MCN Fleet: Service time again for the Ninja 650

Published: 27 June 2017

I’ve been using the Ninja 650 now for a few months now and am really pleased with how things are panning out with the bike. It’s practical, fun, comfortable and I think it looks absolutely fantastic – especially given the £6,549 price-tag.

In the time that I’ve had the green machine I’ve covered 4,500 miles and so, the time came for the Ninja to return to Kawasaki for its second service.

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I opted to head to Chris Walker’s Kawasaki dealership as it wasn’t too far away from my base. The service itself was pretty straightforward – all that was required was a simple oil and filter change, with a general check over of the machine. It wasn’t a lengthy process and was completed quickly and efficiently by the staff at Chris’ dealership.

While I was there, I asked the mechanics about the suspension. I was curious to see if there was a trick I might have been missing regarding the rear shock and its seeming impossibility to adjust the preload. Turns out I wasn’t, it’s just a right bugger if you want to alter it.

I’m a little confused in the thinking behind the rear shock, given that it’s the only adjustment you can make to the suspension system, I’d have thought it would have been easier to get at – instead the shock needs to be removed.

It’s not something that I think the average rider would be doing with the bike and, in all honesty, it’s a massive faff I could do without. So, I’m going to keep the suspension settings as they are for now and investigate to see if I can find a new shock that I can adjust to fit to the bike a little later.

The cost of the service came to £92.47 and included the oil, oil filter and adjustments, which I didn’t think was too bad.

The next service now will be due at 7,500 miles, it’s more involved with a lot more to inspect on the Ninja. Larger services on the schedule are carried out at 15,000 and 22,500 miles, with the valve clearances not needing to be done until 26,250 miles.

Drop James an email at james.archibald@motorcyclenews.com if there's anything you'd specifically like to know about this bike.

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