2006 Kawasaki ZZR600 - Where is the Oil Cap?!?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by martinelli, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. martinelli

    martinelli Guest

    Where do I add oil to a ZZR600? I looked everywhere! I am a newbie to
    kawasaki's and I feel like a complete idiot. Please help.
    martinelli, Jun 19, 2006
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    WavyDavy Guest

    How do you know you need oil?

    If it has a dipstick then I'm guessing that it's on the right hand side of
    the engine, above and behind the clutch and is a topped with a plastic plug
    that has a straight-line 'handle' on it to undo so you can pour the oil in
    just there....

    Even if yr just going by a sight glass look above it on the engine casing
    for an undo-able plug made of plastic, screwqed into the metal casings...

    You may need a funnel, too.

    WavyDavy, Jun 19, 2006
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    Tunku Guest

    I thought kawas had a glass sight thing with a plug overhead for filling
    Tunku, Jun 19, 2006
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    Spete Guest


    Top of the white bit of the fairing, follow it, there's a black thing... et
    Spete, Jun 19, 2006
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    Eiron Guest

    And for a newby's benefit, the sight glass is normally empty when the bike
    is on its side stand. You need to hold it upright while someone else looks.
    Eiron, Jun 19, 2006
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    Dan White Guest

    The ZZR6 has a centre stand. Very handy for checking the oil level :)
    Dan White, Jun 19, 2006
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    Pip Guest

    This may not apply to all bikes, however. The apparent level of oil
    in the window of Bandits 6 and 12 drops from 'max' to below 'min' when
    put onto the centre stand. It makes a difference of more than a
    Pip, Jun 19, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    But shirley the level when on the centrestand would be the 'correct'

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    Ace, Jun 19, 2006
  9. Ace wrote
    Exactly. Fill to the "empty" mark on the sightglass with the bike on
    the side stand is always the way I do it, when I have a bike fitted with
    one that is. A sightglass I mean. Obviously there is no point doing
    that on a bike with no sidestand is there, not that I have ever had one
    of those. A bike without a side stand I mean I have never had one of
    those. Bikes without centre stands yes I have had those, in fact I own
    one now but not a bike without a sidestand. Unless it had fallen off of
    course and that has happened but not recently. Of course if the bike
    had no sightglass than a whole new procedure has to be developed and we
    wouldn't be having this thread anyway so that part of it is really
    rather academic.
    steve auvache, Jun 19, 2006
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    Pip Guest

    I'd say not - unless the owner's handbook demands it. Bike upright on
    level ground is the method I've always used - not with the rear wheel
    off the ground, allowing the oil to run forward and away from the
    sight glass.
    Pip, Jun 19, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    Aaah, you weren't being clear. It read like you were talking about the
    'drop' between side- and centre-stands. The bandits obviously have a
    very strange shaped crankcase and/or a very high stand.

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    Dan White Guest

    It's been a few years since I had a ZZR6, but ISTR that it had level lines
    on either side of the sight window, and it did seem to be correctly levelled
    when on the centre stand.

    In any case, I just used to bung in the amount it said in the book whenever
    I changed the oil, plus about 50ml for luck, and it always seemed to be bang
    on the max lines.
    Dan White, Jun 19, 2006
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    zymurgy Guest

    Which is an absolute twat to do on your own with the 12R, the glass is
    down the end of a narrow tunnel in the fairing.

    And the top up hole isn't vertical either.

    Bloody stupid place to put it/them. Very non-Honda ;-)

    zymurgy, Jun 19, 2006
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    Pete Fisher Guest

    Sight glass ? What bliss!
    French Tart procedure:
    1) Start machine
    2) Ride until properly warm (VCF FAOK advises until the fan cuts in when
    stationary - they run v. hot so this will not take too long if ridden at
    a brisk pace for a few Kms)
    3) Leave ticking over for 2 minutes
    4) Whilst *absolutely upright* (i.e. not on side stand) check level on
    oil tank little screw in dipstick thingy (not easy if oil is nice and
    5) Don't wait to long or enough oil to make a difference to a correct
    reading will have departed the tank.
    6) Repeat from 1 until you realise it doesn't actually seem to consume
    much oil (handy really as you can see that this procedure is not very
    conducive to a quick check before a run).

    BTW over filling (easily accomplished as you might guess) will cause oil
    to be spewed in to the front pot cam box and start dribbling out in an
    almost classically SOB manner.


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    Pete Fisher Guest

    Same basic idea but in this case the tank appears to be an alloy casting
    which is bolted on to the tubular steel backbone. Very tall and narrow
    so the temperature of the oil can make a big difference to the reading
    on the dipstick.
    [1] works well in this case but the cooling is poor. The oil gets hot as
    shit, hence the requirement for 10W-60. Several people have fitted
    adapted oil coolers and the latest sporty 'Black Magic' has one as

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    Rogue Trader Guest

    Steve, can you just clarify one point from your statement above.

    Did your side stand, when you had one fitted of course, not on the bike that
    you have never had that didn't have a side stand, fall from the bike? Or did
    the bike fall from the side stand?
    Rogue Trader, Jun 19, 2006
  17. Rogue Trader wrote
    I have never had a bike fall from a sidestand. I've had more than one
    fall over from a lack of me putting a perfectly good one down before
    letting go though.
    steve auvache, Jun 19, 2006
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    Tunku Guest

    I always did mine on its wheels and held upright. What's a side stand?
    Tunku, Jun 21, 2006
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