Honda CBR1000RR (2008-2016, including C-ABS) Fireblade Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CBR1000RR made between the years 2008 and 2016.

The 2008 Honda CBR1000RR was an update to the Fireblade line of motorcycles that began with the 2004 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

While the Honda Fireblade did go through some minor evolutions between 2008 and 2016, it didn’t get a full redesign until the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.

Here are all our maintenance schedules for the CBR1000RR Fireblades:

  • 2004-2005 CBR1000RR: the original that took over from the CBR954RR FireBlade. First with a 998.4cc engine.
  • 2006-2007 CBR1000RR: Revised intake, cam, and valves for higher redline and more power. Higher compression 12.2:1 ratio. Bigger 320mm front discs. 42 tooth rear sprocket.
  • 2008-2016 CBR1000RR: New 999.8 cc engine with slightly shorter stroke. Higher 12.3:1 compression ratio, lighter engine internals leading to higher 13000 rpm redline, revised steering damper, slipper clutch. Full LCD dash from 2012.
  • 2014-2016 CBR1000RR SP: Same as 2012 revision (with LCD), but Ohlins front and rear suspension and Brembo monoblock calipers.
  • 2017-2019 CBR1000RR: Slightly shorter stroke engine, 5-axis IMU, TFT display.
  • 2017-2019 CBR1000RR SP: Same but with semi-active suspension.
  • 2020 CBR1000RR-R: Much shorter stroke, higher-revving 999.7 cc engine.
  • 2020 CBR1000RR-R SP: Same but with 2nd gen semi-active Ohlins front and rear Smart EC suspension and Brembo Stylema calipers.

Between 2008 and 2016 the parts used in maintenance and the overall maintenance schedule stayed the same. The same basic technology powered the bike — same brakes and suspension. See below for a description of what changed between 2008 and 2016.

Note: There is a minor exception in that the 2014-2020 Honda CBR1000RR SP had some slightly different components, so that gets treated separately.

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Service intervals for the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (2008-2016)

The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has service intervals of 8000 miles or 12800 km, at which point you should change the engine oil and filter, and do a host of checks.

You change the air filter at an intermediary service, every 12000 miles / 19200 km.

Every two services (16000 miles or 25600 km), check the spark plugs and the valve clearances.

Make sure you keep your brake fluid and coolant fresh. Honda’s recommended service interval for both is 2 years.

What you need to service your 2008-2016 CBR1000RR

To service your CBR1000RR, aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you will need slightly different parts depending on what generation of bike you have.

For the 2008-2016 models, here’s what you need.

Part2017-2019 Honda CBR1000RR spec
OilThis is consistent between Fireblades. Honda recommends Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil, or another oil that is SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA or better. Motul 300v is a popular choice for sportbikes. Engine oil drain bolt torque is 30 Nm (22 lb-ft)
Oil filterA high-quality drop-in replacement for all Fireblades is the HF204RC, which you can use a wrench to torque down (26 Nm/19 lb-ft)
Spark plugSame for all Fireblades — NGK IMR9E-9HES or the Denso VUH27ES.
Air filter (varies)For the 2008-2016 CBR1000RR models use K&N HA-1004 for a good replacement.
Front brake pads (varies)Many Fireblade riders switch to EBC or Galfer double hardened brake pads. For the 2017-2019 models, use these codes:
* Regular CBR1000RR EBC FA390HH or Galfer FD326G1370
* 2014+ SP CBR1000RR: EBC FA447HH or Galfer FD373G1303
Rear brake pads (varies)These are the same for all CBR1000RR Fireblades since 2006 (2004-2005 are different).
* EBC: FA436HH or Galfer FD363G1371
Brake fluidMost brands are OK but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4 brake fluid.
GreaseUse a Valvoline lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points.
Chain careUse either Motul chain paste or a full Motul chain care kit for regular chain maintenance.
Honda CBR1000RR 2017-2019 maintenance parts

2008-2016 Honda CBR1000RR Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR1000RR made between 2008 and 2016. Through the evolutions of the motorcycle, the maintenance schedule has stayed largely the same.

Honda specifies difficulty levels for different maintenance tasks in their manual. But the upshot is Honda says that a home mechanic with tools and a shop manual can do everything other than wheels and steering head bearings, which need special equipment.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace

Notes:

  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • Follow the earlier of distance-based or time-based intervals. For example change the oil every year, regardless of distance done.
mi x 10004812162024
km x 10006.412.819.225.63238.4Every
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRYear
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRR
Fuel LineIII
Throttle OperationIII
Air FilterIIMore often if riding in rain or aggressively
Spark Plugs (NGK IMR9E-9HES)IReplace at 32000 mi / 51200 km
Valve ClearancesI
Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Pro Honda Coolant)IIRReplace every 2 years
Cooling SystemIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Evaporative Emission Control System (if fitted)II
Exhaust Gas Control Valve CableI
Drive Chain500 mi / 800 km: I/L
Brake Fluid (Honda Dot 4)IIRIIR
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
SuspensionIII
Front Fork Oil (see note below)18000 mi / 30000 km or 36 months: R
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
Wheels/TiresIII
Steering Head BearingsIII
Honda CBR1000RR maintenance schedule

Note on fork oil: Earlier versions of the manual didn’t specify changing the fork oil. However, the forks haven’t changed, so we believe this to be applicable to all CBRs.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2014-2016 Honda CBR1000RR

Honda specifies the following tyre sizes, ships with the following tyres, and gives these recommended tyre pressures in the manual.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)BRIDGESTONE S20F G
DUNLOP Qualifier II K
250 kPa / 36 psi
Rear190/50ZR17 M/C (73W)BRIDGESTONE S20R G
DUNLOP Qualifier II K
290 kPa / 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures (Honda CBR1000RR 2017-2019)

About the 2008-2016 Honda CBR1000RR

2008 Red Honda CBR1000RR leaning

Honda released an all new 2008 CBR1000RR in 2007 for the 2008 model year. It’s a continuation in the long-line of Honda supersport bikes that started with the original FireBlade in the early 90s.

Since 2004, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has been a 999cc-class bike, and the latest 2008 Fireblade is the same.

But Honda gave the liter-class motorcycle a higher redline of 13000 rpm, increasing from the earlier 12200 rpm, and letting the Fireblade focus more on top-end power. The new 2008+ Fireblade makes 133 kW (178 hp) at 12000 rpm.

Honda made many internal changes to the engine to support the higher rev ceiling and power, including

  • Titanium valves, built to accommodate the higher RPMs
  • New side slung exhaust… no more under-seat exhaust, with associated tuning
  • A completely new cylinder block, head configuration, and crank case
  • Lighter pistons, with higher compression of 12.3:1 (up from 12.2:1)

Honda also made changes to lighten the weight and improve the handling, including

  • New ECU with two separate revised maps
  • A new frame — lighter, narrower die cast frame, with minimal weldings
  • Many weight reductions all over the bike
  • Slipper clutch
  • Revision to the electronic steering damper

Honda made a number of revisions to the 2008 redesign before the next redesign in 2017. The most significant of these were:

  • 2009: Optional factory Combined ABS (C-ABS).
  • 2010: Higher inertia flywheel for better low-rpm torque
  • 2012: Improved front and rear suspension with Showa Big Poston Fork and a Showa balance-free shock. Also revisions to the ABS, new lightweight 12-spoke wheels, and an all-LCD display
  • 2014: Re-tuned engine for more power, modified rider position along with a new windscreen.
2012 Red Honda CBR1000RR on road riding

In the intervening years, there were no noteworthy changes.

Manual for the 2008-2016 Honda CBR1000RR

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2016 Honda CBR1000RR, also comparing it with years back to 2008. You can see screenshots below.

You can download the manual from here.

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