Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Loading and accessories information

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Loading and accessories information


Incorrect loading, improper installation or use of accessories, or modification of your motorcyclemay result in an unsafe riding condition. Before you ride the motorcycle, make sure it is not overloaded and that you have followed these instructions.

With the exception of genuine Kawasaki Parts and Accessories, Kawasaki has no control over the design or application of accessories.

In some cases, improper installation or use of accessories, or motorcycle modification, will void the motorcycle warranty, can negatively affect performance, and can even be illegal.

In selecting and using accessories, and in loading the motorcycle, you are personally responsible for your own safety and the safety of other persons involved.


Kawasaki Parts and Accessories have been specially designed for use on Kawasaki motorcycles. We strongly recommend that all parts and accessories you add to your motorcycle be genuine Kawasaki components.

Because a motorcycle is sensitive to changes in weight and aerodynamic forces, you must take extreme care in carrying cargo, passengers and/or in fitting additional accessories. The following general guidelines have been prepared to assist you in making your determinations.

1. Any passenger should be thoroughly familiar with motorcycle operation.

The passenger can affect control of the motorcycle by improper positioning during cornering and sudden movements. It is important that the passenger sits still while the motorcycle is in motion and not interfere with the operation of the motorcycle. Do not carry animals on your motorcycle.

2. You should instruct any passenger before riding to keep his or her feet on the passenger footpegs and hold on to the operator or seat strap. Do not carry a passenger unless he or she is tall enough to reach the footpegs and footpegs are provided.

3. All baggage should be carried as low as possible to reduce the effect on the motorcycle center of gravity.

Baggage weight should also be distributed equally on both sides of the motorcycle. Avoid carrying baggage that extends beyond the rear of the motorcycle.

4. Baggage should be securely attached.

Make sure that the baggage will not move around while you are riding. Recheck baggage security as often as possible (not while the motorcycle is in motion) and adjust as necessary.

5. Do not carry heavy or bulky items on a luggage rack. They are designed for light items, and overloading can affect handling due to changes in weight distribution and aerodynamic forces.

6. Do not install accessories or carry baggage that impairs the performance of the motorcycle. Make sure that you have not adversely affected any lighting components, road clearance, banking capability (i.e., lean angle), control operation, wheel travel, front fork movement, or any other aspects of the motorcycle’s operation.

7. Weight attached to the handlebar or front fork will increase the mass of the steering assembly and can result in an unsafe riding condition.

8. Fairings, windshields, backrests, and other large items have the capability of adversely affecting stability and handling of the motorcycle, not only due to their weight, but also due to the aerodynamic force acting on these surfaces while the motorcycle is in operation. Poorly designed or installed items can result in an unsafe riding condition.

9. This motorcycle is not intended to be equipped with a sidecar or to be used to tow any trailers or other vehicles.

Kawasaki does not manufacture sidecars or trailers for motorcycles and cannot predict the effects of such accessories on handling or stability, but can only warn that the effects can be adverse and that Kawasaki cannot assume responsibility for the results of such unintended use of the motorcycle.

Furthermore, any adverse effects on motorcycle components caused by the use of such accessories will not be remedied under warranty.

Maximum Load

Weight of rider, passenger, baggage, and accessories must not exceed 180 kg (397 lb).

Location of parts
Clutch Lever Left Handlebar Switches Rebound Damping Force Adjuster (Front Fork) Compression damping force adjuster (Front Fork) Meter Instruments Brake Fluid Reservoir (Front) ...

General information

Other materials:

Tail/Brake Light (LED) Removal/Installation
Remove: Upper Seat Cover (see Seat Cover Removal in the Frame chapter) Disconnect the tail/brake light connector [A]. Remove: Tail/Brake Light Mounting Screws [A] Bolts [B] and Brackets [C] Bolt [D] Remove the tail/brake light [A]. Bring down the rear fender rea ...

Crankcase Splitting
Remove the engine (see Engine Removal in the Engine Removal/Installation chapter). Set the engine on a clean surface and hold the engine steady while parts are being removed. Remove: Cylinder Head (see Cylinder Head Removal in the Engine Top End chapter) Starter Motor (see Starter M ...

Air Suction Valve Inspection
Remove the air suction valve (see Air Suction Valve Removal). Visually inspect the reeds [A] for cracks, folds, warps, heat damage or other damage. If there is any doubt as to the condition of the reeds, replace the air suction valve as an assembly. Check the reed contact areas [B] of ...