This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph America motorcycles, also known as the Triumph Bonneville America.
Triumph released the first Triumph America in 2002. It’s based on the Bonneville platform, but in a relaxed cruiser format.
The Triumph America has a longer wheelbase (a full 15 cm or 6 inches), lower saddle, increased steering rake angle, and smaller front wheel. It also has a lot of chrome to make it look good!
It went through three distinct phases of evolution
- 2002-2007: 790cc, carburettor fed
- 2008: 865cc, carburettor fed
- 2009-2016: 865cc, fuel injected (this is this one, on this page).
Maintenance for the Triumph America is similar to that for other motorcycles with fuel-injected 865cc parallel twin, like the Triumph Speedmaster of the same generation.
The Triumph America also came in a Triumph Bonneville America LT version, with saddlebags, a rear seat rest, and a touring windshield.
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What you need to service the Triumph America EFI
To service your EFI Triumph America, you need the following consumable items (other than the regular motorcycle maintenance tools — you can check here to see if you’re missing anything).
|Part||Triumph Speedmaster 865 EFI|
|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, which fits a lot of motorcycles. You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC which has a neat nut on the end.|
|Brake fluid||Triumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid (the 865cc range has a clutch cable, so you don’t need fluid for the clutch). Use Castrol DOT 4, a high-quality and affordable synthetic.|
|Front brake pads||Standard brake pads code is T2020543. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA196HH (note — different to the Speedmaster of the same gen)|
|Rear brake pads||Use original part number T2020071. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA214/2HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code DPR8EA-9. Note they’re sold individually. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.8-0.9 with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.|
|Air filter||The part number for the air filter is T2202450. You can use K&N part TB-8002.|
Daily / Regular checks for the Triumph America EFI
Below there are the maintenance items you should do every day on your Triumph America — or at least every time you ride (maintaining the chain).
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks||Day|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||Day|
|Throttle cables – check/adjust||Day|
|Lights, instruments and electrical systems – check||Day|
|Steering – check for free operation||Day|
|Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation||Day|
|Brake fluid levels – check (use DOT 4 only)||Day|
|Brake light – check operation||Day|
|Brake pads – check wear levels||Day|
|Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)||Every 200 miles (300 kms)|
|Drive chain – wear check||Every 300 miles (500 kms)|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||Day|
|Fasteners – inspect visually for security||Day|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||Day|
|Tyre wear/tyre damage – check||Day|
|Tyre pressures – check/adjust||Day|
|Clutch cable – check/adjust||Day|
Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph America EFI
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.
Notes on the maintenance schedule:
- Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day.
- Some items (marked [T]) need dealer-specific tools.
- The break-in schedule isn’t shown as this bike is no longer sold new.
|mi x 1000||6||12||18||24|
|km x 1000||10||20||30||40|
|[T] Autoscan – carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph diagnostic tool||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|[T] Engine ECM – check for stored DTCs||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Valve clearances – check/adjust||✓||✓|
|Air cleaner element – renew (TB-8002)||✓||✓|
|Spark plugs – check||✓||✓|
|Spark plugs – renew (DPR8EA-9)||✓||✓|
|Fuel filter – renew||✓||✓|
|Headstock bearings – check/adjust||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Headstock bearings – lubricate||✓||✓|
|Fork oil – renew||✓|
|Brake calipers, check for fluid leaks and seized pistons||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Fuel and evaporative hoses (CA only) – renew||✓|
|Secondary air injection system – check/clean||✓||✓|
About the Triumph America 865 EFI
The Triumph America is one of Triumph’s medium-capacity cruisers. It’s mostly made for a US audience and came in more flavours there (e.g. the fully equipped LT pictured above).
Triumph made the fuel-injected Triumph America between 2009 and 2016.
The engine is the same one seen in the Scrambler, though in a different state of tune. It is a 865cc air-cooled fuel-injected parallel twin with twin overhead cams and 8 valves.
The engine in the America has the 270-degree crankshaft (that wasn’t yet in the Bonneville line) that gives it the off-beat camber that blesses it with quite a growl.
At peak, it makes a mild 46 kW / 61 hp, but this bike isn’t one that’s meant to be ridden hard. With low ride height, floorboards, and non-adjustable suspension (other than preload in the rear), it’s not the sport bike of the line — it’s decidedly a cruiser.
Torque peaks at a generous 72 Nm (53 ft-lb) at 3300 rpm — very low, but still giving it a spritely rev range that sees power develop up to a peak at 6800 rpm.
The Triumph America is an unconventional cruiser. Whereas other cruisers tend to be V-twins, Triumph’s cruiser is a parallel twin — although with an engine configuration that sounds a little like a V. And other cruisers have belt drives; the Triumph has a chain.
But the Triumph America has a relaxed and engaging ride, and a riding position that means you can stay on it exploring winding roads all day.
Reference — Manual for the Triumph America
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph America, which is available on the Triumph website.