Honda CBR600RR 1st Gen (2003-2004) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR, the original sports bike from Honda that was a favourite among reviewers in early years.

This original CBR600RR is Honda’s first foray into sportbikes that are intensely track focused, rather than being the everyday sport bike that the CBR600F range (temporarily ending with the CBR600F4i) was. The original version is distinguishable from the rest because it has conventional forks, something that was changed in the 2005-2006 CBR600RR.

The Honda CBR600RR has changed minimally since its launch. It has always been based around a 599cc liquid-cooled inline four cylinder engine with fuel injection at its base. Very little technology has been added to it (before 2021) — ABS has been an option, but a relatively rare one give the added weight.

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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2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR.

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.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace
x 1000 km61218243036
x 1000 mi4812162024
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Air CleanerIIMore often if riding in wet/dusty areas.
Spark PlugsI48K km (32K mi): R
*Valve ClearanceI
Engine OilRRR
Engine Oil FilterRRR
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator CoolantIIR2 years: R
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Drive Chain1000 km (600 mi): I, L
Drive Chain SliderIII
Brake FluidIIRIIR2 years: R
Brake Pad WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
**Steering Head BearingsIII
Honda CBR600RR (2003-2004) maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2004 Honda CBR600RR

The 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR has the following tyre sizes, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures.

Stock, the CBR600RR shipped with sport tyres — Michelin Pilots, Dunlop D218s, or Bridgestone BT014s. Obviously fit whatever tyres are more common these days.

TyreSizeTyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)250 kPa (2.5 bar)/ 36 psi
Rear180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)290 kPa (2.9 bar)/ 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures — Honda CBR600RR (gen 1)

About the Gen 1 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR

The original 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR was a departure from Honda’s philosophy of making everyday sport bikes. That had been what they had done with the CBF600F series. Until the CBR600F4i, their sport bikes and street bikes were the same range (although they also came in “naked” variants).

The CBR600RR was marketed as Honda’s top-of-the-line middleweight sport bike — designed to be raced, not to be a commuter. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t a good everyday bike. Many loved (and still love) it for everyday commuting — up and past 10000 rpm.

The first-gen made a very palatable 87 kW (117 hp) at 13000 rpm, with peak torque of 64 Nm (46 ft-lb) at a quite high 11000 rpm.

The Honda CBR600RR was initially a favourite among reviewers, who loved its easy handling, sharp styling, and power. But competition was always fierce in the 600cc class, and the more berserk YZF-R6 took the spotlight for many years.

The early Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 had that higher capacity that gave it a power boost which, combined with its advanced electronics in recent years, means it was always one of the best choices for street use.

But the CBR600RR was never changed much because people loved it. It was always considered the easiest of the 600cc sportbikes to ride in everyday riding.

The Gen 1 Honda CBR600RR had conventional (non-inverted) 45MM HMAS cartridge forks, much like the CBR600F4i that it took the reins from. The forks were fully adjustable.

The rear shock was a Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock that was also fully adjustable.

The brakes on the early CBR600RR are impressive. They’re the same as on the VTR1000SP2 — two 310mm discs with four-piston calipers. Considering it’s “just” a six hundred, it’s more than enough to bring this bike to a stop.

Manual for the 2003-2004 Honda CBR600RR

2004 Honda CBR600RR Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2004 Honda CBR600RR. You can download it from here.

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