I Hit 170 MPH On the Back of a Motorcycle at COTA and it Dismantled My Perception of Life

My brain wasn't ready for the experience of being a passenger with a professional motorcycle racer lapping one of America's fastest race tracks.

I’ve never so much as sat on a motorcycle in my entire life. It’s been over a decade since I rode a bicycle. So when MotoGP and the Circuit of the Americas asked if I’d be interested in doing “backpack laps,” riding on the back of a crotch-rocket while a professional motorcycle racer lapped the ultra-fast track at full speed, I said hell yes. I also told every person I met for three weeks that, shortly, I would experience my favorite race track from a two-wheeled perspective. After all, if you’re going to do something, why not dive right in?

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