Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (Z1000SX) Gen 1 (2011-13) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1, also known as the Ninja 1000 ABS, Z1000S, Z1000SX, and Ninja 1000 SX. It was made between 2011 and 2013.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is a sport-touring motorcycle released in 2010 and sold since model year 2011. It has evolved during the years, adding refinement, some power, and a lot of technology to it — becoming one of the early affordable motorcycles with a full 6-axis IMU for example.

It’s unrelated to other motorcycles in the Ninja range. The engine comes from the 2010 Z1000, which is a ZX-10R engine with greater bore and stroke, and tuned for mid-range. The Ninja 1000 is decidedly sport touring, with options like a centre-stand and factory luggage. It competes mostly with the Honda VFR800, for example.

The Ninja 1000 was developed for the street rather than the track, so it’s tuned for strong mid-range power. Nonetheless, the Kawasaki is a fast bike, making 100 kW (140 hp) from its 1,043cc engine.

Major generations of the Ninja 1000 were:

Internally the Ninja 1000 didn’t change dramatically and always produced similar power output, even with changing emissions regulations.

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What you need to service the 2011-2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1

To maintain the Ninja 1000 Gen 1, you need the following basic consumables, in addition to basic motorcycle maintenance tools.

PartKawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 Spec
OilYou need 4.0L (4.2 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.

Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 29 Nm/21 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterOil filter is part 16097-0008, or you can use Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the Hiflofiltro one)
Front brake padsGenuine part number for front brake pads is 43082-0113 for the Ninja 1000. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA379HH.
Rear brake padsGenuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0119. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA192HH.
Spark plugsNGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-0.9mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)
Air filterGenuine part number is 11013-0712. You can also use the HifloFiltro part HFA2920.
Cable lubricantRemember 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 lubricantThe 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 fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid, like Castrol DOT 4
CoolantUse 2.9L (about 3.1 US qt) of “soft water and ethylene glycol plus corrosion and rust inhibitor chemicals for aluminum engines and radiators”, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05
GreaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 motorcycle

Maintenance Schedule for Ninja 1000 Gen 1

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2011-2013 Ninja 1000 Gen 1. It is a list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • #: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
    high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.

The maintenance for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 was originally broken into many sections. But this was changed in later versions of the manual. Because it’s such a hard format to read, I’ve combined them to a degree.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 Change/Replacement items

km x 100012243648
mi x 1000Every7.51522.530
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)18K km (11.25K mile)
Engine oil # – change (Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil)year
Oil filter – replace (HF303RC)year
Fuel hoses -replace5 years
Coolant – change3 years
Radiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
Brake hoses and pipe – replace4 years
Brake fluid (front and rear) – change (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Rubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
Spark plug (e) – replace (NGK CR9EIA-9)
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 (2011-2013) maintenance

Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 — General Maintenance

km x 100061218243036
mi x 1000Every3.757.511.251518.7522.5
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspect (e)year
Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
Fuel hoses damage – inspectyear
Fuel hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage – inspectyear
Radiator hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Evaporative emission control system – function(California) (e)
Air suction system damage – inspect (e)
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication condition – inspect #600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack – inspect #1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear – inspect #
Drive chain guide wear – inspect
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
Wheel bearings damage – inspectyear
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage – inspectyear
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation condition – inspectyear
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag) – inspectyear
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
Rocker arm operation – inspect
Tie rods operation – inspect
Steering play – inspectyear
Steering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Lights and switches operation – inspectyear
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation – inspectyear
Engine stop switch operation – inspectyear
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 (2011-2013) — Engine Maintenance

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The 2011-2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, plus the following recommended tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016F BB250 kPa/36psi
Rear190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT016R BB290 kPa/42psi
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Ninja 1000

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1

The first gen Kawasaki Gen 1 shook up the sport touring market. It was (and still is, used) an affordable, high-power, extremely practical motorcycle that was lighter and faster than its immediate competitors.

As a “comfortable” sport bike, the Ninja 1000 completely dominated the Japanese sport touring segment since its inception, easily knocking the VFR800 off its pillar by being lighter, more powerful, and more comfortable. In fact, it’s mentioned by some as part of the reason the VFR800 is no longer available.

The Ninja 1000 is often thought of as a Kawasaki Z1000 with a fairing. Upright, comfortable, and with enough creature comforts to take you long distances, but much more sporty than its sedate older siblings like the Versys 1000 or the Concours 14.

With an inline-four engine that makes 102 kW (138hp) at the crank, the Z1000 is not a low-powered bike. Crank the throttle and there’s a really nice intake roar that gets the juices flowing as rpms rise. Riders coming off a ZX-10R may miss the adrenaline rush, but only when they’re REALLY pushing it.

The riding position of the Ninja 1000 is very comfortable. Not quite bolt upright, like you get on an adventure bike, but nearly there. The styling says “sports”, but the moment you put your hands on the clip-on handlebars, you know that you could ride this bike all day. In everyday riding it’s actually easy to forget, which is another way of saying it’s a little sedate and not as exciting as a sportbike… which doesn’t mean it’s not capable.

From the very start, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 came with ABS in most markets either as an option or standard. This set a theme for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 — it was always leading the way for Japanese sport tourers with technology, being the first to add an IMU in 2017, and the sport tourer to add cruise control in 2020 (if you don’t count the Tracer 900, which somewhat bridges the two).

Very little changed with the Ninja 1000 over the years, though a few parts necessary for maintenance did change. Kawasaki also did significantly change the schedule for maintenance as emissions standards evolved.

These days a Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 with low mileage is a very easy-to-find motorcycle for a low cost of entry — you can find them for less than half what they cost when they were launched. Since the engine stayed the same, this makes them a great entry point for sport touring.

In late 2011, the Ninja 1000 got a more touring-oriented big brother, the Versys 1000 — much the same engine but detuned for even more mid-range, in a heavier but much more comfortable chassis.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1 (2011-2013)

2013 Ninja 1000 and Ninja 1000 ABS Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Gen 1, which is available here.

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