This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CBR600F4i. I’ve actually owned one of these, so this was very important to me!
The Honda CBR600F4i was produced from 2001 to 2006. The upgraded F4i is a modified F4 with numerous engine, chassis and bodywork changes — most significantly adding fuel injection!
The CBR600F4i has a high-output (over 80 kW, or 110 hp) liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve four-stroke four-cylinder engine. High-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) delivers fuel to four injectors, each mounted in a 38mm throttle body, at 50 psi. Fuel is delivered through four nozzle tips in each injector, producing a highly combustible air/fuel charge for maximum combustion efficiency and power.
The F4i is an iconic bike, whether you get it in standard or the “Sports” version — which comes with a split seat and a few other cosmetic changes. Either way, the engine is a stomper, the position isn’t ludicrous, and the bike has become a favourite of collectors — already very hard to find.
In 2001 and 2002, in recognition of Honda’s association with MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi and its 500th motorcycle Grand Prix victory, the CBR600F4i was also released in Europe and Australia (2001 & 2002 only) in two “Rossi Replica” versions.
The F4i came in a bunch of different colour schemes, too (many more not pictured).
The Honda F4i was sold contemporaneously with the first Honda CBR600RR. They were very similar in early days — the CBR600RR back then didn’t even have upside-down forks.
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What you need to service the Honda CBR600F4i
The CBR600F4i is one of those sportbikes from the days when they were relatively easy to work on. Right-side up suspension (which has not as good unsprung mass… but they’re easier to maintain), a lift-up tank, and easy to access parts just means it’s a pleasure to work on. No “removing the whole seat” just to get at things!
You do need basic motorcycle maintenance tools, but apart from that, here is what else you need to maintain your CBR600F4i.
|Part||Honda CBR600F4i spec|
|Oil||Honda’s manual is a bit vague back in this era, recommending only “API SE, SF, or SG” oil. These days, use a good synthetic like Motul 7100. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 29 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 Hiflopro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (20 lb-ft).|
|Air filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is 17210-MBW-D21. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-6001, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||The manual specifies NGK spark plug part IMR9C-9H or Denso VUH27D.|
|Chain maintenance||To maintain your chain, Motul chain paste is quite well-liked. There’s also the Motul chain care kit which is affordable and good.|
|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 06455MBWE11. Alternative EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA296HH.|
|Brake pads (rear)||OEM rear brake pads are part number 43105MW0405. Alternative EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA174HH.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
|Grease||Stock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicon grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.|
Honda CBR600F4i Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR600F4i.
Honda provides a guide on difficulty. Items marked with one asterisk are moderately difficult, and they say that items with two asterisks should only be done by your dealer. It kind of makes sense, as it’s hard to replace a tyre without the right press and balancing tools (which most of us don’t have).
- 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. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
- 3. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
|Items||x 1000 km||1||6||12||18||24||30||36|
|x 1000 mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|*||Air Cleaner (HA-6001)||NOTE (2)||R||R|
|Spark Plugs (IMR9C-9H)||EVERY 12000 km (8000 mi) I EVERY 24000 KM (16000 mi) R|
|Engine Oil (Motul 7100)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R||R||R|
|*||Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant (Honda Long-life Coolant)||NOTE (3)||I||I||R|
|*||Secondary Air Supply System||I||I||I|
|Drive Chain (Motul Chain Paste)||EVERY 1000 km (600 mi) I, L|
|Drive Chain Slider||I||I||I|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||NOTE (3)||I||I||R||I||I||R|
|Brake Pad Wear (FA296HH, FA174HH to replace)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|*||Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|*||Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I||I|
|**||Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CBR600F4i
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Honda CBR600F4i per the manual are:
|Wheel||Tire size||Tire brand||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)||BRIDGESTONE BT010F RADIAL F|
MICHELIN Pilot SPORT E
|250 kPa (2,50 kgf/cm2) 36 psi|
|Rear||180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)||BRIDGESTONE BT010R RADIAL F|
MICHELIN Pilot SPORT E
|290 kPa (2,90 kgf/cm2) 42 psi|
About the Honda CBR600F4i
The Honda CBR600F4i was the last of the CBR600F series that Honda made (before it got kind of soft in the 2000s) that were the sportbikes for everyday people — as opposed to the race replica CBR600RR range.
The F4i had a number of new improvements over the CBR600F4.
- Fuel injection, obviously — also delivering slightly more power (3.7 kW or 5 hp) over the F4.
- Other engine changes, like lightter camshaft sprocket, increased spring pressure, and lower friction piston rings. Redline went up to 14,200 rpm, up from 13,500 rpm.
- New subframe which raises the seat by 5 mm that allows for more storage room and improved two-tier seat.
- New tail unit has less padding and a higher perch for the passenger. Smaller tail light with dual bulbs.
- New dash layout with a large analog tachometer and LCD digital display with speedometer, odometer, clock, engine temperature read-out, amber shift light and trip meters.
- Dual headlight front cowl design which uses 40% brighter H7 bulbs compared to the old H4 bulbs.
In some countries, the bike was sold in both the “normal” and “Sport” variants, the Sport having a two-part seat, no grab rail and no centre stand (though the main stand mounting holes remained). But in other countries, only the “Sport” was sold.
These days, the Honda CBR600F4i remains an iconic bike. It was somewhat remade as the CBR650R, but that’s a more docile bike with an even more comfortable riding position.
Manual for the Honda CBR600F4i
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda CBR600F4i.
You can download it from here.