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I bought this 2003 Kawasaki ZX9R about 3 days ago so i'm new to owning, maintaining and proper riding of this bike. I listed a problem that I am having with the bike about 2hrs ago but I also needed to ask a few more questions about this bike. I know about the clear window on the side of the motor for checking the oil but How do I tell if the oil level is fine or if I need to add oil ? I know its a 5 gallon tank but how many miles should I get on a full tank ? I know the speedometer goes upto 180mph but how fast can this bike go and how high is safe for the RPM's rev without messing something up ? Thank you for your time

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  • Lee Mee May 02, 2010

    The redline on my tach is at 10,000 rpm's so it is ok to run the bike around town at 9000 rpm's? also it does not have a dipstick it has a clear glass window on the side caseing but I dont know where the full mark is

  • Lee Mee May 10, 2010

    what brand and type of oil would you recommend usind in my bike ????


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You are a new bike rider ... first thing ... don't get mad - don't exceed the speed limit ... I don't care what color your new machine is or how cool you think the girls will think you are while scaring the daylights out of old people and dogs. It is not cool. (insert boys if appropriate)

Due to the nature of this site - I have not seen your other question ... so I cannot comment.

To your questions, there should be a dip stick on the right hand side of the bike. Check it ... don't over fill it. When empty, it will take probably around 2 quarts. Do not depend on using all 5 gallons of your gas before you refill ... best advice I can give you is fill every 100 miles until you get a feel for your mileage. There should be a trip meter on your bike - set it when you fill up with gas. You know about the 'reserve tank'? Never turn the valve to reserve unless you are out of gas. Otherwise, you WILL be out of gas. Pushing a cool motorcycle is not cool.

If you have a tach, there should be a red line on it ... NEVER EXCEED IT ...

Please find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation BRC and enroll in the course. Not only will you get lots of good information, your insurance company will probably give you a discount for having completed it. (Basic Rider Course). You may want to join the Kawasaki Riders Club and you might want to join the American Motorcyclist Association.

Ride safe and enjoy your new motorcycle.

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  • A Miller May 02, 2010

    Hmmm ... I wonder how you get the oil inside ... There may be no dipstick ... Ok ... there has to be some way to get the oil into the crank case. I am not familiar with the window method. Look closely at the window. There may be a mark on it ... No owners manual in the tool box under the seat? I am sure you can look at a online version of your manual at the Kawasaki Rider site ...

    Again ... don't get mad ... please don't ride down my street at 9000 RPM, the second time I have to listen to that, you and I are going to have a conversation ... It is not economical operation either ... higher RPM = increased fuel consumption and wear and tear on the engine gears, oil, drive train, everything (and the rider and the pedestrians).

    Have you visited the Kawasaki Rider Club? They have a very good discussion board. I am not a crotch rocket expert, btw ... I have, however, ridden coast to coast and was licensed in 1972.

    Ride safe.

  • A Miller May 10, 2010

    I am a little reluctant to recommend a brand or type oil for your bike not knowing what has been run in it in the past ... (possibly synthetic which is not compatible with organtic). I do suggest you join the on-line Kawasaki club and post your question on their board where no doubt more experienced riders and motor heads of the crotch rocket variety can give you on the money advice on oils.

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