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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 (2017-2019) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 Green

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3, made between 2017-2019. This motorcycle was also known as the Ninja 1000 SX or the Z1000SX.

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. The Ninja 1000 Gen 3 was sold since 2017 (see below for the changes).

It’s unrelated to other motorcycles in the Ninja range. The engine for the Gen 3 comes from the 2014 Z1000, similar to the Gen 2. It’s a ZX-10R engine but tuned for more mid-range. Nonetheless, the Kawasaki is a fast bike, making 100+ kW (140 hp) from its 1,043cc engine.

Major generations of the Ninja 1000 were:

Internally the Ninja 1000 didn’t change dramatically, with some parts being the same for all generations.

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What you need to service the 2017-2019 Kawasaki Ninja Gen 3

To maintain the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3, you need the following basic consumables, in addition to basic motorcycle maintenance tools.

PartKawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 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 Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the Hiflofiltro 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 HFA2620.
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, like Castrol DOT 4
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 Gen 3 motorcycle

Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki 2017-2019 Ninja 1000 Gen 3

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3.

The format of the maintenance schedule has evolved since previous generations, though the content didn’t change substantially.

Notes on letters used:

  • I = Inspect
  • R = Replace
  • L = Lubricate
  • (C) Service more frequently in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
  • (D) California model only
km x 100016121824
mi x 10000.63.87.611.415.2Every
Air cleaner element (*C)R
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)IIIYear, I
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemIIIYear, I
Fuel hoses5 years, R
Evaporative emission conrol system (*D)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemIIIYear, I
Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings3 years or 36K km (22.5K mi), R
Valve clearanceI
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil(*C) and oil filterRRRYear, R
Tire air pressureIIYear, I
Wheels and tiresIIYear, I
Wheel bearing damageIIYear, I
Drive chain lubrication condition (*C)600 km (400 mi), I
Drive chain slack (*C)1000 km (600 mi), I
Drive chain wear (*C)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemIIIIIYear, I
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)IIIIIYear, I
Brake fluid levelIIIII0.5 year, I
Brake fluid (front and rear)R2 years, R
Brake hose/Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper4 years/48K km (30K mi), R
Brake pad wear (*C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemIIYear, I
Steering playIIIYear, I
Steering stem bearingsL2 years, L
Electrical systemIIYear, I
Spark plugRR
Chassis partsLLYear, L
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3

Tyre sizes for the Ninja 1000 Gen 3

The manual for the Ninja 1000 Gen 3 specifies these tyre sizes, recommends these brands, and specifies these pressures. These don’t change substantially between generations.

WheelSizeShipped brandTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70ZR17 M/C 58WBRIDGESTONE, BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20F N250 kPa/36 psi
Rear190/50ZR17 M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE, BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20R N290 kPa/42 psi
Tyre sizes/pressures for Ninja 1000 Gen 3

There are more advanced tyres out these days that you can get for your Ninja 1000.

About the 2017-2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is still a sports tourer with a 100+ kW (140 hp) inline-four engine and many aids to help you go fast for a long time.

But the 2017 model update took it to the front of the pack in the sports tourer category.

Firstly, the category itself was almost dead, thanks to the Ninja 1000. It killed off the VFR800, being more powerful, lighter, and better-equipped (and the same price), and there are few other competitors out there. Most motorcycle buyers (and manufacturers) focus on adventure sport tourers, like the Tracer 900.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 didn’t rest on its laurels though. In 2017 it got some very significant updates, including

  • A 6-axis IMU — giving the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 lean angle-aware traction control and ABS. This was very unique in motorcycles at the time, especially in Japanese ones, and especially especially in this category.
  • New instrument panel with gear position indicator and a shift light
  • LED lights
  • Updated bodywork, with more integrated hard luggage, with a new double-bubble windscreen
  • Adjustable clutch lever
  • Wider mirrors
Ninja 1000 IMU
IMU in the Ninja 1000

The third gen Kawasaki Ninja 1000 donated its six-axis IMU to the 2019+ Kawasaki Versys 1000, which also got cruise control at the same time.

Manual for the Ninja 1000 Gen 3

The above was from the manual for a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, part of the Gen 3 series.

Here’s a screenshot from the maintenance schedule in the manual.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 3 maintenance schedule screenshot
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 maintenance schedule

You can view the manual on Kawasaki’s website here.

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