This is the maintenance schedule for the gen 2 Honda CBR600RR made from 2005 and kept constant until 2006.
The Honda CBR600RR is a four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC sportbike. It has, and has always had, a cool under-seat exhaust design, and a very compact riding position. The 2005 model made the same peak power as its predecessor (87 kW / 117 hp @ 13000 rpm), but the engine is tuned for more midrange power.
The main changes to the chassis over the original Honda CBR600RR are inverted forks and radial-mounted front calipers, still 310mm discs.
Honda updated the CBR600RR in 2007 again with a reworked engine that revved harder (due to high-revving components), lightweight wheels, and optional combine ABS.
Here are all the Honda CBR600RR generations:
- 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR: The original CBR600RR, a re-thinking of the 600cc sportbike that the CBR600F4i was. More aggressive and track-oriented, with lower clip-ons. Still has conventional forks (i.e. not inverted).
- 2005-2006 Honda CBR600RR: Redesigned frame, inverted forks, radial-mounted front calipers, new bodywork, an engine tweaked to improve midrange power, and an overall dry weight of 4kg (9 lb) less.
- 2007-2012 Honda CBR600RR: Reworked engine, shorter wheelbase. New three-spoke cast aluminium wheels. A Honda electronic steering damper. 2009 introduced C-ABS as an option, and a few internal changes (like high-resistance valve lifters and a popup valve system) to improve mid-range torque. Another 20 lb lighter dry (without C-ABS). (Some consider 2009-2012 to be a separate generation, but the whole era shares one manual.)
- 2013-2020 Honda CBR600RR: Lightweight 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU, new suspension (Showa “Big Piston Fork”, and a ram-air system tuned for mid-range torque. Discontinued in some markets after 2016.
- 2021: New release with a six-axis IMU and a host of rider aids, new digital dash, Euro 5 compliance, and a highly exclusive price tag.
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What you need to service the 05-06 Honda CBR600RR
Apart from general motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service your CBR600RR.
|Part||Honda CBR600RR spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-40 engine oil of spec JASO MA or API SG or higher. Most oils will do, but Honda recommends Pro Honda GN4 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Use an HF204RC oil filter, which fits and is of high quality.|
|Spark plug||The standard spark plug is an NGK IMR9C-9HES or Denso VUH27D.|
|Brake fluid||Use Honda DOT 4 brake fluid. You can also use any other brake fluid of the same spec.|
|Air filter||Use a HA-6007 air filter from K&N.|
|Coolant||Use Pro Honda HP coolant.|
|Brake pads||OEM brake pads are find, but a convenient and good upgrade are EBC HH brake pads for more bite and less fade. Use|
|Chain lube||Use Motul chain paste — a compact and mess-free chain lube that many like.|
|Cable lube||You’ll need to lubricate your throttle cable. Protect all cable life is a good option.|
Maintenance schedule for the 2005-2006 Honda CBR600RR
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR600RR from 2005-2006.
Notes on the maintenance schedule:
- The original manual recommended various items be done by someone mechanically competent, and some be done by a dealer for safety. These are marked with * and ** respectively in the “Dif” column.
- At higher odometer readings, keep following this maintenance schedule pattern.
- The break-in service isn’t shown.
- I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- C: clean
- A: adjust
- L: lubricate
- R: replace
|x 1000 km||6||12||18||24||30||36|
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|*||Air Cleaner||I||I||More often if riding in wet/dusty areas.|
|Spark Plugs||I||32K mi (48K km): R|
|Engine Oil Filter||R||R||R|
|*||Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant||I||I||R||2 years: R|
|*||Secondary Air Supply System||I||I||I|
|Drive Chain||600 mi (1000 km): I, L|
|Drive Chain Slider||I||I||I|
|Brake Fluid||I||I||R||I||I||R||2 years: R|
|Brake Pad Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|*||Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|*||Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I|
|**||Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I|
Tyre sizes and pressures
The CBR600RR shipped with sport tyres — Dunlop D118 or Michelin Pilot Sport, or Bridgestone BT014. They’re all radial tubeless tyres.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)||36 psi / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||180/55R17 M/C (73W)||42 psi / 2.9 bar|
The recommended tyre pressures are optimised for tyre longevity. If you want to optimise for grip or take your bike to the track, you’ll want lower pressures — but it depends on the track, your ride style, your tyres — ask some competent professionals (and/or do your own testing).
About the 2005-2006 Honda CBR600RR
The 2005 Honda CBR600RR was a fast follow update to the original 2003-2004 CBR600RR.
It’s much the same kind of bike — a little supersport 600cc bike that revs high and handles really well.
But Honda made some important updates to the CBR600RR in 2005. Even though the engine is the same on paper, there’s some stuff going on inside that merits attention.
Firstly, Honda helped the engine rev a little more freely. It makes the same peak power as the original bike (89 kW / 117 hp @ 13000 rpm), but honda changed the intake port shape and redesigned the exhaust. Coupled with a tune, the result is more midrange power.
Honda has never been about top-end power in its bikes anyway. They’re always seeking balance — a motor that is in harmony with the chassis. And that’s what the CBR600RR delivers.
On the outside, Honda made an important update to the suspension by replacing the original RR’s fork with an inverted cartridge unit. It’s a fully-adjustable 41mm fork, and a tightened up fully adjustable single shock up the back.
Honda claims to have reduced 1kg from the weight of the suspension alone. That’s a massive change to unsprung mass!
Honda also improved the brakes, replacing the axial mount calipers with radial mount units. This gives lighter weight in calipers (as there are fewer bolts to hold them together) and also more rigidity, which translates to more predictable braking.
Riding the 2005 Honda CBR600RR is a distinct improvement from the original.
Firstly, the jerky throttle (from the on-off fuelling) has been improved. Secondly, the newer CBR600RR has a lot more mid-range, which is noticeable both from the tuning of the engine and the lighter frame.
Changing gears on the Honda CBR600RR is a dream, just like it is on many Honda motorcycles, you snick, snick, snick through the gearbox.
Manual for the Honda CBR600RR
The above maintenance schedule comes from the manual for the 2005-2006 Honda CBR600RR, which is available online.
You can download most manuals from Honda here.