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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    Windy City RATs Fall Ride

    On Sunday, October 26th, I met up with 4 friends from the Windy City RATs group for a ride up into the Kettle Morraine area of Wisconsin. We had great fall weather in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s, and mostly sunny. I left my home around 7:30 AM and ...


Installing the BP Mikuni Carb Kit and Oil Cooler Kit on Ernie’s T-100

I have previously written about my experience installing the Bonneville Performance Mikuni Carb Kit on my 2008 Bonneville Black. Since then, one Chicago area blog reader named Ervie contacted me because he owns a 2008 T-100, and wanted some advice on doing some of the same upgrades and mods on his bike. We recently got together […]

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Jason DiSalvo at Bonneville

I ran across this short video on Facebook, taken this past week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was posted by Jason DiSalvo who was actually riding that blurred thing in the video. Someone with the Carpenter Racing team took it…. I love the sound track! If you want to learn more about that blurred thing… […]

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Bonnie Photoshoot

I recently purchased a used Canon EOS 5D from my daughter-in-law who is a professional photographer. I decided to go for a ride on the Bonnie and take some photos in the urban area where I live around Chicago. Thought you might enjoy these…

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