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2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R, referred to as the EX500, and is known as the GPZ500S in some markets.

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R is part of the Ninja sport bike series intended for on-road riding. Has a sporty appearance but offers a more standard, upright riding position. Considered as the best-selling sporty bike for years and is a popular mount for road racing.

Its marketing name was changed in 1994 from EX500 to Ninja 500; the R suffix was added in 1998. It has 498 cc (30.4 cu in) parallel-twin engine, manufactured from 1987 to 2009, with a partial redesign in 1994. 2009 was the last model year for the Ninja 500.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R.

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 Kawasaki Ninja 500R 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
Carburetor synchronization – check †
Idle Speed–check †
Throttle grip play – check †
Spark plug – clean and gap †
Valve clearnace – check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element – clean
Air cleaner element – replace5 cleanings
Evaporative emission control system (C) – check †
Non-emission related
Battery electrolyte level – check †month
Brake light switch – check †
Brake pad wear – check † #
Brake fluid level – check †month
KBrake fluid – change2 years
Clutch – adjust
KSteering play – check †
Drive chain wear – check † #
Nuts, bolt, and fastener – check †
Tire wear – check †
Engine oil – changeyear
Oil filter – replace
General lubrication – perform
KFront fork oil – change
KSwingarm pivot, unit-trak linkage – lubricate
KCoolant – change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections – check †year
KSteering stem bearing – lubricate2 years
KMaster cylinder cup and dust seal – replace2 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal – replace2 years
KBrake hose – replace4 years
KFuel hose – replace4 years
Drive chain – lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Drive chain slack – check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)


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

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

The 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 110/70-17 54H BRIDGESTONE G549 or DUNLOP K275FJ Tubeless
  • Rear: 130/70-17 62H BRIDGESTONE G550 or DUNLOP K275J Tubeless

The manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 225 kPa/32psi
  • Rear: 250 kPa/36psi

General information about the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

Providing excellent fuel economy and an affordable purchase price, the 500R offers friendly power delivery for both beginner and experienced riders. On twisty back roads, the bike’s lightweight, compact design makes for a great-handling machine.

The Ninja 500R has a liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder four-stroke engine. With dual overhead cams actuating four valves per cylinder allows better breathing for more power at high rpm, boosts low-end torque, and provides maximum valve area for optimum flow. Its fuel capacity can reach up to 4.8 gallons.

The front disc brake is drilled for better cooling and reduced unsprung weight with Balanced Actuation Caliper. The rear disc brake is powerful and controllable with a single-piston caliper. With 37 mm. telescopic fork, large-diameter for tubes with thin walls for lightweight and exceptional rigidity. The rear suspension has a bottom-Link Uni-Trak with adjustable preload.

Manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which is available here.

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