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FOREWORD
This handbook contains information on the Triumph Thunderbird Commander and the
Thunderbird LT motorcycles. Always store this Owner's Handbook with the motorcycle and
refer to it for information whenever necessary.
Warnings, Cautions and
Notes
Throughout
this
Owner's
particularly
important
information
presented in the following form:
Warning
This warning symbol identifies special
instructions or procedures, which if not
correctly followed could result in personal
injury, or loss of life.
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Handbook
instructions or procedures, which, if not
is
strictly observed, could result in damage to,
or destruction of, equipment.
Note:
This note symbol indicates points of
particular interest for more efficient
and convenient operation.
Foreword
Caution
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  • Page 1 Foreword FOREWORD This handbook contains information on the Triumph Thunderbird Commander and the Thunderbird LT motorcycles. Always store this Owner's Handbook with the motorcycle and refer to it for information whenever necessary. Warnings, Cautions and Caution Notes This caution symbol identifies special...
  • Page 2: Warning Labels

    To ensure a long, safe and trouble free life for Rules. your motorcycle, maintenance should only be Operation is subject to the following two carried out by an authorised Triumph dealer. conditions: Only an authorised Triumph dealer will have •...
  • Page 3 Control) Order, 2009, Cl. No. 3 (c), it is these circumstances, ensure declared by M/s. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. Owner's Handbook is removed from that the tyres fitted on this motorcycle meet the pillion seat and carried with the the requirements of IS 15627: 2005 and motorcycle at all times.
  • Page 4 Information Our relationship with you does not end with The information contained in this publication the purchase of your Triumph. Your feedback is based on the latest information available at on the buying and ownership experience is the time of printing. Triumph reserves the...
  • Page 5: The Motorcycle

    • 220 kg for Thunderbird LT. within a short time. Always operate your • 232 kg for Thunderbird Commander. motorcycle in the open-air or in an area with adequate ventilation.
  • Page 6 Foreword - Safety First Helmet and Clothing Parking Warning Warning When riding the motorcycle, both rider Always turn off the engine and remove the and passenger must always wear a ignition key before leaving the motorcycle motorcycle helmet, eye protection, gloves, unattended.
  • Page 7: Parts And Accessories

    Triumph motorcycle Banking to an unsafe angle may cause are those which carry official Triumph instability, loss of motorcycle control and approval and are fitted to the motorcycle an accident. by an authorised dealer.
  • Page 8 Foreword - Safety First Riding Warning Warning This Triumph motorcycle should operated within the legal speed limits for Never ride the motorcycle when fatigued the particular road travelled. Operating a or under the influence of alcohol or other motorcycle high speeds drugs.
  • Page 9: Handlebars And Footrests

    Foreword - Safety First Handlebars and Footrests Warning Warning The bank angle indicators must not be used as a guide to how far the motorcycle The rider must maintain control of the may be safely banked. This depends on vehicle keeping hands many various conditions including, but not...
  • Page 10: Warning Labels

    Warning Labels WARNING LABELS Warning Label Locations – Thunderbird LT The labels detailed on this and the following pages draw your attention to important safety information in this handbook. Before riding, ensure that all riders have understood and complied with all the information to which these labels relate. Windscreen (page 113) Coolant...
  • Page 11 Warning Labels Warning Label Locations – Thunderbird LT (continued) Caution All warning labels and decals, with the exception of the Running-in label, are fitted to the motorcycle using a strong adhesive. In some cases, labels are installed prior to an application of paint lacquer.
  • Page 12 Warning Labels Warning Label Locations – Thunderbird Commander The labels detailed on this and the following pages draw your attention to important safety information in this handbook. Before riding, ensure that all riders have understood and complied with all the information to which these labels relate.
  • Page 13 Warning Labels Warning Label Locations – Thunderbird Commander (continued) Caution All warning labels and decals, with the exception of the Running-in label, are fitted to the motorcycle using a strong adhesive. In some cases, labels are installed prior to an application of paint lacquer.
  • Page 14: Parts Identification

    Parts Identification PARTS IDENTIFICATION Thunderbird LT Front indicator 8. Rear brake disc 2. Headlight 9. Rear brake caliper 3. Clutch cable 10. Gear change pedal 4. Fuel tank 11. Side stand 5. Allen key (behind side panel) 12. Radiator 6. Handbook/C-spanner (beneath 13.
  • Page 15 Parts Identification 15. Rear suspension unit (behind pannier) 23. Rear brake pedal 16. Battery (beneath seat) 24. Rear brake fluid reservoir 17. Fuel filler cap 25. Oil filler cap/Dipstick 18. Front brake fluid reservoir 26. Coolant expansion tank (behind 19. Coolant pressure cap (beneath fuel drive belt pulley cover) tank) 27.
  • Page 16 Parts Identification Thunderbird Commander Front indicator 8. Rear brake disc 2. Headlight 9. Rear brake caliper 3. Clutch cable 10. Gear change pedal 4. Fuel tank 11. Side stand 5. Allen key (behind side panel) 12. Radiator 6. Handbook/C-spanner (beneath 13.
  • Page 17 Parts Identification 15. Rear suspension unit 22. Rear brake pedal 16. Battery (beneath seat) 23. Rear brake fluid reservoir 17. Fuel filler cap 24. Oil filler cap/Dipstick 18. Front brake fluid reservoir 25. Coolant expansion tank (behind 19. Coolant pressure cap (beneath fuel drive belt pulley cover) tank) 26.
  • Page 18 Parts Identification Thunderbird LT Shown TRIP cihe Clutch lever 8. Front brake lever 2. Headlight dip switch 9. Scroll button 3. Fog lamp switch 10. Starter button 4. Clutch lever adjuster 11. Odometer 5. Speedometer 12. Fuel gauge 6. Front brake fluid reservoir 13.
  • Page 19: Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers SERIAL NUMBERS Vehicle Identification Engine Serial Number Number (VIN) The engine serial number is stamped on the upper engine crankcase, towards the rear, The vehicle identification number is stamped and is visible from left hand side, behind the into the steering head area of the frame.
  • Page 20 Serial Numbers This page intentionally left blank...
  • Page 21: Table Of Contents

    General Information GENERAL INFORMATION Table of Contents Instrument Panel Layout............23 Instruments .
  • Page 22 General Information Horn Button............. 35 Fog Light Switch .
  • Page 23: Instrument Panel Layout

    General Information Instrument Panel Layout TRIP Speedometer 9. Direction indicator light 2. Fuel gauge 10. Low oil pressure warning light 3. Range to empty/Trip meter/Clock 11. Low fuel level indicator light 4. Odometer 12. Alarm/Immobiliser status indicator 5. Fog light indicator light light (alarm is an accessory fit) 6.
  • Page 24: Instruments

    General Information Instruments To switch between the trip meter, clock and range to empty display modes, press and release the scroll button (see below), located Speedometer on the right hand handlebar switch housing, The speedometer indicates the road speed of until the desired display is visible.
  • Page 25: Clock Adjustment

    General Information Clock Adjustment Range to Empty Warning Do not attempt to adjust the clock with the motorcycle in motion as this may lead to loss of motorcycle control and an accident. To reset the clock, select the clock display. Then press and hold the scroll button for TRIP 4 seconds, the clock’s hour display will start...
  • Page 26: Fuel Gauge

    General Information Fuel Gauge Warning Lights TRIP Low Oil Pressure Warning With the engine running, if the engine oil pressure becomes dangerously low, the low oil pressure warning light will illuminate. Caution Stop the engine immediately if the low oil pressure warning light illuminates.
  • Page 27: Engine Management System Malfunction Indicator Light

    Contact an authorised until the desired display is visible. Triumph dealer as soon as possible to have the fault checked and rectified. Note: •...
  • Page 28: Alarm/immobiliser Indicator Light

    Contact an authorised Triumph dealer as soon as possible to have the fault checked and rectified.
  • Page 29: Ignition Key

    In this situation the engine immobiliser will remain active until one of the ignition keys is removed. Always get replacement keys from your authorised Triumph dealer. Replacement keys must be 'paired' with the motorcycle’s immobiliser by your authorised Triumph dealer.
  • Page 30: Ignition Switch

    General Information Ignition Switch Switch Operation This is a three position, key operated switch. The key can be removed from the switch only when it is in the OFF or P (PARK) positions. To turn the switch from OFF to ON, insert the key and turn the key clockwise to the ON position.
  • Page 31: Steering Lock Key

    General Information Note: Steering Lock Key • Do not leave the ignition switch in the P position for long periods as this will cause the battery to discharge. Caution Additional keys or key rings attached to the ignition key may cause damage to the motorcycle’s painted polished...
  • Page 32: Steering Lock

    General Information Your authorised Triumph dealer can supply a Steering Lock replacement key cut from details of the key number or can cut a new key using the original as a master. Caution Do not store the spare key with the motorcycle as this will reduce all aspects of security.
  • Page 33: Right Handlebar Switches

    General Information Right Handlebar Switches Caution Do not leave the ignition switch in the ON position unless the engine is running as this may cause damage to electrical components and will discharge the battery. Starter Button The starter button operates the electric starter.
  • Page 34: Left Handlebar Switches

    General Information Left Handlebar Switches Headlight Dip Switch High or low beam can be selected with the headlight dip switch. To select high beam, push the switch forward. To select low beam, push the switch rearwards. When the high beam is turned on, the high beam indicator light will illuminate.
  • Page 35: Direction Indicator Switch

    Fuel Grade Your Triumph engine is designed to use Horn Button unleaded fuel and will give optimum When the horn button is pushed, with the performance if the correct grade of fuel is ignition switch turned to the ON position, the used.
  • Page 36: Fuel Tank Cap

    General Information Fuel Tank Cap Caution The use of leaded fuel is illegal in some countries, states or territories. Use of leaded fuel will damage the catalytic converter. Warning To help reduce hazards associated with refuelling, always observe the following TRIP fuel safety instructions: Petrol (fuel) is highly flammable and can be...
  • Page 37: Filling The Fuel Tank

    General Information Filling the Fuel Tank Warning Avoid filling the tank in rainy or dusty conditions where airborne material can Overfilling the tank can lead to fuel contaminate the fuel. spillage. If fuel is spilled, thoroughly clean up the Caution spillage immediately and dispose of the materials used safely.
  • Page 38: Side Stand

    General Information Side Stand Side Panels cfhl cihb Side stand 1. Side panel (right hand shown) 2. Grommets The motorcycle is equipped with a side stand on which the motorcycle can be parked. Side panel removal is required to access the fuse box and the tool kit Allen key.
  • Page 39: Tool Kit And Handbook

    General Information Tool Kit and Handbook The tool kit consists of an Allen key for removal of the rider and pillion seats and a C-spanner for adjustment of the rear suspension. The Allen key is attached to the inside of the left hand side panel.
  • Page 40: Seats

    General Information Seats Pillion Seat Removal Seat Care To prevent damage to the seats or seat covers, care must be taken not to drop or lean the seats against any surface which may damage the seats or seat covers. Caution To prevent damage to the seats or seat covers, care must be taken not to drop the seats.
  • Page 41: Rider Seat Removal

    General Information To remove the pillion seat, remove the rear Rider Seat Removal fixing using the Allen key located on the inside of the left hand side panel (see page 39). Lift the seat up at the back for complete removal from the motorcycle. Collect the rubber washer.
  • Page 42: Windscreen (if Fitted)

    General Information Note: Windscreen (if fitted) • An audible click can be heard when Note: the seat lock is engaged. • The windscreen can be removed Press firmly down in the centre of the seat to without the use of tools. engage the seat lock.
  • Page 43: To Install The Windscreen

    General Information To Install the Windscreen Warning To install the windscreen, stand astride the front wheel and align the windscreen lower After fitting or removing the windscreen, mounting slots to the lower mountings on operate the motorcycle in a safe area free the front forks.
  • Page 44: Panniers (if Fitted)

    General Information Panniers (if fitted) Slide the pannier forwards to disengage from the rear mounting and remove the pannier. MAX LOAD 7.0 kg (15.4lbs) To Remove the Panniers Note: • same procedure followed to remove and mount the left or right hand pannier. To remove the pannier from the motorcycle, open the lid of the pannier and remove the two fixings and their washer.
  • Page 45: To Install The Panniers

    General Information When the panniers have been removed, and To Install the Panniers prior to installing the panniers, ensure that Align the rear mounting to the flanged sleeve the two mounting studs, shown in the on the rear mudguard. Slide the pannier following illustration, secure...
  • Page 46 • 220 kg for Thunderbird LT. • 232 kg for Thunderbird Commander. This maximum loading weight is made up from the combined weight of the rider, passenger, any accessories fitted and any load carried in the panniers.
  • Page 47: Running-in

    General Information Running-In From 500 to 1,000 miles (800 to 1,500 km): • Engine speed can gradually be increased Running-in is the name given to the process to the rev limit for short periods. that occurs during the first hours of a new Both during and after running-in has been vehicle's operation.
  • Page 48: Safe Operation

    Brake Pads: There should be more than Adjustment section or see your authorised 1.5 mm of friction material remaining on all Triumph dealer for the action required to the pads (page 82). return the motorcycle to a safe operating Brake Fluid Levels: No brake fluid leakage.
  • Page 49 How to Ride the Motorcycle HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE Table of Contents To Stop the Engine ............50 To Start the Engine .
  • Page 50: To Stop The Engine

    How to Ride the Motorcycle TRIP Ignition switch 3. Starter button 2. Engine stop switch 4. Neutral light To Stop the Engine To Start the Engine Close the throttle completely. Check that the engine stop switch is in the RUN position. Select neutral.
  • Page 51: Moving Off

    How to Ride the Motorcycle Pull the clutch lever fully into the handlebar. • The motorcycle is equipped with starter lockout switches. The switches prevent Leaving the throttle fully closed, push the the electric starter from operating when starter button until the engine starts. the transmission is not in neutral with the side stand down.
  • Page 52: Changing Gears

    How to Ride the Motorcycle Changing Gears Note: • The gear change mechanism is the 'positive stop' type. This means that, for each movement of the gear change pedal/lever, you can only select each gear, one after the other, in ascending or descending order. Warning Do not change to a lower gear at speeds that...
  • Page 53: Braking

    Front brake lever without skidding. Riders should practice 2. Rear brake pedal emergency braking in a traffic-free area. Triumph strongly recommends that all riders take a course of instruction, which includes advice on safe brake operation. Incorrect brake technique could result in...
  • Page 54 How to Ride the Motorcycle Warning Warning For your safety, always exercise extreme When descending a long steep gradient, caution when braking, accelerating or use engine braking by down changing and turning as any incautious action can cause use the brakes intermittently. Continuous loss of motorcycle control and an accident.
  • Page 55: Abs (anti-lock Brake System)

    Do not continue to ride for longer than is necessary with the indicator light illuminated. Contact an authorised Triumph dealer as soon as possible to have the fault checked and rectified. In this situation, braking too hard will cause the wheels to lock resulting in loss of motorcycle control and an accident.
  • Page 56: Parking

    How to Ride the Motorcycle Parking Warning The ABS warning light will illuminate when the rear wheel is driven at high speed for more than seconds when motorcycle is on a stand. This reaction is normal. When the ignition is switched off and the motorcycle is re-started, the warning light will illuminate until the motorcycle reaches a speed exceeding 19 mph (30 km/h).
  • Page 57: Considerations For High-speed Operation

    Warning Warning Petrol is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain conditions. If Only operate this Triumph motorcycle at parking inside a garage or other structure, high speed in closed-course on-road be sure it is well ventilated and the competition or on closed-course racetracks.
  • Page 58: General

    How to Ride the Motorcycle General Warning Ensure the motorcycle has been maintained according to the scheduled maintenance handling characteristics chart. motorcycle at high speed may vary from those you are familiar with at legal road Steering speeds. attempt high-speed Check that the handlebar turns smoothly operation unless...
  • Page 59: Fuel

    How to Ride the Motorcycle Fuel Drive Belt Have sufficient fuel for the increased fuel Make certain that the drive belt is correctly consumption that will result from high-speed adjusted. Inspect belt wear, operation. damage/cuts, frayed edges, or broken teeth. Coolant Caution Check that the coolant level is at the upper...
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  • Page 61 • 220 kg for Thunderbird LT. and handling of the motorcycle. • 232 kg for Thunderbird Commander. Failure to allow for changes in motorcycle This maximum loading weight is made up stability may lead to loss of control or an from the combined weight of the rider, accident.
  • Page 62 Warning follows: • It is important that the passenger sits Only operate this Triumph motorcycle at still while the motorcycle is in motion high speed in closed course, on-road and does not interfere with the competition or on closed course racetracks.
  • Page 63 Accessories, Loading and Passengers Warning Warning The handling and braking capabilities of a Do not carry animals on your motorcycle. motorcycle will be affected by the presence An animal could make sudden and of a passenger. The rider must make unpredictable movements that could lead allowances these...
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  • Page 65 Maintenance and Adjustment MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Table of Contents Scheduled Maintenance............68 Engine Oil .
  • Page 66 Maintenance and Adjustment Suspension Adjustment........... . 89 Suggested Suspension Settings .
  • Page 67 Maintenance and Adjustment Black Chrome Items ............113 Windscreen Cleaning (if fitted) .
  • Page 68: Maintenance And Adjustment

    Only an authorised your motorcycle. Triumph dealer will have this knowledge Triumph Motorcycles cannot accept any and equipment. responsibility for damage or injury resulting Since incorrect or neglected maintenance...
  • Page 69 • • • Engine oil filter - renew • • Valve clearances - check • • Air cleaner - renew Autoscan - carry out a full Autoscan using the Triumph • • • • • Diagnostic tool • • •...
  • Page 70 Maintenance and Adjustment Operation Description Odometer Reading in Miles (km) or Time Period, whichever comes first First Service Annual Mileage Based Service Service Every Year 6,000 and 12,000 24,000 18,000 (800) (20,000) (40,000) (10,000 and 1 month 30,000) • • •...
  • Page 71: Engine Oil

    Maintenance and Adjustment Engine Oil Caution Ensure no foreign matter or contamination enters the engine during an oil change or top-up. Contamination entering the engine cbnz may lead to engine damage. In order for the engine, transmission, and clutch to function correctly, maintain the Start the engine and let it idle for five engine oil at the correct level, and change the minutes.
  • Page 72: Oil And Oil Filter Change

    Maintenance and Adjustment Oil and Oil Filter Change Incorporating a new washer, refit the sump plug, tightening it to 25 Nm. The engine oil and filter must be renewed in accordance with scheduled maintenance requirements. To change the engine oil and filter, follow the instructions below/overleaf.
  • Page 73 Maintenance and Adjustment Unscrew and remove the oil filter using Caution Triumph service tool T3880313. Dispose of the old filter in an environmentally friendly Raising the engine speed above idle, way. before the oil reaches all parts of the engine can cause engine damage or seizure.
  • Page 74: Disposal Of Used Engine Oil And Oil Filters

    Oil Specification and Grade To ensure efficient engine cooling, check the Triumph's high performance fuel injected coolant level each day before riding the engines are designed to use 10W/40 or motorcycle, and top up the coolant if the level 10W/50 semi or fully synthetic motorcycle is low.
  • Page 75: Corrosion Inhibitors

    HD4X Hybrid coolant, from the right hand side of the motorcycle, supplied by Triumph, is pre-mixed through a window in the rear of the final and does not need to be diluted drive belt cover. prior to filling or topping up the Check the coolant level in the expansion cooling system.
  • Page 76: Coolant Level Adjustment

    9 Nm. Coolant Change Have the coolant changed by an authorised Final drive belt cover Triumph dealer in accordance with scheduled 2. Final drive belt cover screws maintenance requirements. Remove the final drive belt cover as follows: Release the four screws from the cover and remove.
  • Page 77: Radiator And Hoses

    Using high-pressure water sprays, such as accordance with scheduled maintenance from a car wash facility or household requirements. Have your authorised Triumph pressure washer, can damage the radiator dealer replace any defective items. fins, cause leaks and impair the radiator's efficiency.
  • Page 78: Bank Angle Indicators

    Always be alert for changes in the 'feel' of the throttle and have the throttle system checked by an authorised Triumph dealer cihf_1 if any changes are detected. Changes can Bank angle indicator be due to wear in the mechanism, which could lead to a sticking throttle.
  • Page 79: Inspection

    Warning Triumph dealer. However, in an emergency, throttle adjustment may be made as follows: Use of the motorcycle with incorrectly adjusted, incorrectly routed, sticking or damaged throttle cables will interfere with the throttle function resulting in loss of motorcycle control and an accident.
  • Page 80 Check that the throttle opens smoothly, without undue force and that it closes without sticking. Ride carefully to your nearest authorised Triumph dealer and have them check the throttle system thoroughly before riding again. Closing cable 2. Throttle cam...
  • Page 81: Clutch

    Maintenance and Adjustment Clutch Inspection Check that there is 1 - 2 mm clutch lever free play at the lever. If there is an incorrect amount of free play, adjustments must be made. Adjustment Loosen the knurled lock nut at the lever end of the clutch cable and turn the adjuster sleeve until the correct amount of clutch lever free play is achieved.
  • Page 82: Brakes

    Maintenance and Adjustment Brakes Breaking-in New Brake Pads and Discs Brake Wear Inspection After replacement brake discs and/or pads have been fitted to the motorcycle, we recommend a period of careful breaking-in that will optimise the performance and longevity of the discs and pads. The recommended distance for breaking-in new pads and discs is 200 miles (300 km).
  • Page 83: Brake Pad Wear Compensation

    It is dangerous to operate the motorcycle under such conditions and your authorised Any absorbed moisture will greatly reduce Triumph dealer must rectify the fault the boiling point of the brake fluid causing before riding. a reduction in braking efficiency.
  • Page 84: Brake Fluid Level Inspection And Adjustment

    Reduce speed and do not continue to ride for longer than is necessary with the indicator light illuminated. Contact an authorised Triumph dealer as soon as possible to have the fault checked and rectified. Note: •...
  • Page 85 Triumph To adjust the rear brake fluid level, release the dealer for advice before riding. Riding with...
  • Page 86: Brake Light Switches

    (headstock) bearings in accordance pulled or the rear brake pedal is pressed, with scheduled maintenance requirements. have your authorised Triumph dealer Note: investigate and rectify the fault. • Always inspect the wheel bearings at the same time as the steering Warning bearings.
  • Page 87: Inspecting The Steering (headstock) Bearings For Free Play

    Position the motorcycle on level ground, in an or if the wheel does not turn smoothly, have upright position. your authorised Triumph dealer inspect the Raise the front wheel above the ground and wheel bearings. support the motorcycle.
  • Page 88: Front Suspension

    Operation with worn or damaged front or rear wheel bearings is dangerous and may cause impaired handling and instability leading to an accident. If in doubt, have the motorcycle inspected by an authorised Triumph dealer before riding. Remove support place motorcycle on the side stand.
  • Page 89: Suspension Adjustment

    Maintenance and Adjustment Turn the adjuster ring clockwise to increase spring pre-load, anti-clockwise Warning decrease spring pre-load. When delivered Never attempt to dismantle any part of the from the factory, the pre-load adjuster will be suspension units, as all units contain set at position 1.
  • Page 90: Final Drive Belt

    Final Drive Belt Final Drive Belt Tension Inspection Drive belt tension must be measured using Triumph service tool T3880126, which is available from your Triumph dealer. For safety and to prevent excessive wear the drive belt must be checked, adjusted and renewed in accordance with scheduled maintenance requirements.
  • Page 91 Maintenance and Adjustment Drive Belt Tension Specification Measure the drive belt tension as follows: Note: Motorcycle on 5.5 to 7.0 mm sidestand (0.20 to 0.27 in) • During the following procedure the exhaust is shown removed for Motorcycle on support 7.5 to 9.0 mm clarity, however it is not necessary stand T3880803...
  • Page 92 Maintenance and Adjustment • Push the deflection slider and its O-ring • Gently position the tool’s belt cradle to down the tool, so that it will not touch the the centre of the lower drive belt run, drive belt lower cover when the tool is ensuring the deflection slider on the tool positioned to the drive belt.
  • Page 93 Maintenance and Adjustment • Taking care not to deflect the belt, slide • Apply force to the belt tension gauge in the deflection slider and its O-ring an upwards direction, until the 4.5 kgf upwards until the slider just touches the (10 lbf) mark on the load scale is belt cover.
  • Page 94 Maintenance and Adjustment • Remove the tool, taking care not to If the drive belt deflection is outside the limits move the O-ring or deflection slider, and given below, the drive belt must be adjusted read the belt deflection on the scale on (see page 95).
  • Page 95: Final Drive Belt Tension Adjustment

    Maintenance and Adjustment Final Drive Belt Tension Adjustment • When the correct amount of drive belt tension has been set, push the wheel into Note: firm contact with the adjuster. Ensure the axle adjuster marking is aligned with the • Always adjust drive belt tension at same adjuster marking on both sides of the tightest point in the drive belt.
  • Page 96: Tyres

    Warning cboa Thunderbird Commander is equipped with Failure to use an inner tube in a spoked tubeless tyres, valves and wheel rims. Use wheel will cause deflation of the tyre...
  • Page 97: Tyre Inflation Pressures

    Maintenance and Adjustment Tyre Inflation Pressures Warning Correct inflation pressure will provide maximum stability, rider comfort and tyre life. Inner tubes must only be used on Always check tyre pressures before riding motorcycles fitted with spoked wheels and when the tyres are cold. Check tyre pressures with tyres marked 'TUBE TYPE'.
  • Page 98: Minimum Recommended Tread Depth

    Always consult your authorised Triumph dealer for tyre replacement, or for a safety inspection of the tyres. Warning Only operate this Triumph motorcycle at high speed in closed course, on-road competition or on closed course racetracks. High-speed operation should only then be...
  • Page 99: Tyre Replacement

    Maintenance and Adjustment Tyre Replacement Warning All Triumph motorcycles are carefully and extensively tested in a range of riding If a tyre or inner tube sustains a puncture, conditions to ensure that the most effective the tyre and inner tube must be replaced.
  • Page 100 When replacement tyres or inner tubes are striking the kerb, ask your authorised required, consult your authorised Triumph Triumph dealer to inspect the tyre both dealer who will arrange for the tyres and internally and externally. Remember, tyre inner tubes to be selected, in a correct...
  • Page 101: Battery

    Maintenance and Adjustment Battery Battery Removal Warning Under some circumstances, the battery can give off explosive gases; keep sparks, flames cigarettes away. Provide adequate ventilation when charging or using the battery in an enclosed space. The battery contains sulphuric acid (battery acid).
  • Page 102: Battery Disposal

    Maintenance and Adjustment Battery Disposal Under normal conditions, the motorcycle charging system will keep the battery fully Should the battery ever require replacement, charged. However, if the motorcycle is the original battery must be handed to a unused, the battery will gradually discharge recycling agent who will ensure that the due to a normal process called self discharge;...
  • Page 103: Battery Charging

    Caution Do not use an automotive quick charger as it may overcharge and damage the battery. Should the battery Voltage fall below 12.7 Volts, the battery should be charged using a Triumph approved battery charger. Always remove battery from motorcycle...
  • Page 104: Fuse Box

    Maintenance and Adjustment Fuse Box Thunderbird Commander: Position Circuit Protected Rating (Amps) Dip and main headlight beams Heated grips Side lights Cooling fan Engine management system Accessory socket Alarm, instruments cihj Horn, brake switch Fuse box Ignition, starter circuit The fuse box is located behind the right hand side panel.
  • Page 105: Headlights

    Maintenance and Adjustment Thunderbird LT: Headlights Position Circuit Protected Rating Warning (Amps) Dip and main Adjust road speed to suit the visibility and headlight beams weather conditions in which the motorcycle Fog lights is being operated. Side lights Ensure that the beam is adjusted to illuminate the road surface sufficiently far Cooling fan ahead without dazzling oncoming traffic.
  • Page 106: Headlight Vertical Adjustment

    Maintenance and Adjustment Headlight Vertical Adjustment Caution Do not cover the headlight or lens with any item likely to obstruct air flow to, or prevent heat escaping from, the headlight lens. Covering headlight lens during operation with items of clothing, luggage, adhesive tape, devices intended to alter or adjust the headlight beam or non genuine headlight lens covers will cause the...
  • Page 107: Headlight Bulb Replacement

    Maintenance and Adjustment Headlight Bulb Replacement Without pulling on the wires, ease the bulb holder from its socket. The bulb is removed It is necessary to remove the headlight from from its holder by pulling gently upwards. the headlight bowl to gain access to the bulbs.
  • Page 108: Front Fog Lights (if Fitted)

    Maintenance and Adjustment Front Fog Lights (if fitted) Release the wire retainer and remove the bulb. It is necessary to remove the fog light from its bowl to gain access to the bulb. Warning The bulbs become hot during use. Always allow sufficient time for the bulbs to cool before handling.
  • Page 109: Rear Light

    Disconnect the battery, negative (black) lead Rear Light Replacement first. The rear light bulb holder can be located Thunderbird Commander underneath the rear mudguard. The rear light unit is a sealed, maintenance Rotate the bulb holder anti-clockwise to free LED unit.
  • Page 110: Indicator Lights

    Maintenance and Adjustment Indicator Lights To remove the bulb, gently press inwards and twist anti-clockwise. Bulb Replacement cfhi 1. Lens cfhh 2. Locating tang Screwdriver 3. Bulb Use a flat bladed screwdriver to carefully remove the lens from the indicator to gain Installation of the bulb is the reverse of the access to the bulb for replacement.
  • Page 111: Cleaning

    Maintenance and Adjustment Cleaning Preparation for Washing Before washing, precautions must be taken Frequent, regular cleaning is an essential part to keep water off the following places. of the maintenance of your motorcycle. If regularly cleaned, the appearance will be Rear opening of the exhausts: Cover with a preserved for many years.
  • Page 112: Where To Be Careful

    Maintenance and Adjustment Where to be Careful After Washing Avoid spraying water with any great force Remove the plastic bags and tape, and clear near the following places: the air intakes. • Instruments; Lubricate the pivots, bolts and nuts. • Brake cylinders and brake calipers;...
  • Page 113: Unpainted Aluminium Items

    Maintenance and Adjustment Unpainted Aluminium Items Windscreen Cleaning (if fitted) Items such as brake and clutch levers, wheels, engine covers, engine cooling fins, top and bottom yokes on some models must be correctly cleaned preserve their appearance. Please contact your dealer if you Clean the windscreen with a solution of mild are unsure which components on your soap or detergent and lukewarm water.
  • Page 114: Cleaning Of The Exhaust System

    Maintenance and Adjustment Drying Caution Dry the exhaust system as far as possible with a soft cloth. Do not run the engine to dry the Corrosive chemicals such as battery acid system or spotting will occur. will damage the windscreen. Never allow corrosive chemicals contact...
  • Page 115: Care Of Leather Panniers (if Fitted)

    • Avoid exposure of your leather product to high levels of salt, for example sea/salt Your Triumph leather product is a natural water or road surfaces that have been product and lack of care can result in damage treated during the winter for ice and and permanent wear.
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  • Page 117: Preparation For Storage

    Make sure the cooling system is filled with a 50% mixture of coolant (noting that HD4X Warning Hybrid OAT coolant, as supplied by Triumph, is pre-mixed and requires no dilution) and Petrol is extremely flammable and can be distilled water solution (see page 74).
  • Page 118: Preparation After Storage

    Storage Preparation after Storage Crank the engine on the starter motor several times until the oil pressure light goes out. Install battery removed) (see Replace the spark plugs, tightening to page 103). 20 Nm, and start the engine. If the motorcycle has been stored for more Check and if necessary correct the tyre than four months, change the engine oil (see pressures (see page 97).
  • Page 119: Specifications

    Specifications SPECIFICATIONS Thunderbird Commander Thunderbird LT Dimensions Overall Length ... . 2,442 mm (96. 1 in) 2,546 mm (100.2 in) Overall Width ... . .
  • Page 120 Specifications Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT Engine Type ..... Liquid cooled parallel twin, 270° firing angle Displacement....
  • Page 121 Specifications Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT Cooling Coolant Type ....Triumph HD4X Hybrid OAT coolant Water/Coolant Ratio ..50/50 (pre-mixed as supplied by Triumph) Coolant Capacity .
  • Page 122 Specifications Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT Transmission Transmission Type ..6 speed, constant mesh with transmission damper Clutch Type ....
  • Page 123 Specifications Thunderbird Commander Thunderbird LT Tyres Tyre Pressures (Cold) Option 1 Front....2.48 bar (36 lbs/in 2.48 bar (36 lbs/in Rear ....
  • Page 124 Rear ....Metzeler ME880 Marathon Steel Radial 180/70 R 16 - 77H You can obtain an up-to-date list of approved tyres from your authorised Triumph dealer, or on the Internet at www.triumph.co.uk. Note: •...
  • Page 125 Specifications Thunderbird Commander Thunderbird LT Electrical Equipment Battery ....12 Volt, 18 Ah 12 Volt, 18 Ah Alternator....
  • Page 126 Specifications Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT Tightening Torques Oil Filter ....10 Nm (7 lbs ft) Sump Plug....
  • Page 127 Index INDEX Cooling System ..... 74 Coolant Change....76 Accessories, Loading and Passengers .
  • Page 128 Index Fuel System......121 Fuse Box ......104 Rear Light .
  • Page 129 Index Tyres ......3, 96 Minimum Tread Depth ... 98 Warnings .
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