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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D9 Bonneville Brackets Installation for the 2012 Thruxton

It’s always a good day when you come home from work and see a package from D9 Bonneville Brackets waiting for you on the porch! I had ordered a lay flat ignition relocation bracket in black, and 2 black instrument cups from D9 Bonneville Brackets several weeks ago. I had also already turned the Triumph […]

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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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Triumph Salt Racer

I ran across this very cool project and blog this weekend and just thought I would share it with all of you fellow Triumph Bonneville enthusiasts. The project is called Triumph Salt Racer, and it consists of designing and building a modified 2008 Thruxton that they plan to run at Lake Gairdner in south Australia this […]

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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Start of Day I took an Uber-X cab to Vosges Chocolate on the north side of Chicago on a cold Sunday morning, February 22, 2015. There I met about a hundred other motorcycle enthusiasts to board 2 chartered buses heading to the Mama Tried Motorcycle show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This ride event was organized by […]

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International Motorcycle Show – Chicago

I am honored to participate as a representative of the Castrol-Triumph-Bonneville Performance AMA Pro Flat Track race team at the International Motorcycle Show in Rosemont, IL on Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15th, 2015. I will be in the Triumph booth area both days near the Bonneville Performance Street Tracker 1100 on display. It will be […]

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