I had a kidney and liver transplant in August 2012. I worked as a master auto tech for 25 years, and exposure to carbon tetrachloride did me in. After my surgery, all I could think about was doing another trackday. Shortly after the operation I took my Buell XB12R to Blackhawk Farms, my local track. After one session a control rider came up and said, “You really gotta work on your style. You look terrible on the bike.” I lifted my shirt, and I wasn’t even healed yet! I was just happy to be on the bike. But his condescension motivated me: Not only am I going to come back and beat you, but I’ll beat you on a bike I built!