Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Drive Chain

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Maintenance and adjustment / Drive Chain

The drive chain slack and lubrication must be checked each day before riding the motorcycle and must be maintained in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart for safety and to prevent excessive wear. If the chain becomes badly worn or maladjusted - either too loose or too tight - the chain could jump off the sprockets or break.

WARNING

A chain that breaks or jumps off the sprockets could snag on the engine sprocket or lock the rear wheel, severely damaging the motorcycle and causing it to go out of control. Inspect the chain for damage and proper adjustment before each ride.

Clutch
Due to friction plate wear and clutch cable stretch over a long period of use, the clutch operation should be checked each day before riding the motorcycle, and must be adjusted in accordance wit ...

Chain Slack Inspection
Set the motorcycle up on its side stand. Rotate the rear wheel to find the position where the chain is tightest, and measure the maximum chain slack by pulling up and pushing down the c ...

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Radiator Fan System
Fan Motor Inspection Remove the air cleaner housing (see Air Cleaner Housing Removal in the Fuel System (DFI) chapter). Disconnect the connector [A]. Using an auxiliary leads, supply battery power to the fan motor. If the fan does not rotate, the fan motor is defective and must be re ...

Cam Wear Inspection
Remove the camshafts (see Camshaft Removal). Measure the height [A] of each cam with a micrometer. If the cams are worn down past the service limit, replace the camshaft. Cam Height Standard: Exhaust 35.043 35.157 mm (1.3796 1.3841 in.) Intake 38.243 38.357 mm (1.5056 1.5101 in. ...

Cylinder Compression Measurement
NOTE Use the battery which is fully charged. Warm up the engine thoroughly. Stop the engine. Remove the spark plugs (see Spark Plug Replacement in the Periodic Maintenance chapter). Attach the compression gauge [A] and adapter [B] firmly into the spark plug hole. Using the startermo ...