Welcome 2001-2015 Hinckley Triumph Bonneville Owners & Enthusiasts!

One guy's experience with a 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black

TriumphBonneville.org is a personal blog site sharing my experiences in owning, modifying and riding a carbureted 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black. I share milestones and experiences with various after market 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!

2007-2008

After a friend gave me a Honda cb750 which I got running and rode around for a year, I traded it in on the purchase of my dream motorcycle… my first Bonneville in July, 2008. I have been riding and wrenching on this carbureted British Twin machine ever since, putting on an average of over 8,000 miles per year. In the 9 years I’ve owned it, I have logged over 70,000 miles on the Bonnie, minus one full year while it was being worked on in my garage.

2013

In January of 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 in the Spring.

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.

2014

In October of 2014, I purchased a used 2012 Thruxton 900 to ride while I made some major modifications to the Bonneville. I rode it about 8,000 miles in 2014-2015 and sold it in November of 2015 when I neared completion on the Bonneville. During that year I made some modifications to the Thruxton, and share those experiences as well!

2016

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 AMA Pro Flat Track Supertrackers. This experience, fully highlighted and detailed in this site, has been the zenith of my Bonneville experience thus far.

In summary, the 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 Triumph air-cooled twin motorcycles.

I hope you find the site helpful and enjoyable. Your comments, questions and inquiries are welcome!

Randy

Recent Posts

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....

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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...

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Scottoiler Install

What Is It? The Scottoiler is a small reservoir that you attach to your bike's frame, which continuously oils your drive chain. I had heard about these and, after reading many posts over on Triumphrat singing their praises, I decided to give one a try on my Bonnie. I...

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New Bonneville Riders Forum

I am pleased to announce that yours truly has acquired the New Bonneville Riders Forum. This existing Hinckley Triumph Bonneville online community has been in existence a number of years, but has lagged in activity in recent times. My goal is to inject some new life...

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MCN Best New Retro Shootout Video

Motor Cycle News just released this very interesting video comparing the Triumph Thruxton R with the Yamaha XJR1300 and the BMW R nineT Sport. Guess which one wins "by a long shot?" (Video no longer available) SPOILER ALERT: The Thruxton R!

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The Engineering Behind the New Bonneville Family

This video produced by Triumph features Stuart Wood, Triumph’s Chief Engineer, sharing the background and styling approaches the company took as it went through the process of redesigning the entire Bonneville family of motorcycles for 2016. An insightful watch for...

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