Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1 (2003-2006) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1.

The Kawasaki Z1000 is a four-cylinder motorcycle introduced in 2003 with streetfighter or standard styling. It used a modified engine from the ZX-9R and was bored out by 2.2 mm resulting in bigger displacement, more low-RPM torque, and only a slight power loss of 4 bhp from the original ZX9.

The original Z1000 was revolutionary in its design, using something called “Sugomi”.

It was replaced in 2007 by the Gen 2 Kawasaki Z1000, which used largely the same engine (though tuning had evolved), but with a few different external components.

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1.


  • K: 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
  • e: Emission related item
  • Cal: California model only

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

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 † (e)
Idle speed–check † (e)
Throttle control system–check † (e)
Spark plug – clean and gap † (e)
Valve clearance – check † (e)
Air suction valve – check † (e)
Air cleaner element–clean †# (e)
Evaporative emission control system (Cal) – check † (e)
KBrake hose, connections – check †
Brake light switch – check †
Brake pad wear – check †#
Brake fluid level – check †month
KFuel hose, connections – check †
KBrake fluid – change2 years
Clutch – adjust †
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear – check † #
Nut, bolt, fastener tightness – check †
Tire wear – check †
Engine oil – change #
Oil filter – replace
General lubrication – perform
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)
Drive chain slack – check †#Every 1000 km (600 mi)
Maintenance schedule for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000

The 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type):


  • 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
  • DUNLOP “D208FL”


  • 190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W)
  • DUNLOP “D208P”

The manual for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000 recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/41 psi

General information about the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1

The Z1000 backs this aggressive, super naked style with an in-line four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine, which produces tractable power for hard acceleration in any rpm range. The lightweight, all-aluminum cylinder block, with chrome composite plated lining for wear resistance and superior heat dispersion are features borrowed from the Kawasaki NINJA® sportbike line.

Digital fuel injection utilizing 38mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle valves promote smooth, responsive engine operation with less fuel consumption. The high-speed 32-bit digital ignition provides precise engine management and enhances the fuel injection system. Keeping the entire engine cool is a large-area radiator with an electric fan that maintains operating temperatures at the optimum level.

Simultaneously, a liquid-cooled oil cooler helps keep the six-speed transmission operating at maximum performance. Part of the Z1000’s allure lies in the four stainless steel mufflers that are heat-treated to an attractive golden color. Enhancing its appeal is the Kawasaki Low Exhaust Emissions (KLEEN®) catalyzer system that helps keep exhaust emissions that flow through the quad mufflers environmentally friendly.

Manual for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 1 2003-2006 maintenance schedule
User manual screenshot for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2003-2006 Kawasaki Z1000, which is available here.

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