Q Does my lowmileage bike re­ally need a full ser­vice?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

I have a 2014 Tri­umph Speed Triple which I bought from new. My lo­cal dealer closed last year so it’s quite a trek to an al­ter­na­tive. It has been Tri­umph-ser­viced up un­til last July but I am now out of war­ranty. I am re­tired but only do lim­ited mileage and the bike has only 1500 miles on the clock and will be well be­low 2000 when it’s due another ser­vice and first MOT at the end of July.

I don’t want to be ripped off with un­nec­es­sary work so I am think­ing of tak­ing it to a lo­cal bike garage and MOT sta­tion. So my ques­tion is, given the bike’s low mileage what needs to be done at three years old with less than 2000 miles show­ing, apart from an oil and fil­ter change and MOT? Gary Harrison, Wolver­hamp­ton A An­swered by Clive Wood, Clive Wood Tri­umph Re­gard­less of mileage, any bike needs to have flu­ids done on time. So, on your bike, brake fluid is due to be changed ev­ery two years and coolant ev­ery three years. Apart from that, an an­nual ser­vice is fine which is oil and fil­ter and a check­over. Man­u­fac­tur­ers do re­lease soft­ware up­dates in the first few years of a model’s life so it’s also worth check­ing pe­ri­od­i­cally with a fran­chised dealer or a spe­cial­ist that your bike’s maps are up-to-date.

In­de­pen­dent ser­vic­ing can be fine but choose wisely

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