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Triumph Bonneville T120 (2016-2020) Maintenance Schedule

2016-2020 Triumph Bonneville T120- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycles made from 2016 to 2020 using Triumph’s new 1200cc “High Torque” motor.

The T120 name has a long history — the original production run of T120 motorcycles was from 1959. But the 1200cc T120 is a far cry from that motorcycle of the past other than its retro aesthetic.

The new Triumph Bonneville T120 was also released in a few variants, the T120 Black (blacked out, cool design), T120 Ace (the limited edition Café version) and the T120 Diamond. Maintenance is the same for them, as the differences are largely cosmetic.

The maintenance schedule is also very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines in the Triumph Modern Classics, like the Speed Twin.

In 2021, Triumph updated the 2021+ Triumph Bonneville T120, re-working the motor and improving the brakes significantly.

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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:

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.

TriumphPart spec — Triumph Bonneville T120 (2016-2020)
OilTriumph 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. You can also use another of similar spec too, like Motul 7100 10W-40.
Oil filterReplace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001. You can also use HifloFiltro’s HF204RC.
Brake fluidUse Castrol DOT 4 for the brake fluid for the T120
CoolantTriumph HD4X Hybrid OAT coolant or an HD4X equivalent, like PEAK OET European Vehicles Blue. See our analysis of equivalents to Triumph HD4X.
Front brake padsThe part for the brakes are T2027535/T2027545 (for left/right respectively). A popular upgrade is EBC brake pads for better bite, less fade, and longer life. The part code for the Triumph Bonneville T120 is FA142HH.

See this image from the EBC brakes catalogue if you’re not sure.
EBC brakes Triumph 1200 motorcycles
Rear brake padsUse FA214/2HH (same for many Triumph motorcycles).
Spark plugsNGK code LMAR8A-9. Note they’re sold individually. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.9mm with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.
Air filterThe part number for the air filter is T2201057. You can also use K&N part TB-9016.
Cable maintenanceProtect All Cable Life is a good-quality cable maintenance product. You can also use engine oil (but it’s a bit messy)
Chain maintenanceA good kit to have on hand is the Motul chain care kit — including lubricant, cleaners, a brush, and so on.
Consumables for Triumph Bonneville T120 (2016-2020)

Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Bonneville T120

Below is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Triumph Bonneville T120 with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.

Notes

  • Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day.
  • Do the daily checks as part of the annual service.
  • The break-in maintenance schedule is omitted — usually a dealer does this under the warranty period. It’s just an oil / filter change plus a check for leaks and chafing.
  • Items marked [T] are for Triumph dealers/techs.
mi x 100010203040
km x 100016324864Every
Lubrication
Engine – check for leaks Day
Engine oil – replace (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)Year
Engine oil filter – replace (HF204RC)Year
Fuel System and Engine Management
Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.
Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean
[T] Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph Diagnostic ToolYear
Air cleaner – replace (TB-1216)
Fuel filter – replace
Throttle bodies – balance
Fuel hoses – replace 4 years
Evaporative loss hoses (if fitted) – replace4 years
Ignition system
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – replace (LMAR8A-9)
Cooling system
Cooling system – check for leaks Day
Cooling system – check coolant hoses for chafing/ cracks/ damage. Replace if necessary.
Coolant level – check/adjustDay
Coolant – replace3 years
Engine
Clutch cable – check function and adjust as necessaryDay
Valve clearances – check
Camshaft timing
Wheels and Tires
Tire wear/tire damage – checkDay
Tire pressures – check/adjust Day
Wheels – inspect for damageDay
Wheels – check wheels for broken or damaged spokes and check spoke tightness (when fitted)Day
Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operationYear
Steering and Suspension
Steering – check for free operationDay
Front and rear suspension – check for damage/ leaks/smooth operationDay
Fork oil – replace
Steering head bearings – check/adjust Year
Steering head bearings – lubricate
Brakes
Brake pads – check wear levelsDay
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksYear
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsYear
Brake fluid levels – checkDay
Brake fluid – replace (use DOT 4 only)2 years
Drive Chain
Drive chain slack – check/adjust Day
Drive chain – wear check500 miles (800 km)
Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)200 miles (300 km)
Drive chain rubbing strips – check
Electrical
All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjustDay
General
[T] Instruments, chassis ECM (if equipped) and engine ECM – check for latest calibration download using the Triumph diagnostic toolYear
Fasteners – inspect visually for securityDay
Bank angle indicators – check for wearDay
Side stand/Center stand – lubricate/check operationDay
Side stand pivot pin – clean/grease
[T] Carry out all outstanding Service Bulletin and warranty workYear
Carry out road testYear
[T] Complete the service record book and reset the service indicatorYear
Triumph Bonneville T120 maintenance schedule

General information about the Triumph Bonneville T120

The Triumph Bonneville T120 is the classic Bonneville — a relaxed upright roadster — with a big, torque-laden engine.

It’s not a sportbike, nor is it pretending to be. And while it isn’t a cruiser, it’s very comfortable, to the point where many riders often compare a Bonneville to cruiser options like the Harley Davidson Iron 1200.

The twin throttle bodies are styled to remind you of carburettors, but the engine in the Triumph Bonneville T120 is entirely modern. It’s a liquid-cooled eight-valve parallel twin that makes a ton of torque — as much as 104 Nm (77 ft-lb) at a lowly 3100 rpm. Lots of torque is available right off idle, so you’re never short on thrust.

The Bonnie T120 isn’t a high-powr machine, but its 59 kW (79 hp) is enough to get you well and truly over speed limits, by which time the relaxed position will start to feel unnatural and uncomfortable, anyway.

It’s easy to dismiss liquid-cooled motorcycles as being less-simple and higher-maintenance, but the Bonneville T120 does it with grace. The radiator coolant only needs to be changed every four years, and it’s tastefully hidden between the frame at the front of the motorcycle. Yes, it’s there, but it’s tiny, and not ugly.

There are a lot of styl;e and finish details that make the Triumph Bonneville T120 very easy on the eye. Why don’t they make cars like this any more? A few of these details are

  • Recessed gauges — like vintage watches
  • Stylised fuel injector housings that look like carburettors
  • A catalytic converter hidden away under the bike
  • Hoses and lines mostly tucked away from view
  • Chrome and black in abundance (in varying amounts, depending on whether you got the T120 Black)

The engine is also an incomparable improvement over the 865cc air-cooled engine in the last Bonneville T100. In fact, it seems silly to say “this bike makes X% more power and torque”, because it’s just a different motor. What they have in common, however, is loads of character — more, even, because the T120’s high-torque 1200cc motor has a 270cc crankshaft for a lumpier idle and raspier roar.

The front forks are a conventional (non-inverted) setup, but are cartridge style, giving a plusher ride — though you can’t push them too hard. Braking is also competent with twin 310mm discs, though grabbed only by Nissin two-piston calipers. ABS is standard on the Triumph Bonneville T120.

The 2021+ Triumph Bonneville T120 has slightly improved braking, lower-weight wheels, and Euro 5 compliance.

Manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120

Triumph Bonneville T120 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120 , which is available on the Triumph website.

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