SideNav is a personal blog site all about my experience owning, modifying and riding a 2008 Triumph Bonneville and more recently a 2012 Thruxton. I share about my experiences with various after market products, do-it-yourself garage modifications, following professional and ameteur flat track and road moto racing, longer road trips and shorter rides!

I purchased my first Bonneville in 2008 and have been riding and wrenching on this carbureted British Twin machine ever since, putting on over 10,000 miles per year. I purchased an EFI 2012 Thruxton in October of 2014 and have put on about 3,500 miles.

The blog contains my personal experiences, practical how-to’s, and things to avoid based upon my experience with these motorcycles. It includes my personal story of surviving a motorcycle accident in 2013 with only a broken ankle (thankfully), my physical recovery, repairs and modifications to the Bonneville, and riding again.

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    Mike’s 2014 Triumph Thruxton Named Trixie!

    All the way from Nova Scotia, Canada, Mike sent these photos in and wrote: “Thanks again for your help a while back on wheel spacing. My 2014 Thruxton is back on the road after a winter tear-down with your help. Keep doing what you’re doing. Your site is a daily ...


Randy Rides to Work

Here’s a GoPro video of a typical ride to work for me… happens year round an average of at least 3 times a week which translates to at least 3,000 miles/year. With the other trips and rides I take it gets me up to 10K average miles per year since I bought my first Bonneville […]

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Bucket List Item

This map on Facebook caught my attention this morning. It was generated by a doctoral student at Michigan State named Randy Olsen, who came up with a computer algorithm to find the most efficient route between 50 landmarks in all 48 contiguous states. The article behind the map states that it would take at least 2 months […]

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WindyCityRATs Holiday Party

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 munchies, pizza and drinks to […]

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Traxxion Front Fork Suspension Kit for the Triumph Bonneville

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 […]

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New Triumph Twin Models for 2016?

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 […]

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