This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycles made from 2016 onward 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.
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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:
- 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.
|Triumph||Part spec (Triumph Thruxton/R, Speed Twin, Scrambler 1200)|
|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 Hiflofiltro’s HF204RC (better than K&N these days).|
|Brake fluid||Triumph Thruxton/R 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||A popular upgrade is EBC brake pads for better bite, less fade, and longer life. The part codes are:|
– Triumph Thruxton R, TFC, Scrambler 1200: FA447HH
– Triumph Bonneville T120, Thruxton base model: FA142HH
– Triumph Speed Twin: FA604/4HH
See this image from the EBC brakes catalogue if you’re not sure.
|Rear brake pads||Use FA214/2HH (same for many Triumph motorcycles)|
|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.|
|Cable maintenance||Protect All Cable Life is a good-quality cable maintenance product. You can also use engine oil (but it’s a bit messy)|
|Chain maintenance||A good kit to have on hand is the Motul chain care kit — including lubricant, cleaners, a brush, and so on.|
Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Bonneville T120
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 (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil filter – replace (HF204RC)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel System and Engine Management|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||–||•||•||•|
|Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean||–||•||•||•|
|(Triumph techs) Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph Diagnostic Tool||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner – replace (TB-1216)||–||•||•||•|
|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 (LMAR8A-9)||–||•||•|
|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 necessary||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|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)||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Steering and Suspension|
|Steering – check for free operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Front and rear suspension – check for damage/ leaks/smooth operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|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 pistons||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid levels – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid – replace (use DOT 4 only)||Every 2 years regardless of mileage|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 500 miles (800 km)|
|Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)||Every 200 miles (300 km)|
|Drive chain rubbing strips – check||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|(Triumph techs) 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 operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Side stand pivot pin – clean/grease||–||•||•||•|
|(Triumph techs) Carry out all outstanding Service Bulletin and warranty work||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Carry out road test||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|(Triumph techs) 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
Inspired by the legendary 1959 Bonneville and styled to incorporate the original’s iconic features, the Bonneville T120 reaches a whole new level of detailing, quality and finish – including deep chrome multi-piece Triumph tank badges, grab rail, innovative twin-skinned chrome exhaust headers, and peashooter style silencers. Price from $11,850.00.
Fed by authentically styled twin-throttle bodies, the 1200cc high-torque Bonneville engine delivers a massive 77 ft lb of peak torque at a low 3,100rpm. With thrilling performance, supreme comfort, real-world practicality and dynamic yet easy-going handling – you’ll love to ride it all day, every day, alone or with a pillion.
Manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Bonneville T120 , which is available on the Triumph website.