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Kawasaki ER-6n Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki ER-6n.

The Kawasaki ER-6n is the naked sibling of the Ninja 650R (the “n” is for “naked”). It’s very much the same bike, just sans fairing!

Kawasaki has made the ER-6n since 2006, but only sold it in the US since 2009. It was retired in 2018 in favour of the Kawasaki Z650.

The ER-6n is powered by a torquey 649cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder parallel-twin engine. It’s the same engine that powers other similar motorcycles, like the Versys 650. It doesn’t set your hair on fire, but it’s an engine that most people can’t kill before they crash their bikes.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki ER-6n

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki ER-6n.

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 Kawasaki ER-6n is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Notes:

  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • K: These items are those that Kawasaki think should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • # : Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.

Periodic Maintenance — Engine

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 (e) — NOTE: Up to 2011 only (replace 2012+)
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspect (e)year
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
KFuel hoses damage –
inspect
year
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage – inspectyear
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Evaporative emission control system – function (California) (e)
Air suction system damage – inspect (e)
Periodic Maintenance – Engine of Kawasaki ER-6n

Maintenance of the Chassis of a Kawasaki ER-6n

2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related 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)
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 – inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage – inspectyear
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage – inspectyear
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation condition – inspectyear
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) – inspect
year
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Suspension:
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches operation – inspectyear
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation – inspectyear
Engine stop switch operation – inspectyear
Chassis:
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Maintaining the Chassis of a Kawasaki ER-6n

Items to replace on a Kawasaki ER-6n

Change/Replacement ItemsEvery1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replace 2 year
Engine oil # – changeyear
Oil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace4 years
KCoolant – replace3 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
Spark plug

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki ER-6n

The Kawasaki ER-6n has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) DUNLOP SPORTMAX ROADSMART CQG
  • Rear: 160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W) DUNLOP SPORTMAX ROADSMART G

The manual for the Kawasaki ER-6n recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the Kawasaki ER-6n

The Kawasaki ER-6n is an affordable bike that’s easy to ride and exceeds expectations for its budget price point.

The ER-6n is a member of Kawasaki’s parallel twin-powered family of middleweights. It’s powered by the same 649cc parallel twin water-cooled engine. It’s not an inspiring engine, but it makes torque everywhere you need it, and easily takes riders to speeds north of 180 km/h where a naked bike starts to feel like maybe it doesn’t belong.

The ER-6n’s beauty is in its versatility. It’s near perfect as a commuter motorcycle — lightweight, simple, difficult to stall, easy to steer, and very, very reliable. In fact, I’ve never seen a ER-6n ruined through anything other than neglect or a crash.

A few things that make the ER-6n easy to ride are the lightweight clutch, neutral finder in the transmission, and very clear display.

Manual for the Kawasaki ER-6n

2010 Kawasaki ER-6n Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki ER-6n, which is available here.

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