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 8 000 mile / 12 800 km or annual service intervals. At every service, change the oil, and do a once-over of the motorcycle for leaks, wear, or loose components.

Note that Honda does recommend some checks between services, like of safety and emissions equipment, e.g. brake pads.

Every 16 000 miles / 25 600 km, change the oil filter and inspect or change the spark plug. Valve clearances are a whopping 24 000 miles / 38 400 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 and tools are useful for maintenance 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.
x 1000 mi8162432
x 1000 km12.825.638.451.2Every
Standard inspection checklist (see below) — Perform all
Engine Oil — Replace (Pro Honda GN4)Year
Engine Oil Filter — Replace (HF204RC)
Air Cleaner — Replace (HA-6414)Service more often if riding in wet/dust.
Spark Plugs — Inspect gap / condition
Spark plugs — Replace (IMR9E-9HES)
Valve Clearances — Inspect / adjust
Radiator Coolant — Replace (Honda Coolant)3 Years
Brake Fluid — Replace (Honda DOT 4)2 years
Brake Pads — Check wear levelCheck between services — 4000 miles / 6400 km
Clutch System — Check correct function and free play
Target free play: 10-20mm
Check between services — 4000 miles / 6400 km
Secondary Air Supply System — Inspect
Evaporative Emission Control System — Inspect
Maintenance schedule table for the Honda CBR650R

Honda CB650R Standard service checklist

Do the following checks on your Honda CBR650R as part of every scheduled inspection.

Honda CBR650R Inspection Checklist
Fuel Lines — Check condition, correct routing, and for no cracks
Throttle operation and free play – Lubricate with Protect all cable life
Target free play: 2-6 mm (0.1-0.3 in)
Check engine idle speed
Target idle speed: 1 250 rpm, +/- 100 rpm
Cooling system — Check for no leaks, and that fans come on
Drive chain slider — Check wear level. Replace as necessary
Brake system — Check for proper function, and free play
Brake light switch — Check lights come on (when brake depressed)
Wheels/Tires — Check for dents, tire condition, and tread depth
Suspension (front and rear) — Check for smooth operation, no leaks
Headlight aim — Check, re-adjust after adjusting suspension
Side stand / Centre stand — Check for smooth function, lubrication condition
Steering head bearings — Check for smooth operation
Nuts, bolts, fasteners — Check for presence. Replace / retighten as needed
Secondary air supply system — Check
Crankcase breather (if fitted) — Check, clean as needed
Honda CBR650R Inspection Checklist

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 necessary
(See below notes)
600 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

Target chain slack on the Honda CBR650R: 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
Honda CBR650R 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 Honda CBR600RR that it loosely resembles). It also lacks the higher power output, and higher specification components like chassis, brakes, and suspension.

The Honda CBR650R is based heavily on the Honda CBR650F that appeared in 2014 and was 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 also has radial-mount (rather than conventional) four-piston ABS-assisted calipers. In short, it’s a proper mid-spec bike, not a budget commuter.

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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