Triumph Tiger 1200 (2018+, including XCx/a and XRx/t) Maintenance Schedule

2018-2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger 1200 motorcycles.

The Triumph Tiger 1200 range was launched in 2018 and remains unchanged through 2020.

All motorcycles in the Triumph Tiger 1200 range share a liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder engine. It’s 1,215 cc and has a sporty 11.0:1 compression ratio. The engine puts out 104 kW (139 hp) at 9,350 rpm, and 122 Nm of torque at 7,600 rpm.

As a point of differentiation with the Multistrada of the same generation, the Tiger 1200 motorcycles have a shaft drive.

The Triumph Tiger 1200 came in the following variants (bear with me, they all sound a bit similar)

  • Triumph Tiger XCa — High spec adventure riding. An extra riding mode, heated grips and seats, quick shifter, adaptive cornering lighting, and a titanium Arrow silencer.
  • Triumph Tiger XCx — Off-road focused, mid spec. Five riding modes. 21-inch front wheel, with front and rear wheels spoked. Some premium features, like an electrically adjustable screen, centre stand, higher spec suspension than the XRx/XRt, and a centre stand.
  • Triumph Tiger XRt — Fully loaded road-focused model, has all XRx features plus quick shifter, cornering lighting, fog lights, electric touring screen, an extra riding mode, heated seats, and a titanium Arrow silencer.
  • Triumph Tiger XRx (and LRH or Low Ride Height version) — A mid-range road-focused model. Four riding modes. Mag wheels — 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear.

The Tiger 1200 Desert edition falls between the XCx and XCa, and the Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition falls between the XRx and the XRt.

Nonetheless, the maintenance schedule is effectively identical between all the models. The small differences (e.g. spoked wheels) are accounted for in the schedule below — if you have them, maintain them.

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What you need to service the Triumph Tiger 1200

If you’re servicing the Triumph Tiger 1200, you’ll need the basics of a servicing toolkit. Nothing fancy, but you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.

Here are the specific consumables you need to order for the Triumph Tiger 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. Tighten the oil drain plug to 25 Nm using a torque wrench.
Oil filterReplace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001 (you’ll find this part on a LOT of Triumphs!), for which you’ll need a special triumph tool to open it (part T3880313). You can also use K&N’s KN-204-1 for which you just need a wrench.
Brake fluidTriumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid and clutch fluid (the 1200 series has a hydraulic clutch).
CoolantTriumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. Zerex G05 is a HOAT coolant that meets this spec, or you can get Triumph’s HD4X.
Final drive oilTriumph requires 75W/90 fully synthetic hypoid oil that meets specification API Service Level GL5, such as Castrol SAF-XO hypoid oil. Tighten the filler plug to 25 Nm.
Front brake padsStandard brake pads code is T2022475. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA630HH.
Rear brake padsUse original part number T2025045. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA228HH.
Spark plugsNGK code CR8EK. Note they’re sold individually. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.7mm (+/- 0.05-0.1mm) with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.
Air filterThe part number for the air filter is T2209555. You can also use K&N part TB-1212.
Consumables for Triumph Tiger 1200 series

Luckily, as it’s shaft-driven, you don’t need to worry about maintaining a chain! (but you do need the final drive oil).

Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Tiger

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.

Operation DescriptionEvery500
one month
Year10,000 and 30,000
(16,000 and 48,000)
20,000 (32,000)40,000 (64,000)
Engine – check for leaks Day
Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)
Engine oil filter – renew (part T1218001)
Fuel System and Engine Management
Autoscan – carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph
diagnostic tool (if you have one lying around)
Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc. Day
Air cleaner – renew (K&N part TB-1212)
Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean
Throttle bodies – balance
Secondary air injection system – check
Fuel hoses – renew Every four years, regardless of mileage
Evaporative loss hoses – renewEvery four years, regardless of mileage
Ignition System
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – renew (NGK CR8EK)
Cooling System
Cooling system – check for leaksDay
Coolant level – check/adjustDay
Cooling system – check coolant hoses for chafing,
cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Coolant – renew (HOAT-compliant, e.g. Zerex G05)Every 3 years, regardless of mileage
Clutch – check operation Day
Clutch master cylinder – check for leaks
Clutch fluid levels – checkDay
Clutch fluid – renew (DOT 4 spec)Every 2 years, regardless of mileage
Valve clearances – check/adjust
Camshaft timing – check/adjust
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels – inspect for damageDay
Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation
Wheels – check wheels for broken or damaged spokes
and check spoke tightness (models with spoked wheels
Tyre wear/tyre damage – check Day
Tyre pressures – check/adjustDay
Steering and Suspension
Steering – check for free operationDay
Front and rear suspension – check for damage/leaks/
smooth operation
Fork oil – renew
Headstock bearings – check/adjust
Headstock bearings – lubricate
Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate
Brake pads – check wear levelsDay
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksDay
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsDay
Brake fluid levels – check Day
Brake fluid – renewEvery 2 years, regardless of mileage
Final Drive
Final drive – check for oil leaksDay
Final drive oil level – check
Final drive oil – renew – only first service
Lights, instruments and electrical systems – checkDay
Instruments, chassis ECM and engine ECM – check for latest calibration download using your trusty Triumph diagnostic tool
Bank angle indicators – check for wearDay
Fasteners – inspect visually for securityDay
Accessory rack sliding carriage – check for correct operation‡
Side stand – check for wear/smooth operationDay
Side stand pivot pin – clean/grease
Centre stand – check for wear/smooth operationDay
Centre stand flanged sleeves – check/clean/grease
Gear change pedal – clean bushes
Triumph Tiger 1200 maintenance schedule

‡ Only if fitted.

General information about the Triumph Tiger 1200

The Triumph Tiger 1200 is a wildly popular adventure motorcycle, competing with the BMW R1250GS and Ducati Multistrada 1260.

The Tiger 1200 has a howling three-cylinder engine that reviewers like to say has all the smoothness of a four and all the character of a twin. But a triple has its own character — and the high-RPM howl is enough to win over converts.

All motorcycles in the Triumph Tiger 1200 range share a liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder engine. It’s 1,215 cc and has a sporty 11.0:1 compression ratio. The engine puts out 104 kW (139 hp) at 9,350 rpm, and 122 Nm of torque at 7,600 rpm.

The exact trim of the Tiger 1200 changes what you get with it, but you can spend less or more to get things like better suspension, luggage, lights, and some electronic accessories.

Manual for the Triumph Tiger 1200

Triumph Tiger XCa Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
Maintenance Schedule from Triumph Tiger 1200

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx, which is available on the Triumph web site.

We compared the manuals for the whole 2018+ Triumph Tiger 1200 series and found them the same.

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