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Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2 (2007-2009) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2007-2008 Kawasaki Z1000 Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2007-2009 Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2.

The Kawasaki Z1000 is a four-cylinder motorcycle originally introduced in 2003 (the first gen Kawasaki Z1000) 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 second generation Kawasaki Z1000 was made from 2007 to 2009. The 2007 refresh is still powered by a 953cc motor, but includes a re-tune for more low-end and midrange punch from revised engine mapping, new camshaft profiles, and slightly smaller intake and exhaust valves. The throttle body size was also reduced to 36mm (from 38mm), and an exhaust valve retains backpressure.

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Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2.

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 2007-2008 Kawasaki Z1000 is broken into three sections:

  1. Change/Replacement Items
  2. Engine Related Items,
  3. Chassis Related Items

Notes:

  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • The break-in schedule is removed as these motorcycles are long broken in.
  • Where there’s a time-based and distance-based interval, follow the earlier of the two.

Change / replacement items

mi x 10007.5152430
km x 100012243648Every
Air cleaner element
Engine oilyear
Oil filteryear
Fuel hoses4 years
Coolant3 years
Radiator hoses and O-rings3 years
Brake hoses and pipe4 years
Brake fluid (front and rear)2 years
Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper4 years
Spark plug
Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2 periodic replacement items

Engine items

mi x 100047.512152024
km x 100061218243036
Air cleaner element – clean / replace
Valve clearance – inspect
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspectyear
Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
Fuel hoses damage – inspectyear
Fuel hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage – inspectyear
Radiator hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Evaporative emission control system (if fitted) – function
Air suction system damage – inspect
Exhaust butterfly valve cable- inspect
Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2 maintenance – engine items

Chassis items

mi x 100047.512152024
km x 100061218243036Every
Clutch and drive train
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain wear – inspect #
Drive chain guide wear – inspect
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
Wheel bearings damage – inspectyear
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses and pipe damage – inspectyear
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose and pipe installation condition – inspectyear
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag) – inspectyear
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
Uni-trak rocker arm – inspect
Uni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
Steering play – inspectyear
Steering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Lights and switches operation – inspectyear
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation – inspectyear
Engine stop switch operation – inspectyear
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Maintenance — chassis items – Kawasaki Z1000 gen 2

Maintaining Your Chain on the Kawasaki Z1000

It’s important to maintain your chain on the Kawasaki Z1000, as on any chain-driven motorcycle. Use a good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste, or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain.

Kawasaki recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule per the booklet:

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary (Motul chain paste)400 mi / 600 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Kawasaki Z1000

Notes:

  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your Z1000 in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.

Tire size and tire pressure for the 2007-2009 Gen 2 Kawasaki Z1000

The Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2 has the following tire sizes and tire pressures recommended as standard (tubeless type).

WheelTire sizeTire pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)250 kPa/36 psi
Rear180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)290 kPa/42 psi
Tire sizes and pressures — Kawasaki Z1000

The Gen 2 Kawasaki Z1000 shipped with Dunlop Qualifier tires.

About the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2

2007-2009 Kawasaki Z1000 Green RHS studio web 2nd gen

The Kawasaki Z1000 made between 2007-2009 is the 2nd generation of the “streetfighter” line of Kawasaki liter-class motorcycles.

The Gen 2 (2007-2009) Kawasaki Z1000 sought to address many of the complaints about the first generation Z1000, but it didn’t get all the way there.

The Z1000 was one of the very early “streetfighters”. So it was really pioneering a whole new segment, waiting for everyone to catch up (you can tell they’re catching up because they have to call their new bike a “streetfighter” rather than let it speak for itself…)

The Z1000 backs up its aggressive, super naked style with an in-line four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine that’s based on the motor from the ZX-9R. It’s 953 cc in capacity — this is before the Z1000 (and other streetbikes from Kawasaki) got the displacement bump to over 1000 cc.

The 2007 Z1000 got a retune though for more mid-range and low-end grunt, meaning it has torque everywhere and it’s hard to be in the wrong gear. It makes a peak of 127 hp / 93 kW @ 10000 rpm, with peak torque of 70 ft-lb / 96 Nm arriving at a relatively street-friendly 8000 rpm.

The 2007-2009 Z1000 was an improvement over the earlier model, but it didn’t solve anything major. Riders wanted full suspension adjustability, and what they got was preload and rebound damping adjustment only. Riders wanted more stability in corners, but they got a fat tyre and a light front that meant it’s wheelie prone… which is fun, but gets old (I imagine).

Nonetheless Kawasaki was pioneering streetfighters, and they resolved some of the complaints on the third gen of Z1000 from 2010.

The 2nd gen Kawasaki Z1000 had good ride gear, even though it wasn’t exactly what owners wanted. The cartridge fork is inverted, and does have some adjustability, and is of a cartridge style.

Front brakes are 4-piston calipers gripping trademark Kawasaki wave rotors.

Maintaining the Z1000 is much like maintaining many other liquid-cooled superbikes from Kawasaki at the time. Oil changes are every 7500 miles or 12000 km, and valve service intervals are every 2 services. Aside from that, keep the chain maintained and the fluids up to spec and you’re golden.

Manual for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2.

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2007-2008 Kawasaki Z1000.
User manual screenshot for the 2007-2008 Kawasaki Z1000

You can get the manual here.

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