This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R is a motorcycle in the Ninja sport intended for on-road riding, produced from 1994 until 2003. There were five model iterations over the years.
The major changes were
- 1994-1995 (ZX900B, ZX900B2): Original versions, with fully adjustable upside-down KYB 43mm forks and remote-reservoir KYB monoshock. Brakes were four-piston Tokico front calipers on 320mm front discs. Induction was through a 10-litre airbox fed by dual ram-air intakes.
- 1996-1997 (ZX900B3, ZX900B4): Brakes improved to six-piston Tokico front calipers. The rear suspension was improved, and power got a slight bump.
- 1998-1999 (ZX900C1, ZX900C2): Other than the engine, all new. Hydraulic clutch, lighter wheels, lighter brake discs (but same brakes), new 46mm right-way-up KYB forks, and improved rear shock.
- 2000-2001 (ZX900E1, ZX900E2): All new twin headlight look, and many small improvements made to improve handling
- 2002-2003 (ZX900F1, ZX900F2): New Nissin four-piston calliper brakes and 320mm discs, rear swingarm and shock changes to improve handling, and new carburettors.
Want to know the best Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R to get? Get any after 1998, and preferably 2002-2003.
In 2004, the ZX-9R was replaced with the ZX-10R.
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What you need to service the Kawasaki ZX-9R
|Part||Kawasaki ZX-9R Spec|
|Oil||You need 3.3L (3.5 qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, with JASO MA rating”, preferably Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil.|
Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 20 Nm/15 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 use K&N KN-303. Torque for oil filter is 10 Nm (7 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)|
|Front brake pads||For the front brake pads, an easy upgrade is double-hardened EBC brake pads, which give great bite and fade resistance. Pay attention to which model you have, as the brakes changed.|
* B1-B2 (four-piston Tokico calipers): FA158HH
* B3-B4, C1-C2, C3-C4 (six-piston Tokico calipers): FA188HH
* F1-F2 (four-piston Nissin calipers): FA347HH
|Rear brake pads||For the rear brake pads, a good-quality and easy-to-obtain option is EBC FA192HH (for all model years).|
|Spark plugs||NGK CR9EK, with a spark plug gap of 0.7-0.8mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9.4 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)|
|Air filter||These days it’s easier to get K&N replacements. Parts:|
* B1-B4: KA-9094, OEM 11013-1232
* All others: KA-9098, OEM 11013-1270
|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 “green” 50/50 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-9R
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R.
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: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
- †: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
- (c): California model only
- #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
The maintenance for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.
|Operation||Every||1000 km (600 mi)||6000 km (4000 mi)||12000 km (7500 mi)||18000 km (12000 mi)||24000 km (15000 mi)||30000 km (20000 mi)||36000 km (24000 mi)|
|Carburetor synchronization — check †||•||•||•|
|Idle speed–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle grip play–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Spark plug–clean and gap †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Valve clearance–check †||•||•||•|
|Air suction valve — check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element and air vent filter–clean † #||•||•||•|
|Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake hose connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch — check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear– check † #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid level — check †||month||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Fuel hose, connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake fluid — change||2 years||•|
|K||Steering –check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain wear–check † #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil–change #||6 months||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Front fork oil–change||2 years||•|
|Front fork oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|K||Swingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate||•||•||•|
|Radiator hoses, connections–check †||•|
|K||Steering stem bearing–lubricate||2 years||•|
|K||Brake master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace||4 years|
|K||Caliper piston seal and dust seal–replace||4 years|
|Drive chain–lubricate #||Every 600 km (400 mi)|
|Dive chain slack–check † #||Every 1000 km (600 mi)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, and the following recommended tyre pressures:
|Front||120/60 ZR17 (58W)|
120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
|MICHELIN Radial “PILOT SPORT”|
BRIDGESTONE “BT012F RADIAL E”
|250 kPa/36 psi|
|Rear||190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)||MICHELIN Radial “PILOT SPORT”|
BRIDGESTONE “BT012R RADIAL E”
|290 kPa/41 psi|
General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
The Kawasaki ZX-9R was Kawasaki’s answer to the CBR900RR — creating bikes as lightweight as the 750cc class but with the power of the 1000cc class.
The ZX-9R has an 899 cc, transverse four-cylinder, four-stroke engine, fed by carburettors through its whole lifetime. The frame used on the ZX-9R is a lightweight aluminum twin-spar item.
The ZX-9R combines open-class power, sharp 750 superbike handling, and comfort the competitors couldn’t match. Over the years, the power kept improving and the weight kept dropping, to the point where the 2002-2003 model made , vs 104 kW (139 hp) on a wet weight of 242 kg (533 lb) in the original
Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2002-2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R, which is available here., checking back to the 1994 manual to confirm the maintenance elements were the same.