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With a new set of tires ready for mounting, it’s time to take the wheels off the 2014 Ninja 1000!

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The Service Manual has you do a bunch of steps which really aren’t needed (though a couple of them may make reinstall easier but is more work overall). Most of this can be done with the tools in your kit under the passenger seat, except for pliers to get the rear clips off and a 14mm hex wrench for the front axle. This is just about the minimum number of steps needed to get your wheels off and reinstalled on the 2014 Ninja 1000…

Firstly, know that your owner’s manual has information regarding oil and the oil change procedure in pages 114 to 118.  If you’ve misplaced your owner’s manual you can download the .pdf version for free here:  2014 Ninja 1000 ABS Owner’s Manual Link

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Your first oil and filter change is scheduled to take place at 600 miles.

Secondly, there are a ton of threads on every motorcycle and car forum about oil and oil filter choices.  Everyone has their opinions.  My dad was known to say:  “Opinions are like assholes:  Everybody has one, and they all stink!”

Washing Your Street Bike

Washed bike example

Do people really need to be instructed on how to wash their motorcycles?  While I’m not going to bother giving a step by step breakdown of how to wash your street bike, I do want to provide some tips I’ve picked up and read about.


What not to do:

Don’t wash your bike right after a ride, or while it is still hot.  (Some parts of the bike can stay very hot, and can be damaged by the sudden temperature shift of cold water hitting them)


That golden light seeping into the garage as I open the garage door, is the first hint at the existence of a great golden orb high in the sky which hasn’t been seen for months… It’s Spring time!  In this article I’m going to run through 15 basic steps you should perform to your bike to get it ready for the riding season.  (While you should of course do more extensive maintenance, such as re-torqueing bolts, and inspecting hoses, along with your scheduled engine maintenance items…this guide covers the basics that all motorcycle owners should do each spring).

Some riders go to great lengths to winterize their bikes, when in reality just 6 simple actions are all that is necessary to maintain a bike for winter storage.


(1)     Fill the tank with gas:

Not only does this help avoid rusting of the gas tank (by leaving no room for condensation and water), but you’ll know how much fuel stabilizer to add based on the full tank measurement for your bike.


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