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Honda CBR250R (2010-2013) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2011-2013 Honda CBR250R Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CBR250R made between 2010-2013 in most markets.

Honda originally conceived the CBR250R for Asian markets (India and Thailand), but ended up selling it all over the world as an entry-level affordable sportbike. Sport in shape and general appearance perhaps… but with a single-cylinder 249cc engine that made 20 kW (27 hp) at the crank, the CBR250R is hard to get moving too quickly. It has a top speed of around 140 km/h (85 mph), so struggles to keep up on swift American highways.

Still, the CBR250R is affordable, easy to learn on, and very easy to maintain. From 2014 onward in most international markets it was replaced by the Honda CBR300R.

Honda CBR250R, red/white/blue, and black, on road

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Honda CBR250R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR250R.

Maintaining the Honda CBR250R is simple, given the relatively few components it has. Most of the maintenance is changing the oil and keeping the chain clean. You can inspect the valve clearance every 25,000 km (16,000 miles), but it’s easy (just one cylinder! but four valves), and adjustments are rare.

Honda’s difficulty levels:

  • X: Intermediate. Honda says “We recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures are provided in an official Honda Service Manual” (most of these things are not hard)
  • XX: Technical. In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

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


  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • *2 (Air filter/Chain): Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • *3 (Crankcase breather): Service more frequently when riding in rain or at full throttle.
  • *4 (various fluids): Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer intervals, whichever comes first.
Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024
Emissions-Related Itemsx 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4
Fuel LineXIII
Throttle OperationXIII
Air Cleaner*2RR
Crankcase Breather*3CCCCCC
Spark Plug (NGK SIMR8A9)XEvery 16,000 mi (25,600 km): I Every 32,000 mi (51,200 km): R
Valve ClearanceXII
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)Initial = 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month: R Regular = Every 8,000 mi (12,800 km) or 12 months: R
Engine Oil FilterRRRR
Engine Idle SpeedXIIIIIII
Radiator Coolant*4 (Pro Honda Coolant).IIR
Cooling SystemXIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemXIII
Evaporative Emission Control SystemXII
Non-Emission-Related Items
Drive Chain (Motul chain paste)Every 500 mi (800 km) I, L
Brake Fluid*4 (Honda DOT 4)IIRIIR
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
Brake Light SwitchXIII
Headlight AimXIII
Clutch SystemIIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIIII
Maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR250R

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CBR250R

The Honda CBR250R ships with the following tyre sizes and recommended tyre pressures.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front110/70-17M/C 54S29 psi (200 kpa/2 bar)
Rear140/70-17M/C 66S29-33 psi (200-225 psi/2-2.25 bar)
Honda CBR250R recommended tyre pressures

About the Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R red white and blue on road

The Honda CBR250R is a beginner sportbike. It has a single-cylinder 249cc engine that’s easy to use and — luckily for first time owners — very easy to service.

The CBR250R is powered by a 249.5cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine a gentle compression ratio of 10.7.1. The engine makes a claimed 20 kW (27 hp) at the crank and slightly less at the rear wheel after the 6-speed transmission and chain drive.

Why single-cylinder? Because Honda could get everything they wanted out of one cylinder and have a much simpler design with lighter weight than any of the competitors. It’s quite advanced for a one-cylinder engine, with PGM-FI fuel injection, a 4-valve DOHC cylinder head, and liquid cooling.

So the Honda CBR250R isn’t a fast bike. But it’s lightweight at 166 kg (366 lb) fully fuelled with ABS, has decent handling and balance, and high build quality, and of course famous Honda reliability. It’s a great commuter, being thin and with good low-down torque.

Even though it has a single-cylinder engine, the Honda CBR250R has a counter-balancer to make sure it runs smoothly. This isn’t a thumper off-road bike!

For suspension, the CBR250R has a pre-load adjustable rear shock, but non-adjustable front forks. For braking there’s a single disc front and rear and optional combined ABS (which comes standard in some markets).

The Honda CBR250R is such a practical bike that because of its good looks and decent performance, it’s quite popular as a bike in many markets where the roads aren’t quite as fast as European or American highways. It’s highly economical to own, sipping fuel, and being very light on consumables like brake pads and tyres.

Manual for the Honda CBR250R

2011-2013 Honda CBR250R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2013 Honda CBR250R. The schedule is the same as for former years. You can download the manual from here.

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