at the lower end of the rear shock absorber.
  • Page 138 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE Do not turn the adjuster beyond the fully seated position or the adjusting mechanism may be damaged. Compression Damping Force Adjust- ment The adjuster is located at the upper end of the rear shock absorber. A. Rebound Damping Force Adjuster B.
  • Page 139 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise to decrease compression damping force. NOTICE Do not turn the adjuster beyond the fully seated position or the adjusting mechanism may be damaged. A. Compression Damping Force Adjuster B. To increase damping force C.
  • Page 140: Setting Tables

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Setting Tables Front Fork Spring Preload Setting Softest setting Hardest setting Standard limit limit Adjuster Position 5 turns in** 20 turns in** ←→ Spring Action Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→...
  • Page 141 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Front Fork Damping Force Settings Softest setting Hardest setting Standard limit limit Rebound 5.5 turns out** 4.5 turns out** Adjuster Position: Compression 7 turns out** 6 turns out** ←→ Damping Force Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→...
  • Page 142 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Rear Shock Absorber Damping Force Settings Hardest setting Softest setting limit Standard limit Rebound 3 turns out** 1.5 turns out** Adjuster Po- sition: Compression 5 turns out** 2.5 turns out** ←→ Damping Force Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→...
  • Page 143: 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 ○ A. Tire Pressure Gauge Measure the tire pressure when the tires are cold (that is, when the mo- Tire Air Pressure (when cold) torcycle has not been ridden more...
  • Page 144 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Minimum Tread Depth So it is false economy and unsafe to — use the tires until they are bald. Front 1 mm (0.04 in.) Under 130 km/h Tire Wear Inspection • 2 mm (0.08 in.) (80 mph) Measure the depth of the tread with Rear a depth gauge, and replace any tire...
  • Page 145 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Tires that have been punctured and repaired do not have the same capabilities as undamaged tires and can suddenly fail, caus- ing an accident resulting in seri- ous injury or death. Replace damaged tires as soon as possi- ble.
  • Page 146: Battery

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT ○ When operating on public roadways, WARNING keep maximum speed under traffic law limits. New tires are slippery and may cause loss of control and injury. Standard Tire (Tubeless) A break-in period of 160 km (100 Make, Type: miles) is necessary to establish BRIDGESTONE, BATTLAX HY- normal...
  • Page 147 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT (check with your Kawasaki dealer). If NOTICE you will not be using the motorcycle for longer than two weeks, the battery Never remove the sealing strip, should be charged using an appropri- or the battery can be damaged.
  • Page 148 If the above chargers are not avail- It is present within a battery at all able, use equivalent one. times, even in a discharged con- For more details, ask your Kawasaki dition. Keep all flames and sparks dealer. (cigarettes) away from the bat- tery.
  • Page 149 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • GENERAL INFORMATION Clean the battery using a solution of chapter. baking soda and water. Be sure that • Disconnect the cables from the bat- the cable connections are clean. tery, first from the (–) terminal and Battery Installation then the (+) terminal.
  • Page 150: Headlight

    Cover the (+) terminal with its protec- tive cap. • Reinstall the parts removed. Headlight Headlight aiming should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dearer. Horizontal Adjustment A. Horizontal Adjuster The headlight beam is adjustable B. Vertical Adjuster horizontally. If not properly adjusted...
  • Page 151: 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 deal-...
  • Page 152 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Fuse Box A. Main Fuse WARNING Substituting fuses can cause wir- ing to overheat, catch fire and/or fail. Do not use any substitute for the standard fuse. Replace the blown fuse with a new one of the correct capacity, as specified on the fuse boxes and main fuse.
  • Page 153: General Lubrication

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Before lubricating each part, clean off any rusty spots with rust remover and wipe off any grease, oil, dirt, or grime. Apply engine oil to the following pivots • Side Stand • Clutch Lever • Front Brake Lever •...
  • Page 154: Cleaning

    Apply grease to the following surfaces. points • (K) Clutch Inner Cable Upper Ends • (K) Throttle Inner Cable Upper Ends (K): Should be serviced by an author- ized Kawasaki dealer. NOTE ○ After connecting the cables, adjust them.
  • Page 155 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Be sure the engine and exhaust are WARNING cool before washing. • When washing the vehicle, always Build-up of debris or flammable use a mild neutral detergent and material in and around the ve- water. hicle chassis, engine, and ex- •...
  • Page 156 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Take care when washing the head- Radiator light lens and other plastic parts as Clean off any obstructions with a they can easily be scratched. stream of low-pressure water. NOTICE NOTE ○ After riding in an area where the Using high-pressure water, as roads are salted or near the ocean, from a car wash facility, could...
  • Page 157 Plastic parts may deteriorate and • If any doubt, consult an authorized break if they come in contact with Kawasaki dealer. chemical substances or house- hold cleaning products such as Plastic Parts gasoline, brake fluid, window After washing, use a soft cloth to cleaners, thread-locking agents, gently dry plastic parts.
  • Page 158: Where To Be Careful

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chrome/aluminum polish. Coated alu- Where to be Careful minum should be washed with a mild neutral detergent and finished with a Avoid spraying water with any great spray polish. Aluminum wheels, both force near the following places. •...
  • Page 159: Washing Your Vehicle

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTE After washing, rinse your vehicle ○ thoroughly with clean water to re- Abrasive cleanser or high pressure move any residue (residue from the washer will damage the surface fin- detergent can damage parts of your ish on the bodywork.
  • Page 160: 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 en- gine oil. WARNING Engine oil is a toxic substance. Dispose of used oil properly. Contact your local authorities for approved disposal methods or possible recycling.
  • Page 161 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 162: Troubleshooting Guide

    APPENDIX keep dampness away from the tire rubber.) • 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 163 APPENDIX • Fuse blown • Battery leads do not make good electrical contact with battery terminals • Battery discharged Engine Cranks, But Won't Start • No fuel in tank • Fuel line clogged • Fuel broken down • Engine flooded •...
  • Page 164: Environmental Protection

    To help preserve the environment, properly discard used batteries, tires, oils and fluids, or other vehicle components that you might dispose of in the future. Consult 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...
  • Page 165: 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 166 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 167 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 168 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 169 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 170 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...

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