This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R was a motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series produced from 1989 until 2003. From 1989-1995 in the US market, Kawasaki called ZXR-750R the ZX-7. In 1996, they dropped the ZXR name worldwide and the former ZXR-750 was now ZX-7R.
The ZX-7R has a 749 cc in-line four-cylinder, four-stroke engine. It’s carburettor-fed and drives the rear wheel through a chain drive. It’s a sporty engine, making over 120hp at the crank. Kawasaki really knows how to build them!
The ZX-7R underwent many rounds of evolution before 1996, but at that point it remained the same until retirement. It was effectively replaced by the ZX-6R 636, which did double duty replacing the ZX-6R, too.
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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R.
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 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.
- For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
- K: These items are what Kawasaki thinks should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
- : Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
- †: Replace, adjust, or torque if necessary.
- (c): California model only
|Operation||Every||1000 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)|
|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 -clean † #||•||•||•|
|Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch — check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear– check † #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake/clutch fluid level — check †||month||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake hose, connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch fluid — change||2 years||•|
|K||Fuel hose, connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering –check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain wear–check † #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil–change #||year||•||•||•||•|
|K||Front fork oil–change||•|
|Front fork oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|K||Swingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate||•||•||•|
|Radiator hoses, connections–check †||year||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering stem bearing–lubricate||2 years||•|
|K||Fuel filter – replace||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace||2 years|
|K||Caliper piston seal and dust seal–replace||2 years|
|K||Clutch slave cylinder piston seal – replace||2 years|
|Drive chain–lubricate #||Every 600 km (400 mi)|
|Dive chain slack–check † #||Every 1000 km (600 mi)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, plus the follow recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||120/70 ZR17 (58W)||DUNLOP D204FL|
BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT-50F
METZLER MEZ1 Front
|250 kPa/36 psi|
|Rear||190/50 ZR17 (73W)||DUNLOP D204L|
BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT-50R
|290 kPa/41 psi|
General information about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
The Kawasaki ZX-7R is a higher capacity sport bike than the ZX-6R (surprisingly), competing more against the GSX-R750 in its own class between six-hundreds and litre-bikes.
The 748cc Ninja ZX-7R includes many high-performance features:
- An incredibly narrow 20° included valve angle
- Wide 4-valve 73mm combustion chamber with an ultra-short 44.7mm stroke for higher rev potential
- 11.5:1 high compression cylinders and high-revving 12,500-rpm redline
Additional advanced features include a lightweight wet-liner liquid cooling system, digitally mapped ignition system, and free-breathing 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system.
The ZX-7R is fed by twin ram air intakes, feeding air through four straight downdraft intakes into high-volume 38mm CVKD semi-flat slide carburettors.
The six-speed transmission has Kawasaki’s exclusive positive neutral finder.
A hydraulically activated clutch gives smooth shifting action, and the transmission shaft is designed with involute splines for easy gear selection.
Braking is provided by dual 6-piston tokico calipers and huge 320mm semi-floating drilled stainless steel rotors. The rear brake features a dual-piston caliper with a drilled disc.
Front suspension is fully adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping. Rear suspension is 43mm fully adjustable inverted cartridge fork with 8-way compression, 12-way rebound adjustment, plus preload.
Manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R, which is available here.