This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS announced in 2021.
Here are all the motorcycles in the Triumph Speed Triple range from launch in the 90s:
- Speed Triple 900 (1994-1996), 885cc, carburettor-fed, single round eye, basic looking
- Speed Triple T509 (1997-1998), new look with round eyes
- Speed Triple 955i (1999-2004), bigger 955cc fuel-injected engine from Daytona
- Speed Triple 1050 (2005-2010), bigger 1050cc engine, still round-eyes
- Speed Triple 1050 (2011-2015), new slant-eyed look
- Speed Triple R and S (2016-2017), higher spec
- Speed Triple S (2018+), “less high” spec
- Speed Triple RS (2018+), 6-axis IMU and cruise control
- Speed Triple 1200 RS (2021+), bigger 1160cc engine
- Speed Triple 1200 RR (2022+), a sport bike based on the Speed Triple
The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS took over in 2021 as the highest, most premium motorcycle in the range, though the 1200 RS was sold contemporaneously with the Speed Triple RS with the 1050cc engine.
The Triumph Speed Triple RS is powered by a higher-capacity 1160cc inline three-cylinder (triple) engine. It makes max power of 180 PS (177 bhp, 132 kW), a ~20% power bump over its predecessor, with peak power at 10750 rpm and peak torque of 125 Nm at 9000 rpm.
The Speed Triple 1200 RS is the first time Triumph increased its Speed Triple’s engine capacity since 2005.
Triumph later launched the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR, based on the same engine, but with a more track-focused design.
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Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Service Intervals
Basic service intervals for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS are, like for many liquid-cooled Triumph sport bikes and similar to the RR, 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).
Major services for the Speed Triple 1200 RS are every second service, in which you check the valve clearances and change the spark plugs.
Regularly maintain the 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 1200 RS
To service the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS, you will need the following parts and consumables.
Some of the parts are TBD as the parts catalogue hasn’t been released.
|Part||Speed Triple 1200 RS spec|
|Engine oil||The 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. Or use another high-grade oil like Motul 7100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001. You can also use Hiflofiltro HF204RC, this has been constant on Triumph motorcycles for years.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plugs with code LMAR9E-J per the manual.|
|Lubricant||Use a quality lithium soap-based grease for external lubrication.|
|Air filter||The part number is T2205748 for the OEM air filter. You can also use a high-performance DNA air filter with part P-TR12N21-0R.|
|Coolant||Triumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. It must be silicate-free at a minimum. See here for Triumph HOAT alternatives.|
|Brake pads||The Brembo Stylema calipers on the Speed Triple 1200 RS take two pairs of FA447HH EBC brake pads at the front. The rear brake caliper takes FA214HH brake pads.|
|Chain maintenance||Maintain the chain of your Speed Triple 1200 RS with a Motul chain care kit or just Motul chain paste.|
Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
The following is the list of maintenance operations to be done on the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS.
The maintenance schedule is adapted from the manual, making it easier to read.
Basic service intervals for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS are every 10000 km or 6000 miles. Major services are every second service, in which you check the valve clearances and change the spark plugs.
- Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day. Do these with the annual /regular service too.
- Items marked [T] are for dealers to do (unless you have the tools necessary… or unless you’re a dealer)
- Break in is at 600 mi/1000 km or 6 months, whichever occurs first.
The following is the list of daily checks for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. Essentially it’s to give the bike a run over and make sure that
- There are no leaks
- The controls work as expected
- The functions (including lights) work as expected
- The tyres and suspension are in working order
- Everything is well-lubricated.
Do these as part of regular maintenance intervals, too.
|Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS — Daily Checks|
|Chain lubrication — Lubricate the chain with Motul chain paste or similar every 200 miles (300 km) and after riding in the wet, or if the chain looks dry.|
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks|
|Fuel system – check for leaks|
|Cooling system – check for leaks|
|Coolant level – check/adjust|
|Clutch — check operation|
|Clutch cable – check function and adjust as necessary (the Speed Triple 1200 RS has a clutch cable)|
|Wheels – inspect for damage|
|Tyre wear/tyre damage – check|
|Tyre pressures – check/adjust|
|Steering – check for free operation|
|Front and rear suspension – check for leaks/smooth operation|
|Brake system – check operation|
|Brake pads – check wear levels|
|Brake fluid levels – check|
|Drive chain slack – check / adjust|
|Lights, instruments and electrical systems – check/adjust|
|Bank angle indicators – check for wear|
|Side stand/centre stand – check for wear/smooth operation|
Below is the maintenance schedule. Do the checks listed under “daily checks” as well as the following.
Many of the items below should be done as part of the annual check, too.
|mi x 1000||0.6||6||12||18||24|
|km x 1000||1||10||20||30||40||Every|
|Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40, Motul 7100 10W-40)||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Exhaust butterfly valve cables – check cable for chafing, cracks or damage/adjust||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Air filter – renew (replace more often if consistently riding in wet or dusty conditions)||•||•|
|Spark plugs – replace (NGK LMAR9E-J)||•||•|
|Cooling system – check hoses for chafing, cracks or damage. Replace if necessary||•||•||•||•||•|
|Coolant – renew (Triumph HD4X HOAT or an alternative)||3 years|
|Clutch lever pivot – clean/grease||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Valve clearances – check/ adjust||•||•|
|Camshaft timing – check/ adjust||•||•|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||•||•||Year|
|Eccentric rear hub – lubricate||•||•|
|Rear wheel needle roller bearing – lubricate||•||•|
|Cush drive rubbers – renew||•||•|
|Steering and Suspension|
|Headstock bearings – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Swinging arm spindle – lubricate (Lithium soap-based grease)||•||•|
|Rear suspension unit and linkage – lubricate||•||•|
|Fork oil – renew||•|
|Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)||2 years|
|Drive chain – lubricate (Motul chain paste)||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Drive chain – wear check||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Drive chain rubbing strip – check for wear, cracks, or damage||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|[T] Instruments, chassis ECM, keyless ECM and engine ECM–check for latest calibration download using the Triumph diagnostic tool||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|[T] Autoscan – Carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph diagnostic tool||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|[T] Carry out all outstanding Service Bulletin and warranty work||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Carry out road test||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
|[T] Complete the service record book and reset the service indicator||•||•||•||•||•||Year|
About the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS is all new in every way — but embodies much of the spirit of the Speed Triple from many years gone past.
A long time ago, the Speed Triple was the “naked” alternative to the Daytona. Those days are long-gone, and the Speed Triple has for over a decade been the flagship sport bike that Triumph has produced.
The difference is, of course, that since the Speed Triple is the sport bike, and not a de-tuned stablemate of the “real” sport bike, the Speed Triple has always had the latest components. This has always been true even in “base” models like the last-generation 2018-model Triumph Speed Triple S, which had fully-adjustable Showa suspension front and rear, bested only by the RS which had the same but in Öhlins.
The Speed Triple 1200 RS is even more premium, with a bigger engine for the first time in 16 years (since 2005, when the engine went up from 955 cc to 1050 cc).
The 1160cc inline triple makes 180 PS of peak power (177 hp, 132 kW), with power peaking at 10750 rpm. That’s sporty, but not superbike territory like you’d see in a Ducati Panigale V4 for example, whose power peaks at 13000 rpm.
The redline is higher though, raised by 650 rpm to 11150 rpm, thanks to lighter and faster-moving components.
The new engine is not only bigger and more powerful, it’s somehow more compact and a whopping 7kg (15 lb) lighter. The whole motorcycle is light — with a full tank of fuel it weighs only 198 kg, less than nearly every superbike in standard trim. (Putting the non-standard M package on the 2021+ BMW S 1000 R will make that lighter, for example.)
Brakes and suspension on the new 1200 RS are still top-notch — twin 320mm floating discs, with an update to the calipers — Brembo Stylema now. Front and rear suspension is still Öhlins 43mm but higher spec from a newer model.
Even though the latest Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS now conforms to Euro 5 emissions standards, the engine and exhaust produce such a sweet note that Triumph hasn’t opted to provide an optional after-market muffler… yet. (The actual after-market will step in, I’m sure.)
Manual for the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS, which is available on the Triumph website.