This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger 900 motorcycles, released in 2020 as an update to the 2019 series.
The maintenance is the same across the models. In some cases there’s a couple of external accessories that you need to check — like a center stand — but they’re all mentioned below in case you have one.
This maintenance schedule applies to the following model:
- 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 (including GT, GT Pro, Rally, and Pro)
- 2021 Triumph Tiger 900 (including GT, GT Pro, Rally, and Pro)
This also applies to the Tiger 900 LRH (low ride height) variants, which are mechanically the same.
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What you need to service the Triumph Tiger 900
Aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, he following is a list of tools and consumables that are recommended for the Triumph Tiger 900.
|Engine Oil||The manual specifies “semi or fully synthetic 10W/40 or 10W/50 motorcycle engine oil which meets specification API SH (or higher) and JASO MA, such as Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 (fully synthetic) engine oil.” The recommended oil is not too expensive and many consider it worth it.|
|Oil filter||Available from your local Triumph dealer (part T1218001), or you can use the K&N KN-204-1 (use a generic oil filter wrench to remove the Triumph one — and with a K&N replacement you can use a normal wrench).|
|Coolant||Triumph recommends HD4X Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolant, which it says is “a 50% solution of ethylene glycol based antifreeze”. So use a high-quality 50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix.|
|Chain lubricant||The chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.|
|Tyres||Tyre sizes are: Front: 100/90–19 M/C 57V , and rear: 150/70 R17 M/C 69V. (See below for tyre pressures)|
|Cable lubricant||Remember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.|
|Brake fluid||Manual specifies DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid, as with many motorcycles.|
|Grease||Make sure you have lithium soap-based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and major bearings. This Valvoline grease is cheap and versatile.|
Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Tiger 900
The following is the list of maintenance operations 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.
|Year||6,000 and 18,000|
(10,000 and 30,000)
|Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine and oil filter – renew (Triumph part T1218001)||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fuel System and Engine Management|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean||–||•||•|
|Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph Diagnostic Tool||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|ABS modulator – check for stored DTCs||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Secondary air injection system–check/clean||–||•||•|
|Air cleaner – replace||–||•||•|
|Throttle bodies – balance||–||•||•||•|
|Spark plugs – replace (NGK CR9EK)||–||•||•|
|Cooling system – check for leaks Day||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant level – check/adjust Day||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant – replace (ethylene glycol pre-mix)||Every three years, regardless of mileage|
|Clutch cable – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Valve clearances – check/adjust||–||•||•|
|Wheels and Tires|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|Wheels – check wheels for broken or damaged spokes and check spoke tightness (if fitted)||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear/tire damage – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tire pressures – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Lights, instruments and electrical systems – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Steering and Suspension|
|Steering – check for free operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Fork oil – renew||–||•|
|Headstock bearings – check/adjust||–||•||•||•||•|
|Headstock bearings – lubricate||–||•||•|
|Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate||–||•||•|
|Brake pads – check wear levels||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistons||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid levels – check||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake fluid – renew (DOT-4)||Every two years, regardless of mileage|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 500 miles (800 km)|
|Drive chain – lubricate||Every 200 miles (300 km)|
|Drive chain rubbing strip – check||Day||•||•||•||•|
|Drive chain rubbing strip – replace||–||•||•|
|Fasteners – inspect visually for security||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Bank angle indicators – inspect visually for wear||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Accessory rack sliding carriage – check for correct operation ‡||–||•||•||•||•|
|Side stand – check operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Side stand pivot – clean/grease||–||•||•||•|
|Center stand – check operation||Day||•||•||•||•||•|
|Center stand – clean/grease||–||•||•||•||•|
|Accessory pannier link mechanism – check for correct operation and adjustment ‡||–||•||•||•||•|
|Carry out all outstanding service bulletin and warranty work||–||•||•||•||•||•|
|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.
‡ Only if fitted.
Tyre pressure for the Triumph Tiger 900
Recommended tire pressure for the Triumph Tiger 900 per the manual is (cold)
- Front: 2.48 bar (36 psi), and
- Rear: 2.89 bar (42 psi)
See p 187 of the manual.
General information about the Triumph Tiger 900
The new Tiger 900 carries itself with that unmistakable ADV panache and adds contributions of its own to deliver a new, up-to-date look for the Tiger line, a line that first saw light of day all the way back in 1936.
A sculpted front fender leads the way with foil-shaped uprights that protect the inner fork tubes from road grit while they also shunt the wind around the tubes to reduce power-sapping drag.
The typical “adventure-style” bird’s beak front end mounts dual headlights along with high-and-tight turn signals, all in LED.
It’s topped off with a vented windshield with small extensions down low that work with the wide cheek pieces to plow a groove in the wind for your trunk, head and legs.
Manual for the Triumph Tiger 900
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Tiger 900, which is available on the Triumph web site.