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2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R also known as the ER-6f or EХ-6.

Ninja 650R is a middleweight, parallel-twin engined motorcycle, designed for normal use on paved roads. The 650R was introduced in 2006 but drops the R suffix from its name in the 2012 model.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
  • 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
  • 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

For 2009, Kawasaki released an updated Ninja 650R which includes new bodywork, mirrors, gauges, lighting, and a new tune on the same 649 cc (39.6 cu in) engine. In Europe, the Ninja 650R is sold as the ER-6f (“f” denoting faired). The ER-6n is the naked sibling of Ninja 650R.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R.

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 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

1. Periodic inspection (Engine Related Items)

Operation (Engine Items)
Every1000 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)
Air cleaner element – clean (e)
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
KFuel hoses damage –
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California model only) (e)
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
KClutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication
condition – inspect #
every 600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack – inspect #every 1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear – inspect #
KDrive chain guide wear –
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage –
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation
condition – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
KChassis parts – lubricateyear
KBolts and nuts tightness –
3. Periodic Replacement

Change/Replacement Items
Every1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)2 year
Engine oil #year
Oil filteryear
KFuel hoses4 years
KCoolant3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings3 years
KBrake hoses4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear)2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
Spark plug (e)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
#: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
(e): Emission Related Item

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

The 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) BRIDGESTONE “BT020 F RADIAL GG”
  • Rear: 160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W) BRIDGESTONE “BT020 R RADIAL”

The manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is engineered to deliver the best of performance and accommodations in day by day riding as sportbike performance levels and a comfortable seating position is basic features of this interesting-balanced motorcycle.

The second high point of this Ninja is its responsive 649cc parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine fed through a fuel injection system. It enjoys being revved all the way through its powerband, with healthy torque starting with 2500rpm, but where this motor enjoys sitting is around 7500-8000rpm.

Being light, narrow, and allowing for a comfortable riding position, the Ninja 650R has pretty much what it takes to be true easy handler. With an MSRP of $6,499, it is the cheapest bike in its class, not necessarily the one that has less to offer. By proving user-friendly, reliable and manageable under all riding conditions, this middleweight not only stands as an alternative for beginners, but presents a totally new side of the Ninja lineup.

Manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R, which is available here.

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