Triumph Tiger 800 (2018-2019, including XC and XR range) Maintenance Schedule

2018-2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx- Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger 800 motorcycles from 2018-2019.

In 2018, Triumph updated its Triumph Tiger 800 line (they also updated the Triumph Tiger 1200 line).

The new models included the Triumph Tiger 800 XCa, XCx, XR, XRa, and the XRx LRH or Low Ride Height. Here are the differences between the Triumph Tiger 800 models in brief:

  • Triumph Tiger 800 XR: Base model Tiger 800, with 19 inch cast front wheel, and Showa suspension.
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XRx (and XRx LRH): Mid spec road model with full-colour TFT, five-position screen, and four riding modes.
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XRt: Top spec road focus, a fifth programmable riding mode, and heated seat and grips.
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XCx: Off-road-focus. 21-inch spoked front wheel, WP longer-travel front suspension, and an “Off Road Pro” riding mode. (Brembo brakes?)
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XCa: Top spec off-road focus. XCx features plus LED lighting, heated seat and handlebars, an extra programmable rider mode, and a few more things.

In 2020, Triumph released the Tiger 900 series of motorcycles, replacing the Triumph Tiger 800 series.

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What you need to maintain the Triumph Tiger 800

Consult the below maintenance schedule to see what you might need, e.g. oil, spark plugs, etc. You can find part numbers that we’ve researched to help out.

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 K&N’s KN-204-1.
Brake fluidTriumph 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 padsStandard brake pads code is T2021330 (LH) and T2021340 (RH). The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA181HH.
Rear brake padsUse original part number T2025016. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA140HH.
Spark plugsNGK code CR9EK. 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 T2200557. You can also use K&N part TB-8011, which are generally more available and cheaper.
Consumables for Tiger 800 motorcycles

Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Tiger 800 motorcycles

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.


  • Items marked [T] need special Triumph tools.
  • Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day.
  • Odometer readings are in miles (with km in parentheses).
Operation DescriptionEvery500
One month
Year6,000 and 18,000
(10,000 and 30,000)
12,000 (20,000)24,000 (40,000)
Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)
Oil filter – renew (HF204RC)
Oil cooler – check for leaksDay
Fuel System and Engine Management
Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.Day
Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean
[T] Autoscan — carry out full Triumph diagnostic scan (if you have the gear)
[T] ABS modulator – check for stored DTCs
Secondary air injection system – check/clean
Air cleaner – renew
Throttle bodies – balance
Fuel hoses – renewEvery four years, regardless of mileage
Evaporative loss hoses (CA only) – renewEvery four years, regardless of mileage
Ignition system
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – renew (CR9EK)
Cooling system
Cooling system – check for leaksDay
Coolant level – check/adjustDay
Coolant – renewEvery three years, regardless of mileage
Clutch cable – check/adjust (Protect all cable life)Day
Valve clearances – check/adjustDay
Camshaft timing – adjustFirst 12,000 miles (20,000 km) service only
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 (if fitted)Day
Tyre wear/tyre damage – checkDay
Tyre pressures – check/adjustDay
Lights, instruments, and electrical systems – checkDay
Steering and suspension
Steering – check for free operationDay
Forks – check for leaks/smooth operationDay
Fork oil – renew
Headstock bearings – check/adjust
Headstock bearings – lubricate
Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate
Brake pads – check wear levels (FA181HH, FA140HH)Day
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksDay
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsDay
Brake fluid levels – checkDay
Brake fluid – renew (DOT 4 only)Every two years, regardless of mileage
Drive Chain
Drive chain slack – check/adjustDay
Drive chain – wear checkEvery 500 miles (800 km)
Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)Every 200 miles (300 km)
Drive chain rubbing strip – checkDay
Drive chain rubbing strip – renew
Fasteners – inspect visually for securityDay
Bank angle indicators – inspect visually for wearDay
Accessory rack sliding carriage – check for correct operation‡
Side stand – check operationDay
Centre stand – check operationDay
Centre stand flanged sleeves – check/clean/grease (lithium soap-based grease)
Accessory pannier link mechanism – check for correct operation and adjustment‡
Triumph tiger 800 series maintenance schedule


  • * Evaporative system fitted to models for certain markets only.
  • ‡ Only if fitted.

General information about the Triumph Tiger 800 (2018-2019)

The Triumph Tiger 800 had been around since 2010, but Triumph totally rebuilt the line in 2018 (just shortly before releasing the 900 line, too).

The biggest changes are in technology. The Tiger 800 gets

  • Higher-spec Brembo front brakes
  • Showa adjustable suspension
  • Shorter ratio first gear
  • Riding modes with a new Off Road Pro riding mode
  • Redesigned switchgear
  • Switchable ABS
  • Lighter, freer-flowing exhaust
  • TFT dashboard
  • Sharper styling and shape
  • LED lighting
  • Better comfort (with handlebars moved a subtle 10mm back, and a higher windscreen)

The crazy thing about the Tiger is just how many trims it comes in. There’s the road-focused Tiger XR, the mid-spec XRX, and top-spec XRT, and then there’s the more off-road focused Tiger XCX and touring-focused XCA. There’s also a XRx low-ride-height model (but I’m not sure if there is a low ride height variant of the other trims).

The new Tiger tuning has instant responsiveness from the engine that makes a good 65 kW (94 hp) of power.

The riding modes, including Road, Off-road, Rain, Sport, and the new Off-road Pro (on some versions only) make sure that you can define the fun you’re about to have.

The Tiger XCx, with its instant responsiveness, improved riding position and stunning Tiger 800 style, is a ride that can take you on any adventure with real off-road poise and performance. New generation engine with 94 hp of power.

Manual for the Triumph Tiger 800 (2018-2019)

The same manual is provided for every motorcycle in the range.

Triumph Tiger 800 manual first page
Triumph Tiger 800 manual first page
Triumph Tiger 800 maintenance schedule page
Triumph Tiger 800 maintenance schedule page

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Tiger 800, which is available on the Triumph web site.

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