This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2018+ Honda CB1000R, restyled as the “Neo Sports” version with the round front headlight.
The Honda CB1000R is a naked sportbike with an engine from the CBR1000RR. The 2018+ is a big evolutionary change from the earlier 2009-2016 CB1000R, with only the core spirit (a naked 998cc roadster with a single-sided swing-arm) remaining intact.
Important changes are:
- A much more retro design, with a circular front headlight and rounder bodywork
- A revised engine with larger ports, freer-flowing intake system, more valve lift, higher compression ratio, and larger throttle bodies
- Lighter weight — 211 kg (465 lb) curb weight, down 8 kg (17 lb) from the previous model
- Improved suspension (though it was already great), with 43mm Showa SFF-BP forks, with rebound and compression damping in the left leg and preload in the right
- An improved display with higher legibility
The new “neo sports café” CB1000R also is much more zeitgeisty in its design, being at once retro and modern.
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What you need to service the Honda CB1000R Neo Sports
If you want to service your Honda CB1000R Neo Sports (which isn’t that hard), then apart from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, you need the following parts/consumables.
The parts list is nearly identical to the revised 1st gen Honda CB1000R, but there are a couple of differences, like in air filter and brake pads.
|Part||Honda CB1000R (Neo Sports) spec|
|Oil||Honda 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 filter||Honda’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 filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is 17210-MKJ-D00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-1018, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part IMR9E-9HES. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9 mm.|
|Chain maintenance||To 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||You 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 FA296HH (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.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
|Grease||Stock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicon grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.|
Honda CB1000R Neo Sports Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2018+ Honda CB1000R. It’s actually nearly identical to the previous gen CB1000R, though the format is different.
The most important thing is that there are distance-based intervals and time-based service intervals for a few components (oil, brake fluid, coolant), that must be observed.
Honda also provides some recommended “difficult levels” for the maintenance.
- X: Intermediate. “We recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled.”
- XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”
- I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
|x 1000 mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||Dif.||1||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Every|
|Spark Plug )IMR9E-9HES_||16K mi (25.6K km): I|
32K mi (51.2K km): R
|Engine Oil (Motul 7100)||R||R||R||R||1 Year, R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant*5 (Honda Long-life Coolant)||I||I||I||3 Years, R|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System*4||X||I|
|Drive Chain (Motul chain paste)||600 mi (1000 km): I, L|
|Brake Fluid*5 (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||2 Years, R|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||X||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||XX||I||I||I|
- *1 : At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- *2 (air cleaner): 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 : 50 STATE (meets California)
- *5 : Replacement requires “mechanical skill” (Honda’s words)
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2018+ Honda CB1000R
The Honda CB1000R has the following tyre sizes. The manual also recommends these tyre pressures, cold.
|Front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)||36 psi (250 kPa)|
|Rear||190/55ZR17M/C (75W)||42 psi (290 kPa)|
The 2018+ has a slightly wider 190 rear tyre than the previous gen.
The CB1000R ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21R or Dunlop Sportmax D214 tyres.
About the 2018+ Honda CB1000R “Neo Sports”
In 2018, Honda re-invented its CB1000R with a radical redesign. It went from being a naked sportbike into what Honda called a “Neo Sports Café” roadster, which is a way of highlighting that it’s somewhat new, but somewhat retro.
And the overhaul isn’t just exterior too. There are many changes both to the chassis and what’s under the hood.
Let’s first look at what’s the same between the Honda CB1000R and the previous generation.
The CB1000R Neo Sports Café is still a naked roadbike with a 998cc inline-four cylinder engine that’s water-cooled and fuel-injected. It has handlebars, an exposed engine, and comfortable ergonomics. And thankfully, Honda still hasn’t lost that gorgeous single-sided swing-arm.
But Honda has made some important changes.
The key changes are
- Revised suspension. It was already good with a cartridge style front fork, but the new fork has a Showa Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP) design, rebound and compression damping in the left leg, and preload in the right leg.
- Standard ABS in the braking system (which are otherwise similar, though the new model takes different pads)… though it can’t be turned off.
- Ride modes (sport, street, and rain), with levels of throttle response, engine braking, and traction control
- New headlight style, retro design with LED lighting
- Many chassis and engine changes leading to a 9kg (17 lb) lighter weight
But even though the CB1000R was heavily revised, it faces some really tough competition. The 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 1000, for example, has some really advanced electronics (based on an IMU) — and they just keep getting more advanced.
The BMW S 1000 R, and Aprilia Tuono V4, and Ducati Streetfighter V4 are all just really tough competition, without even mentioning the other contenders from Japan. It takes a Honda loyalist to want to bite the bullet on the CB1000R — but luckily there are plenty of those around.
Manual for the Honda CB1000R “Neo Sports”
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2019 Honda CB1000R.
You can download it from here.