About

What is The Asphalt Life?

There are a lot of motorcycling, racing and travel blogs on the internet. What makes The Asphalt Life worth following?

Answer: My intellect, experience and passion for motorsports and exploration allow me to offer readers stories and an analytical perspective they can’t find anywhere else.

I’m a motorcycling nerd who loves every form of automotive and motorcycle competition, as well as going where I haven’t gone before.

It takes a lot more than a laptop and an opinion to be a good blogger, and my goal with every article I pen for The Asphalt Life is to deliver content that is informative, insightful and fun to read.

Michael “Fast Mike” Marino, Motojournalist/Blogger

The Asphalt Life’s Mission

Though I write freelance for print and online publications, it’s important to me to maintain a home for stories that deserve to be told but don’t fit with existing outlets’ audiences.

The Asphalt Life also is the place where I create a running chronicle of my motorcycling legacy, as well as share information with other riders and explorers to help enhance their adventures.

There are so many stories I tell friends, family and people I meet when I’m traveling or at the track that need to reach more people.

And if you have a story you feel the same way about but aren’t much of a writer, I’d like to hear more about it.

Fast Mike’s Professional Accomplishments

  • Worked as an associate editor for the American Motorcyclist Association (2018-2020)
  • Began motorsports journalism career in 2016 on iHeart Media’s Two Wheel Power Hour Motorcycle Show
  • Has more than 100 published articles for American Motorcyclist magazine, RevZilla’s Common Tread and Motoclectic
  • MotoAmerica media credential holder since 2016
  • Owner/Principal of Marino Communications
  • Have covered a variety of motor sports events, including AMA Grand Championships, American Flat Track, AIMExpo, International Motorcycle Shows and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
  • Interned with the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, in 2017
  • First media assignment: FIM MotoGP round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, in 2016

Fast Mike’s Motorcycling & Travel Resume

  • More than 140,000 miles of on-road motorcycle riding experience
  • Has ridden in 30 states
  • Motorcycle Sport Touring Association member
  • AMA EAGLES volunteer
  • Has never intentionally ridden off-road
  • Motorcycles owned:
    • 1982 Honda CB450T Hawk
    • 1997 Honda Nighthawk 750
    • 1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200
    • 2003 Yamaha FJR1300
    • 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500
    • 2008 Yamaha FJR1300
    • 2001 Suzuki SV650S
  • Longest motorcycle tour: Buffalo, N.Y. to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2010
  • Worked at Iron Pony Motorsports in Westerville, Ohio, in 2020-2021
  • Ongoing Johnny Cash riding project

More About Fast Mike

  • Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and grew up in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Resides in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Master’s degrees in history and urban planning, bachelor’s in political science
  • Lives a mostly condiment-free lifestyle
  • Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Guardians and Miami Dolphins
  • Harbor Freight Tools addict