Honda CBR650R - Owner's Manual > Drive Chain

The drive chain must be inspected and lubricated regularly. Inspect the chain more frequently if you often ride on bad roads, ride at high speed, or ride with repeated fast acceleration.

If the chain does not move smoothly, makes strange noises, has damaged rollers or loose pins or missing O-rings, or kinks, have the chain inspected by your dealer.

Also inspect the engine sprocket and rear wheel sprocket. If either has worn or damaged teeth, have the sprocket replaced by your dealer.

Drive Chain

NOTICE Use of a new chain with worn sprockets will cause rapid chain wear.

 Cleaning and Lubricating

After inspecting the slack, clean the chain and sprockets while rotating the rear wheel. Use a dry cloth with chain cleaner designed specifically for O-ring chains, or neutral detergent. Use a soft brush if the chain is dirty.

After cleaning, wipe dry and lubricate with the recommended lubricant. If not available, use SAE 80 or 90 gear oil.

Recommended lubricant: Drive chain lubricant designed specifically for O-ring chains.

If not available,use SAE 80 or 90 gear oil.

Cleaning and Lubricating

Do not use a steam cleaner, a high pressure cleaner, a wire brush, volatile solvent such as petrol and benzene, abrasive cleaner, chain cleaner or lubricant NOT designed specifically for O-ring chains as these can damage the rubber O-ring seals.

Avoid getting lubricant on the brakes or tyres.

Avoid applying excess chain lubricant to prevent spray onto your clothes and the motorcycle.

Recommended Coolant

Pro Honda HP coolant is a pre-mixed solution of antifreeze and distilled water.

Concentration: 50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water

A concentration of antifreeze below 40% will not provide proper corrosion and cold temperature protection.

A concentration of up to 60% will provide better protection in colder climates.

NOTICE Using coolant not specified for aluminium engines or ordinary tap water or mineral can cause corrosion.

Tyres (Inspecting/Replacing)

 Checking the Air Pressure

Visually inspect your tyres and use an air pressure gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month or any time you think the tyres look low. Always check air pressure when your tyres are cold.

 Inspecting for Damage

Inspect the tyres for cuts, slits, or cracks that exposes fabric or cords, or nails or other foreign objects embedded in the side of the tyre or the tread. Also inspect for the bumps or bulges in the side walls of the tyres. Inspecting for Damage

 Inspecting for Abnormal Wear

Inspect the tyres for signs of abnormal wear on the contact surface. Inspecting for Abnormal Wear

 Inspecting Tread Depth

Inspect the tread wear indicators. If they become visible, replace the tyres immediately.

For safe riding, you should replace the tyres when the minimum tread depth is reached.

Inspecting Tread Depth


Riding on tyres that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner's manual regarding tyre inflation and maintenance.


German law prohibits use of tyres whose tread depth is less than 1.6 mm.

Have your tyres replaced by your dealer.

For recommended tyres, air pressure and minimum tread depth, see "Specifications".

Follow these guidelines whenever you replace tyres.

  • Use the recommended tyres or equivalents of the same size, construction, speed rating, and load range.
  • Have the wheel balanced with Honda Genuine balance weights or equivalents after the tyre is installed.
  • Do not install a tube inside a tubeless tyre on this motorcycle. Excessive heat build-up can cause the tube to burst.
  • Use only tubeless tyres on this motorcycle.

    The rims are designed for tubeless tyres, and during hard acceleration or braking, a tube-type tyre could slip on the rim and cause the tyre to rapidly deflate.


Installing improper tyres on your motorcycle can adversely affect handling and stability, and can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Always use the size and type of tyres recommended in this owner's manual.

Air Cleaner

This motorcycle is equipped with a viscous type air cleaner element.

Air blow cleaning or any other cleaning can degrade the viscous element performance and cause the intake of dust.

Do not perform the maintenance.

Should be serviced by your dealer.

Air Cleaner

    See also:

     Honda CBR650R - Owner's Manual > Battery

    Your motorcycle has a maintenance-free type battery. You do not have to check the battery electrolyte level or add distilled water. Clean the battery terminals if they become dirty or corroded.

     Honda CBR650R - Owner's Manual > Tool Kit

    The tool kit is stored under the seat. You can perform some roadside repairs, minor adjustments and parts replacement with the tools contained in the kit. ED, II ED, IV ED and V ED type Helmet set wire 10 × 14 mm Open end wrench Standard/Phillips screwdriver Extension bar Screwdriver handle 5 mm Hex wrench Pin spanner Fuse puller 8 × 12 mm Open end wrench 12 × 14 mm Open end wrench