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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599 (2007-2012) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599cc, made between 2007 and 2012. It was just known as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in this period, but because that name has been given to a few different generations of motorcycle, we’ll call it the ZX-6R 599.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was introduced in 1995 and has been constantly updated throughout the years. At times, the ZX-6R meant a 599cc motorcycle, and at times it meant a 636cc one.

The main generations of Kawasaki ZX-6R we have are:

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Things you need to maintain the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599

If you own a ZX-6R 599 and you plan to do your own maintenance, here are some things you’ll need.

PartKawasaki ZX-6R 599 Spec
OilYou need 3.6L (3.8 US qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, preferably Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil.
Kawasaki oil grade recommendation
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 Hiflofiltro performance oil filter HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)
Front brake pads2 pairs EBC brake pads (double hardened): part number FA417/4HH.
Rear brake pads1 pair EBC brake pads (double hardened) for the rear: part number FA192HH.
Spark plugsNGK CR9E, 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 filterUse K&N air filter KA-6007 for a drop-in replacement.
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.
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.
Brake fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid.
CoolantUse 2.5L (about 2.6 US qt) of nitrate-free, phosphate-free, ethylene glycol-based coolant with anti-corrosion inhibitors, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05
GreaseUse a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R motorcycle

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599

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 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is broken into three sections:

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

Notes:

  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • K: Kawasaki thinks these should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • # (Air cleaner): Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
  • (e): Emission related item

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 (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
year
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
year
KFuel hoses damage –
inspect
year
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
inspect
year
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California) (e)
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
Engine related items ZX-6R 599 (2007-2012)

Chassis related items

Operation (Chassis 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)
Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication condition – inspect # (Motul chain paste)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
Maintenance — Chassis related items

Change/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 # – replace (e) — K&N KA-6007every 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – change (Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil or Motul 7100 synthetic)year
KOil filter – replace (HF303RC)year
KFuel hoses – replace5 years
KCoolant – change (Zerex G05)3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder and caliper4 years
Spark plug (e) (NGK CR9E)
Replaceables — 2007-2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (599)

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 599 (2007-2012) has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard in the manual, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures:

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016F L”250 kPa/36psi
Rear180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016R L”290 kPa/42psi
Tyres and tyre pressures — Ninja ZX6R (2007-2012)

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (599, 2007-2012)

In 2007, Kawasaki decided to stop making a cheater 636cc Ninja ZX-6R as they had been in the last four years and just make one motorcycle, the 599.

The result was a bike that was great — many of Kawasaki’s supersports are just that, great — but which didn’t really stand out from the competition on the street.

The 2007-2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R 599 is powered by a 599cc 16-valve DOHC inline four that has great middleweight power, but a little less midrange than the previous generation 636. Like most 600cc bikes (and also like the 636, to be frank), the 599cc 2007-20012 ZX-6R really needs to be ridden hard, with the tachometer at the high end of the range, to feel its grunt.

The engine still makes a formidable amount of power, reaching 92 kW (125 hp) @ 14,000 rpm, and max torque of 66 Nm (49 ft-lb) @ 11,700 rpm. The problem is that down low, figures are less impressive.

It doesn’t help either that Kawasaki dropped the under-seat exhausts after just two short years. It makes sense why. The under-seat exhaust is unnecessarily heavy, and it gets hot. But it looks horn, and Honda has kept it in their CBR600RR to this very day!

The ZX-6R 599’s Big Piston front fork, fully adjustable fork, optimised engine placement and frame rigidity give the 599 excellent handling.

After 2012, Kawasaki went back to making a “cheater” 636 with the 2013 ZX-6R.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2012-Ninja-ZX-6R 599 maintenance schedule

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, which is available here.

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