Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (1998-2002) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was introduced in 1995 and has been constantly updated throughout the years. the Ninja line of Kawasaki motorcycles in the 1980s and still carries the name today. In 1998, the Ninja ZX-6R got a major update, improving the airbox and re-turning the engine for about 10% more power.

In 2003, the Ninja ZX-6R was replaced with the ZX-6R 636.

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Maintenance Schedule for 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.


  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
  • †: Replace. add. 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
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)
Emission Related
Carburetor synchronization — check †
Idle speed–check †
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air suction valve — check †
Air cleaner element and air vent filter–clean † #
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related
KBrake hose connections – check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid — change2 years
KFuel hose, connections – check †
KSteering –check †
Drive chain 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, uni-trak linkage — 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)
1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

WheelTyre sizeRecommended tyre pressure
Front120/65 ZR17 (55W)180/55 ZR17 (73W)
Rear250 kPa/36 psi290 kPa/41 psi
ZX-6R 1998-2002 tyre sizes and pressures

The original ZX-6R shipped with Dunlop D207s, Bridgestone Battlax BTs, or Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. You can use whatever sport or sport touring tyres are available these days, of course.

Manual for the 1998-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2001-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2001-2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, which is available here.

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