Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F (1988-2007) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F, also known as the Kawasaki EX250 in different markets, or the ZZR250. It was made from 1988 until 2007 basically unchanged until Kawasaki replaced it with the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, improving the aesthetics and also a bunch of riding components like brakes, suspension, lights, and so on.

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R was originally introduced in 1986. It has always been the entry-level sportbike, with a riding posture that’s not totally upright (like a Bonneville or equivalent), but also not totally bento ver the bars, like on a ZX-6R. It’s a commuter that’s agile, or a casual sportbike that will sip fuel and let you go down to the shops.

The Ninja 250R is special in that unlike nearly any larger motorcycle, you can redline it in every gear (well, until you run out of power). You can really thrash it and enjoy it to the full, flinging it around corners with aplomb. So the Ninja 250R is a great beginner bike because it’s so forgiving.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • Follow the earlier of the time or distance-based intervals.
  • The break-in service is omitted (for obvious reasons)
  • Items marked “check”:: Replace, adjust, or torque if necessary.
  • (c): California model only
  • #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping

Kawasaki recommends you take your bike to a dealer for items that might affect safety — e.g. changing brake fluid, servicing steering or suspension components, or replacing brake/fuel hoses.

mi x 1000369121518
km x 100051015202530Every
Carburetor synchronization — check †
Idle speed — check †
Throttle grip play —check †
Spark plug — clean and gap †
Valve clearance — check †
Air cleaner element — clean
Air cleaner element — replace5 cleanings
Fuel system — check
Evaporative emission control system (c) — check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear — check †
Brake hose connection — check †
Fuel hose connection — check †
Brake fluid level — check †month
Brake fluid — change (DOT 4 only)2 years
Clutch — adjust
Steering –check †
Drive chain wear — check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear — check †
Engine oil — change (10W-40, e.g. Motul 5100)year
Oil filter — replace
General Lubrication — perform
Front fork oil — change
Swingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate
Coolant — change (ethylene glycol-based coolant)2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †year
Steering stem bearing — lubricate (lithium soap-based grease)2 years
Master cylinder cup and dust seal — replace2 years
Caliper piston seal and dust seal — replace2 years
Brake hose — replace4 years
Fuel hose — replace4 years
Drive chain–lubricate # (Motul chain paste)400 mi (600 km)
Dive chain slack — check † #600 mi (1000 km)
Maintenance schedule table for the Kawasaki Ninja 250

Tire size and tire pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F

The Ninja 250 has street/sport tyres. The tire sizes and pressures are below.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front100/80-1628 psi / 200 kPa
Rear130/80-16 32 psi / 225 kPa
Tyre sizes and pressures

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has a twin-cylinder 248cc engine that makes modest power, making it ideal for entry-level riders everywhere — whether it’s legally mandated or just a “good idea to start with a 250”.

Its compact parallel-twin design is lightweight and high revving, with a broad torque curve. It has decent mass centralization for easy handling by novices, with a rame that’s lightweight and rigid.

While not being a full-on sportbike like the ZX-6R from Kawasaki, the Ninja 250R has good cornering clearance and a low centre of gravity, making it fun to fling around back roads at high RPMs and lean angles.

The Ninja 250R’s engine is a high-revving, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.

Its 13,000 rpm redline and six-speed transmission means that even experienced riders can get a lot of joy out of the little Ninja. Keeping the revs soaring is rewarding, with a jet turbine-like sound that is hard to eke out of a larger motorcycle on public roads (within the speed limit, anyway).

And on top of all that, the Ninja’s 250cc engine has excellent fuel economy even in this early carburettor configuration. Don’t be surprised if you easily clear 70 mpg (US gallons), even while riding it aggressively.

Like its larger siblings from Kawasaki, the Ninja 250R has an aerodynamic full fairing, Kawasaki’s progressive rear suspension and high-performance disc brakes.

It also has a low seat height for added confidence when stopped. Other features include an easy-to-read instrument panel, positive neutral finder, centerstand, and pop-up bungee hooks.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F

Kawasaki Ninja 250R EX250-F 2004 maintenance schedule table

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R (2004-2007 for this one), which is available here.

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