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.
  • Tail of the Dragon Moto Road Trip

    On Friday, June 13, 2014 I left my home near Chicago on my 2008 Triumph Bonneville to embark on what turned into a 2,600+ mile motorcycle road trip adventure, the longest to date in my 7 years of riding experience. Thankfully, I arrived home on Monday, June 23, 2014 without ...

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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First Isle of Man TT Win for Triumph in 10 Years

An amazing win for Smiths Triumph Racing team today at the historic and some believe to be the ultimate Isle of Man TT races! Gary Johnson won the Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 on a Triumph 675, the first TT win for Triumph in 10 years. Johnson commented on the secret to his win… “I was just told to […]

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Bonneville or Bust

One of the things on my “bucket list” is to ride my 2008 Triumph Bonneville to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. I “googled” the location and discovered I could get there in less than 24 hours! Google estimates 22 hrs. and 18 min. via I-80. Realistically, that would take me […]

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Slimey Crud Run – May 2014

Last fall I experienced my first Slimey Crud Run. On May 4, 2014 I experienced my second crud run, the Spring 2014 version. This year I joined up with the Windy City RATs at the McDonald’s on Roosevelt Road and Country Farm Road, and we rode up to Team Triumph in Janesville Wisconsin to meet up […]

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Ride from Motoworks Chicago to the Springfield Mile flat track race

Attention all Bonneville enthusiasts and owners! Here is an amazing opportunity for you to be exposed to an important aspect of Triumph motorcycle history in the USA, and more specifically in Illinois. I myself did not know this until last year when I was exposed to flat track racing by Bill Gately of Bonneville Performance. […]

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