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Honda CB500X Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016-2021 Honda CB500X Stock Image

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!

2015 Honda CB500X Stock Image
2015 CB500X

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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).

PartHonda CB500 specs/codes
OilHonda 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 filterHonda’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 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 parts for maintenance

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

PhotoDescription
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.

The maintenance for the Honda CB500X is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.

Maintenance Levels

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.”

Maintenance Legend

  • I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
  • R: Replace
  • L: Lubricate
  • C: Clean
Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024Regular Replace
Emission-Related Itemsx 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4
Fuel LineXIII
Throttle OperationXIII
Air Filter*2 (Pre-2019: K&N HA-5013, and 2019+: K&N HA-5019)RR
Crankcase Breather*3CCCCCC
Spark Plug (CPR8EA-9)XXR
Valve ClearanceXXI
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRR1 year
Engine Oil Filter (K&N KN-204-1)RR
Engine Idle SpeedXIII
Radiator Coolant*5 (Honda Long-life Coolant)III3 Years
Cooling SystemXIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemXI
Evaporative Emission Control System*4XI
Non-Emission-Related Items
Lubricate Drive Chain (Motul Chain Paste)Every 600 mi (1000 km): I L2 years
Brake Fluid*5 (Use Honda DOT 4)IIIIII
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
SuspensionXIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIII
Wheels/TiresXXIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIII
Honda CB500X maintenance schedule

Notes:

  • *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.

WheelTyre sizeRecommended make/modelPressure
Front (2013-2018) – 17 inch120/70 ZR17 M/C 58WDUNLOP D609F K36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 kgf/cm2)
Rear (2013-2018) – 17 inch160/60 ZR17 M/C 69WDUNLOP D609 K29 psi (200 kPa, 2.00 kgf/cm2)
Front (2019-2021) – 19 inch110/80 R19 M/C 59HDUNLOP MIXTOUR42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 kgf/cm2)
Rear (2019-2021) – 17 inch160/60 R17 M/C 69HDUNLOP MIXTOUR41 psi (280 kPa, 2.80 kgf/cm2)
Recommended tyre pressures, sizes, and models for the Honda CB500X

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

2016-2021 Honda CB500X Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

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.

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