This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace motorcycles.
It’s very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines in the Triumph Modern Classics, like the Speed Twin.
This maintenance schedule applies to the following model:
- 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace
Tools you may need to maintain your motorcycle
To maintain your motorcycle you need to make sure you have the best oil and other consumables, motorcycle-specific tools, and other tools for your workshop.
Below we’ve listed:
- The most essential motorcycle tools for everyday maintenance
- General workshop tools (sockets, pliers, wrenches etc.) for motorcycles and other use
What you need to service a Triumph Bonneville T120
Triumph recommends many specific kinds of consumables for their motorcycles with the 1200cc engine.
Here’s a list of the things you need to service your Triumph Bonneville T120.
|Oil||Triumph recommends 10W/40 or 10W/50 semi or fully synthetic motorcycle engine oil that meets specification API SH (or higher) and JASO MA, such as Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 (fully synthetic) engine oil, sold as Castrol Power RS Racing 4T 10W-40 (fully synthetic) in some countries.|
|Oil filter||Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001. You can also use K&N’s KN-204-1.|
|Brake fluid||Triumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid (they have a clutch cable, so you don’t need fluid for the clutch).|
|Coolant||Triumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. Zerex G05 is a HOAT coolant that meets this spec.|
|Front brake pads||Standard brake pads code is T2026565. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA604/4HH.|
|Rear brake pads||Use original part number T2022955. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA214/2HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code LMAR8A-9. Note they’re sold individually. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.9mm with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.|
|Air filter||The part number for the air filter is T2201122. You can also use K&N part TB-1216.|
You also need the following general consumables for servicing your Triumph Bonneville T120.
|Chain lubricant||The chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.|
|Chain cleaner brush||A chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.|
|Paddock stand||Lubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand (not necessary if you have a center stand).|
|Cable lubricant||Remember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.|
|Grease||Get a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.|
Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.
There are two kinds of service interval: every a) distance or b) time period. In each case, it’s the earlier of the two that’s most important.
Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day.
|Year||10,000 and 30,000|
(16,000 and 48,000)
|Engine – check for leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil – replace||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil filter – replace||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel System and Engine Management|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||–||•||•||•|
|Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean||–||•||•||•|
|Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan using the|
Triumph Diagnostic Tool (print a customer copy)
|Air cleaner – replace||–||•||•||•|
|Fuel filter – replace||–||•||•|
|Throttle bodies – balance – 1200 cc engines only||–||•||•||•|
|Fuel hoses – replace||Every 4 years regardless of mileage|
|Evaporative loss hoses* – replace||Every 4 years regardless of mileage|
|Spark plugs – check||–||•|
|Spark plugs – replace||–||•||•|
|Cooling system – check for leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Cooling system – check coolant hoses for
chafing/cracks/damage. Replace if necessary.
|Coolant level – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant – replace||Every 3 years, regardless of mileage|
|Clutch cable – check function and adjust as|
|Valve clearances – check||–||•||•|
|Wheels and Tires|
|Tire wear/tire damage – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tire pressures – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheels – check wheels for broken or damaged
spokes and check spoke tightness (models with
spoked wheels only)
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth
|Steering and Suspension|
|Steering – check for free operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Front and rear suspension – check for damage/
|Fork oil – replace||–||•|
|Steering head bearings – check/adjust||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Steering head bearings – lubricate||–||•||•|
|Brake pads – check wear levels||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized
|Brake fluid levels – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid – replace||Every 2 years regardless of mileage|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 500 miles (800 km)|
|Drive chain – lubricate||Every 200 miles (300 km)|
|Drive chain rubbing strips – check||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|All lights, instruments and electrical systems –
|Instruments, chassis ECM (if equipped) and
engine ECM – check for latest calibration
download using the Triumph diagnostic tool
|Fasteners – inspect visually for security||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Bank angle indicators – check for wear||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Side stand/Center stand – lubricate/check
|Side stand pivot pin – clean/grease||–||•||•||•|
|Carry out all outstanding Service Bulletin and
|Carry out road test||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Complete the service record book and reset the
service indicator (if equipped)
* Evaporative system fitted to models for certain markets only.
General information about the Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace
The 2019 Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace is purely a styling exercise. Underneath all the custom parts is a standard Bonneville T120 Black. That means you get the 1200cc High Torque engine, along with modern electronics ranging from ride-by-wire to a USB charging outlet. However, one could argue that the shorty fender from the Triumph accessory catalog is functional.
A 25.5° steering-head angle and 18-inch front wheel give it 4.14-inches of trail and an eager demeanor in the curves in keeping with its stoplight-racing roots. A 17-inch rear rim rounds out the rolling chassis, and of course, the look of the laced wheels accentuate the dated panache of the bike and mount a 100/90 up front and a 150/70 around back.
Manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace, which is available on the Triumph website.