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2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650.

The Kawasaki Versys 650 (codenamed KLE650) is a middleweight motorcycle. It was introduced to the European and Canadian markets as a 2007 model and to the US market in 2008. The name Versys is a portmanteau of the words versatile and system.

It is based on the same platform as Kawasaki’s other 650cc twin motorcycles only differs in riding position, rear subframe, suspension components, and engine tuning. The Versys’ 650 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine has been retuned for more bottom-end and mid-range torque.

Maintenance Schedule for 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650.

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 Versys 650 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)
year
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
year
KFuel hoses damage –
inspect
year
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
inspect
year
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch 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 –
inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
inspect
year
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage –
inspect
year
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation
condition – inspect
year
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
inspect
year
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Suspensions:
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 –
lubricate
2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
year
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
year
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
year
Chassis:
KChassis parts – lubricateyear
KBolts and nuts tightness –
inspect
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)

Notes:

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 Versys 650

The 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) DUNLOP “D221FA G”
  • Rear: 160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W) DUNLOP “D221 G”

The manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650

Kawasaki has introduced a brand new multi-purpose motorcycle designed for all sorts of different riding styles and needs. The new 2008 Kawasaki Versys, a machine that offers an aggressive styling, powerful parallel-twin engine, compact size and weight, long-travel suspension, and comfortable cockpit.

The compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve, 649cc parallel-twin engine was modified for the Versys motorcycle so it delivers smooth power that’s well-suited for off-the-line acceleration and flexible torque in the cut-n-thrust of a rider’s morning commute. Its suspension offers an advanced Showa rear shock featuring a free piston and two-stage damping valves for progressive compression damping.

The Versys suspension continues the high-tech approach with a fully-adjustable 41mm tapered-tube inverted fork that combines the best of off-road and sportbike suspension action for a stiffness balance that is a perfect compliment to the chassis settings. Capping off the comfort list is an adjustable windscreen that can be raised or lowered to three positions in 20mm increments.

Manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650

2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
User manual screenshot for the 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650

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

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