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Honda CB1000R First Gen (2008-2016) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2013 Honda CB1000R Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the first gen Honda CB1000R, made from 2008-2016 (with model years from 2009 onward). Some were released as a 2017 CB1000R, but model years only went up to 2016 in most markets, with 2017 skipped before the new 2018 version took its place.

The Honda CB1000R was a big change from the early CB900 919 Hornet, but follows the same spirit as being an upright standard that’s easy to ride.

The 2009 Honda CB1000R had the following changes from its earlier sibling

  • Bigger engine — now a 998cc engine, from the previous generation 2007 CBR1000RR
  • A modified CB600 Hornet chassis with an aluminium backbone for rigidity
  • Strong suspension — an inverted 43mm cartridge-type fork with full adjustability (preload, compression, and rebound).
  • Different aesthetics — a “streetfighter” style front light
  • Single-sided swing-arm
  • Digital display
  • Optional ABS (standard in some markets)

In 2018, Honda released its restyled CB1000R, the “Neo Sports” version with a round front headlight.

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What you need to service the Honda CB1000R 1st Gen

If you want to service your Honda CB1000R (and why not! It’s a naked bike, so it’s pretty easy to get to all the main parts), then apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, you need the following parts/consumables.

The parts list is nearly identical to the revised 2nd gen Neo Sports café CB1000R, but there are a couple of differences, like in air filter and brake pads.

PartHonda CB1000R spec
OilHonda specifies the oil should exceed JASO T 903 standard MA, or API classification SG. They recommend Pro Honda GN4 10W-30, or you can use another high-spec oil like Motul 7100 (or my sneaky favourite cheap high-grade oil that meets the spec, Shell Rotella T6). Tighten the drain bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).
Oil filterHonda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MCJ-505 (used on many Hondas). You can also use Hiflopro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).
Air filterThe OEM air filter part is 17210-MFN-D02. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-1009, which is often more available.
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plug part IMR9E-9HES. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9 mm.
Chain maintenanceTo maintain your chain, Motul chain paste is quite well-liked. There’s also the Motul chain care kit which is affordable and good.
Brake fluid & Clutch fluidYou can use any DOT 4 oil, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.
Brake pads (front)Use EBC double-hardened front brake pads with part number FA390HH (you need 2 pairs) (they’re a popular upgrade… less fade, more bite, and they’re cheaper).
Brake pads (rear)Use EBC double-hardened brake pads with part number FA488HH.
CoolantUse Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.
GreaseStock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicon grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.
Honda CB1000R (first gen) parts for maintenance

Honda CB1000R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB1000R.

Honda likes to give difficulty levels in its manuals for prospective home maintenance types. Here they are:

  • X: Intermediate. Honda says “We recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled.” (which you are)
  • XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”

The maintenance for the Honda CB1000R is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • R: Replace
  • L: Lubricate
  • C: Clean

Note on the mileage/kilometer gaps — the US manual gives service intervals of 4,000 miles, and the European manuals give 6,000 km. The European interval is slightly less, but it’s similar in order of magnitude.

Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024
Emission-Related Itemsx 1000 km161218243036
Fuel LineXIII
Throttle OperationXIII
Air Cleaner*2 (K&N HA-1009)II
Crankcase Breather*3CCCCCC
Spark Plug (NGK IMR9E-9HES)Every 16,000 mi (24,000 km): I Every 32,000 mi (48,000 km): R
Valve ClearanceXI
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 or Motul 7100)Initial = 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month: R
Regular = Every 8,000 mi (12,000 km) or 12 months: R
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRRR
Engine Idle SpeedXIIIIIII
Radiator Coolant*4 (Honda Long-life Coolant)IIR
Cooling SystemXIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemXIII
Evaporative Emission Control SystemXII
Non-Emission-Related Items
Drive Chain (Motul chain care kit)Every 500 mi (800 km): I L
Brake Fluid*4 (Honda DOT 4)IIRIIR
Brake Pads Wear (2 x FA390HH, 1 x FA488HH)IIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
Brake Light SwitchXIII
Headlight AimXIII
Clutch SystemIII
Clutch Fluid*4 (Honda DOT 4)IIRIIR
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIIII
Honda CB1000R Maintenance Schedule


  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • *2 (air filter): Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  • *3 (crankcase breather): Service more frequently when riding in rain or at full throttle.
  • *4 (coolant and brake fluid): Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer intervals, whichever comes first.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB1000R

The Honda CB1000R has the following tyre sizes. The manual also recommends one brand of tyres, and suggests the following tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE BT015F RADIAL L36 psi (250 kPa)
Rear180/55ZR17M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE BT015R RADIAL L42 psi (290 kPa)
Tyres and tyre pressures for Honda CB1000R

About the Honda CB1000R

The Honda CB1000R was a new model in many ways, building on and improving the previous gen CB900 “919” Hornet.

Like the Hornet, the CB1000R is the same style of bike: a naked bike, or “roadster” or “streetfighter”. It’s a superbike with an engine tuned for more midrange at the expense of top-end (which you won’t need, because you’ll be bathed in wind), handlebars, and less fairing.

But otherwise, the Honda CB1000R is still pretty much a superbike. From 2009 it had a 998cc four-cylinder engine that was fuel injected, water-cooled, and had twin overhead cams. It’s the same basic engine as the one from the previous generation Fireblade. Honda tends to use the same bore and stroke, but modifies the tuning through a different cam profile, exhaust/intake, and engine tune.

The CB1000R’s engine makes around 90 kW (123 hp) at 10,000 rpm, and 100 Nm (73 ft-lb) at 7,500 rpm. That peak torque figure at a comparatively low RPM (compared to superbikes) means you don’t have to rev it to the moon to get it into the meat of the torque curve… though you probably will, anyway.

The has a compact bikini cowl surrounding a multi-reflector headlight. Traditionlists don’t like the lack of a round headlight (something fixed in the later years of the CB1000R), but those who like the Japanese minimalist streetfighter aesthetic will love it.

Totally unique to the Honda CB1000R in its class (among Japanese rivals, anyway), is the single-sided swingarm. It looks great!

Honda didn’t go cheap on the suspension. The suspension system is made up of a 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork that’s as sturdy as it is responsive. The forks can be fully adjusted for preload, compression, and rebound damping, allowing riders to customise the bike’s riding performance.

Manual for the Honda CB1000R

2015-2016 Honda CB1000R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2015-2016 Honda CB1000R, but we also looked over the manuals for the 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Honda CB1000R to check for differences.

You can download it from here.

Changes from earlier manuals of the CB1000R include:

  • The 2009 manual recommended changing spark plugs every 48K km (32K mi)
  • The earlier manuals gave time-based service intervals for many items, but the later manuals reduced this to just being for oil, coolant, and brake fluid.

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