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2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, also known as the Kawasaki EX250 in different markets.

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series intended for on-road riding. It’s riding posture also falls between standard and sport.

Originally introduced in 1986 as the marque’s entry-level sportbike. The motorcycle has undergone few changes throughout its quarter-century lifetime, having received only three substantial redesigns. The Ninja 250R’s particular ergonomics, chassis design, and engine placement have resulted in a motorcycle that straddles the standard and sports classes.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

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 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is broken into two sections: Emission Related and Non-Emissions.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

OperationEvery800 km (500 mi)5000 km (3000 mi)10000 km (6000 mi)15000 km (9000 mi)20000 km (12000 mi)25000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18000 mi)
Emission Related
Carburetor synchronization — check †
Idle speed–check †
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air cleaner element–clean
Air cleaner element–replace5 cleanings
Fuel system–check
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check †
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid — change2 years
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–changeyear
Oil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change
KSwingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate
Coolant–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)
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 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

The 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 100-80-16 50S DUNLOP K630F Tubeless
  • Rear: 130/80-16 64S DUNLOP K630 Tubeless

The manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear: 225 kPa/32 psi

General information about the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

The Ninja’s engine is a vertical in-line twin, displacing 248cc. Kawasaki claims it puts out around 33 HP, and most dyno testing seems to reveal 23-28 HP at the rear wheel. With a claimed dry weight of 304 pounds, this puts the bike’s power: weight ratio at 0.082, as compared to 0.177 for the Moto Guzzi Le Mans, and 0.121 for a Porsche 911 Turbo). The engine is designed with an extremely high redline, at 14,000 RPM. It is only by revving very fast that this tiny engine can produce so much power.

The engine is watercooled, which is pretty standard for a sportbike, but impressive for an inexpensive beginner’s bike. It’s far cheaper to design and build an engine that’s aircooled, which is the route taken by all other beginner-targeted machines I can think of, such as the Honda Nighthawk 250, Yamaha Virago 250, Honda Rebel 125 and 250, etc. Watercooling means that the engine can be kept much closer to its ideal operating temperature, and can thus be more efficient and powerful.

In practical terms, the engine is not very impressive until you get it above 6000 RPM. From 6000 to about 8000 RPM, there’s enough power to be useful, and this is a good cruising range. When accelerating hard, I typically take the engine past 11,000 RPM before shifting. The rev limiter kicks in right around 14,000 RPM, keeping you from accidentally damaging the engine.

Manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which is available here.

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