I am not a mechanic or a representative of Kawasaki or anything else official. This page is only my notes on doing this procedure myself. Although I believe what I have documented here is correct, I make no promises and you do this at your own risk.
You need to remove the main seat for most maintenance tasks. The rear seat comes off with your ignition key, but the main seat needs a tool.
- Rear stand (optional but recommended)
- 4mm Hex Wrench (Allen Key)
Difficulties & Warnings
Get your fingers under the plastic cover and tug it away from the bike. You are pulling a plastic spike out of a rubber grommet at the front, and pulling apart two pieces of Velcro toward the rear. There is also a small plastic flange at the reat that is fitted into a hole – you’ll see this as the cover comes free.
I keep a small plastic parts box with divided sections handy and I put removed screws and other fasteners in their own sections, in order, as I take things off. This increases my chances of remembering how to put it back together.
Here the cover is free of the plug, velcro, and flange, and is being lifted away.
Put it somewhere safe where it won’t get scratched.
Remove the seat retaining screw. Mine uses a 4mm hex wrench.
Repeat this procedure on the other side of the bike: remove the cover screw, the cover, and the seat retaining screw.