If you follow this blog, you know that the 2012 Triumph Thruxton I purchased from Bill in November 2014 already had these performance modifications: BC Predator Exhausts Remapped EFI for Predators done by MCC Air Injection Removal Since I’ve owned it, I have also modified the airbox, installed UNI Pod filters ...
Last night I had the privilege of attending the holiday party for the local Riders Association of Triumph owners called WindyCityRATs. We were hosted at the location of oldest Triumph dealer in the Chicago area called Motor Cycle Center, located in Villa Park, IL, by owner Geoff Mellinger. MCC provided ...
After one year of using the more common glass style exhaust wrap on my stock 2008 Bonneville headers, they were showing signs of wear and discoloration. The black paint I had used was also turning gray and even white in some areas. A few spots were frayed due to some ...
As previously noted, I recently purchased a 2012 Triumph Thruxton 900. It had only 137 miles on it and the original Metzeler tires. I noticed right away in riding it that the tires do not grip and handle as well as the Dunlop GT 501’s on my 2008 Bonneville. Unfortunately ...
I’ve got over 63,000 miles on my 2008 Bonneville 865cc engine and it needs a valve job. So, instead of doing only that, I’ve decided to send the entire engine to Bill Gately of Bonneville Performance, for a complete overhaul and modification to 1100cc! The final product will be the same ...
Regular followers of this blog know that I have already written about replacing the airbox on a standard 2008 Triumph Bonneville using the British Customs Airbox Removal Kit ($295 with filters and brace, $189.95 with just the battery box). Now that I have added a 2012 Thruxton to my garage, ...
I had the privilege of participating in the 2014 Chicagoland Toys for Tots motorcycle ride and parade on Sunday, December 7, 2014. along with an estimated 40,000 other motorcyclists. I decided to meet my buddy Dan at Motoworks Chicago before heading south on Western Ave to the event staging area. While at Motoworks, I met […]
After attending a Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic in 2009, I decided to upgrade the suspension on my stock 2008 Bonneville to improve my ability to control the Bonnie. Racetech suspension was recommended by the course sponsors, so I did some research and then placed an order for their front fork Gold Valve Kit, and […]
This past week you may have seen thee “leaked” photos on Facebook and other social media sites of a possible new Triumph twin prototype photographed in Spain. It appears to be fairly well developed and near completion. Visor Down posted this article: New 1100cc Triumph café racer spied testing – Standard and R model spied testing […]
It may be a little corny, but the message is solid. Please watch and take to heart. Credits: Department of Licensing, State of Washingtin
Have you all seen this contest online yet? Triumph decided to host a contest pitting 2 volunteer teams against each other using some stock Triumphs as foundations. It has turned into Bobber vs. Scrambler. The deadline and unveiling was in Milan on November 4, 2014. The bikes are showcased on the Triumph website and the winner will […]
Well, I’ve gone and done it again… purchased another Bonneville! This time it is a 2012 Triumph Thruxton, black with gold trim, that I found for sale on Chicago CraigsList. The original owner, Bill had purchased it new from Motor Cycle Center in 2012, put on exactly 137 miles, then recently posted it on CraigsList […]
On Sunday, October 26th, I met up with 4 friends from the Windy City RATs group for a ride up into the Kettle Morraine area of Wisconsin. We had great fall weather in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s, and mostly sunny. I left my home around 7:30 AM and rode west to ward Motor […]
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 I rode my 2008 Bonneville to meet my friend Lee at the Dunkin Donuts in Lombard, Illinois. It was a typical overcast and cold fall Chicago day in the 40’s and 50’s with some drizzle and plenty of wind. Perfect for a day ride into Southern Wisconsin! Lee and I […]
After riding 690 miles on Friday, October 10, 2014, I got up on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and rode my Bonneville to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama for the 10th Anniversary of the Triumph Sponsored, Barber Vintage Festival. The gates opened at 8 AM, and I arrived about 8:30. After paying my day fee […]
Every year in October, Triumph Motorcycles America hosts and sponsors the Barber Vintage Festival at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. 2013 was my first experience, and it was so good, I went again this year on the 10th Anniversary of the event. One big difference is that this year I had purchased […]