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  1. rbirkey

    2002 Bonneville Gas Tank Refurb

    One of my project bikes is a 2002 Triumph Bonneville in that Sky Blue / Metallic Silver color combo. This one had a dent in the tank on the right side what I have decided to try to fix on my own. At first, I used a dent puller kit which worked to an extent. Then on one last attempt, some...
  2. rbirkey

    1981 Yamaha XS650S (Special) - Project Bike #5

    After completing the 1977 Yamaha XS650D project bike #4 for my friend Scott, I decided to purchase a similar bike from the same seller. It is a slightly newer 1981 Yamaha XS650S (Special) with under 9,000 miles on it. I have torn it down pretty far, assessed things, and ordered parts, etc. So...
  3. rbirkey

    1977 Yamaha XS650D - Bonneville Copy - Project Bike

    I have a friend who was able to purchase a 1977 Yamaha XS650D from a neighbor. I have volunteered to help him get it running. I've always been curious about these bikes because they have been called "Bonneville Copies" having a parallel twin engine and a similar frame, gas tank, and overall...
  4. rbirkey

    2004 Bonneville Cafe Racer Project Bike

    I purchased a used 2004 Bonneville from Team Power Center in Janesville, Wisconsin on December 26, 2018. I plan to modify it into a sweet cafe racer as my Project Bike #3. You can follow my progress on my blog site at So far I plan to strip...
  5. rbirkey

    2002 Triumph Bonneville - Sky Blue/Warm Silver

    FOR SALE: $5,950 This is a rare 2002 Sky Blue/Warm Silver Triumph Bonneville in great running condition, lots of cafe racer style upgrades and low miles! This is a perfect daily rider/commuter bike during the week and twisty country road weekend warrior. This bike is a blast to ride in the...
  6. rbirkey

    Triumph 2001-2008 Carbureted Bonneville, Thruxton, Scrambler Used Parts

    I would be interested in good quality used OEM or Aftermarket parts for all of the air-cooled, spoked-wheel, carbureted Bonneville twin based models between 2001 and 2008. You can contact me through this forum.
  7. rbirkey

    Ultra Clean, Low Mile, 2006 Triumph Scrambler 900 For Sale

    Incredibly clean, low mileage 2006 Triumph Scrambler for sale with lots of extras! Under 4,000 original miles. I have the original owners manual and spare keys. The 2006 Scrambler was the first year Triumph introduced this model based on their "modern classic" Bonneville platform. It features...
  8. rbirkey

    Instrument-Gauge Conversion Option for older Triumph Bonneville Twins

    I own a 2008 Bonneville Black that came with a mechanical speedometer, and then I added a matching electronic tachometer. Ater some years of riding, many miles, and a couple of speedometer failures, I decided to research alternatives. I found out about a company called Speedhut...
  9. rbirkey

    Uncrating and setting up a Rocket III

    As part of my part-time job in the service department of Windy City Triumph, I have had occasion to receive, uncrate and perform initial pre-delivery inspection (PDI) and setup of the Triumph Rocket III motorcycle... the largest displacement stock motorcycle available today. Even though I prefer...
  10. rbirkey

    2018 Chicago International Motorcycle Show

    I will be working in the Windy City Triumph booth at this show from February 9-12, 2018. It is being held at the DONALD E. STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER Halls A, B & C 5555 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018...
  11. rbirkey

    Join Us!

    If you live in or around the Chicago area, you are welcome to join our group. We are very informal. We are loosely connected with Motor Cycle Center, the original Triumph dealer in the Chicago area, as well as Windy City Triumph and Motoworks Chicago. We often ride up to and join rides with...
  12. rbirkey

    2008 Bonneville 865cc to Custom Bonneville 1100cc

    I bought my 2008 Bonneville Black new from Motor Cycle Center in Villa Park, IL (near Chicago) in the summer of 2008. After riding it and modifying it for a number of years I reached over 63,000 miles and it needed a valve job. So, I decided to send the entire engine to Bill Gately of Bonneville...
  13. rbirkey

    The New 2018 Speed Triple S and RS are Revealed!

    Triumph has just published new videos and information on the new 2018 Speed Triple S and RS Get more info here:
  14. rbirkey

    NBR vBulletin to Xenforo Platform Migration Completed!

    NBR Members, The migration of the New Bonneville Riders forum from vBulletin 5 to Xenforo 2 has been completed. I am now just fine tuning things using the tools within the new software. So, if you see something that doesn't seem to work right, please let me know! Randy
  15. rbirkey

    Rocket III Engine Removal

    While working in the service department at Windy City Triumph in St. Charles, IL, I had an opportunity to witness and assist in the removal of the Rocket III engine from the frame for the purpose of engine disassembly and finding and correcting an internal problem. Here are some photos of that...
  16. rbirkey

    New Product Kit in Development

    These are 44cm throttle bodies in a custom kit mount that will allow attachment to the newer liquid-cooled Triumph Twin engines. These are being tested now in a variety of applications, and when completed, will be made available on the Bonneville Performance website at...
  17. rbirkey

    Triumph Bonneville Coil and NGK Spark Plug Wires

    This eBay sale item consists of these 3 OEM parts from a 2005 Triumph Bonneville: 1 Coil - T1290048 = Buy it new online many places for $145 plus shipping 2 NGK Ignition Wires - T1290000 = Buy these new online many places for $81 plus shipping TOTAL NEW = Buy all of this new online for $226...
  18. rbirkey

    Triumph 865cc engine Carbureted Intake Manifolds

    These are from my 2008 Bonneville engine number 2339510. They consist of a number of OEM parts (T1240092, T1240096, 3700003-T0301, T3600069). Check compatibility with your year/model first.
  19. rbirkey

    2012 Triumph Thruxton 900 OEM Exhaust Silencers Mufflers

    These are stock OEM mufflers / silencers from a 2012 Triumph Thruxton (EFI). They were removed by the dealer from the bike to install BC Predators, before customer took delivery. They have been stored in original packaging and have never been used on the road and are in pristine, like new...
  20. rbirkey

    Triumph Bonneville 19" front, 17" rear wheels - spokes - hubs

    A set consisting of a 19" front, and a 17" rear, wheels - spokes - hubs for a 2008 Triumph Bonneville. These sizes will also fit many other years/models. The stock steel chrome wheel rims have been replaced with brand new Buchanan alloy Sun Rims, with stainless steel spokes and nipples. The hubs...
  21. rbirkey

    Lay Flat Speedo / Tach Instrument Panel for Triumph Bonneville

    Fabricated in 6061 aluminum finished satin black powder coat, indicator lamp housing assembly machined from ABS. Black-oxide stainless assembly hardware. Pre-VDO / Non-CANBUS Bonneville / T-100 / SE only...
  22. rbirkey

    Bonneville Performance Street Tracker

    Here are some shots of our custom built Street Tracker 995 that can be purchased here:
  23. rbirkey

    The all new 2017 Triumph Street Cup, T100 and T100 Black announced!

    Hey everyone, today Triumph has released information on the all new 2017 Street Cup that seems to be a cafe racer/Thruxtonized version of the Street Twin. You can view a video and get more information here...
  24. rbirkey

    Brembo Floating Front Rotor and 4-piston Caliper Kit for Triumph Bonneville

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