Honda CB500F (2019-2021) Simplified Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CB500F made from 2019 to 2021.

The Honda CB500F is a standard/naked bike that is part of the Honda 500 twin series made since 2013. It shares the same liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 471cc parallel twin as in the CBR500R, among a few other motorcycles, that makes a peak of 35 kW or 47 hp, making this motorcycle learner/A2-legal in relevant markets.

The Honda CB500F has gone through a few updates since its release.

  • 2013-2018 CB500F: The original, with the big silver can exhaust, then updated in 2016 to get preload adjustable front forks, LED lights, lighter exhaust (matt black), adjustable brake lever, and revised styling. (Same maintenance parts/schedule as the original 2013 CB500F)
  • 2019-2021 CB500F: New exhaust (stacked twin) and intake (some parts change), revised valve timing and lift for slightly more power, Slipper/assist clutch, revised fork internals and new rear shock, colour LCD dash, new looks.
  • 2022 CB500F: Showa 41mm SFF-BP inverted forks, twin 298 mm front brake discs, redesigned swing-arm, recalibrated front/rear balance (more weight on the front wheel), new lighter radiator.

Honda updated the CB500F for 2022 with better suspension (a Showa SFF-BP inverted fork) and twin front disc brakes. This makes for a slightly revised maintenance schedule and list of parts.

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Honda CB500F Service Intervals

Aside from the break-in service, the service interval for the Honda CB500F is every 8000 miles / 12800 km or annually, at which point you change the engine oil and check for leaks, worn components, or things in need of lubrication.

Honda also recommends some service between scheduled services, mostly for safety (brakes, clutch) and emissions equipment.

Every 16000 miles / 25600 km, change the oil filter and spark plug and check the valve clearances. The CB500F has a parallel twin with four valves per cylinder, so the checks are relatively simple, especially considering it’s a naked motorcycle.

Air filters changes are between, or more often if you ride the bike in dusty or wet areas.

Make sure to keep the brake fluid and the coolant up to date, and to maintain the chain of course.

There’s more detail in the full maintenance schedule below.

What you need to service the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)

To service the CB500F, you might need some (or many of) the following parts.

PartCB500F (2019-2021)
OilHonda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA. Pro 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 Hiflofiltro HF204RC the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).
Air filter The OEM air filter part is 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N high flow air filter HA-5019 (this is a different part to the earlier model)
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm.
Brake fluidHonda recommends Honda DOT 4 brake fluid.
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.
Cable lubeKeep cables (throttle, clutch) lubricated with Protect all cable life.
GreaseKeep external parts greased with a good lithium soap-based grease.
Honda CB500F (2019-2021) maintenance parts

Honda CB500F (2019-2021) Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB500F. It’s adapted from the 2019 manual (see screenshots below), but cleaned up for ease of reading.

Honda suggests that you take spark plugs, valve service, wheels, tires, and steering bearings to a professional mechanic, but that a competent home mechanic can take care of the rest with appropriate tools.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • R: Replace
  • L: Lubricate
  • C: Clean


  • The break-in service is omitted below (it’s just to change the oil/filter).
  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval observed.
x 1000 mi4812162024
x 1000 km6.412.819.225.63238.4Every
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)RRR1 Year: R
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)R
Crankcase BreatherCCCCCCService more often when riding in rain or at full throttle
Air Cleaner (HA-5019)RRService more often when riding in dusty areas or rain
Spark Plug (CBR8EA-9)R
Valve ClearanceI
Engine Idle SpeedIII
Throttle OperationIII
Fuel LineIII
Radiator Coolant (Honda Coolant)III3 Years: R
Cooling SystemIII
Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)IIIIII2 Years: R
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Brake Light SwitchIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemI
Evaporative Emission Control SystemI
Headlight AimIII
Clutch System (lubricate cable with Protect All Cable Life)IIIIII
Side Stand (lubricate with lithium soap-based grease)III
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
Steering Head BearingsIII
Honda CB500F 2019-2021 maintenance schedule

Honda CB500F Chain Maintenance

As the Honda CB500F is an everyday sport motorcycle, it’s important to take care of the chain — as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly on one that might be exposed to all kinds of conditions.

Honda recommends Honda’s own chain lubricant/cleaner. But you can use any good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste, or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain.

Honda recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule for the CB500F:

Chain maintenance taskEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary
Target chain slack: 1 – 1 3/8 in (25 – 35 mm)
600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Honda CB500F


  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your CB500F in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle (similar to after riding in the rain).

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)

The Honda CB500F has the following tyre sizes standard, as well as the following recommended tyre pressures.

TyreSizeTyre pressure
Front120/70Z R17 M/C(58W)36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 bar)
Rear160/60ZR17M/C (69W)42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 bar)
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Honda CB500F

Stock, the Honda CB500F ships with a road/sport tyres.

Depending on how you use your CB500F, you could give it any number of appropriate tyres.

About the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)

The Honda CB500F is a mid-range commuter sportbike that Honda released first for the 2013 model year along with its stablemate with the same engine, the CBR500R and CB500X (a bit later the same year).

The CB500F is a simple, but capable motorcycle — enough power to get you into a lot of trouble and to have a blast, but not so much that it’ll scare new riders or risk bucking you around (or getting hot with frustration) in heavy traffic.

The 2019-2021 Honda CB500F shares a lot in terms of parts and maintenance with the 2019-2021 Honda CBR500R.

Like its sibling, the Honda CB500F is powered by a liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC 471cc parallel twin that makes modest, learner-legal power, making it the ideal starter bike for many.

But the CB500F is no slouch. Twist the throttle and shift at least twice and you’ll clear 100 mph (160 km/h) without too much effort.

By the time you’re at that speed, you’ll have bigger problems, like wind against your chest, insufficient gear because you never planned on going that fast on a “commuter” bike, or maybe flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

The CB500F is definitely a bike you can have fun on. It’s one of those bikes people downsize to. One often unmentioned aspect of any bike from the CB500 range is that the engine and drivetrain are near unbreakable. Ask any owner and they’re likely to have very few (if any) stories of times when the CB500F just wouldn’t start. It’s one of the most Honda motorcycles out there.

The naked CB500F takes styling cues from the stripped-down four-cylinder CB1000R (before it got a “Neo Sports” rebrand in the 2018+ Honda CB1000R), and its slim form offers great urban ability as well as enjoyable performance in the hills.

The DOHC twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine in the CB500F makes 35kW / 47 bhp and has really impressive fuel economy, even when you’re hammering it (though less so in that case).

Honda updated the CB500F again for the 2022 model year, upgrading the suspension and brakes even further to Showa SFF-BP forks and twin discs for the first time.

Reference — Screenshots from the Manual for the Honda CB500F (2019-2021)

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2019 Honda CB500F, checking against the 2021 manual for changes (there weren’t any). You can see screenshots for them both below.

There were a few changes from earlier manuals for the CB500F, such as changing whether or not something should be checked at the first service interval, or changing the way the oil change frequency is displayed, but nothing huge.

You can download the manual for the Honda CB500F from Honda’s website here.

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