Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual: Specifications

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual / Specifications

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Congratulations on your purchase of a new Kawasaki motorcycle. Your new motorcycle is the product of Kawasaki’s advanced engineering, exhaustive testing, and continuous striving for superior reliability, safety and performance.

Please read this Owner’s Manual carefully before riding so that you will be thoroughly familiar with the proper operation of your motorcycle’s controls, its features, capabilities, and limitations. This manual offers many safe riding tips, but its purpose is not to provide instruction in all the techniques and skills required to ride a motorcycle safely. Kawasaki strongly recommends that all operators of this vehicle enroll in a motorcycle rider training program to attain awareness of the mental and physical requirements necessary for safe motorcycle operation.

To ensure a long, trouble-free life for your motorcycle, give it the proper care and maintenance described in this manual. For those who would like more detailed information on their Kawasaki Motorcycle, a Service Manual is available for purchase from any authorized Kawasaki motorcycle dealer. The Service Manual contains detailed disassembly and maintenance information. Those who plan to do their own work should, of course, be competent mechanics and possess the special tools described in the Service Manual.

Keep this Owner’s Manual aboard your motorcycle at all times so that you can refer to it whenever you need information.

This manual should be considered a permanent part of the motorcycle and should remain with the motorcycle when it is sold.

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Minimum Turning Radius 3.4 m (134 in.)


Overall Length 2 075 mm (81.7 in.)

Overall Width 715 mm (28.1 in.)

Overall Height 1 115 mm (43.9 in.)

Wheelbase 1 425 mm (56.1 in.)

Road Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)

Curb Mass (ZX1000J) 198 kg (437 lb)

(ZX1000K) 201 kg (443 lb)


Type DOHC, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled

Displacement 998 cm³ (60.9 cu in.)

Bore × Stroke 76.0 × 55.0 mm (3.0 × 2.2 in.)

Compression Ratio 13.0:1

Starting System Electric starter

Cylinder Numbering Method Left to right, 1-2-3-4

Firing Order 1-2-4-3

Fuel System FI (Fuel Injection)

Ignition System Battery and coil (transistorized ignition)

Ignition Timing (Electronically advanced) 10° BTDC @1 100 r/min (rpm) ∼ 42.5° BTDC @10 500 r/min (rpm)

Spark Plugs NGK CR9EIA-9

Lubrication System Forced lubrication (wet sump)

Engine Oil:

Type API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2

Viscosity SAE 10W-40

Capacity 3.7 L (3.9 US qt)

Coolant Capacity 2.6 L (2.7 US qt)


Transmission Type 6-speed, constant mesh, return shift

Clutch Type Wet, multi disc

Driving System Chain drive

Primary Reduction Ratio 1.681 (79/47)

Final Reduction Ratio 2.294 (39/17)

Overall Drive Ratio 5.197 @Top gear

Gear Ratio:

1st 2.600 (39/15)

2nd 2.053 (39/19)

3rd 1.737 (33/19)

4th 1.571 (33/21)

5th 1.444 (26/18)

6th 1.348 (31/23)


Castor 25°

Trail 107 mm (4.2 in.)

Tire Size:

Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)

Rear 190/55ZR17 M/C (75W)

Rim Size:

Front J17M/C × MT3.50

Rear J17M/C × MT6.00

Fuel Tank Capacity 17 L (4.5 US gal)


Battery (ZX1000J) 12 V 6 Ah

(ZX1000K) 12 V 8.6 Ah


High beam 12 V 55 W + 55 W

Low beam 12 V 55 W

Tail/Brake Light LED

Even if one of LED (Light Emitting Diode) tail/brake lights does not go on, consult with an authorized Kawasaki dealer.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Kawasaki Ninja Owners Manual

Serial number locations
The engine and frame serial numbers are used to register the motorcycle. They are the only means of identifying your particular machine from others of the same model type. These serial numbers m ...

Other materials:

Starter Motor Disassembly
Remove the starter motor (see Starter Motor Removal). Take off the starter motor through bolts [A] and remove the both end covers [B]. Pull out the armature [A] out of the yoke [B]. NOTE Do not remove the circlip [C] from the shaft. Remove the starter motor terminal lock ...

Special Tools
Bearing Puller: 57001-135 Head Pipe Outer Race Press Shaft: 57001-1075 Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100 Bearing Driver Set: 57001-1129 Steering Stem Bearing Driver, 42.5: 57001-1344 Steering Stem Bearing Driver Adapter, 41.5: 57001-1345 Head Pipe Outer Race Driver, 55: 57001- ...

DFI Servicing Precautions
There are a number of important precautions that should be followed servicing the DFI system. This DFI system is designed to be used with a 12 V sealed battery as its power source. Do not use any other battery except for a 12 V sealed battery as a power source. Do not reverse the battery ...