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Honda CBR500R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016-2020 Honda CBR500R Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2013+ Honda CBR500R.

Honda released the CBR500R in 2013 and has kept producing it until today. Nothing has changed other than external appearance, which has gotten sharper and sharper — the latest CBR500R models look like direct cousins of the highest spec CBR1000RR-SP. In other words, this editor thinks they look great.

The CBR500R is however an entry-level bike, with power that meets learner-legal requirements in Europe, Australia, and the US. Its 35 kW (47 hp) engine is the same one as in the Rebel 500, so the maintenance has a lot in common (though fairings to remove, in this case).

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Things you might need to service the Honda CBR500R

PartCB500F/R/X spec
OilHonda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA. 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 K&N part KN-204-1 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 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter 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, CB500F, and CBR500R parts for maintenance

Honda CBR500R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR500R.

It evolved a bit from certain years in the following ways:

  • Honda now recommends changing the oil filter with every oil change.
  • Honda now recommends checking the emissions controls system (Evap, Secondary air) more often.
  • Honda gives a 2-year interval to change the brake fluid, rather than a distance interval.
  • A few more things were added to the initial inspection checklist.

The above changes should be applied retrospectively.

Difficulty levels (according to the Honda manual)

  • X: Intermediate. Honda recommends service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures are provided in the Honda Service Manual and the CBR500R Haynes Manual.
  • 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
Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024
Emissions-Related Itemsx 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4Regular
Fuel LineXIII
Throttle OperationXIII
Air Cleaner*2RR
Crankcase Breather*3CCCCCC
Spark PlugXXR
Valve ClearanceXXI
Engine OilRRRR1 Year
Engine Oil FilterRR
Engine Idle SpeedXIII
Radiator Coolant*5III3 Years
Cooling SystemXIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemXI
Evaporative Emission Control System*4XI
Non-Emission-Related Items
Drive ChainEVERY 600 mi (1000 km) I, L
Brake Fluid*5IIIIII2 Years
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIII
Honda CBR500R Maintenance Schedule


  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. Service more frequently when riding in rain or at full throttle.
  • 4: 50 STATE type (meets California).
  • 5: Replacement requires mechanical skill.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CBR500R

The manual for the CBR500R gives the following tyre sizes and brands as standard, and recommends the following tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP D222F
250 kPa (2,50 kgf/cm2) 36 psi
Rear160/60ZR17 M/C (69W)DUNLOP D222 P
290 kPa (2,90 kgf/cm2) 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Honda CBR500R

About the Honda CBR500R

Even though it’s an entry-level motorcycle, the CBR500R has quite a lot of power, easily enough to get into well-over illegal speeds (with an indicated top speed of 180+ km/h/110+ mph), and most riders able to do a 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in around 5.5 seconds.

You might have to downshift into a headwind on an uphill at 120 km/h or 70 mph… but for some, shifting gears is part of motorcycling!

The CBR500R delivers plenty of performance to all sport riders, including riders moving up from the sporting, entry-level Honda CBR250R, as well as more experienced riders who will appreciate the CBR500R’s light and nimble handling.

The CBR500R features a full fairingand a 31-inch seat height. It’s an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for any rider who’s looking for a light, sporting, do-it-all street machine.

Honda’s engineers borrowed from the CBR1000RR program for the innards of the engine. They tweaked valve-timing and lift to deepen the torque well and give the CBR500R’s engine more mid-range torque to the tune of four percent for quicker acceleration. The grunt levels off at 7,000 rpm, with horsepower tapering off at 8,500 rpm.

It’s a parallel-twin engine nearly square in its layout with a 67 mm bore and 66.8 mm stroke that give it a total displacement of 471 cc and a 10.7-to-1 compression ratio. Dual over-head cams time the 8-valve head, and a water jacket and radiator deal with the waste heat.

A pair of 34 mm throttle bodies are fed by an almost straight-shot intake tract designed to minimize resistance to the benefit of the engine’s volumetric efficiency. There’s a crank counterweight to take the edge off the vibrations from the 180-degree firing offset and prevent your bottom and hamburger shovels from getting numb. The pistons are built to reduced skirt-slap with a texture that holds oil for reduced piston-to-cylinder friction and wear, and the bottom end has a deep sump for better oil control in the corners with generous vents to reduce pumping losses.

2019 brought with it a slipper clutch to give a lighter pull at the lever with some backtorque mitigation that protects the rear contact patch during hard engine-braking. However, that and the ABS are the only traction insurance you get.

Manual for the Honda CBR500R

2016-2020 Honda CBR500R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2016-2020 Honda CBR500R, consulting earlier manuals to see changes.

You can download it from here.

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