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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 (2011-13) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 Cover Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1, also known as the Ninja 1000 ABS, Z1000S, Z1000SX, and Ninja 1000 SX. It was made between 2011 and 2013.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is a sport-touring motorcycle released in 2010 and sold since model year 2011. It has evolved during the years, adding refinement, some power, and a lot of technology to it — becoming one of the early affordable motorcycles with a full 6-axis IMU for example.

It’s unrelated to other motorcycles in the Ninja range. The engine comes from the 2010 Z1000, which is a ZX-10R engine with greater bore and stroke, and tuned for mid-range. The Ninja 1000 is decidedly sport touring, with options like a centre-stand and factory luggage. It competes mostly with the Honda VFR800, for example.

The Ninja 1000 was developed for the street rather than the track, so it’s tuned for strong mid-range power. Nonetheless, the Kawasaki is a fast bike, making 100 kW (140 hp) from its 1,043cc engine.

Major generations of the Ninja 1000 were:

  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 (2011-2013): The base model, the 1,043cc sport touring bike we all love.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 2 (2014-2016): Enhanced Tokico brakes. Traction control, power modes, and optional ABS (standard in some parts of the world). Revised suspension, bodywork, and induction.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 (2017-2019): A 6-axis IMU giving it lean angle-aware ABS and traction control. Standard ABS, and new styling.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 4 (2020+): Ride by wire, cruise control, more ride modes, shortened trail, electronic suspension, revised tuning and camshaft profiles, an up/down quick shifter, a sweet colour TFT dashboard, and more changes.

Internally the Ninja 1000 didn’t change dramatically.

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What you need to service the 2011-2013 Kawasaki Ninja

To maintain the Ninja 1000, you need the following basic consumables, in addition to basic motorcycle maintenance tools.

PartKawasaki Ninja 1000 Spec
OilYou need 4.0L (4.2 US qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, preferably Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil.

Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 29 Nm/21 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterOil filter is part 16097-0008, or you can use K&N KN-303. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)
Front brake padsGenuine part number for front brake pads is 43082-0144 for the Ninja 1000. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA379HH.
Rear brake padsGenuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0167. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA192HH.
Spark plugsNGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-0.9mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)
Air filterGenuine part number is 11013-0712. You can also use the HifloFiltro part HF3637.
Cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
Chain lubricantThe chain needs to be lubricated every 600 km/400 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Brake fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid.
CoolantUse 2.9L (about 3.1 US qt) of “soft water and ethylene glycol plus corrosion and rust inhibitor chemicals for aluminum engines and radiators”, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05
GreaseUse a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 motorcycle

Maintenance Schedule for Ninja 1000 Gen 1

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2011-2013 Ninja 1000 Gen 1.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • K: 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.

The maintenance for the Ninja 1000 Gen 1 is broken into three sections:

  1. Engine Related Items
  2. Chassis Related Items, and
  3. Change/Replacement Items.

1. Engine maintenance — Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1

OperationEvery1000 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)year
Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
KFuel hoses damage – inspectyear
KFuel hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage – inspectyear
Radiator hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Evaporative emission control system – function(California) (e)
Air suction system damage – inspect (e)
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 — Engine Maintenance

2. Chassis maintenance — Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1

OperationEvery1000 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 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) – inspectyear
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
KRocker arm operation – inspect
KTie rods operation – inspect
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 parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Chassis maintenance Ninja 1000

3. Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Change/Replacement items Gen 1

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 (e)every 18000 km (11250 mile)
Engine oil # – changeyear
Oil 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
Spark plug (e) – replace

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The Ninja 1000 Gen 1 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, plus the following recommended tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016F BB250 kPa/36psi
Rear190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016R BB290 kPa/42psi
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Ninja 1000

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is the “comfortable” sport bike. It’s often thought of as a Z1000 with a fairing. Upright, comfortable, and with enough creature comforts to take you long distances, but much more sporty than its sedate older siblings like the Z1000 or the Concours 14.

With an inline-four engine that makes 102 kW (138hp) at the crank, the Z1000 is no lightweight. Crank the throttle and there’s a really nice intake roar that gets the juices flowing as rpms rise.

The riding position is very comfortable. Not quite bolt upright, like you get on an adventure bike, but nearly there. The styling says “sports”, but the moment you put your hands on the clip-on handlebars, you know that you could ride this bike all day.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1

2013 Ninja 1000 and Ninja 1000 ABS Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1, which is available here.

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