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.
  • Bonneville Performance Oil Pressure Gauge Kit

    It’s another exciting day at Randy’s Garage… the arrival of another package from my favorite Triumph Bonneville high performance after-market supplier, Bonneville Performance! Inside this little package is the Bonneville Performance Oil Pressure Gauge Kit! Here is a closer look at the unwrapped parts. I ordered mine with a black face ...

When I Ride

I saw a version of this spoofed Dos Equis beer ad on Facebook that was poorly designed (in my opinion), so I made my own version. Hope you enjoy it like I did!

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I.C.E. – In Case of Emergency

I.C.E. stands for In Case of Emergency. It is put out by the Triple A (AAA) as a way of encouraging motorists to have emergency information available on their person, or in and around their vehicles. You can download the PDF form below, print and fill out to create your own I.C.E. cards. Not a […]

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RAT Ride

There is a Riders Association of Triumph (RAT) group in the Chicago area called Windy City RATs, with a Facebook presence here. This past week I went to one of their monthly meetings held at the Brick House Tavern + Tap in Downers Grove, IL. At the meeting it was announced that there would be […]

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Bonnie from Down Under

I received an email from a new follower of today. His name is Casey from Melbourne, Australia. He shared with me how he found this site and is enjoying the articles. Below is Casey’s Bonnie he was kind enough to share. He also told me that yesterday, his favorite parts supplier in Melbourne (Bike Mart Ringwood) […]

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Headers, Exhaust Wrap and Predators for Daniel’s T-100

One of the joys of producing this blog is the opportunity to meet new friends and fellow Triumph Bonneville enthusiasts and owners. Recently I was contacted by Daniel, a Chicago area, first-time Triumph Bonneville T-100 owner. He had  some questions about things he wanted to do to his new Bonnie to personalize and make it […]

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First Ride 2014

131 days after my accident that resulted in a broken ankle and a beat up Bonnie, I went for my first ride with a healed ankle (mostly) and a restored Bonnie . The weather was clear and a bit brisk in the 50′s. First, I left my home and rode around town a bit to […]

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