Honda recalls 7,000 CB500, CBR500 for bolt replacement

Publish Date: 
Mar 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Honda has started notifying consumers that it is recalling certain model-year 2013 CB500 and CBR500 motorcycles.

The recall affects 6,954 CB500s (F, FA, X and XA) and CBR500s (R and RA) from the 2013 model year, Honda reported.

The rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly, the OEM told NHTSA; as a result, the bolts could loosen during engine operation.

"A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but if not addressed the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely," the recall stated. "Without a bolt, the engine will have reduced power which may result in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash."

Honda dealers, who were notified by the OEM last month, are being asked to replace the rocker arm shaft retaining bolts free of charge. 

The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 14V056000.

Posted by Mary Slepicka. Media image courtesy Honda.