Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Battery Maintenance

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Maintenance and adjustment / Battery / Battery Maintenance

It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the battery fully charged. Failure to do so can lead to battery failure and leave you stranded.

If you are riding your vehicle infrequently, inspect the battery voltage weekly using a voltmeter. If it drops below 12.8 volts, the battery should be charged using an appropriate charger (check with your Kawasaki dealer).

If you will not be using the motorcycle for longer than two weeks, the battery should be charged using an appropriate charger. Do not use an automotive- type quick charger that may overcharge the battery and damage it.

NOTE

Leaving the battery connected causes the electrical components (clock etc) to make the battery discharged, resulting the over discharge of the battery. In this case, the repair or replacement of the battery is not included in the warranty. If you do not drive for four weeks or more, disconnect the battery from the vehicle.

Kawasaki-recommended chargers are:

Battery Mate 150-9

OptiMate 4

Yuasa MB-2040/2060

Christie C10122S

If the above chargers are not available, use equivalent one.

For more details, ask your Kawasaki dealer.

Battery Sulfation
A common cause of battery failure is sulfation. Sulfation occurs when the battery is left in a discharged condition for an extended time. Sulfate is a normal by product of the chemical reactions ...

Battery Charging
Remove the battery from the motorcycle (see Battery Removal). Attach the leads from the charger and charge the battery at a rate (amperage x hours) that is indicated on the battery. If it ...

Other materials:

Seat Cover Removal
Remove: Rear Seat (see Rear Seat Removal) Remove the bolts [A]. Remove the upper seat cover backward [B] to clear the hook portions. Remove: Front Seat (see Front Seat Removal) Quick Rivets [A] Bolts [B] Seat Covers [C] ...

Front Forks/Rear Shock Absorber Operation Inspection
Pump the forks down and up [A] 4 or 5 times, and inspect the smooth stroke. If the forks do not smoothly or noise is found, inspect the fork oil level or fork clamps (see Front Fork Oil Change in the Suspension chapter). Pump the rear seat down and up [A] 4 or 5 times, and inspec ...

Steering Stem Bearing Lubrication
Remove the steering stem (see Stem, Stem Bearing Removal in the Steering chapter). Using a high flash-point solvent, wash the upper and lower ball bearings [A] in the cages. Wipe the upper and lower outer races which are press -fitted into the head pipe to clean off grease and dirt. V ...