Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Daily Checks

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Safe operation / Daily Checks

Check the following items each day before you ride. The time required is minimal, and habitual performance of these checks will help ensure you a safe, reliable ride.

If any irregularities are found during these checks, refer to the Maintenance and Adjustment chapter or see your dealer for the action required to return the motorcycle to a safe operating condition.

WARNING

Failure to perform these checks before operation may result in serious damage or an accident. Always perform daily checks before operation.

DANGER

Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless poisonous gas.

Inhaling carbon monoxide can cause serious brain injury or death.

Do not run the engine in enclosed areas. Operate only in a well-ventilated area.

Fuel ............................. Adequate supply in tank, no leaks.

Engine oil .................... Oil level between level lines.

Tires ............................ Air pressure (when cold):


Install the air valve cap.

Drive chain .................. Slack 25 ∼ 35 mm (1.0 ∼ 1.4 in.).

Lubricate when chain is dry.

Nuts, bolts, fasteners .. Check that steering and suspension components, axles, and all controls are properly tightened or fastened.

Steering ...................... Action smooth but not loose from lock to lock.

No binding of control cables.

Electronic Steering Damper Unit: No oil leakage.

Brakes ........................ Brake pad wear: Lining thickness more than 1 mm (0.04 in.) left.

No brake fluid leakage.

Throttle ....................... Throttle grip play 2 ∼ 3 mm (0.08 ∼ 0.12 in.).

Clutch ......................... Clutch lever play 2 ∼ 3 mm (0.08 ∼ 0.12 in.).

Clutch lever operates smoothly.

Coolant ....................... No coolant leakage.

Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold).

Electrical equipment ... All lights (Headlight, Tail/Brake Lights, Turn Signal Lights, Warning/Indicator Lights) and horn work.

Engine stop switch ...... Stops engine.

Side stand ................... Return to its fully up position by spring tension.

Return spring not weak or not damaged.

Safe riding technique
The points given below are applicable for everyday motorcycle use and should be carefully observed for safe and effective vehicle operation. For safety, eye protection and a helmet are strongly r ...

Additional Considerations for High Speed Operation
Brakes: The importance of the brakes, especially during high speed operation, cannot be overemphasized. Check to see that they are correctly adjusted and functioning properly. Steering: Loose ...

Other materials:

Special Tools and Sealant
Oil Pressure Gauge, 10 kgf/cm²: 57001-164 Oil Pressure Gauge Adapter, PT3/8: 57001-1233 Outside Circlip Pliers: 57001-144 Liquid Gasket, TB1211: 56019-120 ...

Idle Speed
The idle speed inspection should be performed in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart. This motorcycle is equipped with the Idle Speed Control valve. If the idle speed is disturbed, inspection of the idle speed control should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. NOTE While ...

Crankshaft Main Bearing Insert/Journal Wear Inspection
Split the crankcase (see Crankcase Splitting). Cut strips of plastigage to journal width. Place a strip on each journal parallel to the crankshaft installed in the correct position. Tighten the crankcase bolts to the specified torque (see Crankcase Assembly). NOTE Do not turn ...