This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa.
The Kawasaki Super Sherpa is an entry-level dual-sport motorcycle. It was first offered in Japan from 1997, and sold in the US from 1999 to 2003. In 2009, Kawasaki decided to resell the Super Sherpa in the US for one glorious year.
So this applies to the Kawasaki Super Sherpa in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and then suddenly in 2009. And any other years you happen to find! The maintenance schedule for the Super Sherpa is the same between years — nothing changed.
The Kawasaki Super Sherpa has a 249 cc DOHC four-valve air/oil-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine. It is fully featured with electric starting, front and rear-disc brakes, low seat height, plenty of suspension travel, and complete instrumentation, on top of a full audio system, heated seats, etc. (jokes, it’s a basic motorcycle).
Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Super Sherpa
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa.
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.
- #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
|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)|
|Idle speed–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle grip play–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Spark plug–clean and gap †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Valve clearance–check †||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element–clean †#||•||•||•|
|Spark arrester — clean||5000 km (3000 mi)|
|Brake lever play – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch – check||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear – check †#||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid level – check †||month||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake fluid — change (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years||•|
|K||Steering play–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain wear–check † #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Nuts, bolts, and fasteners — check †||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Spoke tightness and rim runout – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil — change # (Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil)||6 months||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Oil filter–replace (HF112)||•||•||•||•|
|K||Front fork oil–change||2 years||•|
|Front fork oil leak – check #||•||•||•|
|Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|K||Swingarm pivot, unitrak linkage-lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering stem bearing – lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)||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 # (Motul chain paste)||Every 600 km (400 mi)|
|Drive chain slack – check †#||Every 1000 km (600 mi)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa
The Kawasaki Super Sherpa has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:
- Front: Size: 2.75-21 45 P
- Rear: Size: 4.10 – 18 59 P
The manual for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):
- Front: Up to 165 kg (364 lb) Load – 150 kPa/21 psi
- Rear (up to 97.5 kg/215 lb load) – 150 kPa/21 psi
- Rear (97.5-165kg [215-364 lb] load) – 175 kPa/25 psi
The original Super Sherpas shipped with Bridgestone Trail Wing tyres.
General information about the Kawasaki Super Sherpa
The Kawasaki Super Sherpa is an entry-level dual-sport motorcycle powered by a 249cc four-stroke DOHC four-valve thumper.
The engine delivers good low and midrange torque and immediate throttle response, while also being very cheap to run. It’s fuelled by a 34mm Mikuni BST carburettor, and the engine has CDI ignition. Unusually for a thumper, the engine is very smooth, thanks to a gear-driven balancer.
The Super Sherpa has a 36mm telescopic fork and ground clearance of a whopping 270mm, making the Super Sherpa live up to its name. This is really a dual sport you can take offroad and go on mini adventures, or just trundle around large properties. You probably won’t do jumps or “motocross” type adventuring over boulders, but… you can try. It’ll survive.
The Super Sherpa is often mistakenly thought of as a “beginner” motorcycle. Even though it can be, the Super Sherpa is also just a motorcycle that everyone enjoys. It’s extremely pleasant to ride, being smooth, easy to manage, and very easy to repair — it just doesn’t get easier than carburettor-fed air-cooled thumpers. Keep a spare spark plug, some rags, oil, and a clutch cable handy and you are equipped with a machine that’ll take you forever and a day into the countryside.
One surprising thing about the Super Sherpa is just how smooth it is on the highway for an engine of this size. This is due to its six-speed transmission and the counter-balancer.
Manual for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Super Sherpa, which is available here.