SideNav is a personal blog site all about my experience owning, modifying and riding a carbureted 2008 Triumph Bonneville and more recently an EFI 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, put on about 8,000 miles and sold it in November of 2015.

The blog contains my personal experiences, practical how-to’s, and things to avoid based upon my experience with the 2001-2015 Hinckley Triumph twin 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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    Taking a Triumph Bonneville 865cc Engine to 1100cc

    I had over 63,000 miles on my 2008 Bonneville 865cc engine and it needed a valve job. So, instead of doing that only, I decided to send the entire engine to Bill Gately of Bonneville Performance, for a complete engine overhaul and upgrade modification! My final engine will have the same spec’s as ...

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The New 2016 Bonneville’s Are Here!

Yesterday and today Triumph Motorcycles of Hinckley, UK has unveiled their new redesigned line-up of Bonneville models for 2016. Gone are the modern classic air-cooled twins of 2001-2015, and in with the larger displacement, higher torque and HP, liquid-cooled models. The new models are: Street Twin – Bonneville T120 Black – Bonneville T120 – Thruxton – […]

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The New 2016 Triumph Bonneville Announcement Coming October 28, 2015

If you are into Triumph Bonneville’s like me, you’ve probably already seen the teaser videos being shared online and in social media. Next Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Triumph is expected to announce the next generation (2016 model) of the Bonneville, their most famous flagship motorcycle model. Based on leaked spy photos of test models seen […]

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