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Honda CB600F Gen 1 (1998-2006, carburettor) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2006 Honda CB600F Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the first generation Honda CB600F made between 1998 and 2006, and available in the US between 2000 and 2006. THe Honda CB600F was also called the Honda 599 or the Honda Hornet 600.

The Honda CB600F (or Honda 599 or whatever) is a street bike with a 599cc inline four cylinder engine in a naked chassis. It’s fuelled via a carburettor — the 2007 replacement added fuel injection.

There were some upgrades during the Honda CB600F’s lifespan, including

  • 2000: 17 inch front wheel (was a 16 inch previously), also getting US availability
  • 2003: Optional ABS
  • 2005: Upside down fork, replacing the conventional fork

Aside from that, the engine fundamentally didn’t change. The 599cc inline four was tuned for mid-range torque rather than outright top power, but it didn’t sacrifice much — it always made over 70 kW (over 95 hp) at the crank, quite close to the figures seen from the CBR600F.

The CB600F was replaced in 2007 by the fuel injected CB600F, which brought with it many other changes.

2004 Honda CB600F Yellow
Yellow Honda CB600F 2004

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Honda CB600F Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB600F.

The maintenance for the Honda CB600F is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.

Honda marks with asterisks to indicate difficulty:

  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace


  1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  2. (Air filter) Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  3. (Brake fluid and engine coolant) Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill (per Honda)
Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024
Emission Related ItemsNOTEx 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Choke OperationIII
Air Cleaner2II
Spark Plugs (NGK CR9EH-9)IRIRIR
*Valve ClearanceI
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRR
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRRR
*Carburetor SynchronizationIII
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Honda coolant)3IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
*Evaporative Emission Control System (CA)II
Non-Emission Related Items
Drive Chain (use Motul chain care kit)Every 500 mi (800 km) I, L
Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)3IIRIIR
Brake Pad Wear (Front: 2x FA226HH, Rear: FA174HH)IIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIIII
Side StandIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIIII
**Steering Head BearingsIIII
Honda CB600F Maintenance Schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB600F

The 2000-2006 Honda CB600F has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures:

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)MICHELIN Pilot ROAD S
36 psi (250 kPa)
Rear180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)MICHELIN Pilot ROAD S
42 psi (290 kPa)
Tyres and tyre pressures for Honda CB600F

About the Honda CB600F

The Honda CB600F (known as the Hornet in Europe and Brazil and 599 in the US) is a standard motorcycle, a naked parallel to the CBR600F.

It is powered by a 599 cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine, originally a de-tuned version of that in the Honda CBR600 sport bike. However the de-tuning never knocked off more than about 10% of peak power.

The CB600F has a six-speed transmission. Its suspension consists of a single shock in the rear and a conventional telescopic fork in the front for most of its years, though replaced by an upside-down fork in 2005.

Its brakes are dual-disc, Nissin twin piston in the front and single-disc, Nissin single piston in the rear.

In 1998 and 1999, before being marketed in the US, the CB600F had a 16 inch front wheel. From 2000, this was changed to a 17 inch front wheel. This helped with cornering stability and increased the strength of the brake pass-over system on teh front, making brakes stronger.

In 2003, Honda changed a lot about the CB600F, giving it a larger fuel tank (adding just a litre) and giving it sharper styling.

Honda also made a faired version of the CB600F in some markets, the CB600S, from 2000. It never really took off and was discontinued after 2003.

The year 2005 saw a law of updates for the CB600F. Primarily, the Hornet got inverted forks, but it also got a revised instrument cluster.

Manual for the Honda CB600F

2006 Honda CB600F Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2006 Honda CB600F.

You can download it from here.

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