SideNav is a personal blog site all about one Chicago area guy’s experience with a 2008 Triumph Bonneville and after market products, do-it-yourself garage modifications, racing and road trip rides! The author, Randy Birkey purchased his Bonneville in 2008 and has been riding and wrenching on this machine ever since, putting on about 60,000 miles since then. The site is full of personal experiences, practical how-to’s, and things to avoid based upon experience. It includes his personal story of breaking an ankle in a motorcycle accident in 2013, his recovery, repairs to the motorcycle, and riding again.
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    My Mikuni Carbs Don’t Like Ethanol

    I am really lucky this didn’t happen while I was on the road… I would have been seriously stranded! This morning I rode my Bonnie to the North side of Chicago to visit an Anglican church with some friends. My gas was low, so I filled up at the local ...


Jason DiSalvo at Bonneville

I ran across this short video on Facebook, taken this past week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was posted by Jason DiSalvo who was actually riding that blurred thing in the video. Someone with the Carpenter Racing team took it…. I love the sound track! If you want to learn more about that blurred thing… […]

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Triumph is Back to Racing!

Here is a great article on regarding how Triumph is stacking up this year in the road racing world. It does not mention the Triumph win at the Isle of Man TT races last week by Gary Johnson and the Smiths Triumph Racing team. Triumph Daytona 675R Starts 2014 Road Racing at a Winning […]

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AHRMA Vintage Races at Road America – 2014

Like last year, the AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Races are held over a long weekend in early June (JUN 6-8). This past weekend, I connected with 2 Bonneville riding buddies, Lee and Dan, to meet at the Lake-Forest Oasis early on Saturday morning, June 7, 2014. We gassed up and headed up I-294/94 towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin. […]

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