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Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4 (2014-present) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2020 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4, made from 2014 onward.

The Kawasaki Z1000 is a four-cylinder motorcycle range first introduced in 2003.

The Z1000 was a “Naked” ZX-9R in 2003, and with streetfighter or standard styling. It used a modified engine from the ZX-9R, and from 2010 onward used an engine derived from the ZX-10R. Like the version before it, the Z1000 has a larger engine than its superbike equivalent.

The engine is increased by 1mm in both bore and stroke, giving a displacement of 1,043cc — This is Kawasaki’s way of making sure there’s enough mid-range torque to compensate for the top-end power loss compared to the superbikes.

The Kawasaki Z1000 got a style and parts upgrade in 2014 from the 2010-2013 spec. See below for a general intro to generations of the Z1000.

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Generations of the Kawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Z1000 has been built in four distinct generations, with style, the engine, chassis items, and technology updating constantly.

The styling evolved with each generation, but largely they had the same streetfighter design — not trying to be retro, but just 100% a fast-looking bike.

SpecGen 1 Z1000Gen 2 Z1000Gen 3 Z1000Gen 4 Z1000
(Based on ZX-9R)
(Based on ZX-9R)
(Based on ZX-10R)
(Based on ZX-10R)
Suspension41mm inverted cartridge41mm inverted cartridge41mm inverted cartridgeShowa 41mm SFF-BP
Front brakes300mm discs, 4-piston calipers300mm petal-style rotors, 4-piston radial calipers300mm petal-style rotors, 4-piston radial calipers310mm petal-style, 4-piston monoblock
Generations of the Kawasaki Z1000

Since 2014, the Z1000 has continued to evolve in that Kawasaki has made constant refinements to fuelling, suspension, and safety equipment, adding things along the way like an IMU with cornering ABS in 2017.

What you need to service the Kawasaki Z1000

Being a naked roadster, servicing the Kawasaki Z1000 isn’t as intimidating as on a bike where you have to pull off all the bodywork.

Apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service the Kawasaki Z1000 4th gen.

PartKawasaki Z1000 Gen 4 Spec
OilYou need 4.0L (4.2 US qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, e.g. Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil or a high-spec oil like Motul 7100.
Kawasaki oil grade recommendation
Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 29 Nm/21 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 use Hiflofiltro HF303. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (which basically means “don’t over-tighten”).
Front brake padsGet double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA379HH (same all years so far).
Rear brake padsGet double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA192HH (all years).
Spark plugsNGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-0.9mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)
Air filterEasiest is the drop-in replacement of the HifloFiltro part HFA2920.
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 2.9L (about 3.1 US qt) of “soft water and ethylene glycol plus corrosion and rust inhibitor chemicals for aluminum engines and radiators”, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05
GreaseUse a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4 motorcycle

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.


  • I = Inspect
  • R = Replace
  • L = Lubricate
  • (*C) Service more frequently in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
ItemsYear(s)1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (3800 mi)12000 km (7600 mi)18000 km (11400 mi)24000 km (15200 mi)
Air cleaner element (*C) — Part HFA2920R
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)I,1III
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemI,1III
Fuel hosesR,5
Evaporative emission control system (*D)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemI,1III
Coolant, water hoses, and O-ringsR,3R, Every 36000 km (22500 mi)
Valve clearanceI
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil and oil filter (Motul 7100, HF303)R,1RRR
Tire air pressureI,1II
Wheels and tiresI,1II
Wheel bearing damageI,1II
Drive chain lubrication condition (*C) (Motul chain paste)I, Every 600 km (400 mi)
Drive chain slack (*C)I, Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Drive chain wear (*C)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemI,1IIIII
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)I,1IIIII
Brake fluid level I,0.5IIIII
Brake fluid (front and rear) (DOT 4 only)R,2R
Brake hose/Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliperR,4R, Every 48000 km (30000 mi)
Brake pad wear (*C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemI,1II
Steering playI,1III
Steering stem bearingsL,2L
Electrical systemI,1II
Spark plug (NGK CR9EIA-9)RR
Chassis partsL,1LL
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Maintenance schedule for 2014-2021 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

The Kawasaki Z1000 has tubeless tyres. The manual specifies these tyre sizes and tyre pressures as standard.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP D214 F T250 kPa/36 psi
Rear190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)DUNLOP D214 T290 kPa/42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures for the 2014-2021 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

General information about the Kawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4 has a liquid-cooled inline-four engine that offers substantial power at all rpm levels, providing effortless acceleration in almost any situation.

Like previous iterations of the Z1000, the 2014+ Z1000 Gen 4 has an engine that has its bore and stroke both increased over the ZX-10R, giving it a capacity of 1,043cc, which lets Kawasaki more easily tune it for more mid-range torque without sacrificing too much top-end power.

Because engineers aren’t as constrained as they are for litrebike motorcycles (which have to meet racing spec… if they’re ever raced), increasing capacity is a viable option.

The Kawasaki Z1000 plays in a tough crowd, competing against large-capacity sport bikes like the BMW S1000R, the Yamaha MT-10, and the Aprilia Tuono V4. But even though it’s hard to distinguish oneself in a crowd of litre-class sport bikes, Kawasaki does with a few distinctive features including

  • Its uniquely aggressive “Sugomi” streetfighter styling
  • The Show Separate Function Fork — Big Piston (SFF-BP), which give light weight, easy adjustability, and excellent control
  • Short final drive gearing, giving ready response, coupled with a tall 6th gear for highway comfort
  • A combined analogue and digital dash with a large tachometer
  • And of course that higher capacity engine

Kawasaki’s Z1000 makes an impressive 140 hp (105 kW) at 10,000 rpm, with peak torque coming at a relatively low 7,300 rpm. Curb weight is 221 kg, which is light considering the power it puts out.

My personal favourite part of the Kawasaki Z1000 (as well as its sibling, the Ninja 1000) is the intake roar. It’s hard to make a stock bike sound great, and a rider can rarely hear the exhaust anyway. But that intake roar as revs climb is addictive!

Manual for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4

2016 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 4 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot
Screenshot from 2016 manual for Kawasaki Z1000

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2016 Kawasaki Z1000, which is available here.

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