This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the first two generations of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, sold between 2004 and 2007. They’re commonly referred to as the gen 1 Ninja ZX-10R and gen 2 Ninja ZX-10R. While they were different in specs, they have the same components and maintenance schedule.
The first generation of ZX-10R was a successor to the much more popular Ninja ZX-9R. They both have a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine that made 130 kW (175 hp) at 11,700 rpm.
- The 2004-2005 (Gen) 1 Ninja ZX-10R had digital gauges, weighed 170kg dry, and had exhausts out the sides. It didn’t do too well in racing nor in floor sales. The engine is great, but a bit too much for the chassis compared to other superbikes of the day.
- The 2006-2007 (Gen 2) Ninja ZX-10R got analogue gauges and became softer, and even 4 kg (10 lb) heavier. Kawasaki made the styling more “rounded”. They also gave it under-seat exhausts (all the rage at the time), an Öhlins steering damper, tweaked geometry, and a heavier crankshaft, plus different injectors (trying to tame the engine). Still, because it’s softer, this is the “least desirable” ZX-10R per forums. Analogue gauges.
In 2008, Kawasaki significantly revamped the engine for the 3rd gen ZX-10R, giving it 140-150 kW (188-200hp), increasing with ram air. They extended the wheelbase, the rake, and upgraded the braking. This was when Ninja ZX-10Rs became much more competitive. The rest is history — the 2010s saw them win a string of races.
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What you need to service your Gen 1 and Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service your gen 1/gen 2 gixxer 10K.
|Part||2004-2007 Gen 1/Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R spec|
|Oil||Kawasaki recommends 10W-40 conventional oil, like their own Kawasaki 10W-40. But forum dwellers recommend Shell Rotella T6, Motul 7100, or another high-grade synthetic.|
|Oil filter||There are two oil filters, depending on your year. They fit on the same size nut but have slightly different length.|
* 2004-2005: Hiflofiltro HF204RC
* 2006-2007: Hiflofiltro HF303RC
|Air filter||Use a K&N air filter part number KA-1004.|
|Spark plug||Standard spark plug is an NGK part number CR9EIA-9.|
|Chain maintenance||Use Motul chain paste to service your chain.|
|Grease||Lithium soap-based grease for external lubrication (like the sidestand)|
|Brake pads||Sintered brake pads are best for sport bikes, providing the best braking and longest life. Use EBC brake pads FA369/4HH (two pairs) for the front and FA192HH for the rear.|
Maintenance Schedule for 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Gen 1 and Gen 2. It’s the same as in the owner’s manual, but reformatted to fit this screen (this is best viewed on a tablet or a desktop computer).
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.
- For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- K: Kawasaki recommends these “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.
|Maintenance item||km (mi)/Every||1000 (600)||6000 (400)||12000 (7500)||18000 (12000)||24000 (15000)||30000 (20000)||36000 (34000)||42000 (28000)||48000 (30000)|
|Air cleaner element # – replace (KA-1004)||X||X|
|K||Engine oil # (Kawasaki 10W-40, Motul 7100, Mobil 1 Synthetic)||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|K||Oil filter (2004-2005: HF204RC, 2006-2007: HF303RC)||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|K||Fuel hoses||4 years||X|
|K||Coolant (Zerex G05)||3 years||X|
|K||Radiator hoses and O-rings||3 years||X|
|K||Brake hoses||4 years||X|
|K||Brake fluid (front and rear) (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years||X||X|
|K||Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper||4 years||X|
|Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9)||X||X||X||X|
|Engine related items|
|Check valve clearances||X|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Engine vacuum synchronization||X||X||X||X|
|K||Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe)||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|K||Fuel hoses condition/damage||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Radiator hose damage||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Radiator hoses condition||year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Evaporative emission system (CA only) — inspect||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Air suction system||X||X||X||X|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Drive chain lubrication # (Motul chain paste)||600 km (400 mile)|
|Drive chain slack #||1000 km (600 mile)|
|Drive chain wear #||X||X||X||X|
|K||Drive chain guide wear||X||X||X||X|
|Wheels and tires:|
|Tire air pressure||year||X||X||X||X|
|Tire tread wear, abnormal wear||X||X||X||X|
|K||Wheel bearings damage||year||X||X||X||X|
|Brake fluid leak||year||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake hoses damage||year||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake pad wear # (see above for brake pad recommendations)||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake hose installation condition||year||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake fluid level||6 months||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag)||year||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Brake light switch operation||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Suspension & Steering|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping, smooth stroke)||X||X||X||X|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak||year||X||X||X||X|
|K||Uni-trak rocker arm operation||X||X||X||X|
|K||Uni-trak tie rods operation||X||X||X||X|
|K||Steering stem bearings – lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)||2 years||X|
|Lights and switches operation||year||X||X||X||X|
|Side stand switch operation||year||X||X||X||X|
|Engine stop switch operation||year||X||X||X||X|
|Chassis parts – lubricate (lithium soap-based grease)||year||X||X||X||X|
|Bolts and nuts tightness||X||X||X||X||X|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, as well as these recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)||DUNLOP “SPORT MAX D209J”||250 kPa/36psi|
|Rear||190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)||DUNLOP “SPORT MAX D209FMTJ”||290 kPa/42psi|
These days there are other tyres that owners prefer to use — modern sport or sport touring tyres are more capable than those Dunlops (if you can even find them).
General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2004-2007)
The first generation ZX-10R replaced the ZX-9R. Its engine was great, but the chassis couldn’t quite keep up — so it didn’t do too well either on the showroom floor or on the racetrack.
The second-generation ZX-10R continues that domination, featuring a racetrack-focused chassis and more horsepower. With excellent mid-range power and a screaming top-end, the ZX-10R’s ability to accelerate out of corners is aided by its linear power delivery and enhanced traction provided by its long swingarm.
The ZX-10R shines in the upper-speed ranges, thanks to a fairing, seat cowl, and dual under-seat exhaust system which are designed for slippery aerodynamics. The ZX-10R offer impressive stopping power from its dual floating 300mm petal discs, radial-mount four-pad/four-piston calipers, and radial-pump master cylinder; it also provides precise modulation and a consistent feel at the brake lever.
The ZX-10R features an adjustable, race-spec, twin-tube, Öhlins steering damper with relief valve. The twin-tube damper uses the second tube like a reservoir tank to help ensure consistent performance under demanding race conditions.
Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2006-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here. It’s the same basic content as for the earlier one, pictured below, though re-arranged.