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  • Page 2 GENERAL INFORMATION Quick Reference Guide HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE This Quick Reference Guide will SAFE OPERATION assist you in finding the information you’re looking for. MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT STORAGE TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE 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 ○ NOTE indicates information that may situation which, if not avoided, help or guide you in the operation or will result in death or serious in-...
  • Page 4 NOTICE WARNING Engine exhaust, some of its THIS PRODUCT BEEN constituents, and certain vehi- MANUFACTURED 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- ONLY.
  • 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 © 2014 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Feb. 21, 2014. (1)
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SPECIFICATIONS....... Right Handlebar Switches....63 SERIAL NUMBER LOCATIONS..13 Engine Stop Switch ...... 63 LOCATION OF PARTS ....... 14 Starter Button ....... 63 LOADING AND ACCESSORIES START/STOP Switch (for Stop INFORMATION ........ 17 Watch) ........64 GENERAL INFORMATION....20 Brake Lever Adjuster......
  • Page 8 System (California model only)..141 Brake System (KIBS, For models Valve Clearance ....... 142 equipped with KIBS) ..... 89 Kawasaki Clean Air System ..... 143 Stopping the Engine......92 Exhaust Device ........ 144 Stopping the Motorcycle in an Air Cleaner ........145 Emergency ........
  • Page 10: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS PERFORMANCE Minimum Turning Radius 3.4 m (134 in.) DIMENSIONS Overall Length 2 075 mm (81.7 in.) Overall Width 715 mm (28.1 in.) Overall Height 1 115 mm (43.9 in.) Wheelbase 1 425 mm (56.1 in.) Road Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.) Curb Mass (ZX1000J) 198 kg (437 lb) (ZX1000K) 201 kg (443 lb)
  • Page 11 SPECIFICATIONS Starting System Electric starter Cylinder Numbering Left to right, 1-2-3-4 Method Firing Order 1-2-4-3 Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection) Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition) 10° BTDC @1 100 r/min (rpm) ∼ 42.5° BTDC Ignition Timing (Electronically advanced) @10 500 r/min (rpm) Spark Plugs NGK CR9EIA-9...
  • Page 12 SPECIFICATIONS Clutch Type Wet, multi disc Driving System Chain drive Primary Reduction Ratio 1.681 (79/47) Final Reduction Ratio 2.294 (39/17) Overall Drive Ratio 5.197 @Top gear Gear Ratio: 2.600 (39/15) 2.053 (39/19) 1.737 (33/19) 1.571 (33/21) 1.444 (26/18) 1.348 (31/23) FRAME Caster 25°...
  • Page 13 12 V 55 W + 55 W Low beam 12 V 55 W Tail/Brake Light Even if one of LED (Light Emitting Diode) tail/brake lights does not go on, consult with an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 14: Serial Number Locations

    SERIAL NUMBER LOCATIONS 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 15: Location Of Parts

    LOCATION OF PARTS LOCATION OF PARTS 1. Clutch Lever 6. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) 2. Left Handlebar Switches 7. Right Handlebar Switches 3. Rebound Damping Force Adjuster 8. Front Brake Lever (Front Fork) 9. Throttle Grip 4. Compression damping force adjuster 10.
  • Page 16 LOCATION OF PARTS 12. Headlight 20. Passenger’s Seat 27. Side Stand 13. Air Cleaner Intake 21. Tail/Brake Light 28. Shift Pedal 14. Turn Signal Lights 22. License Plate Light 29. Compression 15. Spark Plugs 23. Brake Disc damping force 16. Air Cleaner 24.
  • Page 17 LOCATION OF PARTS 32. Fuse Boxes 38. Swingarm 33. Battery 39. Rear Shock Absorber 34. Rebound damping force adjuster 40. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Rear) 35. Fuel Tank Cap 41. Rear Brake Pedal 36. Coolant Reserve Tank 42. Rear Brake Light Switch 37.
  • Page 18: Loading And Accessories Information

    Kawasaki Parts Accessories, motorcycle be genuine Kawasaki Kawasaki has no control over the components. design or application of accessories. In some cases, improper installation Because a motorcycle is sensitive to or use of accessories, or motorcycle...
  • Page 19 LOADING AND ACCESSORIES INFORMATION fitting additional accessories. The fol- 3. All baggage should be carried as lowing general guidelines have been low as possible to reduce the effect prepared to assist you in making your on the motorcycle center of gravity. determinations.
  • Page 20 Kawasaki does not manu- (i.e., lean angle), control operation, facture sidecars or trailers for mo- wheel travel, front fork movement,...
  • Page 21: General Information

    GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Meter Instruments A. Upper Button B. Lower Button C. Tachometer (with Shift-Up Indicator) D. Red Zone E. Ambient Brightness Sensor F. Turn Signal Indicator Light G. Warning Indicator Light (Red) H. Neutral Indicator Light I. Multifunction Meter J.
  • Page 22 E. Ambient Brightness Sensor F. Turn Signal Indicator Light G. Warning Indicator Light (Red) H. Neutral Indicator Light I. Multifunction Meter J. High Beam Indicator Light K. Warning Indicator Light (Yellow) L. ABS Indicator Light KIBS*: Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System...
  • Page 23: Tachometer

    If the tachometer does not operate On the right side of the tachometer correctly, have it checked by an autho- face is a portion called the “red zone”. rized Kawasaki dealer. Engine r/min (rpm) in the red zone is NOTICE above maximum recommended engine...
  • Page 24 GENERAL INFORMATION This shift-up indicator is used to in- Shift-up Indicator Setting - form to the rider when it is time to shift The shift-up indicator has three to the next higher gear with blinking the modes, light off, fast blinking or slow tachometer LED segments.
  • Page 25 GENERAL INFORMATION • Turn the ignition switch to “ON”. will shift between Light ON (shift-up • Push the upper and lower buttons si- indicator deactivates), Fast Blink- multaneously for more than 2 sec- ing and Slow Blinking. The shift-up onds. The previous shift-up engine engine speed can only be adjusted speed setting will be displayed in the when the segments are blinking.
  • Page 26 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE WARNING ○ Pushing and holding the lower button Failing to properly observe the advances the shift–up engine speed road ahead increases the chance continuously. of an accident. Do not concen- ○ The data are maintained even if the trate on the shift-up indicator by battery is disconnected.
  • Page 27: Instrument Display Brightness Control

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE Instrument Display Brightness ○ Control Be careful not to cover the ambient The brightness of the tachometer brightness sensor on the meter in- LED segments and illumination of the strument while riding the motorcycle. multifunction meter are controlled au- tomatically depending on the ambient Instrument Display...
  • Page 28 GENERAL INFORMATION • To return to the shift up indicator set- ting mode, push the upper button for more than 2 seconds.
  • Page 29: Multifunction Meter

    GENERAL INFORMATION Multifunction Meter A. Multifunction Display - Odometer - Trip Meters - Current Mileage - Average Mileage - Fuel consumption - Stop Watch B. Speedometer C. Gear Position Indicator D. Power Mode Indicator E. S-KTRC Mode Indicator F. Warning Symbols G.
  • Page 30 GENERAL INFORMATION H. Economical Riding Indicator I. S-KTRC Level Indicator J. Clock K. KIBS Indicator (For the models equipped with KIBS) L. Electronic Steering Damper Indicator M. Fuel Level Warning Symbol (For the models equipped with KIBS)
  • Page 31 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE Speedometer - ○ 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 units in ment can be changed according to lo- the meter instrument as follows:...
  • Page 32 GENERAL INFORMATION Unit modes: These display modes can be shifted by pushing the upper button. Multifunction Display - The multifunction display indicates NOTE ○ the following modes. The “FUEL” warning can be indicated • Odometer if the fuel level is too low. •...
  • Page 33 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE unit mode setting, refer to the “Unit ○ Setting” item in this section. The data are maintained even if the battery is disconnected. ○ Odometer - When the figures come to 999999, The odometer shows the total dis- the display is stopped and locked.
  • Page 34 GENERAL INFORMATION • Push the lower button and hold it in. NOTE ○ The data is maintained by the back up power if the ignition switch is turned “OFF”. ○ When the trip meter reaches 9999.9 while riding, the meter resets to 0.0 and continues counting.
  • Page 35 GENERAL INFORMATION ○ Current Mileage - The numerical value shows “– –.–” This display mode shows the current until 4 seconds have passed and the mileage by numerical value. The cur- speedometer is rises to above 0 km/h rent mileage display is renewed every (0 mph).
  • Page 36 GENERAL INFORMATION • While the average mileage is dis- Fuel Consumption - played, push the lower button and This display mode shows the fuel hold it in until the average mileage consumption in Liter or Gallon by nu- values resets to “– –. –”. merical value counted from the start of measuring to present time.
  • Page 37 GENERAL INFORMATION • NOTE To start the stop watch, push the ○ “START/STOP” switch on the right The data is maintained by back up handlebar switch to the left. power if the ignition switch is turned “OFF”. ○ The display unit modes can be changed, refer to the “Unit Setting”...
  • Page 38 GENERAL INFORMATION • NOTE After each lap, push the LAP/passing ○ button on the left handlebar switch. The LAP/passing button does not function while the headlight goes on with high beam. A. LAP/Passing Button • The stop watch starts timing the next lap and the previous lap time and the A.
  • Page 39 GENERAL INFORMATION • To display each measured lap time the lap time/number, the lap time or and lap number, push the lower but- total time of all timed laps are dis- ton momentarily when the stop watch played when the stop watch mode is is stopped.
  • Page 40 GENERAL INFORMATION ○ If the coolant temperature rises Counter/Coolant/Intake above 115°C (239°F) with Temperature Meter - lap number displayed, the lap This meter shows the coolant tem- number display perature, the intake air temperature or Counter/Coolant/Intake Tem- the lap number. The lap number is dis- perature Meter automatically shifts played in the stop watch mode, refer to to the coolant temperature meter.
  • Page 41 GENERAL INFORMATION • The coolant temperature meter and Coolant Temperature Meter - intake air temperature meter modes The coolant temperature gauge in- can be shifted alternately by pushing dicates temperature of the engine the lower button. coolant. The “ ” symbol is dis- played if the coolant temperature meter NOTE is selected.
  • Page 42 GENERAL INFORMATION • • If the coolant temperature is below If the coolant temperature rises to 40°C (104°F), “– –“ is displayed. above 115°C (239°F) and below 120°C (248°F), the numerical value of the current coolant temperature starts blinking and the red warning indicator light also goes on.
  • Page 43 GENERAL INFORMATION If the coolant temperature rises to Intake Air Temperature Meter - above 120°C (248°F), “HI” is displayed Intake air temperature meter indi- and starts blinking and the red warning cates temperature of the air in the air indicator light also goes on. This warns cleaner case.
  • Page 44 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTE ○ The intake air temperature meter shift to the coolant temperature meter automatically if the coolant temperature rises to above 115°C (239°F). In this case, the meter can- not be shifted to the intake air tem- perature meter until the red warning indicator light goes off.
  • Page 45 GENERAL INFORMATION The gear position indicator can The gear position indicator display be displayed at the position of the mode can be shifts while the motorcy- speedometer on the normal mode. cle is at a stop: • Also the speedometer is displayed in- Select the stop watch mode.
  • Page 46 GENERAL INFORMATION • Clock - Push the lower button. The hour dis- To adjust hours and minutes, do the play only blinks. Push the upper but- followings while the motorcycle is at a ton to advance the hours. stop. • Turn the ignition switch to “ON”.
  • Page 47 GENERAL INFORMATION • Push the upper button. The displays Economical Riding Indicator - stop blinking and the clock starts When the operator is driving the mo- working. torcycle for optimum fuel-efficiency, the economical riding indicator appears on NOTE the multifunction meter to indicate fa- ○...
  • Page 48 How to Ride Have the machine checked by an the Motorcycle chapter. authorized Kawasaki dealer promptly because the engine might stop sud- denly if it is continued to run with a low battery.
  • Page 49: Warning/indicator Lights

    S-KTRC mode, is insufficient. Have the machine see Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control checked by an authorized Kawasaki (S-KTRC) section in the How to Ride dealer promptly because the engine the Motorcycle chapter. might stop suddenly when keeping running in that condition.
  • Page 50 “KIBS” go on, you The yellow warning indicator light in should have the KIBS system checked the meter unit functions as the KIBS by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. warning indicator light. The yellow warning indicator light and warning symbol “KIBS”...
  • Page 51 B. Electronic Steering Damper Warning and the warning light still goes on, have Symbol the electronic steering damper system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. The electronic steering damper sys- tem maintains the last damping force setting if it fails.
  • Page 52 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 53 “ON”. This should reset the ABS indicator light, but if it remains lit after the motorcycle runs at approximately 5 km/h (3.1 mph) or more for more than one minute , you should have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 54 ABS functions. To recover the KIBS system, turn the ignition switch OFF and charge the battery. If the battery is fully charged and the low voltage mode continues, you should have the KIBS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 55 GENERAL INFORMATION Fuel Level Warning Indicator Light - For models equipped with KIBS: : The fuel level warning indicators are activated when approximately 3.8 L (1.0 US gal) of fuel remains as follows: For models without KIBS: A. Warning Indicator Light (Yellow) B.
  • Page 56 GENERAL INFORMATION Refuel at the earliest opportunity Warning Indicator Light (Red) - when the fuel level warning indicator This red warning indicator light and light goes on and “FUEL” blinks. the oil pressure warning symbol ( When vehicle stands with side stand, should go on whenever the ignition the fuel level warning indicator light switch is turned to “ON”...
  • Page 57 : The red warning indicator light have the FI system checked by an au- and the oil pressure warning symbol thorized Kawasaki dealer. ) goes on whenever the oil pres- sure is dangerously low or the ignition...
  • Page 58 At this time, the S-KTRC system does not function. If the yellow warning indicator light and all S-KTRC mode indicators blink, A. Yellow Warning Indicator light you should have the S-KTRC system B. S-KTRC Mode Indicator checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 59: Keys

    GENERAL INFORMATION Keys S-KTRC Level Indicator - The instantaneous strength and This motorcycle has a combination weakness of the S-KTRC operation key, which is used for the ignition can be checked with the S-KTRC level switch, steering lock, seat lock, and indicator in the multifunction meter fuel tank cap.
  • Page 60 If the key number is lost completely, you will need to replace the ignition switch and all other locks operated by that key. Contact your Kawasaki dealer to pur- A. Ignition Key chase additional spare keys either us- B. Tag ing your original key as a master or us- C.
  • Page 61: Ignition Switch/steering Lock

    GENERAL INFORMATION Ignition Switch/Steering Lock Engine on. All electrical This is a three-position, key-operated equipment can be used. switch. The key can be removed from Engine off. Electrical circuits the switch when it is in the OFF or off. LOCK position. Steering locked.
  • Page 62: Left Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION Left Handlebar Switches A. Dimmer Switch B. Turn Signal Switch C. Horn Button D. Power/S-KTRC Button E. LAP/Passing Button...
  • Page 63: Dimmer Switch

    GENERAL INFORMATION Dimmer Switch To stop blinking, push the switch in. High or low beam can be selected Horn Button with the dimmer switch. When the When the horn button is pushed, the headlight is on high beam ( ), the horn sounds.
  • Page 64: 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 65: Start/stop Switch (for Stop Watch)

    GENERAL INFORMATION Brake Lever Adjuster START/STOP Switch (for Stop Watch) There is an adjuster on the brake Refer to the Multifunction Meter sec- lever. The adjuster has 6 positions so tion of this chapter for stop watch in- that the released lever position can be structions.
  • Page 66: 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 67: Fuel Tank

    GENERAL INFORMATION Fuel Tank The following octane rating gaso- line is recommended for the fuel tank. Avoid filling the tank in the rain or where heavy dust is blowing so that the fuel does not get contaminated. A. Key Hole Cover B.
  • Page 68 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable California model only: Never fill and can be explosive under cer- the tank so the fuel level rises tain conditions, creating the po- into the filler neck. If the tank is tential for serious burns. Turn overfilled, heat may cause the the ignition switch to “OFF”.
  • Page 69: Fuel Requirement

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE Fuel Requirement Fuel Type Use minimum of 90 octane gaso- Use clean, fresh unleaded gasoline line only to prevent severe en- with a minimum Antiknock Index of 90. gine damage. The Antiknock Index is posted on ser- vice station pumps.
  • Page 70 TAME such as corn), also known as “gasohol” (up to 16.7%) and ETBE (up to is approved for use. 17.2%). Fuel containing these oxy- genates can also be used in your Kawasaki.
  • Page 71 When operating your Kawasaki for 30 to 60 days, mix a fuel stabilizer (such as STA-BIL) with the gasoline in the fuel tank. Fuel stabilizer additives inhibit oxidation of the fuel which mini-...
  • Page 72: Side Stand

    GENERAL INFORMATION Side Stand Do not sit on the motorcycle while The motorcycle is equipped with a it is on its side stand or centre stand. side stand. Always kick the stand fully up before sitting on the motorcycle. NOTE ○...
  • Page 73: Seats

    GENERAL INFORMATION Seats NOTE ○ When removing the passenger’s Passenger’s Seat Removal • seat, pull it up while turning the key. Remove the passenger’s seat by in- serting the ignition key into the seat Rider’s Seat Removal lock, and turning it clockwise. •...
  • Page 74 GENERAL INFORMATION • Remove the mounting bolts and pull Rider’s Seat Installation • off the seat upward. Insert the tabs on the front of the rider’s seat into the slots in the frame and secure the seat with mounting bolts. •...
  • Page 75 GENERAL INFORMATION • Passenger’s Seat Installation Push down the front part of the pas- • Insert the tab on the rear of the pas- senger’s seat until the lock clicks. senger’s seat into the slot in the frame. • Insert the projections at the front of the passenger’s seat into the holes on the frame.
  • Page 76: Tool Kit

    GENERAL INFORMATION 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 are help- thing to restrict the flow of air into the ful in making roadside repairs, adjust- air cleaner.
  • Page 77: Front Footpeg Position

    Do not ride the suit the front preferences. Have the motorcycle with footpegs installed front footpeg positions changed by an unevenly. authorized Kawasaki dealer. Tightening Torque Front Footpeg Bracket Bolts: 25 N·m (2.5 kgf·m, 18 ft·lb) A. Bolts B.
  • Page 78: Break-in

    BREAK-IN BREAK-IN The first 1 600 km (1 000 mi) that the motorcycle is ridden is designated as the break-in period. If the motorcycle is not used carefully during this period, you may very well end up with a “broken down” instead of a “broken in” motorcycle after a few thousand kilometers.
  • Page 79 BREAK-IN WARNING 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 tire traction. During break-in, avoid sudden and maximum braking and acceleration, and hard cornering. In addition to the above, at 1 000 km (600 mi) it is extremely important that the owner has the initial maintenance service performed by a competent mechanic fol- lowing the procedures in the Service Manual.
  • Page 80: How To Ride The Motorcycle

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Starting the Engine Turn the ignition key to “ON”. • • Make sure the transmission is in neu- Check that the engine stop switch is tral. in the position. A.
  • Page 81 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE NOTE ○ The motorcycle is equipped with a Do not operate the starter con- vehicle-down sensor, which causes tinuously for more than 5 sec- the engine to stop automatically and onds, or the starter will overheat the fuel injection warning symbol to and the battery power will drop goes on or blink when the motorcy-...
  • Page 82 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE ○ NOTICE The motorcycle is equipped with a starter lockout switch. This switch is Do not let the engine idle longer designed so that the engine does not than five minutes, or engine start if the transmission is in gear and overheating and damage may the side stand is down.
  • Page 83: Jump Starting

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Jump Starting DANGER If your motorcycle battery is “run Battery acid generates hydro- down”, it should be removed and gen gas which is flammable and charged. If this is not practical, a 12 explosive under certain con- volt booster battery and jumper cables ditions.
  • Page 84 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Make sure the ignition switch is turned to “OFF”. • Connect a jumper cable from the positive (+) terminal of the booster battery to the positive (+) terminal of the motorcycle battery. Refer to the “Battery Removal”...
  • Page 85 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Follow the standard engine starting DANGER procedure. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause burns and pro- NOTICE duce hydrogen gas which is highly explosive. Do not make Do not operate the starter con- this last connection at the fuel tinuously for more than 5 sec- system or battery.
  • Page 86: Moving Off

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Moving Off NOTE ○ • Check that the side stand is up. The motorcycle is equipped with a • Pull in the clutch lever. side stand switch. This switch is de- • Shift into 1st gear. signed so that the engine does not •...
  • Page 87: Shifting Gears

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Shifting Gears WARNING • Close the throttle while pulling in the Downshifting to a lower gear at clutch lever. high speed causes engine rpm • Shift into the next higher or lower to increase excessively, poten- gear.
  • Page 88 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Vehicle speed when shifting Shifting up km/h (mph) Shifting down km/h (mph) 1st → 2nd 6th → 5th 15 ( 9) 30 (19) 2nd → 3rd 5th → 4th 25 (15) 25 (15) 3rd → 4th 4th →...
  • Page 89: Braking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Braking For emergency braking, disregard • Close the throttle completely, leav- downshifting, and concentrate on ing the clutch engaged (except when applying the brakes as hard as pos- shifting gears) so that the engine will sible without skidding.
  • Page 90: Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System (kibs, For Models Equipped With Kibs)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 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- tional ABS system. KIBS is designed to help prevent...
  • Page 91 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE manner as a conventional motorcy- all. Reduce your speed before you cle brake system. get into the corner. • • KIBS cannot compensate for ad- Same as conventional brake system, verse road conditions, misjudgment an excessive sudden braking may or improper application of brakes.
  • Page 92 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • NOTE computers integrated ○ KIBS compares vehicle When the KIBS is functioning, you speed with wheel speed. Since may feel a pulsing in the brake lever non-recommended tires can affect and/or pedal. This is normal. Main- wheel speed, they may cause the tain pressure on the lever and/or computers to make incorrect cal-...
  • Page 93: Stopping The Engine

    Stopping the Motorcycle in an • Emergency Close the throttle completely. • Shift the transmission into neutral. Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been • Turn the ignition key to “OFF”. designed and manufactured to pro- • Support the motorcycle on a firm, vide you optimum safety and conve- level surface with the side stand.
  • Page 94: Parking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Parking In an emergency situation such as throttle failure, your vehicle may be WARNING stopped by applying the brakes and disengaging the clutch. Once this Operating or parking the vehi- stopping procedure is initiated, the en- cle near flammable materials can gine stop switch may be used to stop cause a fire, and can result in...
  • Page 95 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • If parking inside a garage or other WARNING structure, be sure it is well ventilated The engine and exhaust system and the motorcycle is not close to get extremely hot during normal any source of flame or sparks; this operation and can cause serious includes any appliance with a pilot burns.
  • Page 96: Catalytic Converter

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Catalytic Converter WARNING This motorcycle is equipped with a Operating or parking the vehi- catalytic converter in the exhaust sys- cle near flammable materials can tem. The converter reacts with car- cause a fire, and can result in bon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitro- property damage or severe per- gen oxides to convert them into carbon...
  • Page 97: Sport-kawasaki Traction Control (s-ktrc)

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Use only unleaded gasoline. Never Control (S-KTRC) use leaded gasoline. Leaded gaso- line significantly reduces the capabil- S-KTRC is an intelligent system that ity of the catalytic converter. calculates the slip level of the rear •...
  • Page 98 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE MODES - WARNING The S-KTRC determines the traction S-KTRC cannot protect the rider control characteristics with three mode from all possible hazards and selections. The S-KTRC can also be is not a substitute for safe rid- set to OFF.
  • Page 99 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE MODE 3: S-KTRC Button - S-KTRC intervenes early Use the S-KTRC button on the left enough to prevent the rear wheel from hadle switch to set the S-KTRC mode. spinning whenever possible. [Example] (Actual ranges vary with rider skills) A.
  • Page 100 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE ○ • Close the throttle grip completely. Changing to mode 1 from the • Hold down (0.3 ∼ 0.4 seconds) the S-KTRC OFF is possible while run- S-KTRC button on the left handlebar ning. switch to change the mode. A.
  • Page 101: Power Mode

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE ○ Power mode When the ignition switch is turned to OFF position, and then back to ON The Power mode determines the en- position while the S-KTRC is OFF, gine power output characteristics and the S-KTRC is set in the mode 1. has three settings.
  • Page 102 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Mode L (Low Power): Power mode Button - About 60% of the highest engine For the power mode setting, use the power output is achieved. The throttle power mode button on the left handle- response is mildest among the three bar switch.
  • Page 103 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTE NOTE ○ ○ When changing the mode, stop the Check the indicator to make sure that motorcycle. the mode has been changed. ○ The Power mode setting is main- • Close the throttle grip completely. tained if the ignition switch is turned •...
  • Page 104: Safe Operation

    SAFE OPERATION SAFE OPERATION Safe Riding Technique The points given below are applicable for everyday motorcycle use and should be carefully observed for safe and effective vehicle operation. For safety, eye protection and a When riding always keep both helmet are strongly recommended. hands on the handlebars and both You should be aware of and verify feet on the footpegs.
  • Page 105 SAFE OPERATION In general your actions should In wet conditions, rely more on the be smooth as sudden acceleration, throttle to control vehicle speed and braking or turning may cause loss less on the front and rear brakes. of control, especially when riding in The throttle should also be used ju- wet conditions or on loose roadway diciously to avoid skidding the rear...
  • Page 106 SAFE OPERATION Do not downshift at too high an Avoiding unnecessary weaving is r/min (rpm) to avoid damage from important to the safety of both the overrevving to the engine. rider and other motorists.
  • Page 107: Daily Checks

    SAFE OPERATION 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 motor- cycle to a safe operating condition.
  • Page 108 SAFE OPERATION Tires ......Air pressure (when cold): Front 250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm², 36 psi) Rear 290 kPa (2.90 kgf/cm², 42 psi) Install the air valve cap. Drive chain ....Slack 25 ∼ 35 mm (1.0 ∼ 1.4 in.). Lubricate when chain is dry. Nuts, bolts, fasteners ..
  • Page 109 SAFE OPERATION Side stand ....Return to its fully up position by spring tension. Return spring not weak or not damaged.
  • Page 110: Additional Considerations For High Speed Operation

    SAFE OPERATION Additional Considerations for High Speed Operation Brakes: The importance of the brakes, especially during high speed operation, cannot be overemphasized. Check to see that they are correctly adjusted and func- tioning properly. Steering: Looseness in the steering can cause loss of control. Check to see that the handlebar turns freely but has no play.
  • Page 111 SAFE OPERATION WARNING Handling characteristics of a motorcycle at high speeds may vary from those you are familiar with at legal highway speeds. Do not attempt high speed operation unless you have received sufficient training and have the required skills.
  • Page 112: Maintenance And Adjustment

    Please note that Kawasaki cannot assume any responsibility for damage result- ing from incorrect or improper adjustment done by the owner.
  • Page 113 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 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 114 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 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 model only) Vapors caused by fuel evaporation in the fuel system are not vented into the atmosphere.
  • Page 115 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 116: Periodic Maintenance Chart

    Periodic Maintenance Chart K : Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. * : For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here. # : Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
  • Page 117 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 1. Periodic Inspection (Engine Related Items) Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1 000 (mile × 1 000) Page Operation Every (Engine Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Valve clearance - • inspect (e) Throttle control system (play, •...
  • Page 118 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1 000 (mile × 1 000) Page Operation Every (Engine Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Fuel hoses damage • • • • year – - inspect Fuel hoses •...
  • Page 119 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1 000 (mile × 1 000) Page Operation Every (Engine Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Evaporative emission control • • • • • • • system - function (California model only) (e) Air suction system...
  • Page 120 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items) Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Clutch and drive train: Clutch operation (play, engagement, •...
  • Page 121 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Drive chain guide • • • – wear - inspect Wheels and tires: Tire air pressure - •...
  • Page 122 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Brake system: Brake fluid leak - • • • • • • • year inspect Brake hoses...
  • Page 123 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Brake operation • • • • • • • year (effectiveness, play, drag) - inspect Brake light switch •...
  • Page 124 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Rocker arm • • • – operation - inspect Tie rods operation • •...
  • Page 125 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Electrical system: Lights and • • • year – switches operation - inspect Headlight aiming - •...
  • Page 126 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever comes *Odometer Reading first km × 1000 (mile × 1000) Page Operation Every (Chassis Items) (0.6) (3.75) (7.5) (11.25) (15) (18.75) (22.5) Chassis: Chassis parts - • • • year lubricate Bolts and nuts • •...
  • Page 127 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 3. Periodic Replacement Frequency Whichever *Odometer Reading comes first km × 1 000 (mile × 1 000) Page Every Change/Replacement Items (0.6) (7.5) (15) (22.5) (30) Air cleaner element - replace every 18 000 km (11 250 mile) # (e) •...
  • Page 128 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever *Odometer Reading comes first km × 1 000 (mile × 1 000) Page Every Change/Replacement Items (0.6) (7.5) (15) (22.5) (30) Rubber parts of master • – 4 years cylinder and caliper - replace • •...
  • Page 129: Engine Oil

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Engine Oil Oil Level Inspection • In order for the engine, transmission, If the oil has just been changed, start and clutch to function properly, main- the engine and run it for several min- tain the engine oil at the proper level, utes at idle speed.
  • Page 130 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Check the engine oil level through If the oil level is too high, remove the the oil level inspection window. With excess oil through the oil filler open- the motorcycle held level, the oil level ing using a syringe or some other should come up between the upper suitable device.
  • Page 131 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE If the engine oil gets extremely low or if the oil pump does not function properly or oil pas- sages are clogged, the warning indicator light in the meter in- strument and oil pressure warn- ing symbol ( ) in the multi- function meter will go on.
  • Page 132 The oil change and oil filter replacement should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. Oil Filter WARNING Engine oil is a toxic substance. Dispose of used oil properly.
  • Page 133 SJ, SL, SM and JASO MA, MA1, MA2 rating 3.3 L (3.5 US qt) Viscosity: [when filter is removed] 3.7 L (3.9 US qt) SAE10W-40 [when engine is completely dry] *Kawasaki Performance Oils and Lu- bricants have been specifically engi- neered for your vehicle. Consistent...
  • Page 134: Cooling System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Cooling System Although 10W-40 engine oil is the recommended oil for most condi- Radiator and Cooling Fan - tions, the oil viscosity may need to Check the radiator fins for obstruc- be changed to accommodate atmo- tion by insects or mud. Clean off spheric conditions in your riding area.
  • Page 135 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE Coolant - Coolant absorbs excessive heat from Using high-pressure water, as the engine and transfers it to the air from a car wash facility, could at the radiator. If the coolant level be- damage the radiator fins and im- comes low, the engine overheats and pair the radiator’s effectiveness.
  • Page 136 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE accumulates rust and scale in the wa- ter jacket and radiator. This will clog If hard water is used in the sys- up the coolant passages, and con- tem, it causes scale accumula- siderably reduce the efficiency of the tion in the water passages, and cooling system.
  • Page 137 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE Check the coolant level through the coolant level gauge on the reserve Permanent types of antifreeze on tank located to the left of the engine. the market have anti-corrosion The coolant level should be between and anti-rust properties.
  • Page 138 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE ○ Check the level when the engine is cold (room or atmospheric tempera- ture). • If the amount of coolant is insuffi- cient, add coolant into the reserve tank. • Remove the cap from the reserve tank and add coolant through the filler opening to the “F”...
  • Page 139 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT fairing and push the center pin to se- Quick Rivet Installation cure them. ○ The quick rivets can be removed by pushing the center pin into the quick rivets, and when installing them, pull the center pin fully up first, and then push into the center pin after insert- ing them.
  • Page 140 Have the cooling system inspected by your authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. Reserve Tank Cap Coolant Change Have the coolant changed by an au- NOTE thorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 141: Spark Plugs

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Spark Plugs The standard spark plug is shown in the table. The spark plugs should be replaced in accordance with the Peri- odic Maintenance Chart. Spark plug removal should be done only by a competent mechanic follow- ing the instructions in the Service Man- ual.
  • Page 142: Evaporative Emission Control System (california Model Only)

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Evaporative Emission Control System (California model only) This system routes fuel vapors from the fuel system into the running engine or stores the vapors in a canister when the engine is stopped. Although no ad- justments are required, a thorough vi- sual inspection must be made at the in- tervals specified by the Periodic Main- tenance Chart.
  • Page 143: Valve Clearance

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Valve Clearance Inspection and adjustment should be Valve and valve seat wear decreases carried out only by a competent me- valve clearance, upsetting valve timing. chanic following the instructions in the Service Manual. NOTICE If valve clearance is left un- adjusted, wear will eventually cause the valves to remain partly open;...
  • Page 144: Kawasaki Clean Air System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Kawasaki Clean Air System the air suction valve is prevented from The Kawasaki Clean Air System returning. Inspect the air suction valves (KCA) is a secondary air suction sys- in accordance with the Periodic Main- tem that helps the exhaust gases to tenance Chart.
  • Page 145: Exhaust Device

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE Exhaust Device This motorcycle is equipped with a Do not adjust the exhaust device exhaust device system. This system system by yourself. The mal- controls the valve in the exhaust pipe adjustment will cause the poor and produces stable engine power at engine performance and engine low and middle engine speed.
  • Page 146: Air Cleaner

    Air Cleaner A clogged air cleaner restricts the en- Use only the recommended air gine’s air intake, increasing fuel con- cleaner element (Kawasaki part sumption, reducing engine power, and number 11013-0041). Using the causing spark plug fouling. other air cleaner elements will This motorcycle’s air cleaner element...
  • Page 147 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Remove the rider’s seat (see Seats Detach the projection by pulling the section in the General Information front of the covers outward carefully. • chapter). Slide the covers forward to clear the • Remove the bolts on the left and right tab from the slot and remove the fuel fuel tank side covers.
  • Page 148 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Remove the bolts and fuel tank front Remove the fuel tank mounting bolts. • cover. Disconnect the connector from the sensor on the air cleaner housing cover. A. Bolts B. Fuel Tank Front Cover A. Bolts B.
  • Page 149 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Detach the connector brackets at the Pull out the air cleaner element. rear of the air cleaner housing. • Remove the screws and lift the air cleaner housing cover with the har- ness and fuel hoses installed. A.
  • Page 150 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Oil Draining WARNING • Inspect the transparent hose located If dirt or dust is allowed to pass on the left side of the engine to see through into the fuel injection if any oil or water has run down from system, the throttle may stick or the air cleaner housing.
  • Page 151: Throttle Control System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Throttle Control System If there is any oil or water in the hose, remove the plug and drain the oil or Check the throttle grip play each day water. before riding the motorcycle, and carry out maintenance and adjustments in accordance with the Periodic Mainte- WARNING nance Chart.
  • Page 152 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Inspection If there is improper play, adjust it. • Check that the throttle grip play is Adjustment correct by lightly turning the throttle • Loosen the locknuts at the upper of grip back and forth. the throttle cables, and screw both throttle cable adjusters completely so as to give the throttle grip plenty of play.
  • Page 153 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Turn out the accelerator cable ad- done only by a competent mechanic juster until the throttle grip has the following the instructions in the Ser- proper play. Tighten the locknut. vice Manual. • With the engine idling, turn the han- dlebar to each side.
  • Page 154: Engine Vacuum Synchronization

    Idle Speed Control valve. If the idle speed is disturbed, inspection of the NOTE idle speed control should be done by ○ Poor engine vacuum synchronization an authorized Kawasaki dealer. will cause unstable idling, sluggish NOTE throttle response, and reduce engine ○ power and performance.
  • Page 155: 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. A. Adjuster B. Clutch Lever Play Clutch Lever Play 2 ∼ 3 mm (0.08 ∼ 0.12 in.) If the play is incorrect, adjust the lever play as follows.
  • Page 156 For minor corrections, use the ad- later and create excessive cable juster at the clutch lever. play. • If it cannot be done, have the clutch cable adjusted by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 157: Drive Chain

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Drive Chain DANGER The drive chain slack and lubrication Exhaust gas contains carbon must be checked each day before rid- monoxide, a colorless, odor- ing the motorcycle and must be main- less poisonous gas. Inhaling tained in accordance with the Periodic carbon monoxide can cause Maintenance Chart for safety and to serious brain injury or death.
  • Page 158 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Chain Slack Inspection If the drive chain is too tight or too • Set the motorcycle up on its side loose, adjust it so that the chain slack stand. will be within the standard value. • Rotate the rear wheel to find the po- Drive Chain Slack sition where the chain is tightest, and...
  • Page 159 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Loosen the left and right chain ad- If the chain is too loose, turn out the juster locknuts. left and right chain adjusters evenly. • If the chain is too tight, turn in the left and right chain adjusters evenly.
  • Page 160 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTE Turn out both chain adjusters evenly ○ until the drive chain has the cor- Wheel alignment also rect amount of slack. To keep the checked using the straightedge or chain and wheel properly aligned, string method. the notch on the left wheel alignment indicator should align with the same WARNING...
  • Page 161 127 N·m (13.0 kgf·m, 93.7 ft·lb) NOTE ○ If a torque wrench is not available, this item should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Rotate the wheel, measure the chain slack again at the tightest position, and readjust if necessary.
  • Page 162 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT ○ • Loosen once and tighten again when Check the rear brake (see Brakes the slot goes past the nearest hole. section in this chapter). Wear Inspection • Remove the left front footpeg bracket bolts. A. Turn Clockwise WARNING A loose axle nut can lead to an A.
  • Page 163 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Remove the bolts and chain cover. If the length exceeds the service limit, the chain should be replaced. A. Bolts B. Chain Cover A. Measure • B. Weight Stretch the chain taut either by using the chain adjusters, or by hanging a Drive Chain 20-Link Length 10 kg (22 lb) weight on the chain.
  • Page 164 ○ Reinstall the left footpeg bracket so tion; have it installed by an au- that both footpegs are same position. thorized Kawasaki dealer. ○ Apply the nonpermanent locking • agent to the chain cover front side Rotate the rear wheel to inspect the bolt.
  • Page 165 B. Worn Teeth C. Damaged Teeth • If there is any irregularity, have the drive chain and/or the sprockets re- placed by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Lubrication Lubrication is necessary after riding through rain or on wet roads, or any...
  • Page 166: Brakes

    1 mm (0.04 in.), replace both pads in the caliper as a set. Pad replace- ment should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. Lining Thickness B. 1 mm (0.04 in.)
  • Page 167 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Brake Fluid - Fluid Level Inspection • In accordance with the Periodic Main- With the brake fluid reservoirs held tenance Chart, inspect the brake fluid horizontal, the brake fluid level must level in both the front and rear brake be kept between the upper and lower fluid reservoirs and change the brake level lines.
  • Page 168 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Mixing brands and types of brake fluid can reduce the brake system’s effectiveness cause an accident resulting in injury or death. Do not mix two brands of brake fluid. Change the brake fluid in the brake line completely if the brake fluid must be refilled but the type A.
  • Page 169 D. 1/6 turn is applied, there might be air in the brake lines or the brake may Fluid Change be defective. Have the brake Have the brake fluid changed by an checked immediately by an au- authorized Kawasaki dealer. thorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 170: Brake Light Switches

    • The brake light should go on when the front brake is applied. • If it does not, ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front brake light switch. A. Brake Pedal B. 10 mm (0.4 in.) C. Bolts •...
  • Page 171 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Adjustment • Remove the right front footpeg bracket bolts. • Pull the front footpeg bracket a little bit outward. • To adjust the rear brake light switch, move the switch up or down by turn- ing the adjusting nut. A.
  • Page 172: Electronic Steering Damper

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE Electronic Steering Damper ○ This motorcycle is equipped with a Install the front footpegs with same electronic steering damper unit. height on both sides. Refer to the The steering operation should be Front Footpeg Position in General In- checked and the electronic steering formation chapter.
  • Page 173: Front Fork

    • If any doubt about the front fork, it – Rebound damping force should be checked by an authorized – Compression damping force Kawasaki dealer. WARNING Improper fork leg adjustment can cause poor handling and loss of stability, which could lead to an accident.
  • Page 174 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Spring Preload Adjustment To decrease preload and soften the The spring preload adjuster is located suspension, turn the preload adjuster at the lower end of each front fork leg counterclockwise. and can be adjusted. • To increase spring preload and stiffen the suspension, turn the preload adjuster clockwise with a hexagon wrench.
  • Page 175 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Spring Preload Setting ← → Adjuster Position 6 turns in** 15 turns in** ← → Spring Action Weak Standard Strong ← → Setting Soft Standard Hard ← → Load Light Standard Heavy ← → Road Good Standard ←...
  • Page 176 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Compression Damping Force Adjuster Rebound Damping Force Adjuster Adjustment The compression damping force ad- juster and the rebound damping force adjuster are located on top of each front fork leg. • Turn the adjuster clockwise with a screwdriver to increase damping force.
  • Page 177 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Compression Damping Force Setting and Rebound Damping Force Setting Compression ← 4 1/2 turns out** → 7 turns out** Damping Adjuster Position Rebound ← 3 3/4 turns out** → 5 1/2 turns out** Damping ← → Damping Force Weak Strong Standard...
  • Page 178 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT The standard front fork setting positions are as follows: Standard Setting Position (Front Fork) Spring Preload Adjuster 6 turns in* Compression Damping Adjuster 4 1/2 turns out** Rebound Damping Adjuster 3 3/4 turns out** In from the fully seated position (turned fully counterclockwise) Out from the fully seated position (turned fully clockwise)
  • Page 179: Rear Shock Absorber

    If there is any doubt about the rear The rear shock absorber should be shock absorber, it should be in- checked for operation and oil leakage spected by an authorized Kawasaki in accordance with the Periodic Main- dealer. tenance Chart.
  • Page 180 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Rebound Damping Force Adjustment Using a screwdriver turn the rebound The rebound damping force adjuster damping force adjuster clockwise is located at the upper end of the rear to increase rebound damping or shock absorber. anti-clockwise to decrease it. NOTICE Do not turn the rebound damp- ing force adjuster beyond the...
  • Page 181 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Rebound Damping Force Setting 1 3/4 turns ← → Adjuster Position 3 turns out** out** ← → Damping Force Strong Standard Weak ← → Setting Hard Standard Soft ← → Load Heavy Standard Light ← → Road Standard Good ←...
  • Page 182 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE Compression Damping Force ○ Adjustment Turning the high speed adjuster has The compression damping force ad- the low speed adjuster turning. Al- justers for high and low speeds are lo- though the low speed adjuster turns cated on the gas reservoir at the left with the high speed adjuster when side of the rear shock absorber.
  • Page 183 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE Do not turn the compression damping force adjuster beyond the fully seated position or the adjusting mechanism may be damaged. A. Compression Damping Force Adjuster for High Speed B. To increase damping force C. To decrease damping force...
  • Page 184 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Compression Damping Force Setting for High and Low Speeds ← 1 3/4 turns out** → High Speed 5 turns out** Adjuster ← 1 3/4 turns out** → Positions Low Speed 5 turns out** ← → Damping Force Strong Standard Weak...
  • Page 185 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT The standard suspension setting positions are as follows: Standard Setting Position (Rear Shock Absorber) Rebound Damping Adjuster 1 3/4 turns out* High Speed 1 3/4 turns out* Compression Damping Adjuster Low Speed 1 3/4 turns out* Out from the fully seated position (turned fully clockwise)
  • Page 186: Wheels

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Wheels Tubeless tires are installed on the wheels of this motorcycle. The indica- tions of “TUBELESS” on the tire side wall and the rim show that the tire and rim are specially designed for tubeless use. A. “TUBELESS” Mark The tire and rim form a leakproof unit by making airtight contacts at the tire chamfers and the rim flanges instead...
  • Page 187 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Tires - WARNING Installing a tube inside a tube- Payload and Tire Pressure less-type tire can create exces- Failure to maintain proper inflation sive heat build up that can dam- pressures or observe payload limits for age the tube and cause rapid your tires may adversely affect han- dling and performance of your motorcy- deflation.
  • Page 188 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT ○ Tire pressure is affected by changes Tire Air Pressure (when cold) in ambient temperature and altitude, Front 250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm², 36 psi) and so the tire pressure should be Rear 290 kPa (2.90 kgf/cm², 42 psi) checked and adjusted when your rid- ing involves wide variations in tem- perature or altitude.
  • Page 189 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Visually inspect the tire for cracks and cuts, replacing the tire in case of bad damage. Swelling or high spots indicate internal damage, requiring tire replacement. • Remove any imbedded stones or other foreign particles from the tread. NOTE ○...
  • Page 190 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Standard Tire (Tubeless) 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) Tires that have been punctured • Front BRIDGESTONE and repaired do not have the same capabilities as undam- BATTLAX BT016F CC aged tires and can suddenly fail, 190/55ZR17 M/C (75W) causing an accident resulting •...
  • Page 191: Battery

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Battery WARNING The battery installed in this motorcy- New tires are slippery and may cle is a sealed type, so it is not nec- cause loss of control and injury. essary to check the battery electrolyte A break-in period of 160 km (100 level or add distilled water.
  • Page 192 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Due to their internal composition, Self-discharge batteries continually self discharge. Approx. number of days The discharge rate depends on the from 100% charged to type of battery and ambient temper- 100% discharged ature. As temperature rises, so does Temperature Lead Lead...
  • Page 193 If it drops battery can withstand sub-freezing below 12.8 volts, the battery should be temperature with no damage. charged using an appropriate charger Battery Sulfation (check with your Kawasaki dealer). A common cause of battery failure is sulfation.
  • Page 194 Do not use an au- If the above chargers are not avail- tomotive-type quick charger that may able, use equivalent one. overcharge the battery and damage it. For more details, ask your Kawasaki dealer. NOTE ○ Leaving battery...
  • Page 195 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE WARNING Never remove the sealing strip, Battery posts, terminals and re- or the battery can be damaged. lated accessories contain lead Do not install a conventional and lead compounds, chemicals battery in this motorcycle, or the known to the State of California electrical system cannot work to cause cancer and reproduc-...
  • Page 196 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTE ○ The battery is different in the model equipped with KIBS and the model without KIBS. The (+) terminal and (–) terminal are right and left re- versed. A. For models without KIBS B. (+) Terminal C.
  • Page 197: Headlight Beam

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Headlight Beam Connect the (+) cable to the (+) ter- minal, and then connect the (–) cable NOTE to the (–) terminal. ○ Do not turn the bolts because the re- NOTICE flector in the headlight comes off. Installing the (–) cable to the (+) terminal of the battery or the (+) cable to the (–) terminal of the...
  • Page 198 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Moving Turning Direction of Direction of Headlight Adjuster Beam Left and Clockwise Down Left Adjuster Counter- Right and Up clockwise Right and Clockwise Down Right A. Left Adjuster Adjuster Counter- B. Right Adjuster Left and Up clockwise •...
  • Page 199 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • To move the headlight beam upward, turn the both adjusters counterclock- wise same number. • To move the headlight beam down- ward, turn the both adjusters clock- wise same number. • If adjusted too low, neither low nor high beam will illuminate the road far enough ahead.
  • Page 200: Fuses

    The main fuse removal should be done by an authorized Kawasaki A. 50 mm (2.0 in.) dealer. B. Center of Brightest Spot C.
  • Page 201 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Fuse Box A. Fuse Box B. Fuse Box (for models equipped with KIBS) C. Main Fuse...
  • Page 202 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Substituting fuses can cause wiring to overheat, catch fire and/or fail. Do not use any sub- stitute for the standard fuse. Replace the blown fuse with a new one of the correct capacity, as specified on the fuse box and main fuse.
  • Page 203: General Lubrication

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT General Lubrication Apply motor oil to the following Lubricate the points shown below, pivots - • with either motor oil or regular grease, Side Stand • in accordance with the Periodic Main- Clutch Lever • tenance Chart or whenever the vehicle Front Brake Lever •...
  • Page 204: Cleaning Your Motorcycle

    (K) Clutch Inner Cable Upper End Frequent and proper care of your • (K) Throttle Inner Cable Upper Ends Kawasaki motorcycle will enhance its appearance, optimize overall per- (K): Should be serviced by an authorized formance, and extend its useful life.
  • Page 205 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 206 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Avoid spraying water in delicate After washing, rinse your motorcy- areas such as in air intakes, fuel cle thoroughly with clean water to re- system, brake components, electri- move any residue (residue from the cal components, muffler outlets, and detergent can damage parts of your fuel tank openings.
  • Page 207 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • After cleaning your motorcycle, If the boot is damaged, replace it with check the rubber boot covering the a new one. If the boot is not po- shift pedal ball joint for correct instal- sitioned in the groove correctly, re- lation.
  • Page 208 • If any doubt, consult an authorized with cold water. Do not use warm Kawasaki dealer. water as it accelerates the chemical reaction of the salt. After drying, Windshield and Other Plastic Parts apply a corrosion protection spray...
  • Page 209 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE should be washed with a mild neu- tral detergent and finished with a spray Plastic parts may deteriorate polish. Aluminum wheels, both painted and break if they come in con- and unpainted can be cleaned with tact with chemical substances special non-acid based wheel spray or household cleaning products...
  • Page 210 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Rubber protectants can be slip- pery and, if used on the tread area, cause loss of traction re- sulting in accident causing in- jury or death. Do not apply rub- ber protectant to any tread area.
  • Page 211: Bolt And Nut Tightening

    In accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart, it is very important to check the tightness of the bolts and nuts listed here. Also, check to see that each cotter pin is in place and in good condition. Please ask your authorized Kawasaki dealer for torque values.
  • Page 212 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 6. Front Fender Mounting Bolts 7. Engine Mounting Bolts and Nuts 8. Rear Frame Mounting Bolts 9. Brake Disc Mounting Bolts 10. Front Axle Clamp Bolts 11. Front Axle Nut 12. Caliper Mounting Bolts 13. Side Stand Bolt 14.
  • Page 213 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 20. Silencer Mounting Bolt 21. Brake Pedal Bolt 22. Exhaust Pipe Mounting Bolt and Nuts...
  • Page 214: Storage

    STORAGE 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 215 STORAGE WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain con- ditions, creating the potential for serious burns. Turn the ignition key to “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.
  • Page 216 STORAGE • Put a cover over the motorcycle to keep dust and dirt from accumulating on it. Preparation after Storage • Remove the plastic bags from the mufflers. • Install the battery in the motorcycle and charge the battery if necessary. •...
  • Page 217: Troubleshooting Guide

    TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE • Engine Does Not Start - Incorrect spark plug gap • Starter Motor Won’t Turn Incorrect valve clearance • • Engine stop switch off No first turning the ignition switch • Transmission not in neutral to “OFF” when the motorcycle falls •...
  • Page 218: Satisfaction

    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 219 Much of the warranty coverage offered by the limited warranty can be extended by purchasing Kawasaki’s Good Time™ Protection Plan (GTPP). See your Kawasaki dealer or go to for more information if you don’t already have the GTPP. What Am I Responsible For? You are responsible for maintaining your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule shown in this owner’s manual.
  • Page 220 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 221 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 222 YOUR WARRANTY/OWNER SATISFACTION Kawasaki will work with your dealer to resolve any warranty issues. No autho- rization for warranty work can be given until your vehicle has been inspected by a Kawasaki dealer. What if I am not Satisfied With My Warranty Service? If you aren’t satisfied with your dealership’s repair work or operations, it is best to...
  • Page 223 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 224: 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 225: 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...
  • Page 226: Your Warranty/owner 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 227 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 228 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 229 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 230: 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 231 LOCATION OF LABELS 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) 3. Important Drive Chain Information 4. Tire and Load Data 5. Battery Poison/Danger...
  • Page 232 LOCATION OF LABELS 6. Noise Emission Control Information 7. Weight and Manufacture *8. Vacuum Hose Routing Diagram 9. Vehicle Emission Control Information * : only on California model...
  • Page 233 LOCATION OF LABELS *10. Fuel Level 11. Fuel Notice * : only on California model...
  • Page 234 LOCATION OF LABELS...
  • Page 235 LOCATION OF LABELS...
  • Page 236 LOCATION OF LABELS...
  • Page 237 LOCATION OF LABELS 8) only on California model...
  • Page 238 LOCATION OF LABELS 9) except California model 10) only on California model 9) only on California model...

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