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Kawasaki Ninja 300 (2013-2017) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Green Kawasaki Ninja 300 maintenance schedule pic

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 300, sold between 2013 and 2017, replacing (finally) the long-standing Ninja 250.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a “sport” motorcycle with a pretty upright posture. It might seem like a small upgrade to the 250, but the 300 is capable of power wheelies if you try! In many jurisdictions, learner bikes rules changed so that beginner riders could have bikes larger than 250cc as long as they weren’t too powerful, so the Ninja 300 became a popular choice world-wide.

This maintenance schedule is similar/essentially identical for the Z300. It’s also the same for the ABS versions.

when it was replaced with the Ninja 400 (which is a very different bike, but whose maintenance is quite similar). The Ninja 300 is also known as the EX300.

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What you need to service the Kawasaki Ninja 300

PartKawasaki 300 series spec
OilYou need 2.2L (2.3 US qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil (manual says mineral, semi-synthetic, and full synthetic are all OK). Motul 5100 is a popular choice.. Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 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 17.5 Nm (12.9 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)
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.
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.
Brake fluidSpec is to use DOT 4 brake fluid.
CoolantUse 1.5L (about 1.6 US qt) of ethylene glycol pre-mix coolant with a 50% mixture.
Front brake padsGenuine part number for front brake pads is 43082-0081 for Ninja 300/400. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA197HH.
Rear brake padsGenuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0128 (or same as front… same pads!). Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA197HH.
Spark plugsNGK CR8E, with a spark plug gap of 0.7-0.8mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)
Air filterGenuine part number is 11013-0020. You can also use the K&N equivalent KA-2508.
GreaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Ninja 300, Z300 and Versys 300

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja 300

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

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

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
ItemYear(s)1K km (0.6K mi)6K km (3.8K mi)12K KM (7.6K MI)18K KM (11.4K mi)24K km (15.2K mi)
Air cleaner element (KA-2508)R,2II
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)I,1III
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemI,1III
Fuel hosesR,5
Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemI,1III
Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings (Zerex G05)R,3R, Every 36K km (22.5K mi)
Valve clearanceII
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil and oil filter (Motul 5100, HF303RC)R,1RRR
Tire air pressureI,1II
Wheels and tiresI,1II
Wheel bearing damageI,1II
Drive chain lubrication condition (C) (Motul chain care kit)I, Every 600 km (400 mi)
Drive chain slack (C)I,Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Drive chain wear (C)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemI,1IIIII
Brake fluid levelI,0.5IIIII
Brake fluid (front and rear) (DOT 4 only)R,2R
Brake hoseR,4
Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliperR,4R, Every 48000 km (30000 mi)
Brake pad wear (C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemI,1II
Lubrication of rear suspensionL
Steering playI,1III
Steering stem bearingsL,2II
Spark plugs (NGK CR8E)RR
Chassis partsL,1LL
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Kawasaki Ninja 300 maintenance schedule table

Tyre size and tire pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has the following tires and tire sizes standard:


  • Size: 110/70-17 M/C 54S
  • Make/Type: IRC, Road Winner RX-01F


  • Size: 140/70-17 M/C 66S
  • Make/Type: IRC, Road Winner RX-01R ZX

The manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 manual recommends the following tire pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 makes an awesome first sportbike… or a track weapon (ok, track tool) for the experienced pro.

It’s lightweight and agile with a 296cc parallel twin that delivers nearly 40 hp.

Like others in the Ninja series with parallel twin engines, the Ninja 300 has a natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics. This makes it really pleasant to commute with.

It looks great, too, especially in green or Kawasaki racing colors. Or black!

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 300

Kawasaki Ninja 300 - maintenance schedule screenshot

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which is available here.

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