This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2022+ Honda CBR500R, an update to the earlier 2019-2021 CBR500R.
Honda released the CBR500R originally in 2013. The CBR500R has always been a standard sport bike with a full fairing and a comfortable everyday riding position.
The engine in the 2022 Honda CBR500R is still a 471cc liquid-cooled 8-valve parallel twin that has a very mild state of tune and makes 35 kW (47 hp) peak power at 8600 rpm. It’s the same engine seen in other 500-class bikes of the same generation, like the 2022 Honda CB500X.
In 2019, Honda updated the CBR500R significantly from the original, revising the airbox, engine internals, and looks, giving it a slightly different parts list and maintenance schedule.
In 2022, Honda updated the CBR500R’s front suspension again to (non-adjustable) Showa SFF-BP inverted forks and added twin disc brakes. Honda also brought the visual design in line with the latest high-end Honda sportbikes.
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Honda CBR500R Service Intervals
Aside from the break-in service, the service intervals for the 2022 Honda CBR500R are every 8000 miles or 12800 km, at which point you change the engine oil and check a number of other things. Honda also recommends some service between scheduled services, mostly for safety and emissions equipment.
Every two services (16000 miles / 25600 km), you change the oil filter and spark plug and check the valve clearances.
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.
What you need to service the Honda CBR500R (2022)
If you’re maintaining your Honda CBR500R, you’ll need the following consumable parts.
Note the parts changed slightly for the 2022 Honda CBR500R vs the previous generation.
|Part||CBR500R (2022) spec|
|Oil||Honda 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 filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01 (used on many Hondas). You can also use a HF204RC for 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 alternative air filter HA-5013, which is often more available.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part CPR8EA-9. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 0.8-0.9 mm.|
|Brake fluid||You can use any DOT 4 oil, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Brake pads (front)||Being a new spec, only the OEM Honda brake pads are available right now. Use Honda part number 06455-MKP-DN1.|
|Brake pads (rear)||The rear brake caliper is the same as the previous gen. Use Honda part 06435-MGZ-J02 or EBC part FA140HH.|
|Coolant||Use Pro Honda HP Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
You might also need some of the following basic motorcycle maintenance accessories.
|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 CBR500R (2022) Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR500R (2022). It has a lot in common with the previous generation 2019-2021 CBR500R, but there are a few parts that are different.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown.
- The break-in service is omitted below (the dealer usually does this in the warranty period, and it’s just an oil/filter change plus a number of checks)
- Honda generally recommends you take your motorcycle to a dealer for servicing the wheels/tyres, steering, spark plug, and valves.
- 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||Many change this with the oil anyway (but it’s not necessary)|
|Air Filter (HA-5019)||R||R||Service more often when riding in wet or dust|
|Cooling System (inspect for leaks, kinks in lines etc.)||I||I||I|
|Inspect/change Coolant (Pro Honda HP Coolant)||I||I||I||Every 3 Years: R|
|Spark Plug (NGK CPR8EA-9)||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|
|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|
|Brake System (check fluid levels, leaks, etc.)||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I|
Maintaining Your Chain on the Honda CBR500R
It’s important to maintain your chain on the CBR500R, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly on a sport bike where you might occasionally ride it aggressively.
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 CBR500R
|Chain maintenance task||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 CBR500R in dusty or rainy conditions.
- Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle (similar to after riding in the rain).
Wheels and tyres for the Honda CBR500R (2022)
The manual for the CBR500R gives the following tyre sizes and brands as standard, and recommends the following tyre pressures.
The 2022 Honda CBR500R came with street tyres, like Dunlop D222 or Michelin Roads.
|Tyre||Size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)||36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar|
|Rear||160/60ZR17 M/C (69W)||42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar|
About the 2022 Honda CBR500R
The Honda CBR500R is Honda’s standard sportbike. It can do a lot of things — it’s an excellent commuter with very high fuel efficiency (real-world mileage of 65 mpg or around 3.5 L/100 km) and an engaging (if modestly-powered) sportbike for when you’re feeling frisky, and it’s even just a looker in your garage.
The core of the CBR500R is the 471cc parallel twin engine. It’s a really great motor — “just enough” to keep many riders engaged, unless they want torque everywhere or have a need to upgrade once they pass their A2 / LAMS license. But many riders actually downsize to the Honda CBR500R because it’s just enough, and they enjoy redlining bikes in a few gears in everyday riding. Try that on your Hayabusa!
The parallel twin in the CBR500R makes 35 kW / 47 bhp at 8600 rpm, the same as it makes in its stablemates, the 2022+ CB500F and CB500X. That power level keeps it learner-friendly. The displacement, being under 660 cc, keeps it learner-friendly in jurisdictions where that matters, too.
The motor has a reputation for being near indestructible, too. This is said of many bikes, but it’s very true of the Honda 471 cc parallel twin. Fleet owners who rent bikes out to users (who then may not respect the bikes as much as personal owners) report that the 471 cc twin is the only one out of their fleets that never needs servicing.
Like a typical street Honda, the way the CBR500R makes its power is very predictable and friendly. The CBR has a very flat torque curve, making power linearly all the way to just short of redline. The torque is also considerably higher than lightweight competitors like the Kawasaki Ninja 400. This torque means that the CBR doesn’t have to rev as much to make peak power, and is easier to ride everyday.
Even though the CBR500R is styled after the latest Honda CBR1000RR, it’s a LOT more comfortable. The rider triangle means your knees aren’t as flexed and there’s almost no lean forward to the handlebars. You’re not upright like on a Triumph Bonneville, but needless to say, the CBR500R is a very, very comfortable motorcycle.
Honda has done a lot with the aesthetics of the CBR500R since they first released it. Basically, Honda has kept style up with the latest generation sportbikes. They’ve done a really good job. On the showroom floor, you’d be shocked with how good an entry-level bike can look. The paint is lustrous and every part gleams. One wouldn’t say the same for many other low-cost bikes intended to be efficient learners.
The major updates for the 2022 model year CBR500R are in the brakes and suspension.
- A Showa SFF-BP upside-down fork — a “Separate Function Fork – Big Piston”. Firstly, it’s a USD fork, which itself is a significant upgrade over previous years. Separate function means that the spring mechanism is in one leg, and the “Big Piston” pressure separation damper is in the other. This keeps ride-quality high while lightening the whole setup.
- Twin disc brakes — the CBR500R has twin 296mm discs and Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers. This is really great spec for an entry-level bike!
- Lighter wheels — The redesigned 5-spoke wheels are lighter than on previous versions.
These improvements all count for improving handling. The lighter suspension components and wheels lead to lower unsprung mass — though of course, twin discs and more calipers would raise that mass again.
The 2022 Honda CBR500R keeps a lot of what made the old model special.
The instruments are still LCD (though colour) and have an easy-to-read speedometer, tachometer, shift-up indicator, and a gear position indicator — all things that are sold as premium items on many other motorcycles.
Honda also added the headlight from the CBR650R. It’s a looker!
Reference — Manual Screenshots for the 2022 Honda CBR500R
The above maintenance schedule came from the manuals for the 2022 Honda CBR500R. Parts came from parts diagram.
See the below screenshots from the user manual.
You can download Honda motorcycle manuals from here.