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 ...


Inspiring a Generation – New Triumph Video

Triumph America has recently released a new YouTube video titled “Inspiring a generation – Modern Classics and Customization” that highlights Dutch from London’s The Bike Shed​ who weighs in on the custom motorcycle scene and the role the Bonneville has had within it. He has some interesting perspectives on this topic… worth watching!

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Thoughts on Published T-120 Bonneville and Thruxton R Test Rides

After the early test ride report we saw online in Decmber for the 2016 Triumph Street Twin (By Michael Neeves) at, I just saw the first 2 test ride reports online of the new 2016 Bonneville T-120 and Thruxton R that sport the new liquid cooled 1200cc parallel twin engine. Both of the new […]

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Digital Painting of 2016 Thruxton R 1200 by Randal Birkey Illustration

2016 Bonneville Reveal Event at Windy City Triumph

Jon Bussert, General Manager of Windy City Triumph and Triumph North America teamed up last night to reveal the new lineup of 2016 Bonnevilles to a select group of midwest Triumph dealers, owners, riders and brand enthusiasts. It was an unprecedented way to connect the brand with those who most effectively promote and encourage Triumph’s […]

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Bonneville Reborn - Chicago Event

Bonneville Reborn Launch Party – Chicago

Last night I attended Triumph’s Chicago market unveiling of the new 2016 lineup of redesigned and reengineered Bonneville models for 2016. The event was held at Revel, 1215 West Fulton Market in Chicago. Here’s a short video of the venue with the 2016 models that were on display. 2016 Bonneville Street Twin Shorter folks are […]

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