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Honda CB500X (2019-2021) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2019 Honda CB500X RHS studio diagonal

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CB500X as made from 2019-2021, an update to the previous 2013-2018 CB500X version (which also received an interim update in 2016).

All the CB500X maintenance schedules:

The Honda CB500X is a versatile, do-anything bike that some describe as a mini-adventure bike — though it’s not small, and in many parts of the world this would be much larger than your average bike. You can use the Honda CB500X for anything from daily commuting to adventure distance travel and it’ll do it all with aplomb.

The 2019 revision to the original Honda CB500X adds a larger front wheel, increasing the diameter to 19 inches from 17. The 2019 Honda CB500X also gets new bodywork for more wind protection, more suspension travel due to revised suspension, and an LCD dash.

The 2019-2021 CB500X is still powered by the indomitable 471cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin motor that makes a user-friendly 35 kW or 47 hp at peak. It’s the same engine as in the Rebel 500 and CBR500R, too, showing how versatile it is — anything from sport riding through to cruising through to adventuring.

The CB500X is a bit of everything — not a dedicated adventure bike, nor a nimble dirt bike, but a motorcycle that can tackle anything you throw at it with grace and take you to a lot of places. The engine is extremely reliable.

Honda revised the 2022 Honda CB500X with new suspension, different brakes (twin front discs), and a few other changes.

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What you need to service the Honda CB500X (2019-2021)

When servicing the CB500X, apart from standard motorcycle maintenance tools, you’ll need the following consumables.

Note that there were some changes to the CB500X in 2019, which result in a few different parts, e.g. the air cleaner, and the wheel size (below).

PartHonda CB500 (2019-2021) specs/codes
OilHonda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, e.g. Pro Honda GN4 10W-30 is good. Use a torque wrench to tighten the 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 Hiflofiltro 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 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-5019, and is often more available.
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm.
Brake fluidYou can use any DOT 4 oil, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.
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.
CoolantUse Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.
Honda CB500X (2019-2021) parts for maintenance

You might also need some of the following basic motorcycle maintenance tools.

motorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standPaddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteMotul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based greaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
motorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables

Honda CB500X Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB500X (2019-2021). It’s in a simplified format from the manuals, and re-ordered in a more logical way.

At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.

Honda gives an indication of difficulty levels of each task.

  • Unmarked: Generally anyone can do these. Includes oil and filter changes, plus brakes, and adjusting the chain.
  • X: A competent home mechanic can do these. These include maintaining the cooling system, adjusting the throttle, and a few more technical procedures.
  • XX: Honda recommends a mechanic do these. These include doing a valve service, checking the steering head bearings, etc.

Maintenance Legend

  • I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
  • R: Replace
  • L: Lubricate
  • C: Clean
mi x 10004812162024
km x 1000Diff.6.412.819.225.63238.4Notes
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)RRR
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)R
Air Filter (HA-5019)RRService more often when riding in wet or dust
Cooling System (inspect for leaks, kinks etc.)XIII
Radiator Coolant (Honda Long-life Coolant)IIIEvery 3 Years: R
Crankcase BreatherCCCCCCService more often when riding in rain or at full throttle
Engine Idle SpeedXIII
Throttle OperationXIII
Fuel LineXIII
Spark Plug (NGK CPR8EA-9)XXR
Valve ClearanceXXI
Lubricate Drive Chain (Motul Chain Paste)Every 600 mi (1000 km): I L
Brake Fluid (Use Honda DOT 4)IIIIIIEvery 2 years: R
Secondary Air Supply SystemXI
Evaporative Emission Control SystemXI
Brake Pads WearIIIIIIReplace as needed (FA196HH, FA140HH)
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIII
Honda CB500X (2019-2021) maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB500X (2019-2021)

The Honda CB500X has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard. It ships with Dunlop Mixtour tyres.

Note that Honda changed the tyre configuration on the 2019 CB500X, increasing the front tyre from 17 to 19 inches.

WheelTyre sizePressure (cold)
Front110/80 R19 M/C 59H42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Rear160/60 R17 M/C 69H41 psi / 280 kPa / 2.8 bar
Recommended tyre pressures, sizes, and models for the Honda CB500X (2019-2021)

About the 2019-2021 Honda CB500X

The Honda CB500X made from 2019 got a modification that seems to have come from the aftermarket — a larger 19-inch front tyre.

Combined with the better protection from the fairing and screen, and the digital dash, the 2019-2021 Honda CB500X really pulls its weight as an adventure motorcycle machine.

It’s powered by the same engine that powered the earlier models — a 471cc parallel twin. It’s DOHC, liquid-cooled, and has four valves per cylinder. Valve maintenance intervals are a generous 16000 miles (25600 km) apart, and the valves are usually in spec (especially after the first service).

The engine has a gentle 10.7:1 compression ratio, and its mild state of tune means that it’s very, very reliable — definitely one in the category of motorcycles that will break only from neglect or crashing it, before it dies of natural causes.

The running gear on the 2019-2021 CB500X are good but basic. There’s pre-load adjustability on the front forks, but they’re of the conventional (non-inverted) kind.

The front brake is a single 310mm disc with a two-piston caliper.

The combination of the 19 inch wheel and the improved front suspension means that the 2019 Honda CB500X has increased ground clearance, suspension travel, and better ability to absorb bumps. This makes the bike more capable on bumpy roads, though of course it’s still no match in dirt specs for a dirt bike like the CRF300L.

In 2021, Honda announced the 2022 model CB500X. It has much the same motor, but improved front suspension (Showa SFF-BP) and twin brake discs.

Manual for the Honda CB500X (2019-2021)

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2021 Honda CB500X. It hasn’t changed fundamentally since 2019, but some of the parts needed for the service changed.

You can download it from here.

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