Honda CBR650R (2019+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CBR650R.

The Honda CBR650R is a CBR series 650cc four-cylinder sport bike that’s designed to be a more street-friendly alternative to the CBR600RR, which is no longer produced for the everyday rider. The CBR650R debuted at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy as the successor to the CBR650F. Its naked sibling, the Honda CB650R, also replaced the CB650F.

In 2021, Honda updated the CBR650R’s suspension, changing the Showa Dual Bending Valve forks to a Separate Function Fork — Big Piston (SFF BP). While this is a good upgrade, it doesn’t change the maintenance schedule.

This maintenance schedule applies equally to the LAMS or A2-restricted versions of the Honda CBR650R available for those on restricted licenses in Europe, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The parts are the same, and the engine is the same.

This post was originally published in January 2021, but it has been significantly refreshed.

Honda CBR650R Black studio image

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Service intervals for the Honda CBR650R

Overall, the Honda CBR640R has 4000 mile / 6400 km service intervals, but you only need to change the oil every two services — every 8000 miles or 12800 km, or every year.

Every 16000 miles / 25600 km, change the oil filter and inspect or change the spark plug. Valve clearances are a whopping 24000 mile / 38400 km apart!

As the engine is liquid cooled, make sure the coolant is kept fresh — use Honda Coolant to avoid mixing issues.

And keep the brake fluid current as well. Honda (and most manufacturers) require you to change it every two years.

Other than that, keep the chain clean and lubed and you’re good to go.

What you need to service the Honda CBR650R — Parts and Tools

If you’re servicing your CBR650R, aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you’ll need a few specific parts.

PartHonda CB650R/CBR650R spec
Engine oilHonda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, like Pro Honda GN4 10W-30, which is very available and affordable. 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 (for many motorcycles). Tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft). You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC (better quality) for the oil filter.
Engine coolantUse Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.
Spark PlugsUse NGK IMR9E-9HES. This is what the manual suggests. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8-0.9mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued correctly (use a torque wrench).
Air filterHonda OEM part number is 17210-MKN-D50. You can also get the K&N equivalent, HA-6414.
Brake fluidHonda recommends Honda DOT 4.
Brake padsFor the front, you need two pairs of brake pads (OEM: 06455-MKN-D51, EBC: FA679HH), and for the rear you need one (OEM: 06435-MGZ-J01, EBC: FA496HH). (Here’s a combined CB650R/CBR650R brake pad change kit.)
Honda CB650R and CBR650R maintenance parts

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

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.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables and tools

Honda CBR650R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CBR650R.

Notes on reading the table:

  • At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following the schedule in the pattern shown.
  • Honda recommends that you get all emissions and safety-related items (fuel, throttle, cooling, air supply, emissions controls, wheels, steering) serviced by a mechanic.
  • The break-in service is omitted — it’s to change the oil and filter at 1000 km / 600 mi.
  • Maintenance Procedures:
    • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
    • L: lubricate
    • R: replace
x 1000 mi4812162024
x 1000 km6.412.819.225.63238.4Every
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRR1 year
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)R
Air Cleaner (HA-6414)RRService more often if riding in wet/dust.
Spark Plug (IMR9E-9HES)I32000 mi (51200 km): R
Valve ClearanceI
Cooling System (leaks, condition)III
Radiator Coolant (level)IIIReplace every 3 years
Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)IIIIII2 years
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
Fuel LineIII
Throttle OperationIII
Engine Idle SpeedIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemI
Evaporative Emission Control SystemI
Brake Light SwitchIII
Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIII
Side StandIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
Steering Head BearingsIII
Maintenance schedule table for the Honda CBR650R

Maintaining Your Chain on the Honda CBR650R

It’s important to maintain your chain on the Honda CBR650R, as on any chain-driven motorcycle. 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:

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Honda CBR650R


  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your Honda CBR650R in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.

To measure chain slack on the Honda CBR650R, measure deflection between the top and bottom of the chain, pushing it down in the middle of the chain (the bottom section) and then up.

Chain deflection slack check Honda CBR650R
Chain deflection slack check Honda CBR650R

Chain slack on the Honda CBR650R should be 25-35 mm (1 – 1 3/8 inches).

If the chain slack is greater, you need to adjust it.

  1. Put the bike in neutral
  2. Put the bike on its stand.
  3. Loosen the rear axle nut
  4. Loosen the lock nuts on both adjusting bolts
  5. Tighten both bolts the same amount, to keep the wheel aligned.
  6. Measure chain slack, checking to see if it’s in the correct operating range.

When you’re done, tighten the axle nut (98 Nm / 72 lb-ft) and the lock nuts (27 Nm / 20 lb-ft). Check the chain slack one last time.

Tire size and tire pressure for the Honda CBR650R

The Honda CBR650R comes with Dunlop D214 tyres standard.

Here are its tyre sizes and recommended pressures.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70-1736 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar
Rear180/55-1742 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Tire sizes and pressures

About the Honda CBR650R

Red Honda CBR650R on road

The Honda CBR650R is Honda’s street-tuned/designed sport bike.

It has a middleweight powerband, without the high-RPM rush of a 600cc sport bike (like the CBR600RR). It also lacks the higher power output, and higher specification components like chassis, brakes, and suspension.

The Honda CBR650R is based heavily on the CBR650F that appeared in 2014 and later facelifted in 2017. It has the same steel diamond frame but the section around the swingarm pivot is pressed instead of cast steel and 41mm non-adjustable ‘right way up’ forks are swapped to upside down units. The preload-adjustable single shock remains unchanged. The CBR650R has radial-mount (rather than conventional) four-piston ABS-assisted calipers.

Compared to the CBR650F, the Honda CBR650R has a bit more power, a more aggressive body position, and revised, more modern looks than the outgoing CBR650F. It gets styling cues from the CBR1000RR Fireblade, to the point where they look great side-by-side.

Honda CBR650R next to Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
Honda CBR650R next to Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Honda have slashed kerb weighed by an impressive 6kg compared to the CBR650F, but much of that reduction comes from the CBR650R’s two-litre smaller fuel tank (it’s now 15.4 litres) and 800ml less oil capacity.

The CBR650R’s riding position is slightly sportier than the previous F model. Bars set 30mm lower and 30mm further forward to put more of the rider’s weight over the front wheel for extra feel and confidence. Footpegs are 6mm higher and 3mm back, but the seat height stays the same at 810mm.

Like the outgoing CBR650F, the CBR650R uses the same liquid-cooled 649cc inline four-cylinder engine. It has dual overhead cams and sixteen valves. Compared to the CBR650F, the Honda CBR650R has new dual air intakes, revised cam timing and exhaust tweaks, which adds up to an extra 3 bhp at the crank.

The front suspension of the CBR650R in 2019-2020 is a non-adjustable fork that’s at least inverted. And brakes are via Nissin four-piston radially mounted calipers that clamp onto 310mm rotors.

In 2021, Honda updated the CBR650R somewhat. The suspension was upgraded to a Showa “Separate Function Fork — Big Piston” that’s still non-adjustable. It also gets an improved dash, USB C socket under the seat, and updated graphics.

Reference — Manual for the Honda CBR650R

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda CBR650R. The maintenance schedule hasn’t changed since launch.

A copy of the Honda CBR650R manual in PDF format is below.

You can download it from Honda’s website here.

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