7. Oops

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As many times as this photo has crossed my computer screen, it never fails to give me a laugh followed by an uncomfortable tightness in the pit of my stomach. Motorcycle riders, in general, and racers, in particular, depend on those round black things that work so marvelously at keeping us upright in the many situations where we should’ve ended up on our heads. Since I’ve experienced sudden rear tire deflation on a race track at speed, I know the sensation of feeling like the rear wheel is somehow disconnected from the bike is more than a bit irksome while leaned over in a 100+ mph sweeper. I can’t imagine what it is like to have the wheel literally separate from the bike at speed.