Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Tire Wear, Damage

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Maintenance and adjustment / Wheels / Tire Wear, Damage

As the tire tread wears down, the tire becomes more susceptible to puncture and failure. An accepted estimate is that 90% of all tire failures occur during the last 10% of tread life (90% worn).

So it is false economy and unsafe to use the tires until they are bald

Tire Wear, Damage


A. Tire Depth Gauge

Minimum Tread Depth


NOTE

Have the wheel balance inspected whenever a new tire is installed.

WARNING

Tires that have been punctured and repaired do not have the same capabilities as undamaged tires and can suddenly fail, causing an accident resulting in serious injury or death. Replace damaged tires as soon as possible. To ensure safe handling and stability, use only the recommended standard tires for replacement, inflated to the standard pressure. If it is necessary to ride on a repaired tire, do not exceed 100 km/h (60 mph) until the tire is replaced.

NOTE

When operating on public roadways, keep maximum speed under traffic law limits.

Standard Tire (Tubeless)


WARNING

Some replacement tires may adversely affect handling and cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. To ensure proper handling and stability, use only the recommended standard tires for replacement, inflated to the standard pressure.

New tires are slippery and may cause loss of control and injury.

A break-in period of 160 km (100 miles) is necessary to establish normal tire traction. During break-in, avoid sudden and maximum braking and acceleration, and hard cornering.

Payload and Tire Pressure
Failure to maintain proper inflation pressures or observe payload limits for your tires may adversely affect handling and performance of yourmotorcycle and can result in loss of control. The maxi ...

Battery
The battery installed in this motorcycle is a sealed type, so it is not necessary to check the battery electrolyte level or add distilled water. The sealing strip should not be pulled off once ...

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Front Wheel Installation
NOTE The direction of the wheel rotation [A] is shown by an arrow [B] on the wheel spoke. Check the wheel rotation mark on the front wheel and install it. Apply high-temperature grease to the grease seal lips. Fit the collars [A] on the both sides of the hub. The collars are i ...

Regulator/Rectifier Inspection
Remove: Upper Fairing Assembly (see Upper Fairing Assembly Removal in the Frame chapter) Right Inner Fairing (see Inner Fairing Removal in the Frame chapter) Bolts [A] Regulator/Rectifier [B] Set the hand tester to the × 1 kΩ range and make the measurements show ...

Alternator Inspection
There are three types of alternator failures: short, open (wire burned out), or loss in rotor magnetism. A short or open in one of the coil wires will result in either a low output, or no output at all. A loss in rotor magnetism, which may be caused by dropping or hitting the alternator, by leav ...