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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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

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Maintenance Schedule for 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2012 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 2012 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 (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)
Air cleaner element – clean
Valve clearance – inspect
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect
Choke operation – inspectyear
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
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
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California model only)
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 (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replace2 year
Engine oil # – changeyear
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
Spark plug – 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.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

The 2012 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 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

With its smooth power delivery, low seat height, and excellent value, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R has all the vital elements to make it the perfect first sportbike. Lightweight and agile, the Ninja 250 delivers low ownership costs coupled with impressive performance.

The 249cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine is tuned for smooth, predictable power delivery around town and excellent performance on the highway, while a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with positive neutral finder offers the right gear for almost any situation. Wrapped by a modern aerodynamic fairing and windscreen, the 250 not only looks great but also delivers effective wind deflection for a wide range of riding situations.

A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combine with lightweight handling and nimble response to deliver pure pleasure on city streets. Track-worthy stopping power is provided by the large petal-shaped 290mm front and 220mm rear brake rotors gripped by powerful two-piston hydraulic calipers. Like Kawasaki’s larger Ninja models, the 250 is equipped with high-quality components and tuned for class-leading performance.

Manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which is available here.

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