This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Speed Twin motorcycle, launched in 2019.
The Triumph Speed Twin is a high performance version of the classic Bonneville-inspired Street Twin. These motorcycles are modern classics — great to look at, wonderful to ride, and with usable power. The Speed Twin is a big upgrade over the 900cc Street Twin though — with 300cc more displacement and a big bump of power to 96hp, a 40% increase.
Of course, the Speed Twin isn’t about high-end power — it’s also about low-end torque. In this way, it sits somewhere between the Bonneville T120, a ye-olde styled bike, and the Thruxton RS, the sportbike of the Big Twins.
The maintenance schedule for the Triumph Speed Twin is very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines in the Triumph Modern Classics, especially those with the 1200cc engine, like the T120.
The 2021 Triumph Speed Twin was updated with higher-spec brakes, suspension, and power output from the engine.
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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 Speed Twin
Even though the majority of people who own such a new motorcycle as the Speed Twin will get it serviced at a dealer, a number of people out there will be doing their own service. This guide is for you!
Here’s a list of the things you need to service your Triumph Speed Twin. It’s the same parts list as for the Thruxton 1200 and Scrambler 1200 (2019).
|Triumph||Part spec (Speed Twin 2019-2020)|
|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, or Mobil 1 10W-40.|
|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 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 is 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 Triumph Speed Twin
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.
- Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day. Do these as part of the annual check too.
- We’ve removed the break-in schedule as the time would already have passed.
- Keep repeating this maintenance schedule beyond the end of the indicated time/distance.
|Mi x 1000||10||20||30||40|
|Km x 1000||16||32||48||64||Every|
|Engine – check for leaks||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Engine oil – replace||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Engine oil filter – replace||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Fuel System and Engine Management|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean||•||•||•||•|
|Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan if you have Triumph tools||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Air cleaner – replace||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel filter – replace||•||•|
|Throttle bodies – balance||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel hoses – replace||4 years|
|Evaporative loss hoses* – replace||4 years|
|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||3 years|
|Clutch cable – check function and adjust as necessary (lubricate as needed with cable lubricant)||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Valve clearances – check||•||•|
|Wheels and Tires|
|Tire wear/tire damage – check||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Tire pressures – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||•||•||•||•||Year|
|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||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Steering head bearings – lubricate||•||•|
|Brake pads – check wear levels (check parts table above)||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistons||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Brake fluid levels – check||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Brake fluid – replace||2 years|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Drive chain – wear check||500 mi (800 km)|
|Drive chain – lubricate||200 mk (300 km)|
|Drive chain rubbing strips – check||•||•||•||•||Year|
|All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Instruments, chassis ECM (if equipped) and engine ECM – check with Triumph tools (if available)||•||•||•||•||Year|
|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||•||•||•||•|
|Carry out all outstanding Service Bulletin and warranty work (are you a Triumph mechanic?)||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Carry out road test||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Complete the service record book and reset the service indicator (if you can)||•||•||•||•||Year|
* Evaporative system fitted to models for certain markets only.
General information about the Triumph Speed Twin (2019-2020)
The 1200cc Triumph Speed Twin is a modern classic custom roadster that handles well, has oodles of mid-range power and torque, and has a beautiful modern classic style.
It’s based on the same 1200cc motor as in the Thruxton and Thruxton R — a 1200cc 8-valve SOHC liquid-cooled parallel twin that operates through a 270-degree crank.
Like many recent Triumph parallel twins, it has a lot of character — “V-twin” like, is what people like to say. But what’s more important is that it has its own personality — a purr, and a bark. The standard exhausts sound great, but a custom set (Vance and Hines is a popular choice, because you can get them dealer fitted) sounds even better.
There’s plenty of power from down low in the rev range with a progressive build to peak power output of 72 kW (96 hp) at 6,750 rpm and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) at only 4,950 rpm.
The front suspension is basic — 41mm cartridge forks with no adjustability. The rear suspension comprises twin shocks with adjustable preload only.
Braking at the front is via 305mm twin discs and Brembo 4-piston calipers. The Speed Twin (2019-2020) has ABS and switchable traction control for its electronics, and comes with twin gauges so you can see what RPM you’re at.
The Speed twin feels nimble and light on its feet and the chassis remained rock solid up to its top speed of around 130 mph. Despite being a big-engined bike it’s not too heavy with wet weight of 220 kg (around 480 lb) — around 25 kg (60 lb) lighter than the T120, which is tuned for more low-down power.
The Triumph Speed Twin comes in three color options: Silver Ice / Storm Grey, Korosi Red / Storm Grey, and Jet Black. Personally I prefer the Korosi Red, but they all look fantastic!
Manual for the Triumph Speed Twin
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Speed Twin (2020), which is available on the Triumph website.