Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2010, “Round Eyes”) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050, the first one with the “slant eyes” look, but retaining the under-seat exhaust.

The 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 was the first Speed Triple with that capacity engine, and also the first Speed Triple to exist independent of the Daytona line, which was retired after the Triumph Daytona 955i.

Here are all the motorcycles in the Triumph Speed Triple range from launch in the 90s:

The 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is a naked bike with a three-cylinder engine, hence “triple”. The engine is a 1050cc (surprise) liquid-cooled four-valve-per-cylinder motor that makes peak power output of 131 hp (95 kW) at 9100 rpm, and peak torque of 78 ft-lb (105 Nm) at a low, low 5100 rpm, making this a very midrange-focused motor.

The final drive is via a wet clutch and chain drive.

In 2007/2008 (depending on market), Triumph made a minor update to the 2005 Speed Triple. They replaced the Nissin brake calipers with Brembo units, and changed the wheels to the striking ones you can see below. Note that these versions of the Speed Triple take different front brake calipers.

Triumph updated the Speed Triple 1050 in 2011 with the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple, which lost the round eyes and snaking frame of the original.

2005-2010 Gen 1 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 static indoor web

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Triumph Speed Triple 1050 Service Intervals

Basic service intervals for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 are, like for other Speed Triples in the 1050 line, every 10000 km or 6000 miles, or annually. At each service, change the oil and filter, and do a once-over of the bike checking for the condition of controls, hoses, and moving parts (see the list below).

Every second service of the Speed Triple 1050 is a major service, in which you check the valve clearances on the three-cylinder engine and change the spark plugs.

Regularly maintain the Speed Triple’s chain slack and condition, and replace the brake fluid every two years (under normal use).

Finally, make sure you keep the coolant up to date. Triumph recommends a specific coolant that is hard to find outside dealers, but there are alternatives on the market.

What you need to service the Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you might find the following useful in maintaining your Triumph Speed Triple 1050.

Part2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050
Engine oilThe manual suggests semi or fully synthetic 10W/40 or 15W/50 motorcycle engine oil which meets specification API SH (or higher) and JASO MA, such as Mobil 1 10W-40 (synthetic) engine oil.
Oil filterReplace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001. You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC.
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plugs with code CR8EK.
Air filterUse Triumph part number T2201751 or K&N equivalent part TB-1005 (this is a different part to later years)
CoolantThe manual recommends Mobil Antifreeze or any coolant with a 50/50 ethylene glycol and water mix. Later model Triumphs recommend HD4X, which you can get from a dealer, or get one of these alternatives.
Brake fluidUse Castrol DOT 4.
Brake padsLook at your calipers — They’ll be marked with either “Nissin” or “Brembo”. Below are the EBC part numbers for each.
O5-06 front (Nissin calipers): FA347HH
07-10 front (Brembo calipers): FA604/4HH
Rear: FA214/2HH
Chain maintenanceMaintain the chain of your Speed Triple 1050 with a Motul chain care kit or just Motul chain paste.
GreaseUse lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points.
Cable maintenanceUse Protect all cable life to keep the cables maintained.
Consumables for 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Maintenance schedule for the 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 made between 2005 and 2010.

Generally, for the Speed Triple 1050:

  • There are a list of daily checks to do. Do these along with the maintenance items in the schedule.
  • Maintain the chain regularly
  • There’s a service interval every 6000 miles (10000 km) OR every year. When any of those periods has passed, check to see what’s due.

Daily checks

Do these checks often as well as with each service.

Speed Triple 1050 — Daily/Pre-ride checks
Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.
Cooling system – check for leaks
Coolant level – check/adjust
Throttle cables – check/adjust
Clutch cable – check/adjust (Protect all cable life)
Wheels – inspect for damage
Tyre wear/tyre damage – check
Tyre pressures – check/adjust
Lights, instruments, and electrical systems – check
Steering – check for free operation
Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation
Brake pad wear – check
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistons
Brake fluid levels – check
Drive chain slack – check/adjust
Fasteners – inspect visually for security
Side stand – check operation
Speed Triple 1050 Daily/Pre-ride checks

Chain maintenance

Maintain the chain every significant ride, or after a period of commuting or riding in rain / dirty conditions.

Chain maintenance taskEvery
Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)200 mi (300 km)
Or after riding in rain / washing motorcycle
Drive chain – wear check500 mi (800 km)
Chain maintenance for the Speed Triple 1050

Full maintenance schedule

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • At the end of the maintenance periods shown, continue in the same pattern (every 1, 2, or 4 intervals)
  • Later manuals are structured differently and don’t have distance intervals for changing the brake fluid or coolant (and the coolant change interval is longer).
  • Items marked [T] need Triumph dealer/mechanic tools or resources.
  • The original maintenance schedule mandated many things to be done every year, but the below guidance of what to do every year is from later 2011+ manuals (it’s much more reasonable).
mi x 10006121824
km x 100010203040Every
[T] Engine ECM — Check for stored DTCsYear
Engine oil – renew (Mobil 1 10W-40)Year
Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)Year
Engine oil cooler – check for leaks
Valve clearances – check/adjust
Air cleaner – renew (TB-1005)
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – renew (CR9EK)
Throttle bodies – balance
Cooling system – check hoses for chafing, cracks or damage
Coolant – renew (HD4X)2 years
Headstock bearings – check / adjust
Headstock bearings – lubricateYear
Fork oil – renew
Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate
Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksYear
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsYear
Drive chain rubbing strip – checkYear
Rear wheel bearing – lubricate
Side stand pivot – clean/grease
Fuel system – check hoses for chafing, cracks or damage
Secondary exhaust clamp bolts – check/adjust
Fuel hoses – renew4 years
Evaporative loss hoses (if fitted) – renew4 years
Secondary air injection system – check
Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2010) Maintenance Schedule

About the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2010)

2005 Triumph Speed Triple RHS web
The original 2005 Speed Triple with cast rims and the Nissin caliper

The Triumph Speed Triple is now an iconic line of motorcycles — standard / sport bikes based on the three-cylinder engine that was in the Daytona.

But the 2005 Triumph Speed Triple was a new direction for Triumph, because for the first time since 1994, the Speed Triple stood alone in the lineup. There was no Daytona 1050 — though there was a Triumph Sprint ST 1050, the sport-touring bike.

The 2005-2010 Speed Triple motorcycles are all based around the same 1050cc three-cylinder engine. It’s a dual overhead cam 12-valve liquid-cooled engine that makes peak power of 95 kW (131 bhp) at 9100 rpm and peak torque of 105 Nm (78 ft-lb) at 5100 rpm — quite low. So even though it’s a revvy engine, it makes its power at a very accessible point. That’s the Speed Triple secret sauce!

The front and rear suspension of the 2005-2010 Speed Triple are both fully adjustable Kayaba units. The front fork is a beefy 45mm inverted fork. Basically, Triumph spared no expense on this naked bike. Rather than being a pared-back superbike, the Speed Triple was the real deal — a trend that has continued to the latest generation today, the Speed Triple 1200 RS, which shares most specs with the bikini-fared and track-oriented Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR.

The only part of the early 2005 Speed Triple that got complaints was the front brakes. They were on 2 x 320mm discs and were Nissin four-piston calipers. But people said they were wooden and unresponsive. Triumph switched them out for Brembo units from 2007.

The redesigned model got a few other trick items, including the “bent spoke” front wheels that really do look very striking.

2009 Triumph Speed Triple web
2009 Triumph Speed Triple listed for sale on (2015, it’s not available anymore)

Maintaining the Speed Triple is much like maintaining many other Triumph liquid-cooled sportbikes. General oil/filter changes are every 10000 km / 6000 miles, and every second service entails changing the spark plugs and checking the valve clearances.

From 2011, Triumph released a redesign of the Speed Triple, continuing the same general genre of naked sport bike, but with a visual redesign (“Slant eyes”), more power from the engine, and optional ABS. They also released the first Speed Triple R from 2012.

Triumph also used a de-tuned version of the Speed Triple’s motor in the first-gen Triumph Tiger 1050.

Tyre sizes and pressures for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 ships with a number of different tyre options — Metzeler Sportec M3, Bridgestone BT015, and Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier.

These are collection of tyres that are street legal, ranging from “basically track tyres” down to “commuter”. So the Speed Triple can take a range of tyres depending on your general use case.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure
Front120/70 ZR 172.35 bar / 34 psi
Rear190/55 ZR 172.9 bar / 42 psi
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Speed Triple 1050

Manual for the 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

The above maintenance schedule, parts information, and other info come mostly from the manual from the 2007-2009 models, with reference to parts catalogues and other online info for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050.

You can download Triumph manuals for their more recent models here.

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