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Kawasaki Z900 (2017-2019, ZR900B/D) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Kawasaki Z900

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki Z900 from 2017-2019, including the ABS versions (ABS was optional in some markets). The marketing code for this model line was the ZR900B/D.

The Kawasaki Z900 took over from the Z800 in most markets, but in the US it also replaced the Z1000 in Kawasaki’s line-up.

The Kawasaki Z900 is a naked bike based on a 948cc inline-four liquid-cooled engine that kind of is stretching the definition of “middleweight”! Yet again, Kawasaki does their own thing. The Kawasaki Z900 is an underdog in the hot middleweight world, but it is a high-performing bike, making an impressive 91 kW (125 hp) @ 9,500 rpm, and 98 Nm (73 ft-lb) of torque at 7,700 rpm.

In 2017-2019, the Kawasaki Z900 was available with optional ABS in some markets. This became a standard feature in 2020.

In 2020 it got a general revamp at the same time, with a TFT display and an updated chassis, plus revised emissions control systems. Maintenance for the 2020+ Kawasaki Z900 is slightly different and so has been kept separate.

The Kawasaki Z900 also shares a platform with the retro classic Kawasaki Z900RS, although the latter has many different components and the engine has a different state of tune.

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What you need to service your Kawasaki Z900 (2017-2019)

Maintaining your Z900 is pretty straightforward as it’s a naked bike with a mostly exposed engine.

You need the following tools and consumables to service your Z900.

PartPart spec (Z900)
Engine oilSpec is for a 10W-40 motorcycle oil with JASO MA rating or API SG or higher, e.g. Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine oil or another high-quality synthetic, like Motul 7100.
Engine oil filterPart number is 16097-0008. You can also use an HF303RC oil filter.
Spark plugStandard spark plug is NGK CR9EIA-9.
Air filterStandard air filter is 11013-0760. You can also use K&N part KA-9017.
Brake padsFront brake pad part number is 43082-0168. You can also use EBC FA347HH double-H pads for more bite and less fade.
Rear brake padsRear brake pad part number is 43082-0151. You can also use EBC FA140HH to match your front double-H pads.
ChainMaintain chain lubrication with Motul chain paste.
Cable creaseKeep cables lubricated with Protect all cable life.
General greaseGrease external pivot points (e.g. side stand) with lithium soap-based grease.
Kawasaki Z900B (2017-2019) maintenance parts

Maintenance Schedule for the 2017-2019 Kawasaki Z900B

Below is the full maintenance schedule from the manual, reformatted slightly to fit this screen.

Notes:

  • I = Inspect (and adjust, lubricate, or replace if necessary)
  • R = Replace
  • L = Lubricate
  • (*C) = Service more frequently if you ride in severe conditions: dust, the wet, mud, at high speed, or frequently starting/stopping
  • (*D) = California model only

In the right-most column there’s an entry for every “X years” you should do each item. At the first of either distance or time interval perform the service.

km x 100016121824
mi x 10000.63.87.611.415.2Every
Air cleaner element (*C)R
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)IIIYear, I
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemIIIYear, I
Fuel filterR
Fuel hoses5 years, R
Evaporative emission control system (*D)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemIIIYear, I
Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings3 years, or 36K km (22.5K mi), R
Valve clearanceI
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil (*C) and oil filter RRRYear, R
Tire air pressureIIYear, I
Wheels and tiresIIYear, I
Wheel bearing damageIIYear, I
Drive chain lubrication condition (*C)600 km (400 mi), I
Drive chain slack (*C)1000 km (600 mi), I
Drive chain wear (*C)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemIIIYear, I
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)IIIYear, I
Brake fluid levelIIIYear, I
Brake fluid (front and rear)R2 years, R
Brake hose4 years, R
Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper4 years, or 48K km (30K mi), R
Brake pad wear (*C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemIIYear, I
Steering playIIIYear, I
Steering stem bearingsL2 years, L
Electrical systemIIYear, I
Spark plugRR
Chassis partsLLYear, L
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Kawasaki Z900 Maintenance Schedule

Kawasaki Z900 Tyre Specs

The manual specifies the following tyre sizes and pressures for the Kawasaki Z900.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70ZR17 M/C 58W250 kPa/36 psi
Rear180/55ZR17 M/C 73W290 kPa/42 psi
Kawasaki Z900 tyre specs

You can fit either sport touring or sport tyres to the Z900.

About the Kawasaki Z900 (2017-2019)

Kawasaki z900 tacho while being ridden

The Kawasaki Z900 is one of the underdogs, a somewhat lesser-appreciated gem in the middleweight sports bike segment.

The Z900 loses the limelight to its much more attractive stablemate the Z900RS, and just isn’t as hot in the market as competitors like the Triumph Street Triple RS or the Yamaha MT-09 SP.

There’s a lot to like about the Kawasaki Z900, starting with its engine. Its engine is a peach. It’s perfectly suited to the motor. It makes just the right amount of torque to get the wheel off the ground in anything up to fourth gear without overpowering it. And the suspension is firm, but not likely to upset you, even on bumpy roads.

The Z900 is a well-loved bike by everyone who rides it. Here are a few things people say as praise

  • “Confidence-inspiring” (Schaaf, Austrian motorcycle blogger).
  • A perfect 10/10” — Bikereview.com.au (they just loved the thing)
  • “Three bikes in one” — Revzilla, Common Tread

Compared the the former Z800, the Z900 is both more powerful and much lighter. It’s also lighter than the Z1000, a bit less surprisingly.

Compared to the Z900RS, its hipster rival, the Kawasaki Z900 is also lighter and more powerful. So why do people ride the Z900RS? Well, comparing the Z900 and Z900 RS you can see that aside from design and general aesthetics, the Z900RS has a more torque-forward disposition and more advanced suspension. With a bit of a tune, the Z900RS is a compelling offering. But it’s also a lot more expensive.

The only slight against the Z900, by some people, is the aesthetic. Called “Sugomi” design, it’s Kawasaki’s branded design philosophy of creating a bike that’s aggressively postured, like a crouched animal, ready to strike. It’s not for everyone.

But if you can get behind that (or if, like me, you can’t stop looking at that combination of the green frame and glossy black paint), the Z900 is unlikely to disappoint you.

Kawasaki Z900 Manual

Kawasaki Z900 2017-2019 Maintenance schedule table
Kawasaki Z900 maintenance schedule

The above maintenance schedule came straight from the manual, though modified a bit (and made into HTML). You can view it online at Kawasaki’s website here.

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