Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R (2000-2006) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is a sportbike in the Ninja series made from 2000 through 2006, replacing the ZX-11 or ZZ-R1100. The 2002 model was updated with 140 changes.

The ZX-12R was sold alongside the similar but less speed-focussed ZZ-R1200. was discontinued in 2006 and was replaced by the Kawasaki ZX-14.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

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 recommended these should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
  • †: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
  • #: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
OperationEvery1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Engine vacuum synchronization — check †
Idle speed–check †
Throttle control system–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element –clean † #
Evaporative emission control system (CA only) –check †
KBrake hose, connections — check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid — change2 years
KFuel hoses, connections – check †
Clutch – adjust †
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
KDrive chain roller wear – check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #6 months
KOil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change2 years
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
KSwingarm pivot– lubricate
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †
KSteering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
KBrake master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace4 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal–replace4 years
Drive chain–lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Dive chain slack–check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Kawasaki ZX-12R Maintenance Schedule Table

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:


  • 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
  • DUNLOP “D208FJ”


  • 200/50 ZR17 (75W)
  • DUNLOP “D208J”

The manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 290 kPa/42 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/42 psi

General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is one of Kawasaki’s high-powered sports bikes. Not a track-focused sports bike, nor a touring machine, the ZX-12R is designed to go fast and to be relatively comfortable while doing it.

The ZX-12R is powered by a 1,199 cc fuel-injected inline-four engine produces 178 hp (133 kW) at low speed and increases to 190 hp (140 kW) at high speed with the help of its ram-air intake.

For horsepower junkies, the muscular DOHC mill is built to satisfy your primal urges for hard acceleration. And adjustable suspension components straight off the top shelf deliver impeccable handling and grown-up ergonomics ensure a comfortable ride, even in predator status. 

The compact 16-valve cylinder head features a narrow 25-degree included valve angle and a high 12.2:1 compression ratio to increase power output. Special lightweight, yet strong, VX thin-wire valve springs provide precise high-speed valve control. Heat-treated chrome-moly con rods connect to a strong, precisely weighted crankshaft for stronger low- and mid-range performance.

Magnesium alloy covers for the cylinder head, clutch, and alternator reduce overall weight. Four 46mm fuel-injected throttle bodies with four precisely angled jets aimed directly at the intake valves. The Engine Management Module continuously monitors engine and atmospheric data to independently control fuel injection and ignition for each cylinder.

Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R, which is available here.

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