This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CB500X as made from 2013-2018. The CB500X has had some minor changes in its history, but that doesn’t fundamentally affect its maintenance schedule. So this is for all versions of the Honda CB500X from launch until today.
The CB500X is a versatile, do-anything bike that does particularly well on long rides as well as daily commuting. This adventure-styled tourer is powered by a 471cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin motor that makes a user-friendly 35 kW or 47 hp at peak. It’s the same engine as in the Rebel 500 and CB500F, so there are some similarities in the maintenance schedules.
While the Honda CB500X is not a high-power dedicated adventure bike, nor a nimble dirt bike, it’s comfortable on the highway, on light off-road trails, and anywhere you dare to take it — and people dare to take an entry-level machine to a lot of places!
In Honda revised the CB500X in 2016, mostly externally, in the form of a taller and adjustable windscreen, a larger fuel tank, re-styled lighting, and spring-load adjustable forks. Maintenance remained the same.
The 2019-2021 Honda CB500X was revised with larger front wheels and a new intake and exhaust, changing the maintenance schedule slightly.
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What you need to service the Honda CB500X (2013-2018)
When servicing the CB500X, apart from standard motorcycle maintenance tools, you’ll need the following consumables.
Note that there were some changes to the CB500X in 2019, which result in a few different parts, e.g. the air cleaner, and the wheel size (below).
|Part||Honda CB500X specs/codes|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, e.g. Pro Honda GN4 10W-30 is good. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 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 Hiflofiltro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is up to 2018 17211-MJW-J00, and 2019+ 17211-MKP-J00. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is pre-2019: HA-5013, 2019+: HA-5019, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9mm.|
|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 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.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
You might also need some of the following basic motorcycle maintenance tools.
|Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.|
|Motul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.|
|Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.|
|Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.|
Honda CB500X Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CB500X. It’s in a simplified format compared to the manuals.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
- Honda indicates “difficulty” levels of maintenance items. For the CB500X, they suggest you get a professional to service the spark plugs, valve clearance, wheels/tyres, and steering components. But a skilled person / home mechanic can do the rest.
- The break-in service is omitted (the dealer usually does this in the warranty period, and it’s just an oil / filter change and general look-over for leaks.
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
- R: Replace
- L: Lubricate
- C: Clean
|mi x 1000||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|km x 1000||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Notes|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)||R||R||R|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R||R||2017-2018 manual required fewer changes, most do it with oil.|
|Air Filter (HA-5013)||R||R||Service more often when riding in wet or dust|
|Cooling System (inspect for leaks, kinks etc.)||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant (Honda Long-life Coolant)||I||I||I||Every 3 Years: R|
|Crankcase Breather||C||C||C||C||C||C||Service more often when riding in rain or at full throttle|
|Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I|
|Spark Plug (NGK CPR8EA-9)||R|
|Brake Fluid (Use Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||Every 2 years: R|
|Secondary Air Supply System||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||I|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I||Replace as needed (FA196HH, FA140HH)|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I|
Maintaining Your Chain on the Honda CB500X
It’s important to maintain your chain on the CB500X, particularly if you use it for any light off-roading or adventure use, as dirt and dryness can increase strain on the chain.
Use a 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 CB500X
|Chain maintenance item||Every|
|Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary||600 mi / 1000 km|
|Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary||600 mi / 1000 km|
- Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your CB500X in dusty or rainy conditions.
- Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CB500X
The Honda CB500X has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard.
Note that Honda changed the tyre configuration on the 2019 Honda CB500X.
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C 58W||36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||160/60 ZR17 M/C 69W||29 psi / 200 kPa / 2.0 bar|
About the Honda CB500X (2013-2018)
The Honda CB500X is an entry level adventure motorcycle… but for many people, it’s all the adventure motorcycle they’ll ever need.
The CB500X delivers plenty of performance for adventure sport touring riders, with its thoroughly modern, torque-rich 500cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. Its upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders, and the shape and height of the seat mean it’s comfortable for long stretches of time in the saddle.
The CB500X is a great choice for riders who are stepping up from an entry-level dirt bike, or even for people who appreciate a great middleweight motorcycle for practical in-town riding, or fun adventure-sport touring. It’s one of those bikes that people rarely complain about, unless they want to throw wheelies in the air and are secretly lusting after a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R!
Honda’s 473cc parallel twins are famous for their versatility, reliability, and practicality. It has the same bore size as the CBR600RR sportbike, but of course with fewer pistons, and a longer stroke for more bottom-end torque performance.
The result is an engine that has lots of torque from the get-go — but it won’t rev to the moon. Riding the CB500X is a balance between sedate and lively — just enough beans to mean it doesn’t feel slow, but not really enough where you think it’s always champing at the bit to go faster.
The CB500X is the kind of bike that entry level adventurers love… but it also finds favour with people who want an Africa Twin without all the fuss, or something different to the V-Strom 650s.
There are lots of kits to mod the CB500X into what you want — knobby tires, wire-spoked rims, brake upgrades, suspension travel increases… you name it.
The CB500X is also an extremely reliable motorcycle. Extremely! People who own fleets of motorcycles (as rentals) say that the CB500 engined-models are the ones that they have no problems with — ever.
Even if you do have to work on the CB500X, you’re blessed with having just one cylinder block, and two pistons. Easy valves to get to, and very few checks to do.
The general pace of maintenance on the 2013-2018 Honda CB500X is every 4000 mi or 6400 km, with oil changes every two intervals.
The valve clearance check is every 4 intervals — every 16000 miles or 25600 km. Once you get there, it’s easy.
Manual for the Honda CB500X (2013-2018)
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2018 Honda CB500X. It hasn’t changed fundamentally in other years.
You can download it from here.