Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+, including GT and Rally) Simplified Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger 1200 motorcycles refreshed for 2022, in GT and Rally spec.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 range has an all-new T-plane engine that’s actually slightly smaller in capacity than the 2018-2021 Triumph Tiger 1200 (see the “About” section for more about the motorcycle).

All motorcycles in the 2022+ Triumph Tiger range share a 1160cc inline 3-cylinder engine with a new firing order called “T-plane”. THe engine is still DOHC of course, and makes peak power of 110 kW (150 PS/ 148 bhp) at 9000 rpm, with peak torque of 130 Nm (96 lbf-ft) at 7000 rpm.

Final drive is via a six-speed gearbox and shaft, as with the outgoing model.

The Tiger 1200 range for 2022 is classified into “GT” (road-going) and “Rally” (adventure) spec, with spec level differences. But they share the same drivetrain, fro a maintenance perspective differing in suspension and tire specs, and so share a maintenance schedule.

Here are all the Triumph Tiger 1200 maintenance schedules we have:

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Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+) Service Intervals

Maintaining the 2022+ Tiger 1200 is a bit different from the earlier gen. For starters, there’s now a mandated service interval on the final drive oil. But there are also a few things eliminated in the upgraded engine, like the need to balance the throttle bodies.

Overall, the 2022+ Triumph Tiger 1200 has 10000 km / 16000 mile service intervals between oil and oil filter changes, which is very wide.

The major service needs to be done every 20000 miles / 32000 km, which involves changing the plugs, checking / adjusting the valve clearances, and also checking / adjusting the camshaft timing.

For the 2022 spec, Triumph only recommends changing the air filter every 20000 miles / 32000 km, but change it more often if you ride the Tiger in adverse conditions (wet / dust).

The Triumph 1200 range has a shaft final drive, so there’s no chain to maintain. Unlike the former Tiger 1200, Triumph recommends changing the final drive oil on the new lightweight final drive of the 2022 Tiger 1200 — every two years.

What you need to service the Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+)

If you’re servicing the Triumph Tiger 1200, you’ll need the basics of a servicing toolkit. Nothing fancy, but you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.

Here are the specific consumables you need to order for the Triumph Tiger 1200.

PartTriumph Tiger 1200 (2022) spec
OilTriumph 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. Tighten the oil drain plug to 25 Nm using a torque wrench / 18 lbf-ft.
Oil filterReplace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001 (you’ll find this part on a LOT of Triumphs!), for which you’ll need a special triumph tool to open it (part T3880313). You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC for which you just need a wrench.
Brake fluidTriumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid and clutch fluid (the 1200 series has a hydraulic clutch), e.g. Castrol DOT 4.
CoolantTriumph uses HD4X Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. Zerex G05 is a HOAT coolant that meets this spec.
Final drive oilFor topping up, Triumph requires 75W/90 fully synthetic hypoid oil that meets specification API Service Level GL5, such as Castrol SAF-XO fully synthetic hypoid oil. Tighten the filler plug to 25 Nm.
Front brake padsStandard brake pads code is T2028671, a BRM11E set. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA447HH. (Note, different from the 2018-2021 spec)
Rear brake padsUse original part number T2024956. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA213HH. (Note, different from the 2018-2021 spec)
Spark plugsNGK code LMAR9E-J, different from the earlier spec. Make sure they’re gapped to 0.7mm (+/- 0.05-0.1mm) with an appropriate spark plug gap tool.
Air filterThe part number for the air filter is T2205659. You can also use a DNA performance filter, part P-TR12E22-01.
Consumables for Triumph Tiger 1200 series

Luckily, as it’s shaft-driven, you don’t need to worry about maintaining a chain! But you do need to change the final drive oil of the 2022+ Tiger 1200.

Maintenance Schedule for the Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022)

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.

Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day.

Triumph Tiger 1200 — Daily checks

Do these checks every day, as well as at your periodic service interval.

Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+) Daily Checks
Check engine and oil cooler for leaks
Check engine oil level when bike is upright, off side and centre stand, with engine at operating temp after running for ~5 minutes, then waiting 3 minutes
Throttle — Smooth, returns to base, and free play is 2-3 mm (0.08-0.12 in)
Fuel system — Check for leaks, chafing etc.
Cooling system — Check for no leaks
Coolant level — Check, and top up if necessary
Clutch — Check operation
Can do a leak check, but it’s only mandated at break-in
Clutch fluid levels — Check (between min and max), top up if necessary (Castrol DOT 4)
Wheels — Inspect for damage
Spoked Wheels (if fitted) – check broken or damaged spokes and check spoke tightness
Tires — Check for wear / damage
Tire pressure — Check / adjust
Steering — Check for free operation (no notchiness)
Front and rear suspension — Check for smooth operation, and no leaks / damage
Brake system — Check operation, checking for correct resistance.
ABS warning light has to go off after riding above 6 mph / 10 km/h
Brake pads  — Check wear levels (min 1.5 mm / 0.06 in). Replace as necessary
Brake fluid levels — Check (between min and max), top up as necessary (Castrol DOT 4)
Note that brake fluid level drops as brake pads wear.
Final drive — Check for leaks
Bank angle indicators — check for wear
Side / Centre stand (if fitted) — check for wear, smooth operation
Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners — Visually check that all fasteners are tight, and not damaged.
Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+) — Regular daily checks

Triumph Tiger 1200 — Maintenance schedule table

In addition to the daily checks above, follow the below maintenance schedule. We also separated out an “annual service checklist” below.

Notes

  • For items with both a time-based and distance based intervals (e.g. oil changes), follow the earlier of the two.
  • The break-in schedule is omitted. It includes an oil and filter change, final drive oil change, and all items under the daily and annual checks.
  • The final drive oil change only needs to be done at the first service.
mi x 100010203040
km x 100016324864Every
Perform the daily checklist (see above) and annual service checklist (below)Year
Engine oil – replace (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)
Tighten to 25 Nm
Year
Engine oil filter – renew (HF204RC)
Tighten to 10 Nm
Year
Air filter – Replace (P-TR12E22-01)
Replace more often if riding in wet / dusty conditions
Spark plugs – replace (NGK LMAR9E-J)
Valve clearances – check/adjust
Camshaft timing – check/adjust
Coolant – Replace (Triumph HD4X or an alternative e.g. Zerex G05)4 years
Final drive oil — Replace (Castrol SAF-XO fully synthetic hypoid)
Retighten filler plug to 25 Nm / 18 lbf-ft.
2 years
Clutch fluid – Replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Brake fluid – Replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Centre stand pivots — Clean / grease2 years
Headstock bearings – check / adjust
Triumph notes it is not necessary to do this at the first service
Swinging arm spindle — Lubricate
Rear suspension unit and linkage – Lubricate
Wheel bearings — Check for wear / smooth operation
Fork oil – replace
Triumph Tiger 1200 maintenance schedule

Annual service list

This is the list of annual service items to do on your Triumph Tiger 1200. Do these according to the schedule above.

Notes:

  • Items marked [T] need Triumph specialist tools.
  • Items marked * don’t need necessarily to be done annually if you’ve done no distance.
Tiger 1200 Annual Service checklist (2022+ model)
[T] Autoscan – carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph diagnostic tool
[T] Instruments, chassis ECM, keyless ECM and engine ECM – check for latest calibration download using Triumph diagnostic tool
Coolant hoses — Check for chafing, cracks or damage.
Clutch lever pivot — Lubricate
Final drive oil level – check *
Lights, instruments, and electrical systems — Check / adjust
Smart key battery — Renew
[T] Service bulletin and warranty work — Perform
Road test — Perform
[T] Reset service indicator, fill out service record book
Annual service Checklist — Tiger 1200 (2022+ model)

About the Triumph Tiger 1200 range (2022+)

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 model range family photo static hi-res web
2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 model range family photo static hi-res web

The Triumph Tiger 1200 is a popular adventure sport motorcycle, competing with the BMW R 1250 GS and the Ducati Multistrada V4.

The 1200 is the bigger motorcycle of the Tiger range — Triumph also has a popular corresponding Triumph Tiger 900 “middleweight” adventure motorcycle, which is also quite high spec.

The core of the 2022+ Tiger 1200 is a totally new “T-Plane” engine, which has smaller capacity than the outgoing gen while still being a top-tier performer.

The engine is still a liquid-cooled 12-valve DOHC 3-cylinder engine. But the capacity is 1160 cc (down from 1215 cc).

Here’s how the generations of engine line up

Tiger 1200 Generation2018-20212022+
Capacity1215 cc1160 cc
Bore / Stroke (mm)85 x 71.490.0 / 60.7
Compression ratio11.0:113.2:1
Firing angles between cylinders240-240-240 (even)180-270-270 (offset)
Peak power104 kW / 141 PS / 139 bhp at 9350 rpm110.4 kW / 150 PS / 148 bhp at 9000 rpm
Peak torque122 Nm / 90 lbf-ft at 7600 rpm130 Nm / 96 lbf-ft at 7000 rpm
Tiger 1200 2018 vs 2022 engine differences

So what are the differences in a nutshell? the new engine runs with a higher average compression ratio, which lets Triumph tune it for more peak power.

Aside from the engine, Triumph improved a lot of things on the new generation Triumph 1200s. They improved brakes, from a standard road-going Brembo 4-piston setup to race-ready Brembo Stylema calipers — standard on all models.

For the off-road range, Triumph now has a 21-inch front tire setup, which is de rigueur for off-road exploring.

Triumph also introduced an all-new 7-inch TFT screen, LED lighting with DRLs, keyless ignition, and even a blind spot radar. (But despite having a radar, the 2022 Triumph Tiger does not have adaptive cruise control.)

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200s all also have a more easily adjustable screen, which you can adjust with one hand. Convenient while you have cruise control on… though you probably shouldn’t do that.

(On that note, it’s somewhat shocking that the 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT (base model) does not come with standard cruise control. In a day where many mid-spec adventure bikes and even some sport bikes have standard cruise, it seems crazy that this would be actively excluded.)

With all those changes, Triumph managed to reduce the weight of the Tiger 1200, making it more than 25 kg (55 lb) lighter than the previous gen, and per their specs, “up to 17 kg lighter than the closest shaft-drive competition”, by which I hope they mean the BMW R 1250 GS.

As with previously, Triumph has a “road-going” and an “off-road ready” spec of Triumph Tiger 1200.

There are three road-going specs, and two off-road specs. The main difference is that the off-road versions get longer-travel suspension and 21-inch tires.

Tiger 1200 GenerationRoad-goingAdventure
Base specGTn/a
Mid-specGT ProRally Pro
Top specGT ExplorerRally Explorer
Tiger 1200 2022 model classifications

Here’s more detail about what each spec gets.

Spec levelGTGT ProGT ExplorerRally ProRally Explorer
Tank capacity (L)2020302030
Suspension travel front200200200220220
Suspension travel rear200200200220220
Ride modes3 (Rain, Road, Sport5 (+ Rider, and Off-road)5 (+ Rider, and Off-road)6 (+ Off-road Pro)6 (+ Off-road Pro)
Cruise controlOptionalYesYesYesYes
Blind spot radarNoNoYesNoYes
Adaptive cornering lightsNoYesYesYesYes
Hill holdNoYesYesYesYes
Quickshifter (Shift Assist)OptionalYesYesYesYes
Heated gripsOptionalYesYesYesYes
Heated seats (Rider + Pillion)OptionalOptionalYesOptionalYes
Wheel sizesCast 19/18Cast 19/18Cast 19/18Spoked 21/18Spoked 21/18
Centre standOptionalYesYesYesYes
Tire typeMetzeler TouranceMetzeler TouranceMetzeler TouranceMetzeler Karoo StreetMetzeler Karoo Street
TPMSOptionalOptionalYesOptionalYes

All of the Tiger 1200 models still have “Optimised Cornering ABS” and “Optimised Cornering Traction Control”, which the previous generation did too.

Manual for the Triumph Tiger 1200 (2022+)

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Tiger 1200 range, all of which share a common user manual for 2022+.

The manual is available on the Triumph web site.

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