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2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a sportbike in the Ninja series, the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R. Originally released in 2004 and has been updated and revised throughout the years. Engineers used a stacked design for a liquid-cooled, 998 cc (60.9 cu in) inline four-cylinder engine.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
  • 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 30th Anniversary
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS 30th Anniversary

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R crankshaft axis, input shaft, and output shaft are positioned in a triangular layout to reduce engine length, while the high-speed generator is placed behind the cylinder bank to reduce engine width.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

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 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 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)
KEngine vacuum
synchronization – inspect (e)
KIdle 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)
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 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
KRocker arm operation – inspect
KTie 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
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)
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)every 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 – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
Spark plug – repalce (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 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:


  • 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)


  • 190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)

The manual for the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The new ZX-10R utilizes a Bosch five-axis IMU with software developed in-house at Kawasaki that allows the unit to calculate yaw rate from the other sensors, resulting in six-axis operation. This allows the IMU to sense changes in pavement elevation, camber, and the motorcycle’s position relative to them; it can even discern different tire profiles, giving the various electronics systems the ability to instantly adapt to real-time conditions.

The Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC) system now has five modes of operation instead of three as with the previous ZX-10R. Modes One and Two are designed for racing, while Mode Three is for a “dry circuit with high-grip tires,” while Mode Four is for “dry canyon roads or commuting,” and Mode Five is intended for wet circuit or street use. The Keihin 47mm throttle bodies are now controlled solely by an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system, so power control is likely handled by both throttle plate movement and ignition curve changes.

The addition of the Bosch IMU also means that Kawasaki was able to produce its own version of the “cornering ABS” that has seen usage on KTM and BMW motorcycles. Kawasaki’s system is called “Cornering Management Function”, and changes braking pressure according to the bike’s lean and pitch angles to prevent it from standing up under braking in a corner.

Manual for the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2013-2016 Ninja ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2013-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here.

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