Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Clutch

Due to friction plate wear and clutch cable stretch over a long period of use, the clutch operation should be checked each day before riding the motorcycle, and must be adjusted in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart.


  • Check that the clutch lever operates properly and that the inner cable slides smoothly. If there is any irregularity, have the clutch cable checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Check the clutch lever play as shown in the figure.


  1. Adjuster
  2. Locknut
  3. Clutch Lever Play

Clutch Lever Play


If the play is incorrect, adjust the lever play as follows.


  • Loosen the locknut at the clutch lever.
  • Turn the adjuster so that the clutch lever will have the proper play. Tighten the locknut.

WARNING Excess clutch cable play could prevent clutch disengagement and cause a crash resulting in serious injury or death. When adjusting the clutch cable, be sure the upper end of the outer cable is fully seated in its fitting so that it doesn't slip into place later and create excessive cable play.


  • After the adjustment is made, start the engine and check that the clutch does not slip and releases properly.
  • For minor corrections, use the adjuster at the clutch lever.

DANGER Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless poisonous gas. Inhaling carbon monoxide can cause serious brain injury or death. DO NOT run the engine in enclosed areas. Operate only in a well-ventilated area.

    See also:

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Throttle Control System

    Check the throttle grip play each day before riding the motorcycle, and carry out maintenance and adjustments in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart. Adjust it if necessary. Throttle Grip

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Drive Chain

    The drive chain slack and lubrication must be checked each day before riding the motorcycle and must be maintained in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart for safety and to prevent excessive wear. If the chain becomes badly worn or maladjusted - either too loose or too tight - the chain could jump off the sprockets or break.