This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Thruxton motorcycles. From 2016, all Thruxton R models had a 1200cc engine, called the “High Power” engine. So these are sometimes known as the Triumph Thruxton 1200, to distinguish it from the earlier Thruxton.
Before 2016, the Triumph Thruxton shared the same basic engine as the Triumph Scrambler — an 865cc air-cooled parallel twin. But from 2016 onward, it suddenly became 1200cc, water cooled, and a lot more powerful — producing 96 hp at the crank, it’s up over 40% over its predecessor, giving it a lot more credibility. The rest of the bike is also totally different (see below if interested).
The Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R were released at the same time. They have the same motor and chassis, but the R is a little higher spec. The major changes are that the R gets
- Much higher spec suspension: Fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Fork at the front and Öhlins rear shock, whereas the standard Thruxton only has Kayaba preload-adjustable-only suspension — though it is cartridge based)
- Better front brakes: The standard Thruxton has twin Nissin two-piston calipers and 310mm discs, whereas the Thruxton R has twin Brembo four-piston, radial-mount monobloc calipers and 310mm floating discs.
The Thruxton R is also 3kg (6 lb) lighter.
The maintenance schedule very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines in the Triumph Modern Classics, like the Triumph Speed Twin.
What you need to service a Triumph Thruxton or Triumph Thruxton R
Even though the majority of people who own such a new motorcycle will get it serviced at a dealer, a number of people out there will be doing their own service. Maybe you just want to do the obvious and easy stuff (or maybe you’re like me, and you enjoy it). Anyway, this guide is for you!
Here’s a list of the things you need to service your Triumph Thruxton 2016-2019.
|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 Triumph Thruxton
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.
|Operation||Every mi (km)||500|
|Year||10,000 and 30,000|
(16,000 and 48,000)
|Engine – check for leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil – replace (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil filter – replace (HF204RC)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|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 (if you have one)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner – replace (TB-1216)||–||•||•||•|
|Fuel filter – replace||–||•||•|
|Throttle bodies – balance||–||•||•||•|
|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 (NGK 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 (lubricate with Protect All Cable Life)||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 (if you have spoked wheels)||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 (see above for part numbers)||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 (DOT 4 fluid)||Every 2 years regardless of mileage|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 500 miles (800 km)|
|Drive chain – lubricate (use Motul chain paste)||Every 200 miles (300 km)|
|Drive chain rubbing strips – check||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Instruments, chassis ECM (if equipped) and engine ECM – check for latest calibration (using professional tools, if available)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|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 (if you’re a mechanic)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Carry out road test||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Complete the service record book and reset the service indicator (if you can)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
* Evaporative system fitted to models for certain markets only, mostly California, USA.
General information about the Triumph Thruxton (2016-2019)
The Thruxton R takes the modern cafe racer style of the Thruxton to the next level with a higher specification, better all-round performance, more focused cafe racer ergonomics and a high level of rider-focused technology.
The big ticket improvement on the 2016 Triumph Thruxton R (and the regular Triumph Thruxton) is the 1200cc engine. It produces much more torque – 82.6 ft-lbs, which is 62% higher than the previous generation engine, with more power across the whole rev range. It’s a totally different engine, on effectively a totally different motorcycle compared to the earlier 865cc one, other than that the style is reminiscent.
The Triumph Thruxton was released at the same time as the T120, a motorcycle with which it shares a base. The Speed Twin came years later and shares the same base. The Thruxton TFC has uprated engine internals for more power!! and so gets different treatment.
The upgrades to the new Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton R, aside from the engine, were improved suspension, ABS, electronics including riding modes and traction control, and better brakes. Basically, everything. The styling was also modernised too (making it more modern, but still retro).
The Thruxton is an everyday sportbike that a lot of people can love, though the aggressive clip-ons and suspension aren’t for everyone.
Thanks to the improvements to the chassis, braking, suspension, and of course engine, the Thruxton 1200/Thruston R performs every bit like a modern sports bike — limited only by ground clearance (which is in naked bike territory, but not sport bike territory). This could be addressed by repositioning a few things if you were so inclined. It’s not just a street bike — I’ve known plenty of writers (and riders) to take their Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton R to the track and have a lot of fun with it.
Manual for the Triumph Thruxton and Triumph Thruxton R (2016-2019)
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Thruxton R, which is available on the Triumph website, consulting other manuals to cross reference.