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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 (2011-2015) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R Gen 4 Black

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 made between 2011-2015, including the 30th anniversary model.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a sportbike/superbike in the Ninja series, the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R. Originally released in 2004 and has been updated and revised throughout the years.

Engineers used a stacked design for a liquid-cooled, 998 cc (60.9 cu in) inline four-cylinder engine. In the 2011-2015 version, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R makes, 140-150 kW (188-200 hp) @ 12,500 rpm, going up with ram air, putting it at a similar level to the top of the class.

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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 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2011-2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4.

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

Kawasaki earlier indicated some items should be serviced by a Kawasaki dealer. These included things like

  • Fuel and emission-related items
  • Safety items — chain, steering head bearings, and wheel bearings
  • Most maintenance items including engine oil, brakes, etc.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • #: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
  • (e): Emission related item

The maintenance for the Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 is broken into three sections:

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

1. Engine related items

km x 1000161218243036
mi x 1000Every0.63.757.511.251518.7522.5
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspect (e)year
Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
Fuel hoses damage – inspectyear
Fuel 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)
Engine related maintenance schedule X-10R

2. Chassis-related items

km x 1000161218243036
mi x 1000Every0.63.757.511.251518.7522.5
Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication condition – inspect #600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack – inspect #1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear – inspect #
Drive chain guide wear – inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
Wheel 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
Rocker arm operation – inspect
Tie rods operation – inspect
Steering System:
Steering play – inspectyear
Steering 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 parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
ZX-10R Chassis-related maintenance

3. Periodic replacement items

km x 1000112243648
mi x 1000Every0.67.51522.530
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)18000 km (11250 mile)
Engine oil # – changeyear
Oil filter – replaceyear
Fuel hoses – replace5 years
Coolant – change3 years
Radiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
Brake hoses – replace4 years
Brake fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper – replace4 years
Spark plug – repalce (e)
Periodic replacement items — ZX-10R Gen 4

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

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 has the following tyre sizes, brand/models, and recommended pressures as standard.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016F CC250 kPa/36psi
Rear190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016R CC290 kPa/42psi
Tyres and tyre pressures — ZX-10R Gen 4

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 is the latest in a series of superbikes that Kawasaki had been building since 2004, replacing the previous ZX-9R.

Kawasaki is a quiet achiever in the world of superbikes. Their brand isn’t as well known — maybe because they don’t have the marketing panache of Ducati or a catchy name like Fireblade.

But the ZX-10R is as competent as any of those brands — and more so. In fact, in recent years, Kawasaki has had more World Superbike wins than any of them. Tom Sykes won on a Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 in 2013.

The Gen 4 Kawasaki ZX-10R brought with it a lot of improvements over earlier models, including

  • Revised tuning, to give 150 kW (200 hp) with ram air
  • Revised porting, with higher lift cams, letting the bike rev higher
  • A horizontally mounted shock
  • Digital gauges
  • Big piston fork suspension

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4

Ninja ZX-10R Gen 4 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here.

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