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:
- Change/Replacement Items
- Engine Related Items,
- Chassis Related Items
- 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 1000||7.5||15||24||30|
|km x 1000||12||24||36||48||Every|
|Air cleaner element||•|
|Fuel hoses||•||4 years|
|Radiator hoses and O-rings||•||3 years|
|Brake hoses and pipe||•||4 years|
|Brake fluid (front and rear)||•||•||2 years|
|Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper||•||4 years|
|mi x 1000||4||7.5||12||15||20||24|
|km x 1000||6||12||18||24||30||36|
|Air cleaner element – clean / replace||•||•|
|Valve clearance – inspect||•|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Engine vacuum synchronization – inspect||•||•||•|
|Idle speed – inspect||•||•||•|
|Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Fuel hoses damage – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Fuel hoses installation condition – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Coolant level – inspect||•||•||•|
|Coolant leak – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Radiator hose damage – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Radiator hoses installation condition – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Evaporative emission control system (if fitted) – function||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air suction system damage – inspect||•||•||•|
|Exhaust butterfly valve cable- inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|mi x 1000||4||7.5||12||15||20||24|
|km x 1000||6||12||18||24||30||36||Every|
|Clutch and drive train|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect||•||•||•|
|Drive chain wear – inspect #||•||•||•|
|Drive chain guide wear – inspect||•||•||•|
|Tire air pressure – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Wheels/tires damage – inspect||•||•||•|
|Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect||•||•||•|
|Wheel bearings damage – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Brake fluid leak – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||year|
|Brake hoses and pipe damage – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||year|
|Brake pad wear – inspect #||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake hose and pipe installation condition – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||year|
|Brake fluid level – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||6 months|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag) – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•||year|
|Brake light switch operation – inspect||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect||•||•||•|
|Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Uni-trak rocker arm – inspect||•||•||•|
|Uni-trak tie rods operation – inspect||•||•||•|
|Steering play – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Steering stem bearings – lubricate||•||2 years|
|Lights and switches operation – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Headlight aiming – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Side stand switch operation – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Engine stop switch operation – inspect||•||•||•||year|
|Chassis parts – lubricate||•||•||•||year|
|Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect||•||•||•|
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 item||Every|
|Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary (Motul chain paste)||400 mi / 600 km|
|Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary||600 mi / 1000 km|
- 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).
|Wheel||Tire size||Tire pressure|
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)||250 kPa/36 psi|
|Rear||180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)||290 kPa/42 psi|
The Gen 2 Kawasaki Z1000 shipped with Dunlop Qualifier tires.
About the Kawasaki Z1000 Gen 2
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.
You can get the manual here.