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 ...

Other materials:

Fuel Pressure Inspection
NOTE Be sure the battery is fully charged. Remove: Fuel Tank Covers (see Fuel Tank Removal) Fuel Tank Bolts (see Fuel Tank Removal) Primary Fuel Hose (see Fuel Hose Replacement in the Periodic Maintenance chapter) Be sure to place a piece of cloth around the fuel outlet pipe of the ...

Break-in
The first 1 600 km (1 000 mi) that the motorcycle is ridden is designated as the break-in period. If the motorcycle is not used carefully during this period, you may very well end up with a “broken down” instead of a “broken in” motorcycle after a few thousand kilometers. The fol ...

System Components
1. FI ECU The FI ECU analyzes the motorcycle conditions based on the signals from the front/rear wheel rotation sensors and FI sensors (such as the crankshaft sensor and main throttle sensor), and controls engine power by reducing the number of ignition and retarding the ignition timing. The m ...