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 (a.k.a. just “ZX10R”), sold between 2004 and 2007. They’re commonly referred to as the gen 1 Ninja ZX-10R and gen 2 Ninja ZX-10R, or just without the hyphen as the Kawasaki ZX10R. 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, or even more with ram air.

  • 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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Kawasaki ZX-10R Service Intervals

The Kawasaki ZX-10R has 7500 mile / 12000 km service intervals between oil and filter changes. At every minor service, also look over the motorcycle for items that are leaking, worn, or in need of lubrication.

Replace the spark plugs at every minor service, too.

The major valve service should be done every 15000 miles or 24000 km.

Kawasaki recommends you replace the air filter between services, every 12000 miles / 18000 km, unless you frequently ride your ZX-10R in the dirt, dust, or rain.

Replace the brake fluid every 2 years and the coolant every 3 years.

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 side stand)
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).


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • Follow the earlier of time-based or distance-based service intervals
  • Kawasaki recommends items relating to emissions or safety be serviced by an authorised dealer.
  • Service the oil, chain, and brakes more often if riding in dusty, wet, muddy, or aggressive riding conditions.
mi x 100047.512152024
km x 1000Every61218243036
Change/Replacement items
Air cleaner element # – replace (KA-1004)XX
Engine oil # (Kawasaki 10W-40, Motul 7100, Mobil 1 Synthetic)yearXXX
Oil filter (2004-2005: HF204RC, 2006-2007: HF303RC)yearXXX
Fuel hoses4 years
Coolant (Zerex G05)3 yearsX
Radiator hoses and O-rings3 yearsX
Brake hoses4 years
Brake fluid (front and rear) (Castrol DOT 4)2 yearsX
Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper4 years
Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9)XXX
Engine related items
Check valve clearancesX
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)yearXXX
Engine vacuum synchronizationXXX
Idle speedXXX
Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe)yearXXX
Fuel hoses condition/damageyearXXX
Coolant levelXXX
Coolant leakyearXXX
Radiator hose damageyearXXX
Radiator hoses conditionyearXXX
Evaporative emission system (CA only) — inspectXXXXXX
Air suction systemXXX
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)XXX
Drive chain lubrication # (Motul chain paste)600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack #1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear #XXX
Drive chain guide wearXXX
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressureyearXXX
Wheels/tires damageXXX
Tire tread wear, abnormal wearXXX
Wheel bearings damageyearXXX
Brake system:
Brake fluid leakyearXXXXXX
Brake hoses damageyearXXXXXX
Brake pad wear # (see above for brake pad recommendations)XXXXXX
Brake hose installation conditionyearXXXXXX
Brake fluid level6 monthsXXXXXX
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag)yearXXXXXX
Brake light switch operationXXXXXX
Suspension & Steering
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping, smooth stroke)XXX
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leakyearXXX
Uni-trak rocker arm operationXXX
Uni-trak tie rods operationXXX
Steering playyearXXX
Steering stem bearings – lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)2 yearsX
Electrical System:
Lights and switches operationyearXXX
Headlight aimingyearXXX
Side stand switch operationyearXXX
Engine stop switch operationyearXXX
Chassis parts – lubricate (lithium soap-based grease)yearXXX
Bolts and nuts tightnessXXX
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).

About the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2004-2007)

The first generation ZX-10R replaced the Kawasaki ZX-9R. It’s the same fundamental kind of bike — a superbike with all-out power and an aggressive riding position — but even more than the 9 ever was.

The first-generation ZX-10R was shocking for motorcyclists for being very quick, with a claimed 128 kW / 175 bhp (or even more with the ram-assisted intake) at 11700 rpm bhp stock and a light dry weight of 170 kg (375 lb) only. The early ZX-10R came with a lot of high tech stuff, including radial-mounted calipers on petal discs, fully adjustable suspension, and even an LCD dash.

Kawasaki has always been ahead of the curve with technology (the latest gen ZX-10R is a rare Japanese superbike with cruise control) and the early 10 was no exception. This generation ZX-10R already had a back torque-limiting clutch, a.k.a. a “slipper” clutch.

To keep the motorcycle small, Kawasaki used a one-piece cylinder/crank case, a rear-mounted generator, and a “stacked” transmission (seen earlier on the Yamaha YZF-R1).

Its engine was great, but some riders complained chassis couldn’t quite keep up — so it didn’t do too well either on the showroom floor or on the racetrack.

Even riding the ZX-10R today, it’s hard to imagine how a superbike could get any better. It has torque all through the power curve and a relatively high redline of 13000 rpm.

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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