Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Daily Safety Checks

Safe Operation / Daily Safety Checks

Check the following items each day before you ride. The time required is minimal, and habitual performance of these checks will help ensure you a safe, reliable ride.

If any irregularities are found during these checks, refer to the Maintenance and Adjustment chapter or see your dealer for the action required to return the motorcycle to a safe operating condition.

WARNING Failure to perform these checks before operation may result in serious damage or an accident. Always perform daily safety checks before operation.

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.


  • Adequate supply in tank, no leaks.

Engine Oil

  • Oil level between level lines.


  • Air pressure (when cold):

  • Install the air valve cap.

Drive Chain

  • Slack 20 ~ 30 mm (0.8 ~ 1.2 in.).
  • Lubricate when chain is dry.

Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners

  • Check that steering and suspension components, axles, and all controls are properly tightened or fastened.


  • Action smooth but not loose from lock to lock.
  • No binding of control cables.


  • Brake pad wear: Lining thickness more than 1 mm (0.04 in.) left.
  • No brake fluid leakage.


  • Throttle grip play 2 ~ 3 mm (0.08 ~ 0.12 in.).


  • Clutch lever play 2 ~ 3 mm (0.08 ~ 0.12 in.).
  • Clutch lever operates smoothly.


  • No coolant leakage.
  • Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold).

Electrical Equipment

  • All lights (Headlight, Tail/Brake Lights, Turn Signal Lights, Licence Plate Light, Warning/Indicator Lights) and horn work.

Engine Stop Switch

  • Stops engine.

Side Stand

  • Return to its fully up position by spring tension.
  • Return spring not weak or not damaged.

Refer to the "Daily Safety Checks" caution label attached to the back of left side cover.

Additional Considerations for High Speed Operation

Brakes: The importance of the brakes, especially during high speed operation, cannot be overemphasized. Check to see that they are correctly adjusted and functioning properly.

Steering: Looseness in the steering can cause loss of control. Check to see that the handlebar turns freely but has no play.

Tires: High speed operation is hard on tires, and good tires are crucial for riding safety. Examine their overall condition, inflate them to the proper pressure, and check the wheel balance.

Fuel: Have sufficient fuel for the high fuel consumption during high speed operation.

Engine Oil: To avoid engine seizure and resulting loss of control, make sure that the oil level is at the upper level line.

Coolant: To avoid overheating, check that the coolant level is at the upper level line.

Electrical Equipment: Make sure that the headlight, tail/brake light, turn signal lights, license plate light horn, etc., all work properly.

Miscellaneous: Make sure that all nuts and bolts are tight and that all safety related parts are in good condition.

WARNING Handling characteristics of a motorcycle at high speeds may vary from those you are familiar with at legal highway speeds. Do not attempt high speed operation unless you have received sufficient training and have the required skills.

    See also:

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Safe Riding Technique

    The points given below are applicable for everyday motorcycle use and should be carefully observed for safe and effective vehicle operation. For safety, eye protection and a helmet are strongly recommended.

     Kawasaki Z1000SX - Owner's Manual > Maintenance and Adjustment