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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 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 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- tures, capabilities, and limitations.
  • 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 © 2014 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Jul. 4, 2014. (1)
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY INFORMATION ..... GENERAL INFORMATION ....19 Read Owner's Manual ....... Specifications ........19 Training ..........Serial Number Locations ....22 Daily Checks and Periodic Mainte- Location of Labels ......23 nance ..........Location of Parts ........ 30 Loading and Accessories Information Meter Instruments ......
  • Page 8 Helmet Hooks ........59 Clutch ..........95 Tying Hooks ........60 Drive Chain ........96 Tool Kit ..........60 Brakes ..........101 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE .. 61 Brake Light Switches ......103 Break-In ..........61 Suspension System ......105 Starting the Engine ......62 Rear Shock Absorber ....
  • Page 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Other Load

    SAFETY INFORMATION of the steering assembly and can that Kawasaki cannot assume re- result in an unsafe riding condition. sponsibility for the results of such 3. Fairings, windshields, backrests, unintended use of the motorcycle. and other large items have the ca- 2.
  • Page 14: Safe Operation

    Carbon Monoxide Hazard your motorcycle may have suffered damage that is not immediately appa- DANGER rent. Have your motorcycle thoroughly checked at a Kawasaki dealer as soon Exhaust gas contains carbon as possible. monoxide, a colorless, odorless poisonous gas. Inhaling carbon...
  • Page 15: 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 16: 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 17 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 18: 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 19 SAFETY INFORMATION Steering Coolant Looseness in the steering can cause To avoid overheating, check that the loss of control. Check to see that the coolant level is at the upper level line. handlebars turns freely but has no Electrical Equipment play.
  • Page 20: General Information

    GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Specifications PERFORMANCE Maximum Horsepower 20.6 kW (28 PS) @9 700 r/min (rpm) Maximum Torque 22.6 N·m (2.3 kgf·m, 17 ft·lb) @8 200 r/min (rpm) Minimum Turning Radius 2.4 m (7.9 ft) DIMENSIONS Overall Length 1 935 mm (76.18 in.) Overall Width 685 mm (27.0 in.) Overall Height...
  • Page 21 GENERAL INFORMATION Starting System Electric starter Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection) Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition) Ignition Timing 10° BTDC @1 500 r/min (rpm) ~ 32° BTDC @5 000 (Electronically advanced) r/min (rpm) Spark Plug: Type (Standard) NGK MR8CI-8, (Option) NGK CR8EIX 0.7 ~ 0.8 mm (0.028 ~ 0.031 in.) Lubrication System Forced lubrication (wet sump)
  • Page 22 GENERAL INFORMATION 1.217 (28/23) 1.045 (23/22) 0.923 (24/26) FRAME Caster 24.0° Trail 90 mm (3.5 in.) Tire Size: Front 100/80-17M/C 52S Rear 130/70-17M/C 62S Rim Size: Front J17M/C × MT2.75 Rear J17M/C × MT3.50 Fuel Tank Capacity 11 L (2.9 US gal) Brake Fluid: Front DOT3 or 4...
  • Page 23: 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 24: 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 25 GENERAL INFORMATION 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) 3. Battery Poison/Danger 4. Radiator Cap Danger...
  • Page 26 GENERAL INFORMATION 5. Fuel Notice 6. Important Drive Chain Information 7. Tire and Load Data 8. Noise Test Information...
  • Page 27 GENERAL INFORMATION 9. Specification (MFD.)
  • Page 29 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Read Owner's Manual, see page 8 1. Read Owner's Manual, see page 8 2. Unleaded gasoline, see page 49 2. Maximum load, see page 9 3. Tire pressure, see page 109 4. Front tire size and manufacture, see page 112 5.
  • Page 31: Location Of Parts

    GENERAL INFORMATION Location of Parts 1. Rear View Mirrors 7. Left Handlebar Switches 2. Clutch Lever 8. Ignition Switch/Steering Lock 3. Starter Lockout Switch 9. Right Handlebar Switches 4. Meter Instrument 10. Throttle Grip 5. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) 6. Front Brake Lever...
  • Page 32 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Headlight 10. Front Fork 2. Turn Signal Lights 11. Shift Pedal 3. Spark Plug 12. Side Stand Switch 4. Fuel Tank 13. Side Stand 5. Battery 14. Rear Shock Absorber 6. Seat Lock 15. Drive Chain 7. Tool Kit 16.
  • Page 33 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. License Plate Light 10. Brake Calipers 2. Tail/Brake Light 11. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Rear) 3. Passenger’s Seat 12. Rear Brake Light Switch 4. Fuse Box 13. Rear Brake Pedal 5. Rider’s Seat 14. Oil Level Inspection Window 6.
  • Page 34: Meter Instruments

    GENERAL INFORMATION Meter Instruments 1. Left Button 2. Multifunction Meter 3. Right Button 4. Fuel Gauge 5. Speedometer 6. Tachometer 7. Multifunction Display - Odometer - Trip Meter A/B - Clock When the ignition switch is turned on, all LCD functions are shown for a few seconds, then the multifunction meter turns to operational mode.
  • Page 35: Indicators

    GENERAL INFORMATION Indicators Neutral Indicator (Green) Fuel Level Warning Indicator Turn Signal Indicator (Green) Coolant Temperature Warning Indicator (Red) Engine Warning Indicator (Yellow) ABS Indicator (Yellow) (ABS model) Battery Warning Indicator (Red) High Beam Indicator (Blue)
  • Page 36 When the ignition switch is turned on, all indicators go on/off as shown in the table. If any indicator does not op- erate as shown, have it checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Indicators □ □ □...
  • Page 37 120°C (248°F) when the motorcycle is in oper- ation. If this indicator goes on, stop the engine and check the coolant level in the reserve tank after the engine cools down, then have the cooling system checked by an author- ized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 38 This indicator goes on if the battery voltage is less than 11.0 V or more than 16.0 V. If this indicator goes on, charge the battery. If this indicator still goes on after charging the battery, have the battery and/or charging system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 39 If this happens, first turn the ignition switch off, and then back on, and ride the motor- cycle at 10 km/h (6 mph) or more. The ABS indicator should then go off. If it does not, have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Other Indicators *No.
  • Page 40: Speedometer/tachometer

    GENERAL INFORMATION the unit setting (km/h or mph) is cor- Speedometer/Tachometer rectly displayed before riding. Refer to the Unit Setting in the Dis- play Setting section. Tachometer The LCD display has tachometer function. The tachometer shows the engine speed in revolutions per minute (r/min, rpm).
  • Page 41: Display Setting

    GENERAL INFORMATION does not operate correctly, have it checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Display Setting Multifunction Display • Push the left button to select the dis- play modes. The display modes can be shifted in the following order. NOTE ○...
  • Page 42 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE ○ When the trip meter reaches 9999.9 while riding, the meter resets to 0.0 and continues counting. ○ When the battery is disconnected, the trip meter is reset to 0.0. NOTE ○ Clock When the figures come to 999999, To adjust the clock: the display is stopped and locked.
  • Page 43 GENERAL INFORMATION • Push the left button to adjust the hour or minute digits. • To finish the adjustment, push the left button when both the hour and minute digits blink. NOTE ○ When the battery is disconnected, the clock is reset to 1:00 and starts working again when the battery is connected.
  • Page 44: Features

    GENERAL INFORMATION • Push the right button while pushing the left button to select the display unit. A. Segments B. F (full) C. E (empty) NOTE ○ Features When the fuel tank is full, all the seg- ments are displayed. As the fuel lev- Fuel Gauge el in the tank goes down, the The fuel in the fuel tank is shown by...
  • Page 45: Keys

    GENERAL INFORMATION “When Warning Indicators Go On or Blink” of Indicators in this chapter. Keys This motorcycle has a combination key, which is used for the ignition switch/steering lock, seat lock, and fuel tank cap. Blank keys are available at your Ka- wasaki dealers.
  • Page 46: Right Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE Right Handlebar Switches ○ The headlight, tail, city and license plate lights are on whenever the igni- tion key is in the “ON” position. To avoid battery discharge, always start the engine immediately after turning the ignition key to “ON” position. ○...
  • Page 47: Left Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION The engine stop switch is for emer- Left 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 48: Fuel Tank Cap

    GENERAL INFORMATION High beam..( Passing Button Low beam..( When the passing button is pushed, the headlight high beam (passing NOTE beam) goes on to signal the driver of ○ the vehicle ahead that you are about to Do not allow anything to cover the pass.
  • Page 49: Fuel

    Fuel Fuel Requirement A. Key Hole Cover B. Ignition Key C. Fuel Tank Cap Your Kawasaki engine is designed to • use only unleaded gasoline with a min- Open the fuel tank cap. • imum octane rating shown below.
  • Page 50 GENERAL INFORMATION rating is the Research Octane Number NOTICE (RON). If engine “knocking" or “pinging" NOTICE occurs, use a different brand of gasoline of a higher octane rat- Do not use leaded gasoline, as ing. If this condition is allowed to this will destroy the catalytic con- continue, it can lead to severe en- verter.
  • Page 51: 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 52: Side Stand

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE WARNING Certain ingredients of 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 53: 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 54 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Ignition Key A. Tab B. Seat Lock B. Seat Bracket C. Passenger’s Seat C. Hook D. Slot • Passenger’s Seat Installation • Pull up the front and rear ends of the Insert the tab at the rear of the pas- passenger’s seat to make sure they senger’s seat under the seat brack- are securely locked.
  • Page 55 GENERAL INFORMATION Quick Rivet Removal A. Screw (both sides) B. Quick Rivets (both sides) A. Quick Rivet B. Center Pin NOTE C. Push in. ○ The seat cover uses the quick rivet. The quick rivet can be removed by pushing the center pin into the quick rivets, and when installing it, pull the center pin fully up first, and then push into the center pin after insert-...
  • Page 56 GENERAL INFORMATION Quick Rivet Installation A. Push B. Hooks A. Quick Rivet • B. Center Pin Pull the seat cover outward to clear C. Pull up fully. the projections and tabs, and remove D. Push in. the seat cover (both sides). •...
  • Page 57 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Projections A. Bolt (both sides) B. Projection (only on left seat cover) B. Seat Pin (both sides) C. Tabs C. Rider’s Seat D. Seat Cover D. Pull Up and Rear E. Pull Outward • Rider’s Seat Installation •...
  • Page 58 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Pins A. Seat Pin B. Holes B. Bolt • • Install the seat pin and tighten the Pull up the front and rear ends of the bolt (both sides) securely. rider’s seat to make sure they are se- curely locked.
  • Page 59 GENERAL INFORMATION A. Tabs A. Hooks • B. Slots Install the quick rivets and screw C. Projection (only on left seat cover) (both sides). D. Projections E. Grommets • Insert the hooks into the slots (both sides).
  • Page 60: Helmet Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION WARNING Riding with helmets attached to the hooks could cause an acci- dent by distracting the operator or interfering with normal vehicle operation. Do not ride the motor- cycle with helmets attached to the hooks. A. Quick Rivets (both sides) B.
  • Page 61: Tying Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION Tying Hooks Tool Kit When tying up light loads to the seat, The tool kit is located under the pas- use the tying hooks located in front of senger's seat. the rear turn signal lights and rear of The kit contains tools that can be the rear footpegs.
  • Page 62: 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 ~ 500 The first 1 600 km (1 000 mile) that 4 000 r/min (rpm) mile) the motorcycle is ridden is designated as the break-in period.
  • Page 63: Starting The Engine

    (600 mile) it is extremely important that A. Engine Stop Switch the owner has the initial maintenance B. Starter Button service performed by an authorized • Kawasaki dealer. Turn the ignition switch on. • Make sure the transmission is in neutral.
  • Page 64 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE engine warning indicator ( blinks when the starter button is pressed if the engine cannot be started. After righting the motorcycle, first turn the ignition switch off and then back to on before starting the engine.
  • Page 65: Jump Starting

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTE NOTICE ○ The motorcycle is equipped with a Do not let the engine idle longer starter lockout switch. This switch is than five minutes, or engine over- designed so that the engine does not heating and damage may occur.
  • Page 66 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Remove the rider's seat (see Seats DANGER section in the GENERAL INFORMA- TION chapter). Battery acid generates hydrogen • Slide the red cap from the positive gas which is flammable and ex- (+) terminal (see Battery section in plosive under certain conditions.
  • Page 67 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 connec- tion at the fuel system or bat- tery. • Take care not to touch the posi- tive and negative cables togeth- A.
  • Page 68: Moving Off

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • • Follow the standard engine starting Pull in the clutch lever. • procedure. Shift into 1st gear. • Open the throttle a little, and start to let out the clutch lever very slowly. NOTICE •...
  • Page 69: 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 to signed so that the engine does not increase excessively, potentially start if the transmission is in gear damaging the engine and it may...
  • Page 70 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE the front brake should be applied a little more than the rear. Shift down or fully disengage the clutch as nec- essary to keep the engine from stall- ing. • Never lock the brakes, or it will cause the tires to skid.
  • Page 71: Anti-lock Brake System (abs)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE prevent wheel lock-up and allows sta- ble steering control while stopping. Brake control function is identical to that of a conventional motorcycle. The brake lever is used for the front brake and the brake pedal for the rear brake. Although the ABS provides stability while stopping by preventing wheel lock-up, remember the following char-...
  • Page 72 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE distance of a motorcycle with ABS WARNING may be longer than that of an equiv- alent motorcycle without ABS. Use ABS cannot protect the rider from special caution in such areas. all possible hazards and is not a •...
  • Page 73: Stopping The Engine

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE good condition according to the “Bat- WARNING tery Maintenance” section. Use of non-recommended tires may cause malfunctioning of Stopping the Engine ABS and can lead to extended • braking distance. The rider could Close the throttle completely. •...
  • Page 74: Stopping The Motorcycle In An Emergency

    Emergency fuel injection system. In an emergency situation such as Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been throttle failure, your vehicle may be designed and manufactured to provide stopped by applying the brakes and you optimum safety and convenience.
  • Page 75: Parking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Parking WARNING The engine and exhaust system get extremely hot during normal WARNING operation and can cause serious Operating or parking the vehicle burns. 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- eration or after stopping the...
  • Page 76 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • If parking inside a garage or other structure, be sure it is well ventilated and the motorcycle is not close to any source of flame or sparks; this includes any appliance with a pilot light.
  • Page 77: 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 78 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 79: 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 80 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page 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 81 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold) Electrical equipment – All lights (head, city, 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 82: 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 83 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items – Fuel system – Fuel hose Coolant level – Cooling system : every 36 000 km – Coolant, water hoses and O-rings (22 500 mile) –...
  • Page 84 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items 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 85 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items Rubber parts of brake master cylinder : every 48 000 km – and caliper (30 000 mile) Brake pad wear (*C) Brake light switch operation –...
  • Page 86 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Items – Condition of bolts, nuts and fasteners...
  • Page 87: 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 88 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTE If the oil level is too high, remove the ○ excess oil through the oil filler open- To avoid damaging the right frame ing using a syringe or some other cover, push the rear brake pedal suitable device.
  • Page 89 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE ○ If a torque wrench is not available, this item should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Fill the engine up to the upper level line with a good quality engine oil specified in the table.
  • Page 90 1.1 L (1.2 US qt) Oil Filter Replacement • The oil filter replacement should be [when filter is removed] done by an authorized Kawasaki Although 10W-40 engine oil is the dealer. recommended oil for most conditions, the oil viscosity may need to be changed to accommodate atmospheric conditions in your riding area.
  • Page 91: Coolant

    B. L (Low) Level Line C. Reserve Tank NOTE ○ Check the level when the engine is cold (room or atmospheric tempera- ture). • If the amount of coolant is insuffi- cient, have the cooling system in- spected your authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 92: Air Cleaner

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Coolant Change freezing point and strength directed on Have the coolant changed by an au- the container. thorized Kawasaki dealer. NOTICE Coolant Requirement If hard water is used in the sys- WARNING tem, it causes scale accumula-...
  • Page 93: Throttle Control System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT cleaner element should be done by an the air cleaner housing and drain the authorized Kawasaki dealer. oil. Oil Draining • WARNING Inspect the transparent drain cap lo- cated at the left lower end of the air...
  • Page 94 Throttle Grip Free Play Adjustment • Loosen the locknut at the throttle Kawasaki dealer. • grip, and turn the adjuster until the Check the throttle grip free play by proper amount of throttle grip play is turning back and forth.
  • Page 95: Idle Speed

    Be sure to idle speed control should be done by correct any of these conditions be- an authorized Kawasaki dealer. fore idling. NOTE ○ While the engine is cold, the fast idle...
  • Page 96: Clutch

    Check that the clutch lever operates properly and that the inner cable slides smoothly. If there is any irregu- larity, have the clutch cable checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Check the clutch lever free play as shown. Clutch Lever Free Play A.
  • Page 97: Drive Chain

    Apply lubricant to the sides of the lever free play adjusted by an au- rollers so that it will penetrate to the thorized Kawasaki dealer. rollers and bushings. Apply lubricant to the seals so that the seals will be NOTE ○...
  • Page 98 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chain midway between the engine sprocket and rear wheel sprocket. • Wipe off any lubricant that gets on the tire surface. A. Chain Slack Drive Chain Slack Inspection • • Set the motorcycle up on its side If the drive chain is too tight or too stand.
  • Page 99 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Drive Chain Slack Adjustment If the chain is too tight, turn out the • Loosen the left and right chain ad- left and right chain adjusting nuts juster locknuts. evenly. • • Remove the cotter pin, and loosen Turn out both chain adjusting nuts the axle nut.
  • Page 100 Tightening Torque NOTE Axle Nut: 98 N·m (10 kgf·m, 72 ft·lb) ○ Wheel alignment also NOTE checked using the straightedge or ○ string method. If a torque wrench is not available, this item should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 101 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Rotate the wheel, measure the chain cotter pin hole in the axle shaft, tight- slack again at the tightest position, en the nut clockwise up to the next and readjust if necessary. alignment. • ○ Install a new cotter pin through the It should be within 30 degrees.
  • Page 102: Brakes

    Turn the handlebars to the left so brake system checked by an author- that the front brake fluid reservoir ized Kawasaki dealer immediately. held horizontal, the brake fluid level must be above the lower level line.
  • Page 103 In this case, have the kept between the upper and lower brake system inspected by an au- level lines. thorized Kawasaki dealer. Brake Pad Wear Inspection Inspect the brakes for wear. For each front and rear disc brake caliper, if the...
  • Page 104: Brake Light Switches

    Turn the ignition switch on. C. 1.5 mm (0.06 in.) • The brake light should go on when the front brake is applied. • If it does not, ask your authorized Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front brake light switch.
  • Page 105 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Check the operation of the rear Brake Light Switch Adjustment • To adjust the rear brake light switch, brake light switch by depressing the move the switch up or down by turn- brake pedal. The brake light should ing the adjusting nut.
  • Page 106: Suspension System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT “R30”. The wrench A is used for in- NOTICE crease the spring preload, and the wrench B is used for decrease the To avoid damaging the electrical spring preload. connections inside the switch, be sure that the switch body does not turn during adjustment.
  • Page 107 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT wrench A and B with improper direc- and shock absorber from the left tion. side, just under the drive chain. • ○ Be sure to turn back the preload ad- Securely fit the tip of the wrench A in- juster to the left from 5th position to the recess at rear of the adjuster.
  • Page 108 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Insert the handle to the wrench B and turn the adjuster counterclock- wise to decrease the spring preload and soften the suspension. A. Wrench A B. Handle C. Tie-Rod D. Spring Preload Adjuster E. Recess A. Wrench B To Decrease the Spring Preload •...
  • Page 109: Setting Tables

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Setting Tables Rear Shock Absorber Spring Preload Setting Softest setting limit Standard Hardest setting limit Adjuster Position ←→ Spring Action Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→ Speed High...
  • Page 110: 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 111 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 112 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 113: 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 DUNLOP, TT900F J Front...
  • Page 114 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 115 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 116 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Remove the rider's seat. Refer to the Seats section in the GENERAL IN- FORMATION chapter. • Slide the red cap from the positive (+) terminal. • Disconnect the cables from the bat- tery, first from the (–) terminal and then the (+) terminal.
  • Page 117: Headlight

    Place the battery on the rear fender. • Hold the battery with the battery Headlight aiming should be done by band and install the fuse box to the an authorized Kawasaki dealer. holder. • Connect the (+) cable to the (+) ter- Horizontal Adjustment The headlight beam is adjustable minal, and then connect the (–) cable...
  • Page 118 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Using the phillips tip screwdriver from the tool kit, turn the vertical ad- juster in or out to adjust the headlight vertically. NOTE ○ Insert the phillips tip screwdriver from the cutout on the inner fairing. ○...
  • Page 119: Fuses

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT system. Have the motorcycle checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. The main fuse removal should be done by an authorized Kawasaki deal- Fuses Fuses are arranged in the fuse boxes located under the rider's seat. The main fuse is located under the rid- A.
  • Page 120: General Lubrication

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT General Lubrication WARNING Substituting fuses can cause wir- Lubricate the points shown below, ing to overheat, catch fire and/or with either engine oil or regular grease, fail. Do not use any substitute for in accordance with the Periodic Main- the standard fuse.
  • Page 121: Cleaning Your Motorcycle

    • (K) Clutch Inner Cable Upper End UV rays, pollutants, and reduce the • (K) Throttle Inner Cable Upper Ends amount of dust reaching its surfaces. (K): Should be serviced by an author- ized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 122 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Be sure the engine and exhaust are WARNING cool before washing. • Avoid applying degreaser to seals, Build-up of debris or flammable brake pads, and tires. material in and around the ve- • Avoid all harsh chemicals, solvents, hicle chassis, engine, and ex- detergents, and household cleaning haust...
  • Page 123: Washing Your Motorcycle

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Avoid spraying water in delicate Use a soft cloth to dry your motor- areas such as in air intakes, fuel sys- cycle. As you dry, inspect your mo- tem, brake components, electrical torcycle for chips and scratches. Do components, muffler outlets, and fuel not let the water air dry as this can tank openings.
  • Page 124 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT apply a corrosion protection spray on NOTICE all metal and chrome surfaces to pre- vent corrosion. Using high-pressure water, as ○ Condensation may form on the in- from a car wash facility, could side of the headlight lens after riding damage the radiator fins and im- in the rain, washing the motorcycle pair the radiator's effectiveness.
  • Page 125 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 Windshield and Other Plastic gasoline, brake fluid, window Parts...
  • Page 126 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT chrome/aluminum polish. Coated alu- WARNING minum should be washed with a mild neutral detergent and finished with a Rubber protectants can be slip- spray polish. Aluminum wheels, both pery and, if used on the tread painted and unpainted can be cleaned area, cause loss of traction re- with special non-acid based wheel sulting in accident causing injury...
  • Page 127: 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 128 APPENDIX WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain con- ditions, creating the potential 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; this includes any appliance with a pilot light. Gasoline is a toxic substance.
  • Page 129: 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 130 APPENDIX • Fuse blown • Battery cables 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 131: 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 132: 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 133 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 134 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 135 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 136 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 137 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...

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