TopNav 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.


    2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Woodstock, IL

    This year I decided to participate in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR – Riding Dapper for a Cause) by riding in the Woodstock, IL event instead of my previous years participation in the larger Chicago event. My reasons were simple… I prefer a smaller group and the longer country road type of ride over the more crowded […]

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    Scottoiler Install

    What Is It? The Scottoiler is a small reservoir that you attach to your bike’s frame, which continuously oils your drive chain. I had heard about these and, after reading many posts over on Triumphrat singing their praises, I decided to give one a try on my Bonnie. I had to figure out which one, […]

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    New Bonneville Riders Forum

    I am pleased to announce that yours truly has acquired the New Bonneville Riders Forum. This existing Hinckley Triumph Bonneville online community has been in existence a number of years, but has lagged in activity in recent times. My goal is to inject some new life into the community, upgrade the platform and user experience, ignite the […]

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    The Engineering Behind the New Bonneville Family

    This video produced by Triumph features Stuart Wood, Triumph’s Chief Engineer, sharing the background and styling approaches the company took as it went through the process of redesigning the entire Bonneville family of motorcycles for 2016. An insightful watch for any Bonneville enthusiast!

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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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