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2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2001-2008 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.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2002 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2003 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2004 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
  • 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

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 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2001-2008 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 2001-2008 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
KBrake hose connections – check †
Brake light switch – check †
Brake pad wear – check † #
Brake fluid level – check †month
KBrake fluid – change2 years
KFuel hose, connections – check
Clutch – adjust
KSteering play – check †
Drive chain wear – check † #
Nuts, bolt, and fasteners – 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 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

The 2001-2008 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 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

With the 2008 Ninja 500R, Kawasaki intends to deliver credible performance in an efficient and affordable package. A 498cc liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder four-stroke engine is the most important unit. It has the purpose of creating the user-friendly character of the entire motorcycle by delivering predictable power. A high point of the engine consists of the way it responses to acceleration; quickly and without surprises.

Letting the high-performance engine live to its full potential is a lightweight and compact design. One of the major selling points for the Ninja 500R, its great-handling is aided by Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system, with a progressive linkage similar to the larger-displacement Ninja models. With the motor and chassis combo, the bike begs to be taken out on twisty back roads.

And the Ninja 500R also shares the same sporty styling of its bigger siblings, with an aerodynamic half-fairing that provides wind protection for the rider and is stylishly complemented by a lower fairing. It has a variation of colors such as Metallic Diablo Black and Passion Red, with an MSRP of $5,099.

Manual for the 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R

2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which is available here.

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