Shortly after that story was published, I was asked to compete in my fourth consecutive X Games. I was an AFT Singles racer at the time, so I was pleasantly surprised and even humbled to receive an invitation. That being said, I wasn’t exactly prepared for the task at hand. I had my Kawasaki Ninja 750, nicknamed the “Black Hammer,” with which I had scored two AFT Twins main-event podium finishes in 2016, but I wasn’t sure if it would be competitive. I grew up in a family-owned Harley-Davidson dealership, so when Terry Vance phoned asking if I wanted to ride a Vance & Hines-built XG750R, my decision was easy.