Road Test – More than Zero


Rolling on the throttle aggressively to blend into traffic, the ZERO spun up the back tire hard, snapping me opposite…

The Benevolent Outlaw


She called the bike my mistress, saying it gave me things she couldn't. How I walked taller after a spirited ride. And…

‘Cause She’s So High Above Me


Mike Lawless encountered some high class folks in his old job selling luxury cars. And sometimes they encountered him…

The Essential Machine


Is there anything as lonely as riding a single-cylinder motorcycle on a blustery winter's day? Even when it's sharp as…

Praise for The Unloved


Small motorcycles are not part of the conversation in the USA: our domestic brands don't even build them, unless…

How I Got Here


I feel awkward when normal folk see me in my racing gear. Kind of like the guy in the movie  "Electric Horseman"…

Would You Risk Your Life for $1500?


His buddies might make more money. But they're never happy. Always bitching about their jobs. They live for the…

Thinking of ‘Fast Eddie’


We talked motorcycle for a bit. I heard one of the guys call him Fast Eddie. To me, he was always Mr. Fisher. His…

Regular Hospitals Hate Us! 


Regular hospitals hate us. Have they never suffered for their art? Experience has taught me I'm better off saying I…

The Perfect Lap: Don Emde


I turned 18 years old in 1969, the minimum age to race motorcycles professionally in the United States, when dirt track…

The Spectacle of Speedway


What's it like to race Speedway, with no brakes or suspension, doing 0 to 60 in three seconds, on a bike with 70+hp…

EZ Does It


Learning the hard way is painful. Life over the limit beat me down, and I grew gun shy from injury. Tired of…

The Highline: Morgen Mischler


What does it take to be a racer? Morgan Mischler talks to Mike Lawless about 'big balls and hard work'

The Man Who Beat Marquez


Brad Baker flew to Spain, borrowed a bike, and beat Marc Marquéz. But it took years for Mike Lawless to get the…

The Last Victory


"You make him sounds like such a desperado, Dad, but he's really nice." Brad Baker, the friendly gladiator of American…

The Rush Job


James Rispoli lost his team in European Superbike racing, despite his wild popularity. He came home to race flat…