Kawasaki Z1000SX - Service manual > Clutch

Clutch Operation Inspection

  • Pull the clutch lever just enough to take up the free play [A].
  • Measure the gap between the lever and the lever holder.

    If the gap is too wide, the clutch may not release fully. If the gap is too narrow, the clutch may not engage fully. In either case, adjust it.

Clutch Lever Free Play
 Standard: 2 - 3 mm (0.08 - 0.12 in.)


WARNING The engine and exhaust system get extremely hot during normal operation and can cause serious burns. Never touch the engine or exhaust pipe during clutch adjustment.

  • Turn the adjuster [A] so that 5 - 6 mm (0.20 - 0.24 in.) [B] of threads are visible.


  • Slide the dust cover [A] at the clutch cable lower end out of place.
  • Loosen both adjusting nuts [B] at the clutch cover as far as they will go.
  • Pull the clutch outer cable [C] tight and tighten the adjusting nuts against the clutch cover [D].
  • Slip the dust cover back onto place.
  • Turn the adjuster at the clutch lever until the free play is correct.


  • Push the release lever [A] toward the front of the motorcycle until it becomes hard to turn.
    • At this time, the release lever should have the proper angle shown.

      60ยบ [B]

If the angle is wrong, check the clutch and release parts for wear.


WARNING Too much cable play can prevent clutch disengagement and cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. When adjusting the clutch or replacing the cable, be sure the upper end of the clutch outer cable is fully seated in its fitting, or it could slip into place later, creating enough cable play to prevent clutch disengagement.

  • After the adjustment, start the engine and check that the clutch does not slip and that it releases properly.

    See also:

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Service manual > Engine Top End

    Valve Clearance Inspection NOTE Valve clearance must be checked and adjusted when the engine is cold (room temperature).

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Service manual > Wheels/Tires

    Air Pressure Inspection Remove the air valve cap. Measure the tire air pressure with an air pressure gauge [A] when the tires are cold (that is, when the motorcycle has not been ridden more than a mile during the past 3 hours). Install the air valve cap.