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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
After the early test ride report we saw online in Decmber for the 2016 Triumph Street Twin (By Michael Neeves) at http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/first-rides-tests/2015/december/first-ride-triumph-street-twin/, I just saw the first 2 test ride reports online of the...read more
Charley Boorman of Long Way Down/Long Way Round fame stars and narrates in this newly released Triumph Motorcycles video on the 900cc 2016 Street...read more
I'm proud to be supporting and helping this great brand in their USA racing investment. Included in this retrospective are shots of my friend Bill Gately, owner of Bonneville Performance, and AMA Pro Flat Track team rider Jake Shoemaker...read more
Jon Bussert, General Manager of Windy City Triumph and Triumph North America teamed up last night to reveal the new lineup of 2016 Bonnevilles to a select group of midwest Triumph dealers, owners, riders and brand enthusiasts. It was an unprecedented way to connect...read more
Last night I attended Triumph's Chicago market unveiling of the new 2016 lineup of redesigned and reengineered Bonneville models for 2016. The event was held at Revel, 1215 West Fulton Market in Chicago. Here's a short video of the venue with the 2016 models that were...read more
Here's a digital painting of my 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black, after a lot of customizing.read more
Here's a digital painting I did of a flat track racer at the Wauseon Vintage Races in July 2014. I was invited to these races by Jim Gately who races a really cool old Triumph Bonneville Flat tracker #75.read more
Here is a bit of motorcycle artwork I recently completed... sort of how I envision Monet or Renoir might have rendered their 2008 Triumph Bonneville!read more
Yesterday Triumph released a video featuring the new 2016 Speed Triple S and R models. Enjoy!read more
I received an email this morning from Jo Bergersen letting me know about Falkeblikk, a film production company based by the fjords of western Norway that just produced this short movie about a Triumph T140 cruising close to the fjords....read more
Yesterday and today Triumph Motorcycles of Hinckley, UK has unveiled their new redesigned line-up of Bonneville models for 2016. Gone are the modern classic air-cooled twins of 2001-2015, and in with the larger displacement, higher torque and HP, liquid-cooled models....read more
If you are into Triumph Bonneville's like me, you've probably already seen the teaser videos being shared online and in social media. Next Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Triumph is expected to announce the next generation (2016 model) of the Bonneville, their most...read more
I've always enjoyed watching Nascar racing on TV whenever I had the chance, and every once in awhile I'd see they had a truck series. I have an associate at work who is really much more seriously into Nascar, who told me that a big weekend was coming up at the...read more
Found this great YouTube video on the early history of the Triumph Motorcycle. It features Jeff Stone of "Men and Motors" at the National Motorcycle Museum in Pickenham, UK, giving us a history of the great British brand including the first 1902 Triumph....read more
Due to some back pain issues, I had to give up on the normal plan of riding my Thruxton to the 2015 running of the AMA Pro Flat Track race called the Indy Mile. Instead, I drove my new/old 1993 Chevrolet Indy Pace pickup truck to the event (ironic). Here is a short 3...read more