This site is intended for modern 2001-2015 Hinckley Triumph Bonneville owners, riders and enthusiasts of all ages and kinds to share their passion for this great classically-styled, modern British twin cylinder, air-cooled machine.
This website is developed by me, Randy Birkey. I am the owner of a 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black purchased new from the oldest Chicago area Triumph dealer, Motor Cycle Center located in Villa Park, Illinois in June 2008. Since then, I have also owned and sold a 2012 Thruxton and a 1976 Bonneville 750. I live and work in the Chicago area as a freelance illustrator, web designer and developer doing business as BIRKEY.COM for clients nationwide.
I am also a “gearhead.” Growing up I was a bicycle and small gas engine mechanic and tinkerer. In my early 20’s I built a 1955 Ford F-100 street rod pickup truck, and then bought and rebuilt a 1972 Datsun 240Z as well. I currently own and drive a 1993 Chevy Indy Pace Truck as my motorcycle hauler. After raising a family and becoming a grandfather, I now ride, tinker and wrench on my Custom 2008 Bonneville 1100, and share my experiences with a range of aftermarket suppliers and products, accessories and performance upgrades.
I am involved with my local Chicago area Riders Association of Triumph (RAT) club called the Windy City RATs, managing the website, social media channels, attending social functions, rides and other special events.
P.S. There is no way I could have learned what I have thus far without the help of many people with much more experience and knowledge than me. To all of you out there who have contributed to my Bonneville education, you have my respect and thanks. I want to specifically thank Bill and Steve Gately of Bonneville Performance, Johnny Scheff and Steve Strickland of Motoworks Chicago, and my good friends at Motor Cycle Center (MCC).