This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650, which is every model from 1987 up to 2007.
The Kawasaki KLR650 is a dual-sport or adventure touring motorcycle (depending on your frame of reference).
The KLR650 has been a long-standing model in Kawasaki’s lineup, having been introduced in 1987 and remaining almost unchanged through the 2007 model. The 2008 model was the first significant redesign of the KLR650 since its inception.
It was built with a 651 cc four-stroke, DOHC, dual-counterbalanced, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, fed by a carburettor.
To be clear, this KLR650 maintenance schedule applies to the KLR650 models including (get ready): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. In all those years, only superficial things changed.
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What you need to service the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650
If you’re servicing the Kawasaki KLR650 (of any generation!), you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.
For the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650 engine, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.
|Part||KLR650 Gen 1 spec|
|Oil||Kawasaki recommends SAE 10W-40 “API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2” like Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil. You need 2.1 L (about half a US gallon). Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 29 Nm/21 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.|
|Oil filter||Needs to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock one (part 16099-004, used for other Kawasaki bikes) or a Hiflofiltro HF123.|
|Engine coolant||Kawasaki recommends permanent “green” antifreeze that’s a 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate (for which you’d need demineralised water).|
|Spark Plugs||The spark plug to use is NGK DPR8EA-9 per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 14 Nm / 10 lb-ft.|
|Air filter||Kawasaki’s part number for the OEM air filter is 11013-1152. You can also get the K&N equivalent, KA-6589.|
|Brake pads||The brake pad parts are as below. You can also use EBC brake pads, which tend to grip harder and last longer. |
Front: OEM 43082-1078 or EBC FA229HH
Rear: OEM 43082-1096 or EBC FA067R (or equivalent)
And the following general consumables are useful as well.
|Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.|
|Motul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.|
|Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.|
|Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.|
Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki KLR650 1st gen.
Notes on the maintenance schedule:
- For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
- For items marked “check”, replace. adjust, or torque as necessary.
- #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
- The break-in service is omitted.
Kawasaki originally marked a lot of items to be done by dealers — but owners of KLR bikes often do their own service.
|km x 1000||5||10||15||20||25||30|
|mi x 1000||3||6||9||12||15||18||Every|
|Throttle grip play–check||•||•||•|
|Spark plug–clean and gap (replace: DPR8EA-9)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element–clean||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element–replace (KA-6589)||•||5 cleanings|
|Evaporative emission control system (c)–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Battery electrolyte level–check||•||•||•||•||•||•||month|
|Brake light switch–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid level–check (top up with Castrol DOT 4)||•||•||•||•||•||•||month|
|Brake fluid–change||•||2 years|
|Brake hose, connection–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel hose connection–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Balancer chain tension–adjust||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain wear–check #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Spoke tightness and rim runout–check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness-check||•||•||•|
|Engine oil–change (Kawasaki 10w-40 engine oil)||•||•||•||year|
|Oil filter–replace (HF123)||•||•||•|
|Front fork oil–change||•|
|Swingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage–lubricate||•||•||•|
|Coolant–change (ethylene glycol pre-mix)||•||2 years|
|Radiator hoses, connections–check||•||•||•||year|
|Steering stem bearing–lubricate||2 years|
|Master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace||2 years|
|Caliper piston seal and dust seal–replace||2 years|
|Fuel hose–replace||4 years|
|Drive chain–lubricate # (Motul chain paste)||600 km (400 mi)|
|Dive chain slack–check #||1000 km (600 mi)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650
The Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||90/90-21 M/C 54S K750||21 psi / 150 kPa|
|Rear||130/80-17 M/C 65S K750||21-28 psi (150-200 kPa) depending on load|
About the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650
The KLR650 is the ultimate beginner adventure motorcycle. Now in its third generation, you can still find examples of the first-gen KLR that have been well off the beaten track, and in many cases around the world.
The KLR650 is one of those motorcycles with the ability to play just about any role its rider chooses. The KLR’s roomy ergonomics, bump swallowing suspension, large fuel capacity and efficient engine provide riders with amazing range and the versatility to travel far beyond city streets or highways.
Equipped with optional Kawasaki accessories, the KLR650 might just be the ultimate world traveler.
People often ask “should I get a gen 1 or a gen 2 KLR650?” And the simple answer is: both are great, and it will depend on which one you find in good condition. As time wears on, the Gen 1 KLR650 is getting harder to find, and so a Gen 2 is more likely to be a candidate.
If you really want ABS and fuel injection then the Gen 3 Kawasaki KLR650 may be the choice for you.
Manual for the Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2007 Kawasaki KLR650.
You can download it from here.