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2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2012-2014 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.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2012 Kawasaki Versys 650
  • 2013 Kawasaki Versys 650
  • 2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

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 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2012-2014 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 2012-2014 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 (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750mi)36000 km (22500 mi)
KAir cleaner element – clean (e)
KValve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
KEngine 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 model only) (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
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 and pipe 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 (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
KAir cleaner element – replace # (e)2 year
Engine oil – change #year
Oil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace5 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 – replace
4 years
KSpark plug (e) – replace


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 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

The 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 has the following tyres and tyre sizes:


  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) DUNLOP, SPORTMAX RADIAL “D221FAG”
  • Rear: 160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W) DUNLOP SPORTMAX “D221G”


  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) PIRELLI, SCORPION SYNC FRONT

The manual for the 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

The 2013 Kawasaki Versys 650’s compact, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 649cc, parallel-twin engine was the perfect powerplant for this light and nimble do-anything bike right from the start. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the lower and middle parts of its rev range, making the Versys a great commuter and relaxed traveling companion. With its big, 5-gallon fuel tank, you can go a long way between fill-ups.

The long-travel high-tech suspension is critical to the Versys’ multi-role mission. A Showa rear shock with two-stage damping firms up progressively as the wheel moves through its stroke, providing an initially plush ride that firms to near sportbike levels as suspension loads escalate. An adjustable, long-travel 41mm tapered-tube inverted fork soaks up bumps big and small, and like the rear end, firms up nicely as the pace increases.

With Petal-style Brake Discs a dual 300mm petal-style discs with two-piston calipers in front and a single 220mm petal disc with a single-piston caliper in back provide plenty of stopping power. Same rotor design as found on the Ninja® supersport machines; petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp resistance compared to traditional discs

Manual for the 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
User manual screenshot for the 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650, which is available here.

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