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2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was introduced in 1995 and has been constantly updated throughout the years. The ZX series is what was known as the Ninja line of Kawasaki motorcycles in the 1980s and still carries the name today.

The Ninja® ZX™-6R motorcycle boasts a potent 636cc engine, advanced electronics and a lightweight chassis. The “636” has been optimized for the street and the track, offering an exhilarating experience in a wide range of riding situations.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR.

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 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR 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 hoses, 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 –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #year
KOil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
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)

Notes:

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 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR

The 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

Front:

  • 120/65 ZR17 (56W)
  • MICHELIN Radial “PILOT SPORT M”
  • BRIDGESTONE “BT019F RADIAL”

Rear:

  • 180/55 ZR17 (73W)
  • MICHELIN Radial “PILOT SPORT M”
  • BRIDGESTONE “BT012R RADIAL G”

The manual for the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/42 psi

General information about the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR

The ZX-6RR is a limited-production version of its 636cc 6R brother. And though displacement (599cc) is subject to the racing rule books, it shares all-new engine architecture with the 636. Pairing a 67mm bore and a short, 42.5mm stroke, the 6RR has its share of internal combustion trickery.

Despite their larger circumference, each forged piston is five grams lighter than a ’02 ZX-6R slug. Longer rods let the pistons spend more time at bottom dead center, providing more time to inhale and burn incoming combustibles. Longer rods also mean less thrust/frictional losses against the front and rear of the cylinder wall doing the internal combustion dance.

There’s a back-torque-limiter clutch to cut hop/skip/jump behavior under racy, pre-corner downshifting and a comprehensive racing kit on the ’03 accessory list. Otherwise, the limited-edition RR is blissfully similar to the mass-market 636. Exactly how limited it will remain to be seen. Kawasaki says there will something less than one RR for each of its U.S. dealers, which translates into something less than 1000. The price is $8,399–$700 more than last year’s ZX-6R, but $200 less expensive than Honda’s full-fledged CBR600RR.

Manual for the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR

2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6RR, which is available here.

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