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2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

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.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
  • 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
  • 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

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 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

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 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 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 (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)
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
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California) (e)
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 –
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
KUni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect
KUni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
2 years
Steering damper oil leak – inspect
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 (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)every 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace4 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change2 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 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016F L”
  • Rear: 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016R L”

The manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The lean ZX-6R offers superior handling capabilities, thanks to the painstaking detail Kawasaki went to just so the bike weighs as little as it does. Weight savings was an important part in the design of the bike, including the intake resonator box and supports for the instrument panel and mirrors, all of which were unitized with the enlarged ram air duct to reduce weight and improve the bike’s rigidity.

The engine carries dual-cams, 16 valves, a 13.3:1 compression, and 38mm throttle offers plenty of smooth low-end and mid-range power that makes the bike stand out in terms of versatility. The bike offers top-level throttle response that allows it to unleash its unbridled power anytime the situation calls for it.

The Ninja ZX-6R offers top-of-the-line suspension technology with its revolutionary Showa-built BPF (Big Piston Front fork) front suspension. This new wave tool offers a striking technological advancement to the cartridge-type fork used on other 600s. This new suspension features a larger-diameter internal piston that significantly reduces damping pressure, resulting in smoother action and better front end feedback under braking and initial corner turn-in.

Manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, which is available here.

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