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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 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. Aug. 15, 2014. (2)
  • Page 7: Emission Control Information

    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 8 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) Vapors caused by fuel evaporation in the fuel system are not vented into the atmosphere.
  • Page 9 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 10 Tampering With Noise Control System Prohibited Federal law prohibits the following acts or the causing thereof: (1) the removal or rendering inoperative by any person other than for purposes of maintenance, re- pair, or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use, or (2) the use of the vehicle after such device or element of design has been removed or rendered inoperative by any person.
  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY INFORMATION ....13 GENERAL INFORMATION....24 Read Owner’s Manual ..... 13 Specifications ........24 Training ..........13 Serial Number Locations....28 Daily Checks and Periodic Location of Labels ......29 Maintenance ......... 13 Location of Parts ......37 Loading and Accessories Meter Instruments ......
  • Page 12 Side Stand ........67 Periodic Maintenance....... 97 Seat..........68 Engine Oil ........102 Tool Kit ..........69 Coolant..........106 Rear View Mirrors ......69 Air Cleaner ........114 Windshield........70 Throttle Control System ....115 Tie Hooks ......... 71 Idle Speed ........118 Helmet Hooks........
  • Page 13 Storage ..........155 Reporting Safety Defects ....168 Troubleshooting Guide..... 158 Environmental Protection ....169 Your Warranty/Owner Satisfaction ... 163 MAINTENANCE RECORD ....170...
  • Page 14: Safety Information

    Training WARNING Failure to perform these checks Kawasaki strongly recommends that or to correct a problem before all operators of this vehicle complete a operation may result in serious suitable motorcycle rider training pro- damage or an accident. Always...
  • Page 15: Loading And Accessories Information

    Before you ride the Kawasaki dealer as soon as possible. motorcycle, make sure it is not overloaded and that you have followed these instructions.
  • Page 16: Passenger

    Kawasaki Parts and Accessories oughly familiar with motorcycle op- have been specially designed for eration. The passenger can affect use on Kawasaki motorcycles. We control of the motorcycle by im- strongly recommend that all parts proper positioning during cornering and accessories you add to your and sudden movements.
  • Page 17: Baggage And Luggage

    SAFETY INFORMATION 4. Do not carry passengers unless will not move around while you are passenger footpegs are installed. riding. Recheck baggage security Instruct any passenger before riding as often as possible (not while the to keep his or her feet on the pas- motorcycle is in motion) and adjust senger footpegs and hold on to the as necessary.
  • Page 18: Other Load

    Kawasaki does not manu- 2. Weight attached to the handlebars facture sidecars or trailers for mo- or front fork will increase the mass...
  • Page 19: Safe Operation

    DO NOT run the engine in en- ent. Have your motorcycle thoroughly closed areas. Operate only in a checked at a Kawasaki dealer as soon well-ventilated area. as possible. Safe Operation The following should be carefully ob- served for safe and effective vehicle operation.
  • Page 20: Fueling

    Do not smoke. Make sure the area is Helmet well ventilated and free from any Kawasaki strongly recommends both source of flame or sparks; this the operator and passenger wear a includes any appliance with a DOT-approved helmet even if this is pilot light.
  • Page 21: Safe Riding Techniques

    SAFETY INFORMATION Eye Protection Boots Always use eye protection. If your Wear proper protective boots that fit helmet does not have a visor installed, properly and do not interfere with gear wear goggles. shifting or braking. Gloves Safe Riding Techniques Wear gloves which have suitable protection for your hands, especially against abrasion.
  • Page 22 SAFETY INFORMATION Use Engine Brake view mirror; you may misjudge a vehi- cle’s distance and speed, or you may When going down long slopes, help not see it at all. control vehicle speed by closing the throttle so that the engine can act as an Accelerate and Brake Smoothly auxiliary brake.
  • Page 23: Additional Considerations For High Speed Operation

    SAFETY INFORMATION Ride Prudently Avoid Unnecessary Weaving Riding at the proper speed and avoid- Unnecessary weaving jeopardizes ing unnecessarily fast acceleration are the safety of both the rider and other important not only for safety and low motorists. fuel consumption but also for long ve- hicle life and quieter operation.
  • Page 24: Electrical Equipment

    SAFETY INFORMATION Brakes Engine Oil The importance of the brakes, es- To avoid engine seizure and resulting pecially during high speed operation, loss of control, make sure that the oil cannot be overemphasized. Check to level is at the upper level line. see that they are correctly adjusted and Coolant functioning properly.
  • Page 25: General Information

    GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Specifications PERFORMANCE Minimum Turning Radius 2.7 m (106 in.) DIMENSIONS Overall Length 2 165 mm (85.24 in.) Overall Width 840 mm (33.1 in.) Overall Height/High Position 1 400 mm (55.12 in.)/1 450 mm (57.09 in.) Wheelbase 1 415 mm (55.71 in.) 170 mm (6.69 in.) Road Clearance...
  • Page 26 GENERAL INFORMATION Compression Ratio 10.8:1 Starting System Electric starter Cylinder Numbering Method Left to right, 1-2 Firing Order Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection) Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition) 10° BTDC @1 300 r/min (rpm) ∼ 56° BTDC @5 200 Ignition Timing (Electronically advanced) r/min (rpm)
  • Page 27 GENERAL INFORMATION TRANSMISSION Transmission Type 6-speed, constant mesh, return shift Clutch Type Wet, multi disc Driving System Chain drive Primary Reduction Ratio 2.095 (88/42) Final Reduction Ratio 3.067 (46/15) Overall Drive Ratio 5.473 (Top gear) Gear Ratio: 2.438 (39/16) 1.714 (36/21) 1.333 (32/24) 1.111 (30/27) 0.966 (28/29)
  • Page 28 High Beam 12 V 55 W Low Beam 12 V 55 W Brake/Tail Light Even if one of LED (Light Emitting Diode) brake/tail light does not go on, consult with an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 29: 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 30: 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 31 GENERAL INFORMATION 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) 3. Battery Poison/Danger 4. Rear Shock Absorber Warning...
  • Page 32 GENERAL INFORMATION 5. Radiator Cap Danger 6. Weight and Manufacture 7. Vehicle Emission Control Information *8. Vacuum hose Routing Diagram *9. Fuel Level *: only on California model...
  • Page 33 GENERAL INFORMATION 10. Tire and Load Data 11. Important Drive Chain Information 12. Noise Emission Control Information...
  • Page 36 GENERAL INFORMATION 8) only on California model 7) only on California model...
  • Page 37 GENERAL INFORMATION 9) only on California model...
  • Page 38: Location Of Parts

    GENERAL INFORMATION Location of Parts 1. Rear View Mirrors 8. Spring Preload Adjuster 2. Starter Lockout Switch 9. Ignition Switch/Steering Lock 3. Windshield Adjusting Knobs 10. Rebound Damping Force Adjuster 4. Meter Instrument 11. Right Handlebar Switches 5. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) 12.
  • Page 39 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Headlight 7. Tie Hooks 13. Side Stand 2. Spark Plugs 8. Turn Signal Lights 14. Shift Pedal 3. Air Cleaner 9. License Plate Light 15. Side Stand Switch 4. Fuel Tank 10. Seat Lock 16. Oil Filter 5.
  • Page 40 GENERAL INFORMATION 1. Tail/Brake Light 9. Idle Adjusting Screw 2. Brake Fluid Reservoir (Rear) 10. Oil Level Inspection Window 3. Fuse Boxes 11. Rear Brake Pedal 4. Battery 12. Rear Brake Light Switch 5. Fuel Tank Cap 13. Muffler 6. Coolant Reserve Tank 14.
  • Page 41: Meter Instruments

    GENERAL INFORMATION Meter Instruments 1. Tachometer 2. Left Meter Button 3. Right Meter Button 4. Multifunction Meter 5. Fuel Gauge 6. Economical Riding Indicator 7. Speedometer 8. Multifunction Display - Odometer - Trip Meter A/B - Current Mileage/Average Mileage/Cruising Range 9.
  • Page 42: Indicators

    GENERAL INFORMATION Indicators Left Turn Signal Indicator (Green) ABS Indicator (Yellow) (ABS model) Engine Warning Indicator (Yellow) Right Turn Signal Indicator (Green) High Beam Indicator (Blue) Battery Warning Indicator Oil Pressure Warning Indicator Warning Indicator (Red) Coolant Temperature Warning Indicator Fuel Level Warning Indicator Neutral Indicator (Green)
  • Page 43 □ : Goes on. all indicators go on/off as shown in the ■ : Goes off. table. If any indicator does not operate goes off shorty after the as shown, have it checked by an autho- motorcycle starts moving. rized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 44 The ABS has malfunctioned. ABS will not work but conventional brakes function. Have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. The DFI system has malfunctioned. Have it checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. If this indicator blinks while pushing the starter button, the...
  • Page 45 If the oil level is good, have the engine checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. These indicators go on whenever the coolant temperature rises to about 119°C (246°F). Refer to the Multifunction Display in the Display Setting section for more information and follow instructions in it.
  • Page 46 Stand the vehicle upright to check the fuel level. The fuel level warning system has malfunctioned. Have Blink (including the fuel level warning system checked by an authorized all segments) Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 47 If this happens, first turn the ignition switch off, and then back on, and ride the motorcycle at 5 km/h (3.1 mph) or more. The ABS indicator should then go off. If it does not, have the ABS checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 48 GENERAL INFORMATION Other Indicators *No. Indicators Status When the turn signal switch is pushed to the left, this indicator blinks. When the turn signal switch is pushed to the right, this indicator blinks. When the headlight is on high beam, this indicator goes on. When the transmission is in neutral, this indicator goes on.
  • Page 49: 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 tachometer shows the engine speed in revolutions per minute (r/min, rpm). NOTICE Engine speed should not be al- lowed to enter the red zone;...
  • Page 50: Display Setting

    • the tachometer does not operate cor- Push the left meter button to se- rectly, have it checked by an authorized lect the display modes. The display Kawasaki dealer. modes can be shifted in the following order. Display Setting NOTE ○...
  • Page 51 GENERAL INFORMATION Odometer The odometer shows the total dis- tance. This meter cannot be reset. NOTE ○ When the figures come to 999999, the display is stopped and locked. Trip Meter A. Left Meter Button To reset the trip meter: •...
  • Page 52 GENERAL INFORMATION • ○ Push the right meter button and hold When the ignition switch is turned off, it in until the display turns to 0.0. the current mileage resets to “0.0.” NOTE Average Mileage ○ This display mode shows the aver- When the trip meter reaches 9999.9 age fuel consumption from the reset.
  • Page 53 GENERAL INFORMATION ○ NOTE After resetting the average mileage, ○ the numerical value is not displayed The cruising range value is no longer until the vehicle has travelled 100 m shown if the fuel level gets too low (328 ft). after the fuel level warning indicator starts blinking.
  • Page 54: Clock

    GENERAL INFORMATION Unit Setting Clock A. Odometer B. Units • To adjust the clock: Display the odometer in the multi- • Push the left meter button to select function display. • the odometer. Push the right meter button while • Push the right meter button and hold pushing the left meter button to se- it until both the hour and minute dis-...
  • Page 55: Features

    GENERAL INFORMATION Features Economical Riding Indicator When riding the motorcycle effi- • Push the right meter button to select ciently, the economical riding indicator the hour or minute digits. appears on the multifunction meter to • Push the left meter button to adjust indicate favorable fuel consumption.
  • Page 56 GENERAL INFORMATION WARNING Failing to properly observe the road ahead increases the chance of an accident resulting in se- vere injury or death. Do not con- centrate on the economical rid- ing indicator by taking your eyes off the road; observe using pe- ripheral vision.
  • Page 57: Keys

    “When Warning Indicators Go On switch and all other locks operated by or Blink” of Indicators in this chapter. that key. Contact your Kawasaki dealer to pur- chase additional spare keys. Keys Ignition Switch/Steering You will need the key number or Lock spare key to have a duplicate made.
  • Page 58 GENERAL INFORMATION • Engine can be started. • All Electrical equipment can be used. • Key cannot be removed. • Engine off. • Electrical equipment is off. WARNING • Key can be removed. Turning the ignition switch to • Steering locked. the “OFF”...
  • Page 59: Right Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION Right Handlebar Switches NOTE ○ The tail, city and license plate lights are on whenever the ignition key is in the “ON” position. The headlight goes on when the starter button is released after starting the engine. ○ Do not leave the ignition switch at the “ON”...
  • Page 60: Left Handlebar Switches

    GENERAL INFORMATION Left Handlebar Switches Ordinarily, the engine stop switch must be in the position for the motorcycle to operate. NOTE ○ Ordinarily, the ignition switch should be used to stop the engine. ○ Although the engine stop switch stops the engine, it does not turn off all the electrical circuits and eventu- ally the battery will be discharged.
  • Page 61: Brake Lever Adjuster

    GENERAL INFORMATION Passing Button Low beam... (Single light goes on) The high beam turns on only while NOTE the passing button is pushed. ○ Do not allow anything to cover the Hazard Switch headlight lens when the headlight is Push in the hazard switch with the ig- on.
  • Page 62: Clutch Lever Adjuster

    GENERAL INFORMATION suitable lever position from the five po- [Brake Lever Adjustment] sitions. Adjuster Position [Clutch Lever Adjustment] Far ← — → Near Lever Position Adjuster Position Far ← — → Near Lever Position A. Adjuster B. Mark A. Adjuster B.
  • Page 63: Fuel

    GENERAL INFORMATION • Fuel Antiknock Index of 87 or more • Up to 10% of ethanol contained WARNING NOTICE Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under cer- Use only unleaded gasoline. tain conditions, creating the po- Never leaded gasoline.
  • Page 64 TAME that result from the use of poor (up to 16.7%) and ETBE (up to quality or nonrecommended fuel 17.2%). Fuel containing these oxy- may not be covered under your genates can also be used in your warranty. Kawasaki.
  • Page 65 87 or more blends during refueling. 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- mizes gummy deposits.
  • Page 66: Filling The Tank

    GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE WARNING Do not use any fuel that con- Gasoline is extremely flammable tains more ethanol or other oxy- and can be explosive under cer- genates than specified for E10 tain conditions, creating the po- fuel* in this vehicle. Damage tential for serious burns.
  • Page 67 GENERAL INFORMATION • Lift the key hole cover. • Insert the ignition key into the fuel tank cap. • Turn the key clockwise while pushing down the fuel tank cap. A. Tank Cap B. Fuel Tank C. Top Level D. Bottom of Filler Neck (Maximum Fuel Level) NOTE A.
  • Page 68: Side Stand

    GENERAL INFORMATION • The key can be removed by turning cannot be removed unless the cap is counterclockwise to the original po- locked properly. ○ sition. Do not push on the key to close the • Close the key hole cover. cap, or the cap cannot be locked.
  • Page 69: Seat

    GENERAL INFORMATION Seat Seat Installation • Insert the tab at the front part of the The seat can be removed using the seat under the fuel tank bracket. ignition key. • Insert the hook at the rear part of the Seat Removal seat into the latch hole on the frame.
  • Page 70: Tool Kit

    GENERAL INFORMATION • Rear View Mirrors Lift the front and rear ends of the seat to make sure they are securely locked. Rear View Mirror Adjustment • Adjust the rear view mirror by slightly moving only the mirror portion of the Tool Kit assembly.
  • Page 71: Windshield

    GENERAL INFORMATION Windshield Height Adjustment • Loosen the adjusting knobs on the windshield. A. Rear View Mirror B. Stay C. Rubber Boot D. Upper Hexagonal Area E. Lower Hexagonal Area A. Windshield B. Windshield Adjusting Knobs Windshield • When moving the windshield up or down.
  • Page 72: Tie Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION Tie Hooks Helmet Hooks When securing light loads to the seat, Helmets can be secured to the mo- use the tie hooks located at the left and torcycle using the helmet hooks located right grab rails. under the seat. A.
  • Page 73: Event Data Recorder

    Event Data Recorder name, gender, age). In common with many other ve- This data can help provide a better hicle manufacturers, Kawasaki has understanding for both the rider and equipped this motorcycle with an event the manufacturer of how the vehicle data recorder (EDR).
  • Page 74: Electric Accessory Connectors

    Left Fog Light connectors. Black/Yel- Middle (–) • When using the electric accessory Fairing connectors, the electric accessory Maximum Current: 3.3 A connection to the connectors should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 75 GENERAL INFORMATION A. For Gear Position Indicator A. For Grip Heater B. For Accessory Socket B. For Fog Light...
  • Page 76 GENERAL INFORMATION NOTICE The vehicle has electrical acces- sory circuit (5 A fuse) for the socket and connectors. Always install a fuse 5 A or less for the circuit. Do not connect more than 40 W of total load to the ve- hicle’s electrical system or the battery may become discharge, even with the engine running.
  • Page 77: How To Ride The Motorcycle

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Break-In Maximum engine Distance traveled speed The first 1 600 km (1 000 mile) that 0 ∼ 800 km (0 ∼ the motorcycle is ridden is designated 4 000 r/min (rpm) 500 mile) as the break-in period.
  • Page 78: Starting The Engine

    A. Engine Stop Switch that the owner has the initial mainte- B. Starter Button nance service performed by an autho- • Turn the ignition key to “ON” position. rized Kawasaki dealer. • Make sure the transmission is in neu- tral.
  • Page 79 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE engine warning indicator ( ) may go on if you operate the throttle grip unnecessarily. ○ The motorcycle is equipped with a vehicle-down sensor which causes the engine to stop automatically if the motorcycle falls down. The engine warning indicator ( ) blinks when the starter button is pressed if the en-...
  • Page 80 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE NOTICE Do not operate the starter con- tinuously for more than 5 sec- onds, or the starter will overheat and the battery power will drop temporarily. Wait 15 seconds between each operation of the starter to let it cool and the bat- tery power recover.
  • Page 81: Jump Starting

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Jump Starting DANGER • Battery acid generates hydro- If your motorcycle battery is “run gen gas which is flammable down,” it should be removed and and explosive under certain charged. If this is not practical, a 12 conditions.
  • Page 82 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • Remove the seat (see Seat section in the GENERAL INFORMATION chapter). • Slide the red cap from the positive (+) terminal (see Battery section in the MAINTENANCE AND ADJUST- MENT chapter). • Connect a jumper cable from the positive (+) terminal of the booster battery to the positive (+) terminal of the motorcycle battery.
  • Page 83: Moving Off

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • DANGER Follow the standard engine starting procedure. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause burns and pro- NOTICE duce hydrogen gas which is highly explosive. Do not operate the starter con- • Do not make this last connec- tinuously for more than 5 sec- tion at the fuel system or bat- onds or the starter will overheat...
  • Page 84: Shifting Gears

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • NOTE Pull in the clutch lever. • ○ Shift into 1st gear. The motorcycle is equipped with a • Open the throttle a little, and start to side stand switch. This switch is de- let out the clutch lever very slowly.
  • Page 85 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE WARNING Shifting down km/h (mph) 6th → 5th 30 (19) Downshifting to a lower gear at high speed causes engine rpm 5th → 4th 25 (15) to increase excessively, poten- 4th → 3rd 20 (12) tially damaging the engine and it may also cause the rear wheel 3rd →...
  • Page 86: Braking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Braking applying the brakes as hard as pos- sible without skidding. • • Close the throttle completely, leav- Even in motorcycles equipped with ing the clutch engaged (except when ABS, braking during cornering may shifting gears) so that the engine will cause wheel slip.
  • Page 87: 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 88 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE distance of a motorcycle with ABS WARNING may be longer than that of an equiv- ABS cannot protect the rider alent motorcycle without ABS. Use from all possible hazards and special caution in such areas. is not a substitute for safe rid- •...
  • Page 89: Stopping The Engine

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE WARNING in good condition according to the “Battery Maintenance” section. Use of non-recommended tires may cause malfunctioning of Stopping the Engine ABS and can lead to extended braking distance. The rider • Close the throttle completely. could have an accident as a re- •...
  • Page 90: Stopping The Motorcycle In An Emergency

    2. During removal of the air cleaner, an Emergency dirt is allowed to enter and jam the fuel injection system. Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been designed and manufactured to pro- In an emergency situation such as vide you optimum safety and conve- throttle failure, your vehicle may be nience.
  • Page 91: Parking

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Parking WARNING The engine and exhaust system WARNING get extremely hot during normal operation and can cause serious Operating or parking the vehi- burns. cle 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-...
  • Page 92 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE • and the motorcycle is not close to Lock the steering to help prevent any source of flame or sparks; this theft. includes any appliance with a pilot NOTE light. ○ When stopping near traffic at night, you can leave the turn signal lights WARNING blinking for greater visibility by turn-...
  • Page 93: 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 94 The cooling fan spins at high speed and can cause serious injuries. Keep your hands and clothing away from the cooling fan blades at all times. NOTE ○ If a torque wrench is not available, the maintenance items which require a specific torque value should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 95: 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 96 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 97 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Operation Page Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold) Electrical equipment All lights (head, city, tail/brake, turn signal, license plate, warning/indicator) and – horn work Engine stop switch – Stops engine Side stand – Return to its fully up position by spring tension –...
  • Page 98: Periodic Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Periodic Maintenance *A: Service at number of years shown or indicated odometer reading intervals, whichever 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 99 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) ○ Air cleaner element (*C) ○ Idle speed Throttle control system (play, smooth ○ return, no drag) ○...
  • Page 100 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) : every 36 000 km – Coolant, water hoses and O-rings (22 500 mile) ○ – Valve clearance ○...
  • Page 101 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) : every 1 000 km Drive chain slack (*C) (600 mile) – Drive chain wear (*C) – Drive chain guide wear –...
  • Page 102 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Odometer Reading (*B) × 1 000 km (× 1 000 mile) year (*A) Page Items (0.6) (3.8) (7.6) (11.4) (15.2) Brake pad wear (*C) Brake light switch operation – Suspension system – Steering play – Steering stem bearings –...
  • Page 103: 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 104 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Oil and/or Oil Filter Change • Remove the bolts and left lower fair- Engine oil is a toxic substance. ing. Dispose of used oil properly. Contact your local authorities for approved disposal methods or possible recycling. A.
  • Page 105 NOTE ○ If a torque wrench or required Kawasaki special tool is not avail- able, this item should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. Packing • Install the drain bolt with a new gas- ket.
  • Page 106 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT *Kawasaki Performance Oils and Lu- Tightening Torque bricants have been specifically engi- Oil Filter: neered for your vehicle. Consistent 17.5 N·m (1.78 kgf·m, 12.9 ft·lb) use of these products meets or ex- Engine Oil Drain Bolt: ceeds warranty and service require- 30 N·m (3.1 kgf·m, 22 ft·lb)
  • Page 107: Coolant

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Although 10W-40 engine oil is the Start the engine. • recommended oil for most condi- Check the oil level and oil leakage. tions, the oil viscosity may need to be changed to accommodate atmo- Coolant spheric conditions in your riding area. Coolant Level Inspection •...
  • Page 108 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Coolant Filling Quick Rivet Removal A. F (Full) Level Line B. L (Low) Level Line C. Reserve Tank A. Quick Rivet B. Center Pin NOTE C. Push in. ○ Check the level when the engine is cold (room or atmospheric tempera- ture).
  • Page 109 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Quick Rivet Installation A. Quick Rivet B. Bolts and Washers A. Quick Rivet C. Bolt and Collar B. Center Pin • C. Pull up fully. Pull the rear part of right middle fair- D. Push in. ing outward to clear the projections. •...
  • Page 110 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Projections A. Hook B. Tab • Clear the hook and tab of the middle C. Inner Cover fairing from the inner cover. • Pull the front part of middle fairing outward to clear the projections.
  • Page 111 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Projections A. Right Turn Signal Light Lead Connector • • Disconnect the right turn signal light Remove the cap from the reserve lead connector, and remove the right tank and add coolant through the middle fairing. filler opening to the F (Full) level line.
  • Page 112 If coolant must be added of- ten, or the reserve tank com- pletely runs dry, there is proba- bly leakage in the system. Have the cooling system inspected by your authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Install the reserve tank cap. •...
  • Page 113 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Projections A. Hook B. Grommets B. Tab C. Slots • Insert the hook and tab on the mid- • Insert the projections at the rear part dle fairing into the slots on the inner of middle fairing into the grommets cover.
  • Page 114 C. Collar and M6 Bolt, L = 14 mm (0.55 in.) • Install the washers and collar. D. Quick Rivet • Tighten the bolts. • Install the quick rivet. Coolant Change Have the coolant changed by an au- thorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 115: Air Cleaner

    Cleaning ferring to the relation between freezing and replacement of the air cleaner ele- point and strength directed on the con- ment should be done by an authorized tainer. Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 116: Throttle Control System

    If there is any oil in the transparent • If the throttle grip does not return drain hose, remove the plug from the properly, have the throttle control lower end of the drain hose and drain system checked by an authorized the oil. Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 117 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Check the throttle grip free play by Throttle Grip Free Play Adjustment • turning back and forth. Loosen the locknut at the upper end of the accelerator cable, and turn the adjuster until the proper amount of throttle grip free play is obtained.
  • Page 118 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • decelerator cable adjuster located Turn out the accelerator cable ad- juster until 2 ∼ 3 mm (0.08 ∼ 0.12 under the fuel tank. • Remove the right middle fairing (see in.) of throttle grip play is obtained. Coolant section).
  • Page 119: Idle Speed

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Idle Speed Idle Speed Adjustment • Start the engine, and warm it up thor- oughly. • Adjust the idle speed by turning the idle adjusting screw. NOTE ○ While the engine is cold, the fast idle system automatically raises the en- A.
  • Page 120: Clutch

    If there is any irreg- • ularity, have the clutch cable checked If the free play is incorrect, adjust the by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. clutch lever free play as follows. • Check the clutch lever free play.
  • Page 121: Drive Chain

    • If it cannot be done, have the clutch cable adjusted by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Drive Chain Drive Chain Lubrication Lubrication is necessary after riding through rain or on wet roads, or any...
  • Page 122 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Wipe off any lubricant that gets on the tire surface. Drive Chain Slack Inspection • Set the motorcycle up on its side stand. • Clean the chain if it is dirty, and lubri- cate it if it appears dry. •...
  • Page 123 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • • Remove the cotter pin, and loosen If the chain is too loose, turn out the the axle nut. left and right chain adjusters evenly. • If the chain is too tight, turn in the left and right chain adjusters evenly.
  • Page 124 Tightening Torque Axle Nut: 108 N·m (11.0 kgf·m, 79.7 ft·lb) NOTE ○ Wheel alignment also NOTE checked using the straightedge or ○ If a torque wrench is not available, string method. this item should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 125 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Rotate the wheel, measure the chain the cotter pin hole in the axle shaft, slack again at the tightest position, tighten the nut clockwise up to the and readjust if necessary. next alignment. • ○ Install a new cotter pin through the It should be within 30 degrees.
  • Page 126: Brakes

    Brake Fluid Level Inspection when applying the brakes, have the • With the front brake fluid reservoir brake system checked by an autho- held horizontal, the brake fluid level rized Kawasaki dealer immediately. must be above the lower level line.
  • Page 127 In this case, have lower level lines. the brake system inspected by an au- thorized Kawasaki dealer. Brake Pad Wear Inspection Inspect the brakes for wear. For each front and rear disc brake caliper, if the...
  • Page 128: Brake Light Switches

    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. Rear Brake Pads B. Lining Thickness C. 1 mm (0.04 in.) Brake Light Switches A.
  • Page 129 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • If it does not, ask your authorized Brake Pedal Travel Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front 12 mm (0.47 in.) brake light switch. • Check the operation of the rear brake Brake Light Switch Adjustment light switch by depressing the brake •...
  • Page 130: Suspension System

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE Turn the adjuster clockwise to in- crease spring preload and stiffen the To avoid damaging the electrical suspension. connections inside the switch, • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise be sure that the switch body to decrease spring preload and does not turn during adjustment.
  • Page 131 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Standard 2 1/2 turns out Out from the fully seated position (turned fully clockwise). • Turn the adjuster clockwise with a flat tip screwdriver to increase damping force. • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise to decrease damping force. A.
  • Page 132: Rear Shock Absorber

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Standard 1 click In from the fully seated position (turned fully counterclockwise). • Turn the adjuster clockwise to in- crease spring preload. • Turn the adjuster counterclockwise to decrease spring preload. NOTICE A. Rebound Damping Force Adjuster Do not turn the adjuster beyond the fully seated position or the Rear Shock Absorber...
  • Page 133 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Spring Preload Adjuster...
  • Page 134: Setting Tables

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Setting Tables Front Fork Spring Preload Setting Softest setting limit Standard Hardest setting limit Adjuster Position 6 1/2 turns in** 20 turns in** ←→ Spring Action Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→...
  • Page 135 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Front Fork Damping Force Settings Softest setting Hardest Standard limit setting limit Adjuster Position: Rebound 3 turns out** 2 1/2 turns out** ←→ Damping Force Weak Strong ←→ Setting Soft Hard ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→...
  • Page 136 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Rear Shock Absorber Spring Preload Setting Softest setting limit Standard Hardest setting limit Adjuster Position 1 click** 24 clicks** ←→ Weak Spring Action Strong ←→ Hard Setting Soft ←→ Load Light Heavy ←→ Road Good ←→ Speed High *: This position is the fully seated position (turned fully counterclockwise).
  • Page 137: 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 ○ Measure the tire pressure when the A.
  • Page 138 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Tire Wear, Damage As the tire tread wears down, the tire becomes more susceptible to puncture and failure. An accepted estimate is that 90% of all tire failures occur during the last 10% of tread life (90% worn). So it is false economy and unsafe to use the tires until they are bald.
  • Page 139 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT indicate internal damage, requiring WARNING tire replacement. Tires that have been punctured and repaired do not have the same capabilities as undam- aged tires and can suddenly fail, causing an accident resulting in serious injury or death. Re- place damaged tires as soon as possible.
  • Page 140: Battery

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Standard Tire (Tubeless) Make, Type: New tires are slippery and may DUNLOP, D222F J cause loss of control and injury. Front Size: A break-in period of 160 km (100 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) miles) is necessary to estab- Make, Type: lish normal tire traction.
  • Page 141: Battery Maintenance

    Kawasaki-recommended chargers are: quently, inspect the battery voltage Battery Mate 150-9 weekly using a voltmeter. If it drops OptiMate 4 below 12.6 volts, the battery should be Yuasa MB-2040/2060 Christie C10122S charged using an appropriate charger (check with your Kawasaki dealer).
  • Page 142 If the above chargers are not avail- DANGER able, use equivalent one. • Battery acid generates hydro- For more details, ask your Kawasaki gen gas which is flammable dealer. and explosive under certain conditions. It is present within Battery Charging •...
  • Page 143 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Battery posts, terminals and re- lated accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproduc- tive harm. Wash hands after handling. Battery Removal A. Red Cap • Make sure the ignition switch is B.
  • Page 144: Headlight

    Put a light coat of grease on the ter- minals to prevent corrosion. • Cover the (+) terminal with the red cap. • Install the removed parts. A. Horizontal Adjusters Headlight B. Vertical Adjusters Headlight aiming should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 145: Fuses

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Vertical Adjustment The headlight beam is adjustable ver- tically. If adjusted too low, neither low nor high beam will illuminate the road far enough ahead. If adjusted too high, the high beam will fail to illuminate the road close ahead, and the low beam will blind oncoming drivers.
  • Page 146 Pull the left frame cover outward to system. Have the motorcycle checked clear the projections from the frame. by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. The main fuse removal should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 147 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Bolt A. Starter Relay Connector B. Tab B. Main Fuse 30 A C. Starter Relay Cover C. Spare Fuse 30 A • • Disconnect the starter relay connec- Install the starter relay cover and left tor. frame cover as follows.
  • Page 148 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT A. Starter Relay Connector A. Slot and Tab B. Tab B. Projections C. Starter Relay Cover C. Left Frame Cover D. Gap D. Grommets E. Fuel Pump Lead • Install the washer and collar. • • Fit the tab on the frame cover to the Tighten the bolt securely.
  • Page 149: General Lubrication

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT General Lubrication WARNING Lubricate the points shown below, Substituting fuses can cause with either engine oil or regular grease, wiring to overheat, catch fire in accordance with the Periodic Main- and/or fail. Do not use any sub- tenance Chart or whenever the vehicle stitute for the standard fuse.
  • Page 150: Cleaning Your Motorcycle

    Cleaning Your Motorcycle General Precautions Frequent and proper care of your Apply grease to the following Kawasaki motorcycle will enhance points its appearance, optimize overall per- • (K) Clutch Inner Cable Upper End formance, and extend its useful life.
  • Page 151 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • WARNING Be sure the engine and exhaust are 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 152: Washing Your Motorcycle

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • system, brake components, electri- Use a soft cloth to dry your motorcy- cal components, muffler outlets, and cle. As you dry, inspect your motor- fuel tank openings. cycle for chips and scratches. Do not let the water air dry as this can dam- age the painted surfaces.
  • Page 153 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT NOTICE apply a corrosion protection spray on all metal and chrome surfaces to Using high-pressure water, as prevent corrosion. from a car wash facility, could ○ Condensation may form on the inside damage the radiator fins and im- of the headlight lens after riding in the pair the radiator’s effectiveness.
  • Page 154 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • NOTICE If any doubt, consult an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Plastic parts may deteriorate and break if they come in con- Windshield and Other Plastic tact with chemical substances Parts or household cleaning products After washing use a soft cloth to such as gasoline, brake fluid, gently dry plastic parts.
  • Page 155 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT should be washed with a mild neu- The sidewalls of tires and other rub- tral detergent and finished with a spray ber components should be treated with polish. Aluminum wheels, both painted a rubber protectant to help prolong their and unpainted can be cleaned with useful life.
  • Page 156: Appendix

    See your authorized Kawasaki dealer for this service or do the following. Preparation for Storage Make sure the area is well ventilated and free from any source of flame.
  • Page 157 APPENDIX WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain con- ditions, creating the potential for serious burns. • Turn the ignition key off. • Do not smoke. • Make sure the area is well ventilated and free from any source of flame or sparks; this includes any appliance with a pilot light.
  • Page 158 Empty the fuel from the fuel tank using a pump or syphon. • Remove the spark plugs and add fogging oil into the combustion chambers. If the spark plugs cannot be removed, take the motorcycle to an authorized Kawasaki dealer. •...
  • Page 159: Troubleshooting Guide

    Kawasaki dealer to request repair. For safety, inspection and maintenance should be done within your knowledge and ability. If you are not confident in com- pleting an inspection or maintenance, ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer to do the work.
  • Page 160 When any warning indicators go on or blink, have the motorcycle inspected by an authorized Kawasaki dealer immediately. If the Engine Does Not Start When the engine turns over but the engine does not start, inspect as follows.
  • Page 161 In that case, ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer for inspection. • When the engine warning indicator on the meter goes on and stays on, there may be a problem with the fuel injection system. Ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer for inspection and maintenance. •...
  • Page 162 Have the battery inspected by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. If the starter motor will not start after completing the above inspection and mainte- nance, there may be something wrong with another part such as the starter motor. Ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer for inspection and maintenance.
  • Page 163 If the coolant quantity is less than the lower level, replenish the coolant or soft water up to the upper level (see page 106). Ask an authorized Kawasaki dealer to identify the cause of the overheat imme- diately.
  • Page 164: Your Warranty/owner Satisfaction

    The most important thing to know about your warranty is that it protects you from manufacturing defects in material or workmanship during the warranty pe- riod. 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...
  • Page 165 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 166 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 167 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 168 APPENDIX 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 169: Reporting Safety Defects

    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 170: 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 171: 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 172 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 173 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 174 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 175 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...
  • Page 176 MAINTENANCE RECORD Odometer Date Maintenance Performed Dealer Name Dealer Address Reading...

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