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!
In a previous post, I wrote about installing the Scottoiler vSystem. I've been running this system for a little over a year, now, and it's been working well for me. Perhaps too well: my attitude toward my chain became so carefree that I ultimately let it go too long...
This year I decided to participate in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR - Riding Dapper for a Cause) by riding in the Woodstock, IL event instead of my previous years participation in the larger Chicago event. My reasons were simple... I prefer a smaller group...
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...
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...
This. Is. Incredible.
Triumph America has recently released a new YouTube video titled "Inspiring a generation - Modern Classics and Customization" that highlights Dutch from London's The Bike Shed who weighs in on the custom motorcycle scene and the role the Bonneville has had within it....
All you Thruxton enthusiasts will appreciate this new first test ride video out on the new 2016 Thruxton models.
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...
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 Twin.
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 #55.
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...
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...
Here's a digital painting of my 2008 Triumph Bonneville Black, after a lot of customizing.
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.
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!