Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Gen 1 and Gen 2 (2004-2007) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the first two generations of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, sold between 2004 and 2007. They’re commonly referred to as the gen 1 Ninja ZX-10R and gen 2 Ninja ZX-10R. While they were different in specs, they have the same components and maintenance schedule.

The first generation of ZX-10R was a successor to the much more popular Ninja ZX-9R. They both have a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine that made 130 kW (175 hp) at 11,700 rpm.

  • The 2004-2005 (Gen) 1 Ninja ZX-10R had digital gauges, weighed 170kg dry, and had exhausts out the sides. It didn’t do too well in racing nor in floor sales. The engine is great, but a bit too much for the chassis compared to other superbikes of the day.
  • The 2006-2007 (Gen 2) Ninja ZX-10R got analogue gauges and became softer, and even 4 kg (10 lb) heavier. Kawasaki made the styling more “rounded”. They also gave it under-seat exhausts (all the rage at the time), an Öhlins steering damper, tweaked geometry, and a heavier crankshaft, plus different injectors (trying to tame the engine). Still, because it’s softer, this is the “least desirable” ZX-10R per forums. Analogue gauges.

In 2008, Kawasaki significantly revamped the engine for the 3rd gen ZX-10R, giving it 140-150 kW (188-200hp), increasing with ram air. They extended the wheelbase, the rake, and upgraded the braking. This was when Ninja ZX-10Rs became much more competitive. The rest is history — the 2010s saw them win a string of races.

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What you need to service your Gen 1 and Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service your gen 1/gen 2 gixxer 10K.

Part2004-2007 Gen 1/Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R spec
OilKawasaki recommends 10W-40 conventional oil, like their own Kawasaki 10W-40. But forum dwellers recommend Shell Rotella T6, Motul 7100, or another high-grade synthetic.
Oil filterThere are two oil filters, depending on your year. They fit on the same size nut but have slightly different length.
* 2004-2005: Hiflofiltro HF204RC
* 2006-2007: Hiflofiltro HF303RC
Air filterUse a K&N air filter part number KA-1004.
Spark plugStandard spark plug is an NGK part number CR9EIA-9.
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste to service your chain.
GreaseLithium soap-based grease for external lubrication (like the sidestand)
Brake padsSintered brake pads are best for sport bikes, providing the best braking and longest life. Use EBC brake pads FA369/4HH (two pairs) for the front and FA192HH for the rear.
Maintenance items for 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Maintenance Schedule for 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Gen 1 and Gen 2. It’s the same as in the owner’s manual, but reformatted to fit this screen (this is best viewed on a tablet or a desktop computer).

The following is the 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.
  • K: Kawasaki recommends these “Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer”
  • #: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
Maintenance itemkm (mi)/Every1000 (600)6000 (400)12000 (7500)18000 (12000)24000 (15000)30000 (20000)36000 (34000)42000 (28000)48000 (30000)
Change/Replacement items
Air cleaner element # – replace (KA-1004)XX
KEngine oil # (Kawasaki 10W-40, Motul 7100, Mobil 1 Synthetic)yearXXXXX
KOil filter (2004-2005: HF204RC, 2006-2007: HF303RC)yearXXXXX
KFuel hoses4 yearsX
KCoolant (Zerex G05)3 yearsX
KRadiator hoses and O-rings3 yearsX
KBrake hoses4 yearsX
KBrake fluid (front and rear) (Castrol DOT 4)2 yearsXX
KRubber parts of master cylinder and caliper4 yearsX
Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9)XXXX
Engine related items
Check valve clearancesX
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)yearXXXXX
Engine vacuum synchronizationXXXX
Idle speedXXXXX
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe)yearXXXXX
KFuel hoses condition/damageyearXXXXX
Coolant levelXXXXX
Coolant leakyearXXXXX
Radiator hose damageyearXXXXX
Radiator hoses conditionyearXXXXX
Evaporative emission system (CA only) — inspectXXXXXXXXX
Air suction systemXXXX
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)XXXXX
Drive chain lubrication # (Motul chain paste)600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack #1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear #XXXX
KDrive chain guide wearXXXX
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressureyearXXXX
Wheels/tires damageXXXX
Tire tread wear, abnormal wearXXXX
KWheel bearings damageyearXXXX
Brake system:
Brake fluid leakyearXXXXXXXXX
Brake hoses damageyearXXXXXXXXX
Brake pad wear # (see above for brake pad recommendations)XXXXXXXX
Brake hose installation conditionyearXXXXXXXXX
Brake fluid level6 monthsXXXXXXXXX
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag)yearXXXXXXXXX
Brake light switch operationXXXXXXXXX
Suspension & Steering
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping, smooth stroke)XXXX
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leakyearXXXX
KUni-trak rocker arm operationXXXX
KUni-trak tie rods operationXXXX
KSteering playyearXXXXX
KSteering stem bearings – lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)2 yearsX
Electrical System:
Lights and switches operationyearXXXX
Headlight aimingyearXXXX
Side stand switch operationyearXXXX
Engine stop switch operationyearXXXX
Chassis parts – lubricate (lithium soap-based grease)yearXXXX
Bolts and nuts tightnessXXXXX
Maintenance schedule for 2004-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, as well as these recommended tyre pressures.

Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP “SPORT MAX D209J”250 kPa/36psi
Rear190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)DUNLOP “SPORT MAX D209FMTJ”290 kPa/42psi
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ninja ZX-10R

These days there are other tyres that owners prefer to use — modern sport or sport touring tyres are more capable than those Dunlops (if you can even find them).

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2004-2007)

The first generation ZX-10R replaced the ZX-9R. Its engine was great, but the chassis couldn’t quite keep up — so it didn’t do too well either on the showroom floor or on the racetrack.

The second-generation ZX-10R continues that domination, featuring a racetrack-focused chassis and more horsepower. With excellent mid-range power and a screaming top-end, the ZX-10R’s ability to accelerate out of corners is aided by its linear power delivery and enhanced traction provided by its long swingarm. 

The ZX-10R shines in the upper-speed ranges, thanks to a fairing, seat cowl, and dual under-seat exhaust system which are designed for slippery aerodynamics. The ZX-10R offer impressive stopping power from its dual floating 300mm petal discs, radial-mount four-pad/four-piston calipers, and radial-pump master cylinder; it also provides precise modulation and a consistent feel at the brake lever. 

The ZX-10R features an adjustable, race-spec, twin-tube, Öhlins steering damper with relief valve. The twin-tube damper uses the second tube like a reservoir tank to help ensure consistent performance under demanding race conditions.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2006-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2006-2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here. It’s the same basic content as for the earlier one, pictured below, though re-arranged.

200r Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R maintenance schedule screenshot
2004 ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule screenshot

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