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Triumph Tiger 1200 (2018-2021, including XC and XR ranges) Maintenance Schedule

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018-2020 XCa Front 3-4 Marine

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger 1200 motorcycles as made between 2018 and 2021.

All motorcycles in the 2018-2021 Triumph Tiger 1200 range share a liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder engine. It’s 1215 cc and has a sporty 11.0:1 compression ratio. The engine puts out 104 kW (139 hp) at 9350 rpm, and 122 Nm (90-ft-lb) of torque at 7600 rpm.

They all put power down through a shaft drive and have Brembo 4-piston monoblock radially mounted calipers, but differ in suspension specs and accessories.

The 2018-2021 models of Triumph Tiger 1200 are a direct descendant of the 2016-2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200, but they’ve added more tech, changed the engine tune, and dropped the “Explorer” branding.

There 2018-2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 range is divided up into a few categories and spec levels. See the “About” section below for how it breaks down.

Nonetheless, the maintenance schedule is effectively identical between all the trim levels. The small differences (e.g. spoked wheels) are accounted for in the schedule below — if you have them, maintain them.

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What you need to service the Triumph Tiger 1200

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 (2018-2021) 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.
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).
CoolantTriumph uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology coolant with a 50% ethylene glycol mix. Zerex G05 is a HOAT coolant that meets this spec, or you can get Triumph’s HD4X.
Final drive oilTriumph requires 75W/90 fully synthetic hypoid oil that meets specification API Service Level GL5, such as Castrol SAF-XO hypoid oil. Tighten the filler plug to 25 Nm.
Front brake padsStandard brake pads code is T2022475. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA630HH.
Rear brake padsUse original part number T2025045. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA228HH.
Spark plugsNGK code CR8EK. Note they’re sold individually. 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 T2209555. You can also use K&N part TB-1212.
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 the final drive oil).

Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Tiger

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 (2018-2021) Daily Checks
Check engine for leaks
Check fuel lines for leaks, chafing etc.
Check cooling system for leaks
Check cooling system level. Top up with coolant if necessary
Check clutch operation
Check clutch fluid levels. Top up if necessary (Castrol DOT 4)
Check wheels for damage
Wheels – check wheels for broken or damaged spokes and check spoke tightness (models with spoked wheels only)
Check tyres for wear/damage
Check/adjust tyre pressures
Check steering for free operation (no notchiness)
Check front and rear suspension for damage, leaks, and smooth operation
Check brake pads for wear. Replace as necessary
Check brake master cylinders for leaks
Check brake pistons for fluid leaks, seized/sticky pistons
Check brake fluid levels. Top up as necessary (Castrol DOT 4)
Check final drive for leaks
Check all lights and instruments
Bank angle indicators — check for wear
General fasteners — check for security
Side stand — check for wear, smooth operation
Centre stand (if fitted) — check for wear, smooth operation
Triumph Tiger 1200 (2018+) — Regular daily checks

Triumph Tiger 1200 — Maintenance schedule table

In addition to the daily checks above, follow the below maintenance schedule.

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.
  • Items marked [T] need Triumph specialist tools.
mi x 100010203040Every
km x 100016324864X years
[T] Autoscan – carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph diagnostic tool1
[T] Instruments, chassis ECM and engine ECM – check for latest calibration download using Triumph diagnostic tool1
Engine oil – renew (Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)1
Engine oil filter – renew (part T1218001)1
Air cleaner – renew (K&N part TB-1212)
Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check/clean
Throttle bodies – balance
Secondary air injection system – check
Fuel hoses – renew 4
Evaporative loss hoses – renew4
Spark plugs – check
Spark plugs – renew (NGK CR8EK)
Cooling system – check coolant hoses for chafing,
cracks or damage. Replace if necessary
Coolant – renew (HOAT, e.g. Zerex G05)3
Clutch master cylinder – check for leaks1
Clutch fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)2
Valve clearances – check/adjust
Camshaft timing – check/adjust
Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation1
Fork oil – renew
Headstock bearings – check/adjust
Headstock bearings – lubricate
Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate
Brake fluid – renew (Castrol DOT 4)2
Final drive oil level – check1
Fasteners – inspect visually for security1
Accessory rack sliding carriage (if fitted) – check for correct operation1
Side stand pivot pin – clean/grease
Centre stand flanged sleeves – check, clean, grease1
Gear change pedal – clean bushes1
Triumph Tiger 1200 maintenance schedule

About the Triumph Tiger 1200 range

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018-2020 Cover Image
Triumph Tiger 1200 models — XR and XC models side by side.

The Triumph Tiger 1200 is a popular adventure sport motorcycle, competing with the BMW R 1250 GS and Ducati Multistrada 1260.

The 1200 is the bigger motorcycle of the range — Triumph also has a popular 800 and 900 “middleweight” range of adventure motorcycles.

The 2018 model took what the 2016 revision was doing well, removed the word “Explorer”, and added some high-value components. The base engine is the same though.

All models are significantly lighter than the previous generation — up to 10kg (22 lb) lighter.

The Tiger 1200 has a howling three-cylinder engine that reviewers like to say has all the smoothness of a four and all the character of a twin. But a triple has its own character — and the high-RPM howl is enough to win over converts.

All motorcycles in the Triumph Tiger 1200 (2018-2021) range share a liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder engine. It has a capacity of 1215 cc and has a sporty 11.0:1 compression ratio. The engine puts out 104 kW (139 hp) at 9350 rpm, and 122 Nm of torque at 7600 rpm.

All models in the 2018-2021 Tiger 1200 series also share

  • A full ride by wire system
  • Adjustable WP suspension (but the spec level determines if it’s electronically adjustable/active)
  • Twin 305 mm floating discs, with radially mounted Brembo 4-piston calipers
  • 19/17-inch front and rear wheels (XC models get spoked, XR models get cast)
  • Shaft drive

The exact trim of the Tiger 1200 changes what you get with it, but you can spend less or more to get things like better suspension, luggage, lights, and some electronic accessories.

Here’s how the models of the 2018-2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 compare in features:

CategoryRoadOff-road
Base modelXR: WP suspension (manual), 19/17 cast wheels, 3 ride modes, analogue display, electric screen, centre standn/a
Mid-specXRx: Electronic WP fork, electronic shock with semi-active damping and active shock preload, TFT, keyless ignition, extra ride mode, IMU (cornering ABS/TC).
* Low ride height (LRH) variant available
XCx: Spoked 19/17 rims with tubeless tyres. Electronic WP fork, electronic shock with semi-active damping and active shock preload. TFT, keyless ignition, 5 ride modes, cruise control, IMU (cornering ABC/TC), hand guards, crash bars, centre stand, sump/radiator guards, self-cancelling turn signals.
High-endXRt: As above plus heated grips and seats, touring screen, programmable ride mode, hill hold control, crash bars, TPMS, titanium silencer, shift assistXCa: As above plus heated grips seats, shift assist, cornering lighting, titanium silencer, programmable ride mode, hill hold control, touring screen, more TFT styles
2018+ Triumph Tiger 1200 features compared

And here’s a brief gallery with one colour option from each of the five trims of 2018-2020 Triumph Tiger 1200, to visually see the difference:

Some new features available on the 2018 Triumph 1200 vs the 2016 model are (on different trim models):

  • Adaptive cornering lighting
  • TFT instruments
  • LED lighting
  • Improved electronics — refined cruise control, and an “off road pro” riding mode
  • Keyless ignition
  • Triumph Shift Assist for clutchless shifts up and down
  • Backlit handlebar switch cubes (all but base model)

Manual for the Triumph Tiger 1200

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.

We compared the manuals for the whole 2018+ Triumph Tiger 1200 series and found them the same.

Triumph Tiger XCa Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
Maintenance Schedule from Triumph Tiger 1200

The manual is available on the Triumph web site.

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