Kawasaki Concours GTR1000 First Gen (1986-2006) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the first-generation Kawasaki Concours, also known as the Kawasaki GTR1000 or ZG 1000 in different markets, manufactured between 1986 and 2006, with only minor changes in between.

You might also be looking for the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Concours 14 or 1400GTR or GTR1400.

This is the original Concours, with a 997cc L4 liquid-cooled carburetor-fed engine. It’s a sport touring model that is more oriented towards touring with its comfortable seating and huge road presence.

(These are all the same bike — slight variations on power, depending on market — but mostly the same, with different names!)

2006 Kawasaki Concours GTR1000 Blue RHS studio
2006 Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

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What you need for regular maintenance for the Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

The following is a list of tools and consumables that are recommended for the Kawasaki Concours GTR1000.

  • Engine Oil — The manual specifies API SE, SF, or SG; or API SH or SJ with JASO MA, with viscosity 10W-40. Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil works well.
  • Oil filter — Available from your local dealer, or you can use the Hiflofiltro HF401, which is usually around $10. If you have a standard filter, don’t forget an oil filter wrench (Hiflofiltro ones don’t need them).
  • Coolant — Kawasaki motorcycles ship with 50/50 ethylene glycol-based antifreeze. So any 50/50 ethylene glycol antifreeze pre-mix would work. The manual says to “Dilute a permanent type of antifreeze” to keep anti-corrosion properties. Valvolene Zerex G05 meets these requirements
  • Spark plug — Use an NGK Iridium DR9EIX for better starting, response, fuel consumption, etc.
  • Air filter — Use a K&N KA-9084 as a drop-in replacement.
  • Clutch cable lubricantProtect All Cable Life is a good generic clutch cable lubricant.
  • Brake fluid — Manual specifies Dot 4. Castrol Dot 4 synthetic is inexpensive and great quality.
  • Grease — A lithium soap-based grease is good for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and major bearings.

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

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


  • Kawasaki recommends you get safety-related items (brakes, steering etc.) serviced by a qualified mechanic.
  • For items marked “check”, replace, tighten, or adjust as necessary.
  • Beyond the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
mi x 1000369121518
km x 100051015202530Every
Engine oil – changeyear
Oil filter – replace (HF401)
Air suction valve – check
Air cleaner element – clean
Air cleaner element – replace (KA-9084)Every 5 cleanings
Throttle grip play – check
Carburetor synchronization – check
Idle speed – check
Spark plug – clean and gap (replace with DR9EIX)
Valve clearance – check
Final gear case oil level – check
Final gear case oil – change
Fuel system – check
Brake light switch – check
Brake pad wear – check
Brake clutch/hoses, connections – check
Fuel hose, connections – check
Brake/clutch fluid level – checkmonth
Brake/clutch fluid – change2 years
Battery electrolyte level – checkmonth
Steering – check
Propeller shaft joint – lubricate
Tire wear – check
General lubrication – perform
Front fork oil – change
Swingarm pivot, unit-trak linkage – lubricate
Coolant – change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections – checkyear
Steering stem bearing – lubricate2 years
Brake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal – replace2 years
Caliper piston seal and dust seal – replace2 years
Caliper slave cylinder piston seal – replace2 years
Brake/clutch hose and pipe – replace4 years
Fuel hose – replace4 years
Nut, bolt, and fastener tightness – check
Evaporative emission control system (C) – check
Kawasaki Concours GTR1000 Maintenance Schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

The Kawasaki Concours GTR 1000 has the following tyres sizes and pressures standard:

WheelTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front120/70R18 M/C250 kPa (36 psi)
Rear150/80R16290 kPa (42 psi)
Tire sizes and pressures

About the Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

2006 Kawasaki Concours GTR1000 Action
2006 Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

The Kawasaki Concours GTR1000, known in Europe as the 1000GTR and in USA as the ZG1000, is a 997 cc, six-speed, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled sport touring motorcycle with a shaft drive.

With its full fairing, tall screen, twin panniers, and 28 litre (7.4 US gal) tank, it’s well-suited to going across the country two-up. In some countries, it was a popular choice as a police motorcycle, as it’s fast and all-day comfortable.

Kawasaki introduced the Concours in 1986, based on earlier Ninja models, but tuned to be less aggressive, and with an obviously more relaxed riding position, and better fairing coverage.

The Concours was introduced into the USA the year after BMW K100LT, but at less than two thirds of the BMW’s price. Many reviewers heaped praise on the Kawasaki, and called it superior to the BMW. To this day, it’s well-liked!

The Concours was largely unchanged in two decades. In 1994 the instrument cluster was updated, and afterwards only minor changes happened on the outside – fork protectors and exhaust tips.

As the Concours first-generation endured with few revisions, experienced mechanics and used parts are readily available.

Manual for the Kawasaki Concours GTR1000

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Concours/GTR1000, which is available on the Kawasaki web site. we reviewed several years to confirm the maintenance schedule is the same.

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