Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015, “Slant Eyes”) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050, the first one with the “slant eyes” look, but retaining the under-seat exhaust.

Triumph dramatically updated the Speed Triple in 2011, saying goodbye to the previous 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple‘s iconic dual round front headlight look.

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

The 2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is based on a 1050cc 12-valve DOHC liquid-cooled inline triple (a three-cylinder engine). It makes a peak of 99 kW (135 PS / 133 bhp) at 9400 rpm, and peak torque of 111 Nm (83 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm. So it’s quite a midrange-focused engine (though torque peaked earlier in the earlier-gen Speed Triple).

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

Triumph updated the Speed Triple 1050 with the 2016 Triumph Speed Triple S, which lost the under-tail exhaust.

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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.

Part2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050
Engine oilThe manual suggests 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.

You can also use another high-grade oil like Motul 7100 10W-40.
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 T2206602 or K&N equivalent part TB-1011.
CoolantTriumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. An alternative to Triumph HD4X is PEAK OET European Vehicles Blue.
Brake padsFront: EBC part FA604/4HH (you need two sets)
Front Speed Triple R: FA447HH for the Brembo calipers
Rear: EBC part FA214/2HH (just need one set)
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 2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Maintenance schedule for the 2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 made between 2011 and 2015.

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 daily or before rides as well as with scheduled regular service.

Speed Triple 1050 — Daily checks
Throttle cables – check/adjust (Protect all cable life)
Cooling system – check for leaks
Coolant level – check/adjust
Fuel system – Check for leaks
Steering – check for free operation
Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation
Brake fluid levels – check
Brake pads – check wear levels, replace as necessary (2 x FA604/4HH, 1 x FA214/2HH)
Drive chain slack – check/adjust
Fasteners – inspect visually for security
Wheels – inspect for damage
Tyre wear/tyre damage – check
Tyre pressures – check/adjust
Clutch cable – check/adjust
Stand – check operation, clean/grease if necessary
Lights, instruments and electrical systems – check
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015) Daily checks

Chain maintenance

Maintain your Speed Triple’s chain regularly.

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)200 miles (300 km)
Or after washing / riding in rain
Drive chain – wear check500 miles (800 km)
Speed Triple 1050 — Chain maintenance

Full maintenance schedule

Below is the regular maintenance schedule for the 2011-2015 Speed Triple 1050.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • Along with the items below, do everything mentioned in the “Daily checks” section.
  • 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 manual specified doing many things every year, but later manuals changed the format and made it clear that many maintenance items are just based on engine time, e.g. spark plug renewals and valve clearance checks.

mi x 10006121824
km x 100010203040Every
Engine and oil cooler – check for leaksYear
Engine oil – renew (Motul 7100 10W-40)Year
Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)
Valve clearances – check/adjust
Air cleaner – renew (TB-1011)
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – renew (CR8EK)
Throttle bodies – balance
Coolant – renew (PEAK OET European Vehicles Blue)
Headstock bearings – check/adjustYear
Headstock bearings – lubricate
Fork oil – renew
Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)
Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaksYear
Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistonsYear
Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate
Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)200 miles (300 km)
Drive chain – wear check500 miles (800 km)
Drive chain rubbing strip – check
Rear wheel needle roller bearing – lubricate
Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operationYear
Secondary air injection system – checkYear
Exhaust clamp bolts – check/adjustYear
Fuel and evaporative loss (some markets only) hoses – renew4 years
[T] ABS ECM – check for stored DTCsYear
[T] Carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph Diagnostic toolYear
Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015) maintenance schedule

About the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015)

Triumph’s Speed Triple is an iconic and quite unique naked sportbike. It has a lot that makes it special — like the single-sided swingarm or the aggressive-yet-comfortable posture — but it’s fairly unique in that it’s not based on a superbike, but rather stands on its own. (At the time Triumph didn’t make a superbike in this size class, and just made the Daytona 675.)

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 got a major refresh in 2015, after a six year run of the first generation 2005-2010 Speed Triple 1050.

The engine has the same displacement, but is improved in every way (both peak power plus torque across the rev range). The chassis is also improved. But the feature that most people noticed when it was first revealed was the change in the front headlight styling — swapping out the twin circular headlights for the slanty eyes that have been visible on Speed Triples (and Street Triples) ever since.

The Product Manager of the Speed Triple at the time, Simo Warburton, claimed that the bike didn’t look “right” once they had done all their other changes, and was OK with some people liking it and some people not.

The 1050cc inline three-cylinder 12-valve DOHC engine gets just five horsepower more than the previous gen (133 bhp vs 128 bhp, or 99 kW vs 95 kW), coming on at 9400 rpm. But there’s a lot more torque in the midrange thanks to a redesign of both the intake and exhaust. The 1050 has an “unbelievably flat” torque curve per Cycle World, with torque right from the 1300rpm idle.

The brakes on the Speed Triple 1050 are very competent, without being superbike spec. They’re four-piston calipers powered by a Brembo radial master cylinder and gripping 320mm discs, with ABS as an option.

Suspension on the Speed Triple 1050 is adjustable front and rear for preload, rebound, and compression damping.

In 2012, Triumph released the 2012-2015 Triumph Speed Triple R based on the 2011-2015 Speed Triple. It is the same bike but with full Öhlins suspension (a NIX30 fork and a TTX36 shock), Brembo monobloc front calipers, and forged aluminium wheels to drop unsprung mass even further. ABS is standard but switchable on the 2012-2015 Speed Triple R.

Maintaining the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is much like maintaining most other liquid-cooled Triumph sportbikes. You change the oil and filter every 10000 km (6000 mi) and every second service, change the spark plugs and check the valve clearances.

Tyre sizes and pressures for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050

The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 ships with a number of different tyre options, including Metzeler Racetec K3 Interact, Bridgestone Battlax BT003 RS or Battlax BT016, Pirelli Diablo Rosso, Michelin Power Pure, and Michelin Pilot Road tyres.

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 (2011-2015)

Manual for the 2011-2015 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

The above maintenance schedule, parts information, and other info come mostly from the manual, 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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