TriumphBonneville.org is a personal blog site sharing my experiences in owning, modifying and riding a “modern classic” carbureted, air-cooled, 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black. I share milestones and experiences with various aftermarket products and services, do-it-yourself garage performance and styling modifications.
I also share experiences in following professional and amateur flat track and road motorcycle racing, and taking my own solo road trips and rides with friends and other enthusiasts!
In 2007, a friend gave me a Honda CB750 which I got running and rode around for a year. Based on a boyhood dream, I traded it in on the purchase of a new Bonneville in July, 2008. I have been riding and wrenching on this carbureted British Twin machine ever since, putting on over 75,000 miles.
In January 2013, I purchased a 1976 Triumph Bonneville 750 in Madison, Wisconsin. I share about bringing it down to Chicago, making a few modifications and necessary maintenance and selling it a few months later in the Spring of 2013.
I also include my lowest point… my personal story of a motorcycle accident in November 2013 and surviving with only a broken ankle (thankfully)! I share my physical and mental recovery path, the repairs and modifications to the Bonneville, and the joy of riding once again.
In October of 2014, I purchased a used 2012 Thruxton 900 to ride while I made some major modifications to the 2008 Bonneville. I rode it about 8,000 miles in 2014-2015 and sold it in November of 2015 when I neared completion on the 2008 Bonneville. During that year I made some modifications to the Thruxton, and share those experiences as well!
In January 2016 I took a road trip to Bonneville Performance located near Daytona Beach, Florida, and spent a week putting a BP race-prepared rebuilt engine back in the Bonneville. Bill Gately, the owner, had converted my former 865cc stock engine into an 1100cc race engine, using the same techniques and technologies he uses in building the Triumph factory-sponsored American Flat Track Supertrackers. This experience, fully highlighted and detailed in this site, has been the zenith of my Bonneville experience thus far.
In July 2018 I moved away from the Chicago area to the Madison area of Wisconsin. I now have a larger garage space that will allow me to work on multiple project bikes. My first purchases were a used 2006 Scrambler 900 with only 3,500 miles on it and a 2002 Bonneville with 2,400 miles on it. Project bike #3 is a 2004 Bonneville.
I was able to sell the Scrambler 900 in March. I completed the 2004 Cafe Racer and have it and the 2002 Bonneville up for sale. Over Memorial Day weekend I was able to ride my 2008 Bonneville around Lake Michigan (my third time) with a group of buddies from the Windy City RATs. In June, a new adventure presented itself when a friend was able to purchase a 1977 Yamaha XS650D. With that project completed, I purchased a 1981 Yamaha XS650S and a 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 as project bikes 5 and 6.
This blog contains my personal experiences, practical how-to’s, and things to do and not to do based upon my experience with the 2001-2015 Hinckley “Modern Classic” Triumph air-cooled twin motorcycles.
I hope you find the site helpful and enjoyable. Your comments, questions, and inquiries are always welcome!
DGR 2021 – Madison Ride
To those who may not know, I am leading the 10-Year Anniversary of the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride for Madison, WI this year! I took over for Brian Schroeder who lead it in the past. As of today, we have 16 registered riders who have gathered over $2,300 in sponsor...
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2021 – Madison, WI
I will be leading the 2021 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride on May 23, 2021, for Madison, Wisconsin. Unlike 2020, his year's event will include a safe group ride option! More details on the Madison, WI Ride will be posted in May. If you would be so generous as to...
Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review
I was visiting my local Harbor Freight store and saw this Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly on display. I decided to use my 25% discount coupon and went home with it in my truck. The assembly was easy using simple hand tools and took me maybe 30-45 min. The materials and...
2020 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Madison, WI
I participated in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride again this year on Sunday, September 27, 2020, in Madison, Wisconsin. Because of the China Virus, this years event was a solo ride called "Ride Solo Together". Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate, and it was...
2019 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Madison, WI
I will be participating in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride again this year on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. I think this is my 5th or 6th time participating since this event began. This global event raises awareness and funds for men's health...
Illinois iPass Rule Changes for Motorcycles is a Bust
Like most Illinois motorists, I received an email from the Illinois Tollway Authority in December 2017, notifying me of a change in the iPass rules. The state in its wisdom had decided that every vehicle using the iPass system must have a working iPass mounted to it,...
Elkhorn Half-Mile Flat Track Racing
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, I rode my 2008 Bonneville from the Chicago area to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, with a buddy, to attend the Elkhorn Half-Mile Flat Track races at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. The grandstands were packed full of spectators as the various...
Biltwell Recoil Handgrips
I've been using the 1" Granturismo black handlebar grips from Bellacorse for a number of years now. This April, I went on a 4 day trip with some buddies to visit Aerostich in Duluth, Minnesota and we ran into some rainy, cold weather on the way. At Aerostich, I picked...
New YSS Shocks (or Now, I Don’t Want A Tiger So Much, Anymore…)
If you’d like to adventurize your Bonneville, increased ground clearance and suspension travel are two things you’ll need to look into. This YSS suspension setup from Nomad-ADV will definitely get you on the right track.
The History of Triumph Motorcycles Video
Here's a great video putting the entire history of Triumph Motorcycles in a single little neat package.
Holan Racer Panniers for the Bonneville
UPDATE: 5/2/2017 Just back from the Duluth trip. After 5 days of cold temperatures, rain and even some rain mixed with snow, plus your basic horizontal prairie rain storm, the panniers stayed bone dry. They also stood up well to an accidental bike drop. Very happy....
The BSA brand may be coming back?
Here's an interesting new development for British motorcycle brand enthusiasts! Read more here: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2016/october/mahindra-acquire-bsa-motorcycles/
EFI Tuning – Triumph Twin Power
By Lee HoffnerMy bike is an EFI Bonneville. Tuning it is a different procedure from tuning a carbureted bike. Tuning an EFI involves computers and software and, even though I program for my living, on most days I feel I've had enough of computers. Fortunately, this...
Triumph Announces 2017 T100 & T100 Black
More details coming on October 25th. Get more details on the T100 Get more details on the T100 Black
Triumph Announces New Street Cup
Triumph has released information on a new Bonneville based product called the Street Cup, scheduled for official release on October 25th. It appears to be a cafe racer / Thruxtonized version of the 900cc Street Twin released earlier this year. Download the product...