Kawasaki | Motorcycles | Sportbike

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Stock Image

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

This page contains affiliate links.

Maintenance Schedule for 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2008 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 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R 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
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
Choke operation – inspectyear
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
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
Uni-trak rocker arm
operation – inspect
Uni-trak tie rods operation –
KSwingarm pivot – lubricate
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
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts 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 # (e)2 year
Engine oil #year
Oil filteryear
KFuel hoses4 year
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
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 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

The 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:


  • Size: 110/70-17 M/C 54S
  • IRC– “RX-01F” TL Size: 110/70-17 M/C 54H
  • DUNLOP– “GT501FG” TL


  • Size: 130/70-17 M/C 62S
  • IRC– “RX-01R” TL Size: 130/70-17 M/C 62H
  • DUNLOP– “GT501R” TL

The manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

What truly defines the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R are the new fairing and windscreen which not only look great but deliver improved wind protection for a wide range of riding situations. When it comes to colors, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a reminder of the machines that inspired its apparel. Lime Green and Ebony usually cover ZX-10R’s fairing while Candy Plasma Blue is found on ZX-6R.

Also new for 2008 are the larger 17-inch wheels that, apart from offering a big-bike look, also contribute at offering great handling and improved stability. A larger 290mm front brake rotor is gripped by a powerful 2-piston caliper to provide a healthy dose of stopping power with a responsive feel at the lever. Like Kawasaki’s other sport models, the Ninja 250R is fitted with petal discs for efficient heat dissipation.

The great thing with starter bikes is that they have low price tags and the Ninja 250R makes no exception. It has an MSRP of $3,499 USD so it is clear that even if it would have had a true competitor, the money would position it way up front.

Manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which is available here.

Similar Posts