This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CB500X. The CB500X has had some minor changes in its history, but that doesn’t fundamentally affect its maintenance schedule. So this is for all versions of the Honda CB500X from launch until today.
The CB500X is a versatile, do-anything bike that does particularly well on long rides as well as daily commuting. This adventure-styled tourer is powered by a 471cc 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 CB500F, so there are some similarities in the maintenance schedules.
While the Honda CB500X is not a high-power dedicated adventure bike, nor a nimble dirt bike, it’s comfortable on the highway, on light off-road trails, and anywhere you dare to take it — and people dare to take an entry-level machine to a lot of places!
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What you need to service the Honda CB500X
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).
|Part||Honda CB500 specs/codes|
|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 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 up to 2018 17211-MJW-J00, and 2019+ 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is pre-2019: HA-5013, 2019+: HA-5019, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm.|
|Brake fluid||You 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.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
You might also need some of the following basic motorcycle maintenance tools.
|Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.|
|Motul 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.|
|Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.|
|Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.|
Honda CB500X Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB500X.
The maintenance for the Honda CB500X is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.
Honda thoughtfully included difficulty levels for maintenance of your CB500X!
- X: Intermediate. We recommend service by your dealer unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures are provided in an official Honda Service Manual.
- XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
|Items||x 1000 mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24||Regular Replace|
|Emission-Related Items||x 1000 km||1||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4|
|Air Filter*2 (Pre-2019: K&N HA-5013, and 2019+: K&N HA-5019)||R||R|
|Spark Plug (CPR8EA-9)||XX||R|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)||R||R||R||R||1 year|
|Engine Oil Filter (K&N KN-204-1)||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant*5 (Honda Long-life Coolant)||I||I||I||3 Years|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System*4||X||I|
|Lubricate Drive Chain (Motul Chain Paste)||Every 600 mi (1000 km): I L||2 years|
|Brake Fluid*5 (Use Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|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: Service more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
- *3: Service more frequently when riding in the rain or at full throttle.
- *4: 50 STATE (meets California).
- *5: Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer intervals, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB500X
The Honda CB500X has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard.
Note that Honda changed the tyre configuration on the 2019 CB500X, increasing the front tyre from 17 to 19 inches.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Recommended make/model||Pressure|
|Front (2013-2018) – 17 inch||120/70 ZR17 M/C 58W||DUNLOP D609F K||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 kgf/cm2)|
|Rear (2013-2018) – 17 inch||160/60 ZR17 M/C 69W||DUNLOP D609 K||29 psi (200 kPa, 2.00 kgf/cm2)|
|Front (2019-2021) – 19 inch||110/80 R19 M/C 59H||DUNLOP MIXTOUR||42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 kgf/cm2)|
|Rear (2019-2021) – 17 inch||160/60 R17 M/C 69H||DUNLOP MIXTOUR||41 psi (280 kPa, 2.80 kgf/cm2)|
About the Honda CB500X
The Honda CB500X is an entry level adventure motorcycle… but for many people, it’s all the adventure motorcycle they’ll ever need.
The CB500X delivers plenty of performance to adventure sport touring riders, with its thoroughly modern, torquey 500cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. Its upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders, and the shape and height of the seat give more rider freedom.
The CB500X is an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle for practical in-town riding, or fun adventure-sport touring.
Honda 473 parallel twins are famous for their versatility, and the new CB500X engine is one of the best ever. It has the same bore size as the CBR600RR sportbike, but of course with fewer pistons, and longer stroke for more bottom-end torque performance.
The result is an engine that has lots of torque from the get-go — but it won’t rev to the moon.
The Honda CB500X’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions. This gives the CB500X crisp throttle response across the rev range.
The CB500X is the kind of bike that entry level adventurers love… but it also finds favour with people who want an Africa Twin without all the fuss, or something different to the V-Strom 650s.
The CB500X is also an extremely reliable motorcycle. Extremely! People who own fleets of motorcycles (as rentals) say that the CB500 engined-models are the ones that they have no problems with — ever.
Even if you do have to work on the CB500X, you’re blessed with having just one cylinder block, and two pistons. Easy valves to get to, and very few checks to do.
Manual for the Honda CB500X
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2021 Honda CB500X. It hasn’t changed fundamentally since earlier years.
You can download it from here.