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Honda CBR600RR 1st Gen (2003-2004) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2003 to 2004 Honda CBR600RR red and black with conventional forks

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR, the original sports bike from Honda that was a favourite among reviewers in early years.

This original CBR600RR is Honda’s first foray into sportbikes that are intensely track focused, rather than being the everyday sport bike that the CBR600F range (temporarily ending with the CBR600F4i) was. The original version is distinguishable from the rest because it has conventional forks, something that was changed in the 2005-2006 CBR600RR.

The Honda CBR600RR has changed minimally since its launch. It has always been based around a 599cc liquid-cooled inline four cylinder engine with fuel injection at its base. Very little technology has been added to it (before 2021) — ABS has been an option, but a relatively rare one give the added weight.

The Honda CBR600RR was built in a number of fairly distinct generations before 2021:

  • 2003-2004: The original CBR600RR, a re-thinking of the 600cc sportbike that the CBR600F4i was. More aggressive and track-oriented, with lower clip-ons. Still has conventional forks (i.e. not inverted).
  • 2005-2006: Redesigned frame, inverted forks, radial-mounted front brakes, new bodywork, an engine tweaked to improve midrange power, and an overall dry weight of 4kg (9 lb) less.
  • 2007-2012: Reworked engine, shorter wheelbase. New three-spoke cast aluminium wheels, radial-mount front calipers on a 310mm disc, and a new rear brake too. A Honda electronic steering damper. 2009 introduced C-ABS as an option, and a few internal changes (like high-resistance valve lifters and a popup valve system) to improve mid-range torque. Another 20 lb lighter dry (without C-ABS). (Some consider 2009-2012 to be a separate generation, but the whole era shares one manual.)
  • 2013-2020: Lightweight 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU, new suspension (Showa “Big Piston Fork”, and a ram-air system tuned for mid-range torque. Discontinued in some markets after 2016.
  • 2021: New release with a six-axis IMU and a host of rider aids, new digital dash, Euro 5 compliance, and a highly exclusive price tag.
2003 Honda CBR600RR

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2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR.

Honda’s difficulty levels per the manual from the 2004 CBR600RR:

  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace

Notes:

  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
Itemsx 1000 km161218243036
x 1000 mi0.64812162024
NOTEMonth61218243036
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Air CleanerNOTE (2)II
Spark PlugsEVERY 24000 km (16000 mi) I EVERY 48000 km (32000 mi) R
*Valve ClearanceI
Engine OilRRRR
Engine Oil FilterRRRR
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIIII
Radiator CoolantNOTE (3)IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Drive ChainEVERY 1000 km (600 mi) I, L
Drive Chain SliderIII
Brake FluidNOTE (3)IIRIIR
Brake Pad WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIIII
Side StandIII
*SuspensionIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIIII
**Wheels/TiresIII
**Steering Head BearingsIIII
Honda CBR600RR (2003-2004) maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2004 Honda CBR600RR

The 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR has the following tyre sizes and brands standard, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP D218F
MICHELIN Pilot SPORT E
BRIDGESTONE BT014F RADIAL E
250 kPa (2,50 kgf/cm2) 36 psi
Rear180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)DUNLOP D218
MICHELIN Pilot SPORT E
BRIDGESTONE BT014F RADIAL G
290 kPa (2,90 kgf/cm2) 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the 2004 Honda CBR600RR

The original 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR was a departure from Honda’s philosophy of making everyday sport bikes. That had been what they had done with the CBF600F series. Until the CBR600F4i, their sport bikes and street bikes were the same range (although they also came in “naked” variants).

The CBR600RR was marketed as Honda’s top-of-the-line middleweight sport bike. The 2003 CBR600RR was the first Honda to use Unit Pro-Link rear suspension.

The Honda CBR600RR was initially a favourite among reviewers, who loved its easy handling, sharp styling, and power. But competition was always fierce in the 600cc class, and the YZF-R6 took the spotlight for many years. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 had that higher capacity that gave it a power boost which, combined with its advanced electronics, means it was always one of the best choices for street use.

But the CBR600RR was never changed much because people loved it. It was always considered the easiest of the 600cc sportbikes to ride in everyday riding. The R6 was always a track monster that revs high, the Gixxer had its own legion of fans, and all the other brands had their own.

Manual for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR

2004 Honda CBR600RR Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2004 Honda CBR600RR. You can download it from here.

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