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2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is a sportbike in the Ninja series made from 2000 through 2006. The 2002 model was updated with 140 changes. The ZX-12R was discontinued in 2006 and was followed by the 2006 ZX-14 which had a similar monocoque frame.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
  • 2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
  • 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
  • 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R was powered by a 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) inline-four engine produced 178 hp (133 kW) at low speed and increased to 190 hp (140 kW) at high speed due to its ram-air intake.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related

Periodic Maintenance Chart

OperationEvery1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Emission Related:
Engine vacuum synchronization — check †
Idle speed–check †
Throttle control system–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element –clean † #
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related:
KBrake hose, connections — check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid — change2 years
KFuel hoses, connections – check †
Clutch – adjust
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
KDrive chain roller wear – check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #6 months
KOil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change2 years
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
KSwingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †
KSteering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
KBrake master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace4 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal–replace4 years
Drive chain–lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Dive chain slack–check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
†: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
(c): California model only
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

The 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

For 2000-2001:


  • 120/70 ZR17 (58W)
  • DUNLOP “D207FW”


  • 200/50 ZR17 (75W)
  • DUNLOP “D207”

For 2002-2003:


  • 120/70 ZR17 (58W)
  • DUNLOP “D208FJ”


  • 200/50 ZR17 (75W)
  • DUNLOP “D208J”

The manual for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

For 2000-2001:

  • Front: 290 kPa/41 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/41 psi

For 2002-2003:

  • Front: 290 kPa/42 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/42 psi

General information about the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

The ZX-12R begins with a rigid monocoque aluminum backbone that wraps closely around the huge 1,199cc digitally fuel-injected engine for unparalleled handling and cornering agility. For horsepower junkies, the muscular DOHC mill is built to satisfy your primal urges for hard acceleration. And adjustable suspension components straight off the top shelf deliver impeccable handling and grown-up ergonomics ensure a comfortable ride, even in predator status. 

Compact 16-valve cylinder head features a narrow 25-degree included valve angle and a high 12.2:1 compression ratio to increase power output. Special lightweight, yet strong, VX thin-wire valve springs provide precise high-speed valve control. Heat-treated chrome-moly con rods connect to a strong, precisely weighted crankshaft for stronger low- and mid-range performance.

Magnesium alloy covers for the cylinder head, clutch, and alternator reduce overall weight. Four 46mm fuel-injected throttle bodies with four precisely angled jets aimed directly at the intake valves. The Engine Management Module continuously monitors engine and atmospheric data to independently control fuel injection and ignition for each cylinder.

Manual for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2000-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R, which is available here.

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