This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 2nd generation of Kawasaki Z900, made from 2020+, with the marketing code ZR900F/H. This generation replaced the first gen Kawasaki Z900 (made from 2017-2019), adding more tech and emissions compliance.
The original 2017 Kawasaki Z900 took over from the Kawasaki Z800 in most markets, but in the US it also replaced the Z1000 in Kawasaki’s line-up. The Z1000 has not been refreshed in many years.
The Kawasaki Z900 is a naked bike based on a 948cc inline-four liquid-cooled engine. It is somewhat of an underdog in the 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. The power specs remain unchanged for the 2020 model (as the engine is largely the same).
The 2020+ Kawasaki Z900 got a general revamp at the same time, with a TFT display and an updated chassis, plus revised emissions control systems.
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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Maintenance Schedule for the 2nd Gen Kawasaki Z900 2020+
Below is the full maintenance schedule from the manual for the 2020+ Z900, reformatted slightly to fit this screen. The schedule is different to that of the 2017-2019 Z900 — they show it up to 48K km, and make the maintenance for some items less frequent. Improvements!
- 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 1000||1||12||24||36||48|
|mi x 1000||0.6||7.6||15.2||22.8||30.4||Every|
|Air cleaner element (*C)||R||R||R||R|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Engine vacuum synchronization||I||I||I||I|
|Fuel system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Fuel hose||5 years, R|
|Evaporative emission control system (*D)||I||I|
|Cooling system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings||R||3 years, R|
|Air suction system||I||I||I||I|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Engine oil (*C) and oil filter||R||R||R||R||R||Year, R|
|Tire air pressure||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheels and tires||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheel bearing damage||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Drive chain lubrication condition (*C)||600 km (400 mi), I|
|Drive chain slack (*C)||1000 km (600 mi), I|
|Drive chain wear (*C)||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain guide wear||I||I||I||I|
|Brake system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid level||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid (front and rear)||R||R||2 years, R|
|Brake hose||4 years, R|
|Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper||R||4 years, R|
|Brake pad wear (*C)||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake light switch operation||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Suspension system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering play||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering stem bearings||L||L||2 years, L|
|Electrical system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Chassis parts||L||L||L||L||Year, L|
|Condition of bolts, nuts, and fasteners||I||I||I||I||I|
Kawasaki Z900 Tyre Specs
The Kawasaki manual specifies the following tyre sizes and pressures. These are unchanged for the 2020+ model.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C 58W||250 kPa/36 psi|
|Rear||180/55ZR17 M/C 73W||290 kPa/42 psi|
Stock, the ZR900F/H ships with Dunlop Sportmax tyres.
About the Kawasaki Z900 (2020+)
The Kawasaki Z900 is still one of the best (bigger) middleweights in the sport standard bike segment.
It punches above its weight, and many people describe it as surprisingly good despite the low cost. For cheaper motorcycles, reviewers are often wont to say things like “you can feel the budget cuts in the suspension”, but that’s not the case with the Z900 — it is, according to everyone, just a well-built bike that does what it should — rides quickly everywhere and with confidence.
Since Kawasaki released the much sexier Z900RS, the Z900 hasn’t received as much attention from the press. The Z900 has its own charm with “Sugomi” design, but it just doens’t have the retro appeal of the Z900RS that’s all the rage these days. It also lacks the Z900RS’ more comfortable riding position, torque-forward engine, and more advanced suspension.
As with the 2017-2019 Z900, though, the Z900 is a well-loved bike by everyone who rides it.
Here are a few quotes from prominent motorcycle reviewers:
- “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
The 2020+ Kawasaki Z900RS doesn’t ruin everything that the 2017-2019 model did, it just adds more tech. Here’s what the 2020+ Z900RS gets on top of its younger sibling:
- A TFT display with a lot of controls
- Riding modes — combining KTRC traction control and power modes
- Compatibility with Kawasaki’s Rideology app (OK, it’s called RIDEOLOGY THE APP)
- LED lighting
- Revised clutch damper springs and updated FI settings for smoother acceleration and deceleration.
- New Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres
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
The above maintenance schedule came straight from the manual for the 2020 Kawasaki Z900, though modified a bit (and made into HTML). You can view it online at Kawasaki’s website here.