This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CB500F made from 2019 to 2021 to today.
The Honda CB500F is a standard/naked bike that is part of the Honda 500 twin series made since 2013. It shares the same liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 471cc parallel twin as in the CBR500R, among a few other motorcycles, that makes a peak of 35 kW or 47 hp, making this motorcycle learner/A2-legal in relevant markets.
The Honda CB500F has gone through a few updates since its release.
- 2013 CB500F: The original, with the big silver can exhaust
- 2016 CB500F: Preload adjustable front forks, LED lights, lighter exhaust (matt black), adjustable brake lever, and revised styling. (Same maintenance parts/schedule as the original 2013 CB500F)
- 2019 CB500F: New exhaust (stacked twin) and intake (some parts change), revised valve timing and lift for slightly more power, Slipper/assist clutch, revised fork internals and new rear shock, colour LCD dash, new looks.
- 2022 CB500F: Showa 41mm SFF-BP inverted forks, twin 298mm front brake discs, redesigned swing-arm, recalibrated front/rear balance (more weight on the front wheel), new lighter radiator.
Honda updated the CB500F for 2022 with better suspension (Showa SFF-BP) and twin front disc brakes. This makes for a slightly revised maintenance schedule and list of parts.
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What you need to service the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)
To service the CB500F, you might need some (or many of) the following parts.
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA. Pro Honda GN4 10W-30 is good. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Oil filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01 (used on many Hondas). You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter||The OEM air filter part is 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N high flow air filter HA-5019 (this is a different part to the earlier model)|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm.|
|Brake fluid||Honda recommends Honda DOT 4 brake fluid.|
|Brake pads (front)||OEM front brake pads are part number 06455-MGS-D32. Alternative EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA196HH.|
|Brake pads (rear)||OEM rear brake pads are part number 06435-MGZ-J01. Alternative EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA140HH.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
|Cable lube||Keep cables (throttle, clutch) lubricated with Protect all cable life.|
|Grease||Keep external parts greased with a good lithium soap-based grease.|
Honda CB500F (2019-2021) Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB500F. It’s adapted from the 2019 manual (see screenshots below), but cleaned up for ease of reading.
- I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
- * or **: Honda’s suggested difficulty levels. * = do this if you’re mechanically skilled, and ** = technical, and do so if you’re a competent home mechanic (or very brave).
- The break-in service is omitted below (it’s just to change the oil/filter).
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval observed.
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Every|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)||R||R||R||1 Year: R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R|
|Crankcase Breather||C||C||C||C||C||C||Service more often when riding in rain or at full throttle|
|Air Cleaner (HA-5019)||R||R||Service more often when riding in dusty areas or rain|
|Spark Plug (**) (CBR8EA-9)||R|
|Valve Clearance (**)||I|
|Engine Idle Speed (*)||I||I||I|
|Throttle Operation (*)||I||I||I|
|Fuel Line (*)||I||I||I|
|Drive Chain (lubricate with Motul Chain Care Kit)||600 mi (1000 km): I L|
|Radiator Coolant (**) (Honda Coolant)||I||I||I||3 Years: R|
|Cooling System (*)||I||I||I|
|Brake Fluid (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|
|Secondary Air Supply System (*)||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System (*)||I|
|Clutch System (lubricate cable with Protect All Cable Life)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Side Stand (lubricate with lithium soap-based grease)||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners (*)||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings (**)||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)
The Honda CB500F has the following tyre sizes standard, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||120/70Z R17 M/C(58W)||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 bar)|
|Rear||160/60ZR17M/C (69W)||42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 bar)|
Stock, the Honda CB500F ships with a road/sport tyres.
Depending on how you use your CB500F, you could give it any number of appropriate tyres.
About the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)
The Honda CB500F is a mid-range commuter sportbike that Honda released first for the 2013 model year along with its stablemate with the same engine, the CBR500R and CB500X (a bit later the same year).
The CB500F is a simple, but capable motorcycle — enough power to get you into a lot of trouble and to have a blast, but not so much that it’ll scare new riders or risk bucking you around (or getting hot with frustration) in heavy traffic.
The 2019-2021 Honda CB500F shares a lot in terms of parts and maintenance with the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R.
Like its sibling, the Honda CB500F is powered by a liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC 471cc parallel twin that makes modest, learner-legal power, making it the ideal starter bike for many.
But the CB500F is no slouch. Twist the throttle and shift at least twice and you’ll clear 100 mph (160 km/h) without too much effort.
By the time you’re at that speed, you’ll have bigger problems, like wind against your chest, insufficient gear because you never planned on going that fast on a “commuter” bike, or maybe flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.
The CB500F is definitely a bike you can have fun on. It’s one of those bikes people downsize to. One often unmentioned aspect of any bike from the CB500 range is that the engine and drivetrain are near unbreakable. Ask any owner and they’re likely to have very few (if any) stories of times when the CB500F just wouldn’t start. It’s one of the most Honda motorcycles out there.
The naked CB500F takes styling cues from the stripped-down four-cylinder CB1000R (before it got a “Neo Sports” rebrand in the 2018+ Honda CB1000R), and its slim form offers great urban ability as well as enjoyable performance in the hills.
The DOHC twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine in the CB500F makes 35kW / 47 bhp and has really impressive fuel economy, even when you’re hammering it (though less so in that case).
Honda updated the CB500F again for the 2022 model year, upgrading the suspension and brakes even further to Showa SFF-BP forks and twin discs for the first time.
Manual for the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2019 Honda CB500F, checking against the 2021 manual for changes (there weren’t any). You can see screenshots for them both below.
There were a few changes from earlier manuals for the CB500F, such as changing whether or not something should be checked at the first service interval, or changing the way the oil change frequency is displayed, but nothing huge.
You can download the manual for the Honda CB500F from Honda’s website here.