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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    2012 Triumph Thruxton 900

    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 ...


Chicago Motorcyclists Beware!

I had a strange experience this past week. I got an envelope in the email from the City of Chicago. Here is what I found inside: So, I went online to the site and found the section to look for speeding camera images and videos. Then I logged in with the info in the […]

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Chicago

Globally more men are affected by prostate cancer than women are by breast cancer. Each year, one in nine men develop prostate cancer, and close to 500,000 men will die from the disease. I participated in this global awareness and fund-raising event on Sunday, September 28, 2014 for the first time, here in Chicago. The […]

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Brighter Headlight Option for the Triumph Bonneville

I’ve been looking for an option to significantly brighten my stock 2008 Triumph Bonneville headlight for some time. I’ve searched on ( and read about a guy named Daniel Stern ( who is supposed to be the expert on this topic. I emailed him asking what he would recommend and got no reply. Recently […]

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