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2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R is a sportbike in the Ninja series introduced in 2005 and released for the 2006 model year as a replacement for the Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 (2002-2005). It had a minor update in the year 2008.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
  • 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
  • 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

The launch of the 2012 ZX-14R saw a second-generation revision with the R designation. Displacing 1,441 cm3, the Ninja ZX-14R powerplant is Kawasaki’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

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 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R 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)
KValve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
year
KEngine 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
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California) (e)
KAir suction system damage
– inspect (e)
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
Clutch fluid level – inspect6 months
Clutch fluid leak – inspectyear
Clutch hose damage – inspectyear
Clutch hose installation – inspectyear
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
year
KRocker arm operation – inspect
KTie rods operation – 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 (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replaceevery 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace5 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses and pipe -replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
KClutch hoses – replace4 years
KClutch slave cylinder piston seal – replace4 years
KClutch fluid – change2 years
KSpark plug – replace

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 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

2012 Ninja ZX-14R:

  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) METZELER TL SPORTEC M5 INTERACT E
  • Rear: 190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W) METZELER TL SPORTEC M5 INTERACT E

2013 Ninja ZX-14R, 2013 Ninja ZX-14R ABS:

Front:

  • 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
  • BRIDGESTONE, BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20F E
  • METZELER TL SPORTEC M5 INTERACT E

Rear:

  • 190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)
  • BRIDGESTONE, BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20R E
  • METZELER TL SPORTEC M5 INTERACT E

The manual for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

2012 Ninja ZX-14R:

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

2013 Ninja ZX-14R, 2013 Ninja ZX-14R ABS:

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

General information about the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The ZX-14 remained relatively unchanged until the 2012 model, the “R” added to the name due to the increased performance. The 2012 ZX-14R received an increase in engine displacement from 1352cc to 1441 cc, and also Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), a slipper clutch, revamped suspension and brakes, and more aggressive body styling.

This formula equaled over 200 horsepower and a top speed to the legally-limited 186mph, but with the comfort usually found on a sport-touring motorcycle. Kawasaki returns with the model for 2013, but with ABS. Kawasaki says the compact and lightweight system helps increase rider confidence and helps provide additional security in slippery situations.

With its technologically advanced engine, the ZX-14R is sure to continue its dominance in the hypersport class, providing riders with all-out power, handling, and comfortable ergonomics, now with the added safety of ABS. The massively powerful 1,441cc inline-four engine is the strongest motorcycle engine Kawasaki has ever produced and delivers the most power of any current production sportbike in the world.

Manual for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
User manual screenshot for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012-2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, which is available here.

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