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2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R was a motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series produced from 1989 until 2003. From 1989-1995 in the US market, Kawasaki called ZXR-750R the ZX-7. In 1996, they dropped the ZXR name worldwide and the former ZXR-750 was now ZX-7R.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
  • 2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
  • 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

The ZX-7R has a 749 cc in-line four-cylinder, four-stroke engine. The frame used on the ZX-7R is a lightweight aluminum twin-spar item, designed using computer-aided design to optimize strength.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R.

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 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R 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 clearance–check †
Air suction valve — check †
Air cleaner element -clean † #
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related:
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake/clutch fluid level — check †month
KBrake hose, connections – check †
KBrake/clutch fluid — change2 years
KFuel hose, connections – check †
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #year
Oil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
KSwingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †year
KSteering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
KFuel filter – replace
KBrake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace2 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal–replace2 years
KClutch slave cylinder piston seal – replace2 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 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

The 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:


  • 120/70 ZR17 (58W)
  • METZLER MEZ1 Front


  • 190/50 ZR17 (73W)
  • DUNLOP D204L

The manual for the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/41 psi

General information about the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

The 748cc Ninja ZX-7R includes many high-performance features: An incredibly narrow 20° included valve angle. Wide 4-valve 73mm combustion chamber with an ultra-short 44.7mm stroke for higher rev potential. 11.5:1 high compression cylinders and high-revving 12,500-rpm redline. Additional advanced features include a lightweight wet-liner liquid cooling system. Digitally mapped ignition system. And free-breathing 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system.

Potent Twin-Ram Air system feeds air through four straight downdraft intake paths into high-volume 38mm CVKD semi-flat slide carburetors. The 6-speed transmission features Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder that makes finding neutral easy. A hydraulically activated clutch allows for smooth shifting action. The transmission shaft features involute splines for easy gear selection with reduced backlash.

Front brakes consist of exceptionally powerful dual 6-piston Tokico calipers and huge 320mm semi-floating drilled stainless steel rotors. The rear brake features a dual-piston caliper with a drilled disc. The rear suspension system includes a fade-resistant remote-reservoir piggy-back shock which is fully adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping. A 43mm fully adjustable inverted cartridge fork features 8-way compression, 12-way rebound adjustment plus threaded spring preload.

Manual for the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2001-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R, which is available here.

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