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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3 (2008-2010) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3 Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3, made between 2008-2010.

The 3rd gen Kawasaki ZX-10R was a welcome evolution after the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Ninja ZX-10R, which shared an engine base. Fans always liked the engine, but the handling was questionable, and this translated into not as good racing results and sales performance as the other market leaders.

From 2008, Kawasaki made a host of changes, including giving it a more rigid frame, improving the ergonomics so the rider has more “rider feel”, improved suspension, and improved braking. Engine performance was significantly improved too, putting out a huge 140-150 kW (188-200 hp) at the crank — going up with the assistance of ram air.

From 2011, Kawasaki released the Gen 4 Kawasaki ZX-10R, which brought with it electronics.

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Kawasaki ZX-10R Generations

Before you ask “Why is this a such-and-such ZX-10R”, here are the generations of the ZX-10R, according to obsessive forum people.

  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 1 (C1-C2, 2004-2005): Dry weight 170kg, 130 kW (175 hp) @ 11,700 rpm. Brakes are 300mm dual radial-mounted discs with four-piston calipers.
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 2 (D1-D2, 2006-2007): Dry weight 174 kg, power 130 kW (175 hp) @ 11,700 rpm. A make-over that smoothed out the Gen 1 (with otherwise the same engine) with different injectors, heavier flywheel, and an under-seat exhaust. The “least desirable” ZX-10R per forums. Same brakes as Gen 1.
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 3 (2008-2010): Dry weight 179 kg, 140-150 kW (188-200 hp) @ 12,500 rpm, going up with ram air. Longer wheelbase, extended rake, black fork tubes, Öhlins steering damper, adn new bodywork. Brakes upgraded to 310mm petal discs
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 4 (2011-2015): Dry weight 187 kg, 150 kW (200 hp) @ 13,000 rpm (with ram air). Revised porting, higher lift cams, and higher compression. New twin-spar frame with horizontally-mounted shock. KTRC traction control, power modes, and optional ABS (a rarity on superbikes at the time). Big Piston fork suspension, replacing regular inverted forks. Same brakes as Gen 3.
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 5 (2016-2020): 148 kW (197 hp) with ram air @ 13,000 rpm. An IMU giving lean angle-aware ABS and traction control. Launch control mode, quickshifter, and engine brake control. Also slipper clutch, and lighter engine components. Less restrictive air filter and exhaust. Brakes are 330mm circular discs with Brembo M50 monoblock calipers. Balance Free Fork suspension.
  • Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 6 (2021+): 150 kW / 204 hp @ 14000 rpm, or 157.5 kW / 214 hp with ram air. Higher power through a high-speed valvetrain, more aggressive cam profile, air-cooled oil cooler, electronic throttle valves and valve train (allowing the bike to rev higher), gearbox ratios changed for shorter gears 1-3, electronic cruise control, TFT display, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated winglets and a more aerodynamic front cowl (more downforce, less drag), LED headlights and tail-lights

Maintenance Schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3.

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:

  • 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 Gen 3 Ninja ZX-10R is broken into three sections:

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

1. 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)
Valve clearance – inspect
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspectyear
Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
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)
Air suction system damage – inspect
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

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) – inspectyear
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Suspensions:
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
KUni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect
KUni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Steering damper oil leak – inspect
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
ZX-10R engine related maintenance

2. Chassis-related items

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 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) – inspectyear
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Suspensions:
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
KUni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect
KUni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Steering damper oil leak – inspect
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
ZX-10R — Chassis-related maintenance

3. Periodic replacement items

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 # – replaceevery 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace4 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
Spark plug – repalce
Kawasaki ZX-10R — Periodic replacement items

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

eSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)PIRELLI “DIABLO CORSA III N”
BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016F J”
250 kPa/36psi
Rear190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)PIRELLI “DIABLO CORSA III”
BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016R J”
290 kPa/42psi
Tyres and tyre pressures — ZX-10R Gen 3

General information about the 2008-2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3

The 2008-2010 3rd gen Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was the first model that (aside from general awesomeness) fans really like, mostly because it was more powerful AND handled a lot better than previous generations.

The Gen 3 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R looks new and it is all due to the now more svelte bodywork, which you’ll most likely notice that it perfectly resembles that of the bike’s smaller sibling, the ZX-6R (which always looks good). The new look is complemented by the blacked-out exhaust.

The engine is the same 998cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four, DOHC with four valves per cylinder, but with the help of a lot of revised internals, has been improved to produce a peak of 150 kW (200hp) with ram air.

The 2008-2010 ZX-10R had an early form of power control called KIMS (“Kawasaki Ignition Management System”). This was designed to keep “unwanted” throttle under control. KIMS worked by monitoring engine speed, throttle position, gear position, intake air pressure, and temperature, to determine sudden spikes in engine speed. If they happened, then ignition would be retarded. It only works in neutral or closed throttle applications, like if you hit a patch of gravel. It’s not traction control because it doesn’t rely on wheel speed sensors.

The 2008 had a big, easy-to-read analog tachometer that’s easy to follow when as it climbs towards the 13,000 rpm redline. The LED display inside the tacho shows the speed, gear, and has a lap timer, too.

The improvements to the suspension for the ZX-10R are difficult to explain, but owners say that the 2008-2010 ZX-10R “talks” to the rider a lot more. You’re a lot more in contact with the bike, and the suspension and chassis communicate the ride to you more effectively.

Pretty much the only complaint about the the 2008-2010 ZX-10R is that its footpegs touch down a bit sooner than you’d expect if you’re the kind of rider who gets into full lean regularly. Most probably won’t notice. Aftermarket rear sets would help.

Kawasaki’s strategy was to maintain building costs at a minimum and so be able to price the new-for-2008 ZX-10R at US$13K, which was very impressive, and helped its popularity to soar.

The 2011 Ninja ZX-10R, with its host of rider aids, was an obvious improvement, but the 2008-2010 is the favoured gen for people who don’t want their bike weighed down by tech.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3

2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 3 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here.

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