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:
- 1998-2002: Kawasaki ZX-6R, a 599cc sport bike
- 2003-2006: Kawasaki ZX-6R 636, a higher displacement sport bike than earlier generations
- 2003-2006: Kawasaki ZX-6RR, a 599cc race class motorcycle
- 2007-2012: Kawasaki ZX-6R — only available in 599cc
- 2013+: Kawasaki ZX-6R 636, second generation with much more rider aids
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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.
|Part||Kawasaki ZX-6R 599 Spec|
|Oil||You 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.|
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 filter||Oil 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 pads||2 pairs EBC brake pads (double hardened): part number FA417/4HH.|
|Rear brake pads||1 pair EBC brake pads (double hardened) for the rear: part number FA192HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK 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 filter||Use K&N air filter KA-6007 for a drop-in replacement.|
|Cable lubricant||Remember 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 lubricant||The 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 fluid||Spec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid.|
|Coolant||Use 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|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.|
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:
- Engine Related Items,
- Chassis Related Items, and
- Change/Replacement Items.
- 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)||Every||1000 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)
synchronization – inspect (e)
|Idle speed – inspect (e)||•||•||•||•|
|K||Fuel leak (fuel hose and|
pipe) – inspect
|K||Fuel hoses damage –|
|K||Fuel hoses installation|
condition – inspect
|Coolant level – inspect||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant leak – inspect||year||•||•||•||•|
|Radiator hose damage –|
|Radiator hoses installation|
condition – inspect
control system – function
|Air suction system damage|
– inspect (e)
Chassis related items
|Operation (Chassis Items)||Every||1000 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 #||•||•||•|
|K||Drive chain guide wear – inspect||•||•||•|
|Wheels and tires:|
|Tire air pressure – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Wheels/tires damage – inspect||•||•||•|
|Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect||•||•||•|
|K||Wheel bearings damage – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid leak – inspect||year||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake hoses damage – inspect||year||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear – inspect #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake hose installation condition – inspect||year||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid level – inspect||6 months||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag) – inspect||year||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch operation – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect||•||•||•|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|K||Uni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect||•||•||•|
|K||Uni-trak tie rods operation – inspect||•||•||•|
|K||Steering play – inspect||year||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering stem bearings – lubricate||2 years||•|
|Steering damper oil leak – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Lights and switches operation – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Headlight aiming – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Side stand switch operation – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Engine stop switch operation – inspect||year||•||•||•|
|Chassis parts – lubricate||year||•||•||•|
|Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect||•||•||•||•|
|Change/Replacement Items||Every||1000 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-6007||every 18000 km (11250 mile)|
|K||Engine oil # – change (Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil or Motul 7100 synthetic)||year||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Oil filter – replace (HF303RC)||year||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Fuel hoses – replace||5 years|
|K||Coolant – change (Zerex G05)||3 years||•|
|K||Radiator hoses and O-rings – replace||3 years||•|
|K||Brake hoses – replace||4 years||•|
|K||Brake fluid (front and rear) – change (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years||•||•|
|K||Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper||4 years||•|
|Spark plug (e) (NGK CR9E)||•||•||•||•|
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:
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)||BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016F L”||250 kPa/36psi|
|Rear||180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)||BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016R L”||290 kPa/42psi|
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
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, which is available here.