Blastoff, Hog Drags, Humboldt, IA. 1999. Photo ©1999 Michael Lichter They say piloting a top fuel bike feels like a rocket taking off. The heavy leather suit is pulled on and a titanium breastplate protects from possible disaster. The motor has been tuned and tested and tuned and tested again. The crew has gone through their checklist, the engine started. The pilot is in the saddle focused on the lights. Wide open on green. In an instant, it flies through space.