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Old 10-25-2012, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 15,000 mile (24,000km) 2012 Ninja650 service

It's the first big one, yep a 24,000km service on my 2012 Ninja 650 will be performed by Realmotorsport Bangkok tomorrow.

Kawasaki Corporation states that the following must be checked in accordance with their Maintenance and Adjustment Schedule, thus ensuring the Warranty stays intact.

Valve clearance check
Steering lubrication and check
Chassis pivot point lubrication (wasn't done on the 12,000km service)
Front and rear brake fluid change
Wheel bearing inspection

As well as the regular checks.

They have allotted me a 1 hour slot, absolutely nowhere near enough time to do the above let alone the rest of the service. a good mechanic / duo would need 2 hours providing adjustment of the valves isn't required.
I only just realised this evening that the valves need checking, i would have got Rama9 to do this service if i had pulled out the owner's manual and realised that sooner.

I was fobbed off last time with my airfilter, the manual states that it should be changed every 18,000km or two years (which ever comes first) They insisted 2 years regardless of mileage and when I questioned them they said Kawasaki Thailand is not the same as the rest of the world…… Perhaps the dirt in the air isn’t so ‘dirty’ here in this part of the world????

Let’s see what gets done and what doesn't....... This part of the world is cheap for a reason

P.S. Anything that doesn't get done despite my complaints will be done by myself, i just want a stamp in my book from the dealership
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just passed 14.5k on my 07 (which I got 5 months ago with 8300 miles). I guess this is something I can look forward to, in addition to new rear tire and chain and sprockets...
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Wow, that is a TON of miles this quickly, do you go cross country like every day?
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Heck yea that's some mileage. I've had my 2012 sense march and only have 1200 miles on it, technically not even broken in yet


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Hey Khun Karl,

I'm getting up to 18,000 km on my 2012 ER6N, and was thinking to do valve clearance and wheel bearing check at 20K (I ride on some pretty bad roads fairly regularly)> Brake fluid I have done already when I changed lines.

Do you think Kawasaki Thailand is conservative on their estimates for service dates/miles - in other words would you advise waiting for 24K before going thu your check list above?
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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With regards to the Valve clearance check, it's 42,000km, not the 24,000km (15,000miles) i thought.
I was looking at a Californian Manual and for some reason the 650 in California is required to have this check at 24,000km, i know they are strict on emissions there but come on!
The service went reasonably well today, 45 mins was all they needed to complete the 24,000km service (minus spark plugs, they were done at 18,000km)
I'm sure they didn't grease the steering bearings (as recommended) and i really wasn’t to fussed about changing the brake fluid, so that little lot saved them some time. I'll check / re-pack the steering bearings myself this weekend.

Other than the service I asked if they could check for fault codes and the O2 sensor, as the bike's fuel economy has fallen by nearly 1/3.
Once the service was complete there was no feedback with regard to the O2 sensor or fault codes, not a mention of it.... It had been noted down on a 'to-do list' but nobody had an answer for me..... Guess i'll pop down to Rama9 (another dealership) for a checkup before the month ends.
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Hey Khun Karl,

I'm getting up to 18,000 km on my 2012 ER6N, and was thinking to do valve clearance and wheel bearing check at 20K (I ride on some pretty bad roads fairly regularly)> Brake fluid I have done already when I changed lines.

Do you think Kawasaki Thailand is conservative on their estimates for service dates/miles - in other words would you advise waiting for 24K before going thu your check list above?
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Wheel bearing check is recommended for the 24,000km service. But in my opinion this should be done every service and / or when you hit a bump / pothole at speed, but if you are riding on what you deem to be 'bad roads' then it's a must check at every service and once a week at home too
As for the valves, you'll be fine upto 42,000km. I thought 24,000km was VERY early but took the books word for it..... I only just realised today this is the case for Californian bikes only.... Opppps

P.S. It's not 'my check list' i was quoting some of the check points from the owners manual
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My valves were in desperate need of adjustment at ~24k Miles (38,600km). In the future... I'll have them checked every 15-20.
If i remember correctly, the owners manual and the service manual list different #s.

Ofcourse, I am referring to a 2007.... but I don't think they are much different.
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My valves were in desperate need of adjustment at ~24k Miles (38,600km). In the future... I'll have them checked every 15-20.
If i remember correctly, the owners manual and the service manual list different #s.

Ofcourse, I am referring to a 2007.... but I don't think they are much different.
i'm almost at 15k with my 2007, do you think I should have the valves looked at by dealership soon? Or should i wait until the 20-24k?

About how much would a dealership charge for this service?
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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veery nice - I am hoping to have a different bike before I reach that many miles... just around 6000 miles now since end of April 2012... living in Chicagoland (read as not many warm days to ride)
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