This is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z650, the parallel twin naked bike that Kawasaki has made since 2017.
The Kawasaki Z650 is often described as the naked bike sibling to the Ninja 650. They share the same engine and many components, but have different riding positions, amount of plastics, and personalities.
The Kawasaki Z650 also replaced the conceptually similar ER-6N.
The Kawasaki Z650 is powered by a 649cc parallel twin that makes 38 kW (51 hp) @ 8,000 rpm, with torque peaking at 6,500 rpm. It’s a relatively light 186 kg.
In many markets (e.g. the UK, Europe, Australia, and NZ) it’s also (sometimes only) available as an A2/LAMS-compliant lower power bike. Maintenance for these is the same.
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What you need to service the Kawasaki Z650
But aside from that, you’ll need these specific items to maintain the Kawasaki Z650.
|Part||Kawasaki Z650 Spec|
|Oil||You need 1.8L (1.7 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, or a high-quality alternative like Motul 7100.|
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 use Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17.5 Nm (12.9 ft-lb)|
|Front brake pads||You can get original OEM parts from a dealership, or double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear. Part numbers are FA226HH (both callipers)|
|Rear brake pads||As with the front brake pads,yYou can get original OEM parts from a dealership, or double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear. EBC part number is FA174HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-9.0mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)|
|Air filter||Kawasaki changed the air cleaner during the evolutions of the Ninja 650R/Ninja 650. Part numbers is 11013-0745. DNA also makes performance air filters with part number P-K6N15-01.|
|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 like Castrol DOT 4.|
|Coolant||Use nitrate-free, phosphate-free, ethylene glycol-based coolant with anti-corrosion inhibitors, e.g. Zerex Asian Vehicle Coolant.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.|
Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z650
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z650.
It has changed a bit in format since 2017, but the contents are largely the same, but they decided you don’t need to check the evaporative emission system quite so often.
|mi x 1000||0.6||7.5||15||22.5||30||Every|
|km x 1000||1||12||24||36||48||Year(s)|
|Air cleaner element (*C)||R||R||R||R|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||I,1|
|Engine vacuum synchronization||I||I||I||I|
|Evaporative emission control system (CA only)||I||I|
|Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings||R||R,3|
|Air suction system||I||I||I||I|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||I||I||I||I||I|
|Engine oil (*C) and oil filter (Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil, Motul 7100, Mobil 1 Synthetic + HF303RC oil filter)||R||R||R||R||R||R,1|
|Wheel bearing damage||I||I||I||I||I,1|
|Drive chain wear (*C)||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain guide wear||I||I||I||I|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||I,1|
|Brake fluid (front and rear)||R||R||R,2|
|Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper||R||R,4|
|Lubrication of rear suspension||L||L|
|Steering stem bearings||L||L||L,2|
|Condition of bolts, nuts, and fasteners||I||I||I||I||I|
About the Kawasaki Z650
The Kawasaki Z650 is Kawasaki’s middleweight sportbike, smaller than the other “middleweight”, the Z900.
The Z650 has a 649cc parallel twin DOHC liquid-cooled engine that has earned a reputation for being extremely reliable, as well as being lightweight and delivering power that’s very suitable for everyday riding.
The power is optimised for mid-range riding (3-6K rpm), though it has ample torque below 3K for low-speed commuting and parking lot manoeuvring, and quit a bit of top end above 6,000 rpm without dropping off a cliff.
Peak power is slightly down compared to the old motor, with top power of 67 hp (50 kW) at 8,500 rpm, a result of emissions regulations. However this is not really noticeable in everyday riding.
The 2017 Z650 adds an assist/slipper clutch to the outgoing Er-6N. When the engine is at “normal” rpm the assists cam functions as a servo, pulling the cluthc hub and plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the spring load to be reduced, giving the clutch lever a much lighter feel.
Conversely, when there is a lot of engine braking (e.g. during quick downshifts — or an entry-level rider doing an accidental downshift), the slipper cam prevents too much back-torque, avoiding the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
The new Z650 has a totally redesigned chassis (borrowed from the 2017+ Ninja 650). It’s lightweight and attractive, and gives the little Z a wet weight of only 192 kg.
Front braking is competent, with dual 30mm petal discs complemented by Bosch 9.1M ABS.
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Kawasaki Z650
The manual for the Z650 recommends the following tyre pressures for these tyre sizes.
Of course, these are optimised for longevity. Experiment yourself based on your weight, riding style, and priorities.
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C 58W||32 psi (225 kPa)|
|Rear||160/60ZR17 M/C (69W)||36 psi (250 kPa)|
The Z650 ships with Dunlop Sportmax D214 tyres stock.
Manual for the Kawasaki Z650
The above maintenance schedules came from the manual for the Z650. You can see some screenshots below.
You can view these manuals online at Kawasaki’s website here.