This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Speedmaster motorcycle made with the previous generation 865cc fuel-injected engine.
It’s very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines, like the Triumph Thruxton of the time.
Triumph improved its 865cc parallel twin engine with a 270-degree crank by adding fuel injection in 2009. Since then, there were other incremental upgrades to fuelling and style, but the Speedmaster didn’t change fundamentally until 2017, when Triumph released the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster with the 1200cc “High Power” water cooled engine.
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What you need to service a Triumph Speedmaster 865
When servicing the Triumph Speedmaster 865, you need a similar set of reusable parts/components to the earlier generation Triumph Scrambler and Triumph Thruxton. They all share the same basic platform of an 865cc air/oil-cooled fuel-injected engine with a 270-degree crank.
|Part||Triumph Speedmaster 865 EFI|
|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. You can also use any high-grade synthetic, like Motul 7100 which has thousands of positive reviews.|
|Oil filter||Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001, which fits a lot of motorcycles. You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC which has a neat nut on the end.|
|Brake fluid||Triumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid (the 865cc range has a clutch cable, so you don’t need fluid for the clutch).|
|Front brake pads||Standard brake pads code is T2020543. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA142HH.|
|Rear brake pads||Use original part number T2020071. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA214/2HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code DPR8EA-9. Note they’re sold individually. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.8-0.9 with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.|
|Air filter||The part number for the air filter is T2202450. You can use K&N part TB-8002.|
|Chain||Maintain your chain with a Motul chain care kit or just lube it with Motul chain paste.|
|Grease||Lubricate external pivot points (bearings, kickstand etc.) with lithium soap-based grease|
|Clutch cable||Lube your clutch cable with Protect all cable life.|
Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Speedmaster
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.
- (T): You can only do this if you’re a Triumph mechanic with the official tools.
- * Evaporative system fitted to California models only.
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil – renew (Motul 7100)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Valve clearances – check/adjust||–||•||•|
|Air cleaner element – renew (TB-8002)||–||•||•|
|Spark plugs – check||–||•||•|
|Spark plugs – renew (DPR8EA-9)||–||•||•|
|Autoscan – carry out scan (T)||–||•||•||•|
|Engine ECM – check for stored DTCs (T)||•||•|
|Fuel filter – renew||–||•||•|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle cables – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Lights, instruments and electrical systems – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Steering – check for free operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Headstock bearings – check/adjust||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Headstock bearings – lubricate||–||•||•|
|Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fork oil – renew||–||•|
|Brake fluid levels – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake calipers, check for fluid leaks and seized pistons||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)||Every 2 years|
|Brake light – check operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pads – check wear levels||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – lubricate (Motul Chain Paste)||Every 200 miles (300 kms)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 500 miles (300 kms)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fasteners – inspect visually for security||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tyre wear/tyre damage – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tyre pressures – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clutch cable – check/adjust (Protect all cable life)||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel and evaporative* hoses – renew||–||•|
|Secondary air injection system – check/clean||–||•||•|
General information about the Triumph Speedmaster
The Triumph Speedmaster is (to be reductionist) a Bonneville in cruiser format, with a slightly funkier engine.
The base engine is the same as the Scrambler or Thruxton of the time — an 865cc parallel twin with a 270-degree crank. It makes 62 hp at 6,800 rpm, but what you really feel is the torque — 53 lb-ft at 3,300 rpm. The Speedmaster never feels like it’s lacking for power or torque.
For the Speedmaster, Triumph blacked out the engine and machined the cooling fin edges, drawing the eye more.
The previous generation Speedmaster, had a carburettor-fed engine. These are classic motorcycles already and are getting thin on the ground, although they’re not too expensive if/when you can find one. Expect oil leaks, though. Triumph have definite improved over the years 2010-2020.
Manual for the Triumph Speedmaster 865
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Speedmaster, which is available on the Triumph website.