Triumph Motorcycle Maintenance


Triumph Motorcycles Limited has been a well-known manufacturer of quality British motorcycles since the late 1800s. Triumph motorcycles have a distinctive look, sound, feel and ride. As with other types of bikes, proper maintenance is essential. Keep your Triumph looking sharp and running smoothly with a few maintenance steps.


  • Remove your watch and rings to avoid scratching your bike. Hand wash your bike with water or automotive cleaner, working from top to bottom. Do not use household cleaners, as the ingredients can damage paint. Clean bodywork with a microfiber or all-cotton cloth. Place a warm, water-soaked cloth across the windshield and other areas as needed for 10 minutes to dislodge dead insects. Clean the rest of the bike with a soft sponge or nylon brush. Gently rinse the bike with water. Avoid getting excess water near instruments, brake cylinders and calipers, fuel tank, headstock bearings and air intake duct. Dry with a soft microfiber or all-cotton cloth.

Before Each Ride

  • The Daily Safety Checks section of the Triumph owners manual is comparable to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation T-CLOCS pre-ride inspection. T-CLOCS requires checking the Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis and Stands. To perform T-CLOCS, check the inflation and wear of the tires, wheel alignment, spokes and brakes. Check the controls including the clutch, front brake lever, shifter and rear foot brake pedal. Check the condition of cables and hoses. Make sure the throttle moves freely. Check to ensure the battery and all lights are working including the headlight, taillight, brake light and turn signals. Clean your mirrors, if necessary, and check that they are firmly affixed. Check all fluid levels including engine oil, hydraulic fluid, coolant and fuel. Examine the chassis, including the frame, suspension, chain tension and fasteners. Make sure the side stand or center stand is firmly affixed.

General Maintenance

  • Triumph recommends general maintenance for all bikes based on mileage or months, whichever comes first. The service intervals are 500 miles/1 month, 6,000 miles/1 year, 12,000 miles/2 years, 18,000 miles/3 years and 24,000 miles/4 years. General maintenance for these service intervals includes lubrication, fuel system, ignition system, wheels/tires, steering/suspension, brakes, electrical, drive chain and engine. To perform general maintenance, replace the engine oil and filter to ensure proper lubrication. Check and adjust the throttle cable and idle. Check the fuel system for leaks. Check the ignition system for proper functioning. Check tire pressure, wear and wheel condition. Make sure all spokes are intact. Check for smooth operation of steering and forks. Check brake fluid levels, brake pad wear levels and brake calipers. Ensure the brake master cylinder is intact and leak-free. Check the proper operation of lights, instruments and electrical systems. Lubricate your chain. Check chain tension and wear. Check and adjust the clutch cable. Make sure all fasteners are firmly affixed.

Model-Specific Maintenance

  • Triumph recommends additional maintenance based on bike model. Check your owner's manual for maintenance specific to your Triumph model.

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