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Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R, referred to as the EX500, and known as the GPZ500S in some markets.

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R is part of the Ninja sport bike series intended for on-road riding. It has a sporty appearance but offers a more standard, upright riding position. The Ninja 500R was the best-selling sporty bike for years and was a popular bike for road racing.

This maintenance schedule is derived from the later models of the Ninja 500R, but it applies equally to all earlier models of the Kawasaki Ninja 500R.

The Ninja 500R’s marketing name was changed in 1994 from EX500 to Ninja 500; the R suffix was added in 1998. All of them have the same 498 cc parallel-twin engine, manufactured from 1987 to 2009, with a partial redesign in 1994.

2009 was the last model year for the Ninja 500, after which only its bigger stablemate the Ninja 650R was sold.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja 500R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R.

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 Ninja 500R is broken into two sections: Emission related, and Non-emission related.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat the frequency interval established here.
  • K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
  • †: Replace, add, adjust, or torque if necessary
  • (C): California model only
  • #: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
    high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
OperationEvery1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Emission related
Carburetor synchronization – check †
Idle Speed–check †
Throttle grip play – check †
Spark plug – clean and gap †
Valve clearnace – check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element – clean
Air cleaner element – replace5 cleanings
Evaporative emission control system (C) – check †
Non-emission related
Battery electrolyte level – check †month
KBrake hose connections – check †
Brake light switch – check †
Brake pad wear – check † #
Brake fluid level – check †month
KBrake fluid – change2 years
KFuel hose, connections – check
Clutch – adjust
KSteering play – check †
Drive chain wear – check † #
Nuts, bolt, and fasteners – check †
Tire wear – check †
Engine oil – changeyear
Oil filter – replace
General lubrication – perform
KFront fork oil – change
KSwingarm pivot, unit-trak linkage – lubricate
KCoolant – change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections – check †year
KSteering stem bearing – lubricate2 years
KMaster cylinder cup and dust seal – replace2 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal – replace2 years
KBrake hose – replace4 years
KFuel hose – replace4 years
Drive chain – lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Drive chain slack – check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 110/70-17 54H BRIDGESTONE G549 or DUNLOP K275FJ Tubeless
  • Rear: 130/70-17 62H BRIDGESTONE G550 or DUNLOP K275J Tubeless

The manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

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

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja 500R

With the Ninja 500R, Kawasaki intends to deliver credible performance in an efficient and affordable package. A 498cc liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder four-stroke engine is the most important unit. It has the purpose of creating the user-friendly character of the entire motorcycle by delivering predictable power. A high point of the engine consists of the way it responses to acceleration; quickly and without surprises.

Letting the high-performance engine live to its full potential is a lightweight and compact design. One of the major selling points for the Ninja 500R, its great-handling is aided by Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK rear suspension system, with a progressive linkage similar to the larger-displacement Ninja models. With the motor and chassis combo, the bike begs to be taken out on twisty back roads.

And the Ninja 500R also shares the same sporty styling of its bigger siblings, with an aerodynamic half-fairing that provides wind protection for the rider and is stylishly complemented by a lower fairing.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R

2001-2008 Kawasaki Ninja 500R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which is available here.

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