Honda Maintenance Schedule

Honda Maintenance Book, Motorcycle 1968



While looking for a factory maintenance manual I found this old Honda booklet. It lists the recommended Honda maintenance schedule. It was printed in 1968 and included with the owners manual on vintage bikes.

Despite the fact that the advice is over 40 years old, much of it still applies today.

The maintenance schedule is a checklist of different things to check, lubricate or adjust. After some of the items your will see (Note 1), (Note 2), etc. This refers you to the Notes to Timetable graphic below.

Honda Maintenance Footnotes

Suggested operations at 500 and 1000 miles.

Honda Maintenance performed at 500 miles



Most riders of modern motorcycles have never had to check battery fluid level. In the olden days batteries had vent tubes that let some fluid evaporate or drain off if it got really hot and you had to add water to your battery to keep the electrolyte level constant.

Most bikes currently in production use zero-maintenance or gel batteries. These batteries are "sealed" and once they have reached the end of their useful lives, are recycled.

Suggested operations at 2000 and 3000 miles.

Honda Maintenance performed at 2000 miles



Honestly, how many times have your cleaned and packed your wheel bearings? Does anyone born after 1985 even know what that means?

Recommended Honda maintenance performed at 4000 and 5000 miles.



Honda Maintenance performed at 4000 miles



Recommended maintenance performed at 6000 and 7000 miles.



Recommended Honda maintenance performed at 6000  miles.




I didn't realize my spark plugs needed adjusting...

Suggested operations at 8000 and 9000 miles.



Suggested operations at 8000 miles.



Suggested maintenance procedures at 10000 and 11000 miles.



Suggested maintenance at 10000 miles.



Recommended maintenance procedures at 12000 and 13000 miles.



Recommended maintenance procedures at 12000 miles.





Recommended maintenance procedures at 14000 and 15000 miles.



Recommended maintenance procedures at 14000 miles.




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