This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 motorcycles made from 2013 onward, including the 2016 revision.
The Tiger Sport was a more sporty of the Tiger series, with road-going tires and less set-up for going off-road. It’s an adventure tourer, not claiming to have off-road ambitions (though it can defend itself on packed dirt roads and fire roads).
The Triumph Tiger Sport has a pretty big 1050cc triple engine that has tons of torque, power, and howl. Triumph updated the Tiger Sport 1050 updated in 2016 with the latest engine from the Speed Triple, plus new exhaust, airbox, and mapping. That said, the actual maintenance schedule didn’t change much.
The maintenance schedule for the Triumph Tiger Sport is very similar to those for other motorcycles with similar engines in the Triumph Tiger Sport, like the Speed Triple.
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What you need to maintain the Triumph Tiger Sport
Consult the below maintenance schedule to see what you might need, e.g. oil, spark plugs, etc. You can find part numbers that we’ve researched to help out.
|Part||Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 spec|
|Oil||Triumph 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.|
|Oil filter||Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. Use Triumph part number T1218001. You have to use a suitable oil filter wrench or Triumph tool T3880313 to remove the Triumph oil filter. You can also use an HF204RC, which you tighten with a normal wrench. Tighten the oil filter to 10 Nm.|
|Brake fluid||Triumph motorcycles need DOT 4 brake fluid (The Tiger Sport a clutch cable, so you don’t need fluid for the clutch), like Castrol DOT 4.|
|Coolant||Use Triumph HD4X Hybrid OAT coolant or an HD4X equivalent, like PEAK OET European Vehicles Blue. See our analysis of equivalents to Triumph HD4X.|
|Front brake pads||Standard brake pads code is T2020329. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA347HH.|
|Rear brake pads||Use original part number T2020555. The equivalent part number for EBC brakes is FA214/2HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK 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 filter||The part number for the air filter is T2204820. You can also use K&N part TB-1005, which are generally more available and cheaper.|
Maintenance Schedule for Triumph Tiger Sport
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.
- Basic service intervals for the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 are every 6000 miles or 10000 km.
- Items marked [T] need Triumph specialist tools/equipment.
- Part of the below table includes checks you should do every day. Do these with the annual service too.
|mi x 1000||6||12||18||24|
|km x 1000||10||20||30||40||Every|
|[T] Autoscan – carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph Diagnostic Tool (print a customer copy)||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Engine and oil cooler – check for leaks||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Engine oil – renew||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Engine oil filter – renew||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Fuel system – check for leaks, chafing etc.||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Throttle bodies – balance||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle body plate (butterfly) – check / clean||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner – renew||•||•|
|Secondary air injection system – check/clean||•||•|
|Exhaust clamp bolts – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Fuel and evaporative loss hoses (if fitted) – renew||4 years|
|Spark plugs – check||•||•|
|Spark plugs – renew||•||•|
|Cooling system – check for leaks||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Coolant level – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Coolant – renew||3 years|
|Clutch cable – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Valve clearances – check/adjust||•||•|
|Wheels – inspect for damage||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Wheel bearings – check for wear/smooth operation||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Tyre wear/tyre damage – check||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Tyre pressures – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|All lights, instruments and electrical systems – check||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Steering – check for free operation||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Headstock bearings – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Headstock bearings – lubricate||•||•|
|Forks – check for leaks/smooth operation||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Fork oil – renew||•|
|Rear suspension linkage – check/lubricate||•||•|
|[T] Brake ABS system and immobiliser ECMs – check for stored DTCs||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Brake fluid levels – check||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Brake fluid – renew||2 years|
|Brake pads – check wear levels||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Brake master cylinders – check for fluid leaks||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Brake calipers – check for fluid leaks and seized pistons||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Drive chain – lubricate||200 mi (300 km)|
|Drive chain – wear check||500 mi (800 km)|
|Drive chain slack – check/adjust||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Drive chain rubbing strip – check||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Fasteners – inspect visually for security||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Stand – check operation||•||•||•||•||Day|
|Luggage rack sliding carriage (if fitted) – check for correct operation||•||•||•||•||Year|
|Pannier link mechanism (if fitted) – check for correct operation and adjustment||•||•||•||•||Year|
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050
The Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 is an upright sport touring/adventure bike. It is most appropriately shod with sport touring tyres, like Bridgestone Battlax, Michelin Pilot Road GT, or Pirelli Angel GT tyres.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70-17 (58W)||2.34 bar / 34 psi|
|Rear||180/55-17 (73W)||2.9 bar / 42 psi|
About the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050
The 2013-onward Triumph Tiger Sport was, when released, the latest in a line of Triumph Tiger sport-touring motorcycles.
The Tiger has always been Triumph’s jack-of-all-trades — able to go the distance, carve it up in the hills/canyons, and even do OK on dirt without too much trouble. A three-cylinder engine has meant that it is characterful and smooth and able to do a lot.
The 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 replaces the old Tiger 1050, produced from 2007 to 2012. The engine is a 1050cc inline three-cylinder engine that makes north of 91 kW of power. Triumph updated the Tiger 1050 Sport’s engine in 2016 for emissions compliance. Here are how the specs changed:
|Spec||2013-2015 Tiger Sport||2016-2021 Tiger Sport|
|Peak power||92 kW (123 bhp) @ 9400 rpm||93 kW (126 bhp) @ 9475 rpm|
|Peak torque||104 Nm (77 ft-lb) @ 4300 rpm||106 Nm (78 ft-lb) @ 7000 rpm|
In both cases, peak power is made just shy of the 9500 rpm electronic rev limiter. So these motorcycles both really earned the “sport” in their names.
The most significant change you might notice is that claimed peak torque is different between the two generations of Tiger. But you’d be mistaken to think that the torque curve is very different. Per Motorcycle.com’s dyno, they’re almost identical, with the newer 2016 model showing a hair more rear wheel torque across the whole rev range.
The Tiger’s engine is, like all Triumph triples, a gem. It’s a special thing to have a three-cylinder engine in a sport tourer. Tourers are meant for long distances, but the engine of the Tiger (and all Triumphs) doesn’t just want to lope around — it’s happy to be pushed. Occasionally, you’ll want to hear it sing, just for the heck of it.
The ride gear of the Triumph Tiger sport remained the same on both generations, as did most of the other specs (e.g. the weight).
Front suspension is via 43mm Showa upside down forks that are fully adjustable for preload, rebound damping, and compression damping.
Rear suspenion is via a Showa monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping (not quite fully adjustable).
The brakes are standard “entry level sportbike” fare, Nissin 4-piston calipers on 320mm floating discs.
Manual for the Triumph Tiger Sport 1050
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Triumph Tiger Sport, but modified for ease of use on the web.
The original manual is available on the Triumph web site.