Kawasaki Z H2 (base model, 2020+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki Z H2, Kawasaki’s supercharged naked bike. It’s from the manual, with some reference points from service guides and parts catalogues.

The Kawasaki Z H2 is part of Kawasaki’s H2 supercharged line-up, all based on variants of a 998cc supercharged inline four-cylinder engine.

Here are the motorcycles in the Kawasaki supercharged motorcycle line-up:

  • Kawasaki H2 & H2 Carbon — base model superbike
  • Kawasaki H2R — a highly exclusive, track-only superbike
  • Kawasaki H2 SX — Base model touring bike
  • Kawasaki H2 SX SE — Touring, SE
  • Kawasaki H2 SX SE+ — Touring even more SE
  • Kawasaki H2 SX SE+ Performance — Enhanced touring
  • Kawasaki Z H2 — Base model naked bike
  • Kawasaki Z H2 SE (+ Performance) — Naked bike with high-performance suspension + brakes

In the Z H2 this engine is tuned for a peak of 147.1 kW (197 hp) at 11000 rpm, or peak torque of 137 Nm (101 ft-lb) of torque at 9500 rpm. Big numbers. It’s no lightweight though, weighing 239 kg (527 lb) — Hayabusa territory.

Still, the Z H2 is a stomper of a bike, likely to go down in the annals of history as an anomaly that somehow legislators allowed to exist on the road, before we were forced to let robots do all the driving.

Kawasaki also released the Z H2 SE, which has upgraded suspension, brakes, and a few other components.

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Service Intervals for the Kawasaki Z H2

The Kawasaki Z H2 has basic service intervals of 7600 mi / 12000 km, or annually. At every service, you change the engine oil and filter, and look over the motorcycle for a long list of checks, including checking the supercharger for axial play.

Major maintenance intervals on the Kawasaki Z H2 are quite wide, with valve clearance checks every 24000 km or 15000 mi — similar to that of other liquid-cooled four-cylinder bikes from Kawasaki (like the Ninja 1000).

The Z H2 has a hydraulic clutch as well as brake, so you can change the fluid for both at the same time.

What you need to service a Kawasaki Z H2

To service your Kawasaki motorcycle, you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools.

Apart from that, you need the following consumables specific to your motorcycle.

PartKawasaki Z H2 Spec
Engine oilYou need 0.9L of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, e.g. Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil as a basic option. Or you could use a high-grade synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40.
Oil filterStandard Kawasaki part number is 16097-009. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF124RC.
Air filterStandard Kawasaki part number is 11013-0804. You can also use a K&N KA-9915 air filter or a DNA P-K10N20-ZH2.
Spark plugsThe manual calls for NGK SILMAR9E9 spark plugs.
Brake fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.
Chain maintenanceThe chain needs to be lubricated quite often (especially if it gets wet or dirty). A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.
Brake padsStandard Kawasaki part numbers are 43082-0194 (front) and 43082-0185 (rear). EBC part numbers are FA630HH (front) and FA266HH (rear). (See screenshot from catalogue below)

EBC Kawasaki Z H2 brake pads
GreaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.
BatteryDead battery? Swap it out with a Yuasa YTZ10S.
Kawasaki Z H2 parts for maintenance

Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z H2

Below is the full maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z H2, adapted from the manual.

It’s simplified a little with regulatory information omitted (e.g. noting what’s an emission-related item).

The main difference in the maintenance schedule is that you have to inspect the supercharger!

Notes on letters used:

  • I = Inspect
  • R = Replace
  • L = Lubricate
  • (C) Service more frequently in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
km x 1000112243648
mi x 10000.67.615.222.830.4Every
Air cleaner element (*C)IIII2 years, R
Idle speedIIIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)IIIIIYear, I
Engine vacuum synchronizationIIII
Fuel systemIIIIIYear, I
Fuel filterRR
Fuel pumpR
Fuel hose5 years, R
Evaporative emission control system (*D)II
Cooling systemIIIIIYear, I
Coolant, water hoses, and O-ringsR3 years, R
Valve clearanceII
Air suction systemIIII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)IIIIIYear, I
Clutch fluid, hose, and pipeRRRRRYear, I
Clutch fluidRR2 years, R
Clutch hose/rubber parts of clutch master cylinder and slave cylinderR4 years, R
Engine oil (*C) and oil filterRRRRRYear, R
Wheel bearing damageIIIIYear, I
Drive chain wear (*C)IIII
Drive chain guide wearIIII
Brake systemIIIIIYear, I
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)IIIIIYear, I
Brake fluid (front and rear)RR2 years, R
Brake hose4 years, R
Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliperR4 years, R
Suspension systemIIIIYear, I
Steering playIIIIIYear, I
Steering stem bearingLL2 years, L
Electrical systemIIIIYear, I
Spark plugIR
Chassis partsLLLLYear, L
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIIIII
Supercharger oil screenRR
Supercharger impeller axial playIIII
Kawasaki Z H2 maintenance schedule

Kawasaki Z H2 daily checks

Kawasaki also recommends the following daily checks for the Z H2. Do these with the annual service, too.

ItemThing to check
FuelAdequate supply in tank, no leaks
Engine oilOil level between level lines
TyresAir pressure (when cold), install the air valve cap
Tyre wear
Drive chainSlack: Every 1000 km (600 mile)
Lubricate: Every 600 km (400 mile)
Bolts, nuts, and fastenersCheck for loose and/or missing bolts, nuts, and fasteners
SteeringAction smooth but not loose from lock to lock
No binding of control cables
BrakesBrake pad wear
Brake fluid level
No brake fluid leakage
ThrottleThrottle grip free play
ClutchClutch fluid level correct
No clutch fluid leakage
CoolantNo coolant leakage
Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold)
Electrical equipmentAll lights (head, city, brake/tail, turn signal, license plate, warning/indicator) and horn work
Engine stop switchStops engine
Side standReturn to its fully up position by spring tension
Return spring not weak or not damaged
Rear view mirrorsRear view sight
Kawasaki Z H2 daily checks

Tire sizes and pressures for the Kawasaki Z H2

The manual specifies the following tire sizes and pressures (cold).

TyreSizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 (58W)36 psi / 250 kPa (2.5 bar)
Rear190/55 ZR 17 (75W)42 psi / 290 kPa (2.9 bar)
Tyre sizes and tyre pressures for the Kawasaki Z H2

The Kawasaki Z H2 ships with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres stock, though swap these out with any tyres you like (probably sport tyres).

About the Kawasaki Z H2

2020 Kawasaki Z H2 on track

The Kawasaki Z H2 is the latest in Kawasaki’s stable of supercharged motorcycles — this time in naked/streetfighter form, with huge power and torque, and a lot of rider aids.

Basically the Kawasaki Z H2 is a “luxury” muscle bike, something like a modern B-King (which was a naked bike based on the Hayabusa’s engine).

The Z H2 is based on a 998cc supercharged liquid-cooled DOHC/16 valve inline-four engine that in the Z H2 makes 147 kW or 197 hp at 11000 rpm, a huge number that any motorcycle would be proud to be able to display. But in a naked bike, it’s even more huge!

There are of course non-supercharged motorcycles that make similar power. One example is the contemporary the Ducati Streetfighter V4, a bike that makes more power AND is lighter weight. But this isn’t a competition (is it?).

The supercharger adds some minor complication to servicing, as it has to be inspected to make sure it’s operating and that it isn’t leaking oil.

Aside from that, maintaining the Z H2 is much like maintaining any other liter bike. Valve inspections are every 24000 km (15000 mi), and done in the same way.

Riding hardware on the Z H2 is good, though not as advanced as the Z H2 SE. Front brakes are twin 320mm discs with Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers, and front suspension is a Showa 43mm SFF BPF set-up that’s fully adjustable.

The rear wheel is on a double-sided swing-arm, as opposed to a single-sided swing-arm on the rest of the H2 series. The rear shock is a single Showa unit.

The Kawasaki Z H2 comes with the kitchen sink of rider aids, with everything from full cornering ABS, a quickshifter, launch control, and cruise control.

Despite the fact that it’s a super high power bike, the Z H2 isn’t designed to be a track bike, and Kawasaki emphasises this. Part of the reason it isn’t a good option as a track bike is the weight — it’s 239 kg (527 lb) wet.

Of course, you could definitely have a good day at the track on it… but you’d be passed by lighter bikes on most twisty tracks, and by faster bikes on most tracks with straight lines. In the meantime, RIP tyres.

Kawasaki also released an up-spec 2021 version of the Z H2 with better brakes and suspension.

Manual for the Kawasaki Z H2

The above maintenance schedule was transcribed from the manual for the Kawasaki Z H2.

You can view it on Kawasaki’s website here.

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