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.

  • 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 ...


The New 2016 Triumph Bonneville Announcement Coming October 28, 2015

If you are into Triumph Bonneville’s like me, you’ve probably already seen the teaser videos being shared online and in social media. Next Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Triumph is expected to announce the next generation (2016 model) of the Bonneville, their most famous flagship motorcycle model. Based on leaked spy photos of test models seen […]

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Chicagoland Speedway Nascar Truck Race

I’ve always enjoyed watching Nascar racing on TV whenever I had the chance, and every once in awhile I’d see they had a truck series. I have an associate at work who is really much more seriously into Nascar, who told me that a big weekend was coming up at the Chicagoland Speedway, a newer […]

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