This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R, an update to the earlier CBR500R.
Honda released the CBR500R originally in 2013. It’s a standard sport bike with a full fairing and a comfortable everyday riding position. It’s based around a 471cc liquid-cooled 8-valve parallel twin that has a very mild state of tune and makes 35 kW (47 hp) peak power. It’s the same engine seen in other 500-class bikes of the same generation, like the 2019-2021 Honda CB500X.
Honda updated the CBR500R in a minor way in 2016-2017, adding LED lighting, preload-adjustable forks, and better looks.
But in 2019 Honda updated the CBR500R further, revising the airbox, engine internals, and looks (again), giving it a slightly different parts list and maintenance schedule.
In 2022, Honda updated the CBR500R’s front suspension again, and added twin disc brakes.
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Things you might need to service the Honda CBR500R (2019-2021)
If you’re maintaining your Honda CBR500R, you’ll need the following consumable parts.
Note the parts changed slightly for the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R vs the previous generation.
|Part||CBR500R (2019-2021) spec|
|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 a HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter||The OEM air filter part is 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter HA-5013, 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 Pro Honda HP Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
You might also need some of the following basic motorcycle maintenance accessories.
|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 CBR500R (2019-2021) Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR500R (2019-2021). It has a lot in common with the previous generation CBR500R, but there are a few parts that are different.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
- The break-in service is omitted (the dealer usually does this in the warranty period)
- From 2019, Honda only requires you to change the oil filter every two oil changes.
- Honda indicates “difficulty” levels (“Diff” in the table) in the manual. In a nutshell:
- Unmarked: Home mechanics can do a basic service (changing filters, oil, brakes, and doing general lubrication).
- X: A skilled person (including home mechanics) or professional should things relevant to emissions (fuel, throttle, cooling, evap),
- XX: Professionals should do the spark plug, valve clearance, wheels/tyres, and steering components.
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace if necessary)
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
|mi x 1000||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|km x 1000||Diff.||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Notes|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)||R||R||R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||Many change this with the oil anyway|
|Air Filter (HA-5019)||R||R||Service more often when riding in wet or dust|
|Cooling System (inspect for leaks, kinks in lines etc.)||X||I||I||I|
|Inspect/change Coolant (Pro Honda HP Coolant)||I||I||I||Every 3 Years: R|
|Crankcase Breather||C||C||C||C||C||C||Service more often when riding in rain or at full throttle|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I|
|Spark Plug (NGK CPR8EA-9)||XX||R|
|Lubricate Drive Chain (Motul Chain Paste)||Every 600 mi (1000 km): I L|
|Brake Fluid (Use Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||Every 2 years: R|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||X||I|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I||Replace as needed (FA196HH, FA140HH)|
|Brake System (check fluid levels, leaks, etc.)||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||X||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||XX||I||I||I|
Wheels and tyres for the Honda CBR500R (2009-2021)
The manual for the CBR500R gives the following tyre sizes and brands as standard, and recommends the following tyre pressures.
The Honda CBR500R from 2019-2021 shipped with street tyres, like Dunlop D222 or Michelin Roads.
|Tyre||Size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)||36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||160/60ZR17 M/C (69W)||42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar|
About the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R
The 2019 Honda CBR500R update came alongside the update to the 2019 CB500F and the CB500X.
The motorcycle is at its core the same fundamental bike. It’s still an “everyday sport bike” — a fully faired but comfortable sport bike, with a relatively upright riding position and an attractive design that really looks a lot like that of the Honda CBR1000RR of the same generation.
At its core, the 2019 CBR500R has conceptually the same motor as its predecessor. It is based around a 471cc liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC parallel twin motor that makes a peak of 35 kW (47 hp) at 8500 rpm, with peak torque of 43 Nm (32 ft-lb) at 7000 rpm. The motor has a 180-degree phase between its crankshaft pins, giving the bike a bit of lump — the firing order is bang!-2-bang!-4-5-6-7-8.
But the 2019 got some significant updates, including
- A revised engine for more mid-range power
- Assist/slipper clutch for easier pulls and reduced back-torque when downshifting
- LCD instruments
- LED turn signals
- Revised looks and a slightly sportier riding position
The engine in the little Honda doesn’t produce a huge amount of power or torque, but the CBR500R is tuned to deliver a lot of torque in the most useful part of the rev range — 3-7000 rpm. Honda improved this over the previous generation through altered valve timing and lift, plus a revised airbox, exhaust, and tune.
And it’s still a capable enough chassis and motor combo to take it well over 100 km/h — people ride these around at or near 100 mph. Thanks to the parallel twin’s mild compression ratio and solid build, the bike lasts forever.
Front brakes on the 2019-2021 CBR500R are via a 320mm single disc and two-piston caliper, just like on the previous generation.
Front suspension on this CBR500R is still a conventional fork, though it has preload adjustability since 2016.
Honda updated the 2022 Honda CBR500R to include Showa “Separate Function – Big Piston” forks, and twin front discs of slightly smaller diameter.
Manual for the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R
The above maintenance schedule came from the manuals for the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R. Parts came from parts diagram.
You can download Honda motorcycle manuals from here.