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 1,000 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.

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    Thruxton Dyno Tune Experience at MCC

    If you follow this blog, you know that the 2012 Triumph Thruxton I purchased from Bill in November 2014 already had these modifications: BC Predator Exhausts Remapped EFI for Predators done by MCC Air Injection Removal BC rear fender removal kit Triumph fly screen with matching paint and stripes Since owning ...


Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride

I had the privilege of participating in the 2014 Chicagoland Toys for Tots motorcycle ride and parade on Sunday, December 7, 2014. along with an estimated 40,000 other motorcyclists. I decided to meet my buddy Dan at Motoworks Chicago before heading south on Western Ave to the event staging area. While at Motoworks, I met […]

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New Triumph Twin Models for 2016?

This past week you may have seen thee “leaked” photos on Facebook and other social media sites of a possible new Triumph twin prototype photographed in Spain. It appears to be fairly well developed and near completion. Visor Down posted this article: New 1100cc Triumph café racer spied testing – Standard and R model spied testing […]

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Triumph Factory Custom Build-Off

Have you all seen this contest online yet? Triumph decided to host a contest pitting 2 volunteer teams against each other using some stock Triumphs as foundations. It has turned into Bobber vs. Scrambler. The deadline and unveiling was in Milan on November 4, 2014. The bikes are showcased on the Triumph website and the winner will […]

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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 rode west to ward Motor […]

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Fall Moto Ride 2014

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 I rode my 2008 Bonneville to meet my friend Lee at the Dunkin Donuts in Lombard, Illinois. It was a typical overcast and cold fall Chicago day in the 40’s and 50’s with some drizzle and plenty of wind. Perfect for a day ride into Southern Wisconsin! Lee and I […]

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Barber Vintage Festival 2014 – AHRMA Racing

After riding 690 miles on Friday, October 10, 2014, I got up on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and rode my Bonneville to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama for the 10th Anniversary of the Triumph Sponsored, Barber Vintage Festival. The gates opened at 8 AM, and I arrived about 8:30. After paying my day fee […]

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My Ride to Barber Vintage Festival 2014

Every year in October, Triumph Motorcycles America hosts and sponsors the Barber Vintage Festival at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. 2013 was my first experience, and it was so good, I went again this year on the 10th Anniversary of the event. One big difference is that this year I had purchased […]

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