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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    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 ...


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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Tail of the Dragon Moto Road Trip

On Friday, June 13, 2014 I left my home near Chicago on my 2008 Triumph Bonneville to embark on what turned into a 2,600+ mile motorcycle road trip adventure, the longest to date in my 7 years of riding experience. Thankfully, I arrived home on Monday, June 23, 2014 without any major incidents, and a […]

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