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Triumph Thruxton 1200 (2016+) Maintenance Schedule

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Thruxton 1200, made from 2016.

From 2016, all Triumph Thruxton models had a high-power 1200cc engine. While Triumph calls the 2016+ base model the Thruxton, we need to call it the Thruxton 1200, to distinguish it from the earlier Thruxton 900 with the 865cc air-cooled parallel twin.

The Triumph Thruxton 1200 is based on a 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel twin that produces 96hp at the crank. The rest of the bike has also been upgraded.

Maintenance for the 2016+ Triumph Thruxton 1200 R (or the Triumph Thruxton R) is very similar, but some parts are different.

2018 2019 Triumph Thruxton 1200 LHS

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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 1200

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 1200. It’s mostly overlapping other than brake pads.

TriumphPart spec (Triumph Thruxton 1200)
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, sold as Castrol Power RS Racing 4T 10W-40 (fully synthetic) in some countries.
Oil filterReplace 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 fluidTriumph Thruxton/R motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid (they have a clutch cable, so you don’t need fluid for the clutch).
CoolantTriumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. Zerex G05 is a HOAT coolant that meets this spec.
Front brake padsA popular upgrade is EBC brake pads for better bite, less fade, and longer life. The part code is FA142HH for the Thruxton 1200.

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 T2201122. You can also use K&N part TB-1216.
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 Thruxton 1200

Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Thruxton 1200

The following is a maintenance schedule adapted from the manual, but made a bit easier to read.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • Daily checks — do these as part of the annual service, too
  • Initial 500 mi/800 km check (if you haven’t gotten to it yet) — do this at the earlier of the distance or time interval of one month.
  • [T] Some aspects (e.g. reading error codes) require professional Triumph tools
mi x 10000.510203040
km x 1000Every0.816324864
Lubrication
Engine – check for leaks Day
Engine oil – replace (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T)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* – replace4 years
Ignition system
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – replace (NGK 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 necessary (lubricate with Protect All Cable Life)Day
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 (if you have spoked wheels)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 levels (see above for part numbers)Day
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksYear
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsYear
Brake fluid levels – checkDay
Brake fluid – replace (DOT 4 fluid)2 years
Drive Chain
Drive chain slack – check/adjust Day
Drive chain – wear check500 mi (800 km)
Drive chain – lubricate (use Motul chain paste or a Motul chain care kit)200 mi (300 km)
Drive chain rubbing strips – checkYear
Electrical
All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjustDay
General
[T] Instruments, chassis ECM (if equipped) and engine ECM – check for latest calibrationYear
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 work (if you’re a mechanic)Year
Carry out road testYear
[T] Complete the service record book and reset the service indicator (if you can)Year
Triumph Thruxton 1200 and Triumph Thruxton R (2016+) maintenance schedule

* Evaporative system fitted to models for certain markets only, mostly California, USA.

General information about the Triumph Thruxton 1200

The Triumph Thruxton has always been the “cafe racer” of the family, if you pardon the over-used and vaguely defined term.

In the Thruxton, it simply means a stripped back motorcycle with a round headlight and low, clip-on handlebars. This is in contrast with other motorcycles in the range, which have higher handlebars and a more relaxed seating position.

The Triumph Thruxton 1200 continues this, but adds more motor, more brakes, and more power.

The big ticket improvement on the 2016+ Triumph Thruxton is the 1200cc engine. It’s still a parallel twin and like the earlier 865cc Thruxton EFI, it has a 270-degree crank — something now common to the whole Thruxton 1200 range, though.

The Thruxton’s 1200cc engine makes a peak of 72 kW (96 hp) @ 6750 rpm, and a peak of 83 lb-ft (112 Nm) @ 4950 rpm — over 60% more than the previous engine, with a broad spread of torque all across the rev range.

Bringing the Thruxton 1200 to a halt are 2 x 310 mm Nissin floating discs with Nissin 2-piston floating calipers. While the R has very capable brakes, the base model Thruxton 1200’s brakes are still very capable.

The base model Triumph Thruxton 1200 has fairly elementary suspension. While they’re attractive, from a good brand (Kayaba), and cartridge-style up front, the suspension has no adjustability in the forks and only adjustable preload in the rear. This is why the Thruxton 1200R is so much more capable, with its fully adjustable forks front and rear.

But the Thruxton 1200 is not necessarily a “fast” bike. Being a naked bike, it feels uncomfortable much above 140 km/h. Its gearing lets it have a top speed somewhere just north of 200 km/h or 120 mph, but few people would take it that far on a regular basis.

Certainly if you’re looking for a track weapon, the Triumph Thruxton 1200 would be fun, but given its basic suspension, and its conservative power, it wouldn’t be suitable for the fastest circuits in anything other than a recreational capacity (which, again, is really fun).

The Thruxton is an everyday sportbike that a lot of people can love, though the aggressive clip-ons and suspension aren’t for everyone.

Manual for the Triumph Thruxton 1200

Triumph Thruxton 1200 maintenance schedule screenshot

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Thruxton 1200, which is available on the Triumph website, consulting other manuals to cross reference.

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