Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Shifting Gears

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / How to ride the motorcycle / Shifting Gears

WARNING

Downshifting to a lower gear at high speed causes engine rpm to increase excessively, potentially damaging the engine and it may also cause the rear wheel to skid and cause an accident.

Vehicle speed when shifting


NOTE

The transmission is equipped with a positive neutral finder. When the motorcycle is standing still, the transmission cannot be shifted past neutral from 1st gear. To use the positive neutral finder, shift down to 1st gear, then lift up on the shift pedal while standing still. The transmission will shift only into neutral.

Moving Off
Check that the side stand is up. Pull in the clutch lever. Shift into 1st gear. Open the throttle a little, and start to let out the clutch lever very slowly. As the clutch starts to enga ...

Braking
Close the throttle completely, leaving the clutch engaged (except when shifting gears) so that the engine will help slow down the motorcycle. Shift down one gear at a time so that you are ...

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Subthrottle Valve Actuator Input Voltage Inspection
NOTE Be sure the battery is fully charged. Turn the ignition switch to OFF. Disconnect the subthrottle valve actuator connector and connect the measuring adapter [A] between these connectors as shown in the figure. Main Harness [B] Subthrottle Valve Actuator [C] Special Tool ...

Water Pump Housing Disassembly
NOTICE Do not damage the hole wall of the water pump housing. Insert a bar [A] into the pump housing [B], and hammer evenly around the circumference of the mechanical seal bottom [C]. Take the oil seal [A] out of the housing [B] with a hook [C]. ...

Spark Plug Condition Inspection
Remove the spark plugs (see Spark Plug Replacement in the Periodic Maintenance chapter). Visually inspect the spark plugs. If the spark plug center electrode [A] and/or side electrode [B] are corroded or damaged, or if the insulator [C] is cracked, replace the plug. If the spark plug is ...