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He calls road home

Andy Ouriel • Jun 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Bean're, pronounced "Beaner," considers himself a homeless motorcyclist.

Even so, this 49-year-old two-wheeled vagabond always has a place to stay. He has literally made thousands of friends over the past 25 years, criss-crossing the country on his customized Harley-Davidson and attending motorcycle extravaganzas such as Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky. 

"I'm always riding somewhere," he said. 

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He plans on attending 40 biker festivals this year. Between stops in Sturgis, S.D., to Australia, he has seen the world from the seat of a Harley. 

During his trips he chats with anyone willing to talk to him. He has 5,000 Facebook friends and hundreds more following him.

His unique character — he dons a top hat decorated with quail feathers, porcupine quills and a rattlesnake around the brim — complements his dynamic personality.

"What's so special about him is that he is actually one of the only people to live on his bike," said friend Sasha Mullins, who lives in Nashville. "He's the mayor of fun and a cult motorcycle figure. He's an icon."

His legendary status will forever be remembered when his motorcycle — a 1997 Harley-Davidson Road King chopper complete with more than 320,000 miles — will soon be enshrined into the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

His life highlights are chronicled in a biography, "Bean're — Motorcycle Nomad."

Today he'll be at the Jack Daniel's Barrel House Saloon in downtown Sandusky. He encourages anyone looking for a new friend to stop by and say hello.

The Register sat down with Bean're to talk about his life and experiences.

SR: Why do you like best about attending motorcycle festivals all across the world?

Bean're: The people are my family. It's always like a family reunion to me. I care about them, and they care about me. Each rally I consider a different family to see.

SR: What have you enjoyed best about Ohio Bike Week?

Bean're: The people — and Gatekeeper. I had to go to Cedar Point. It was the first time in a long time I was questioning my sanity the moment the coaster dropped.

SR: When did your passion for motorcycling begin?

Bean're: When I was a young child, I saw my first motorcycle magazine and saw the lifestyle. It was true freedom in the pictures that I saw. That is what I wanted. I bought a mini-bike when I was 12, it was a chopper, and I was hooked. I was planning on buying one when I was 16, but I didn't have the money. So at 17, I joined the Marine Corps to get my Harley.

SR: What's one important life lesson you've learned riding motorcycles?

Bean're: Riding a motorcycle is putting yourself out there. You are out there in life. Everything else, it's as if you're watching TV. When you are driving a car, you are looking through a windshield. You are inside. You're in a safety zone with climate control and have your radio going. On a motorcycle, you are there in the elements, feeling the heat and cold, smelling the cow pasture. You are there.

SR: What's another life lesson you've learned?

Bean're: Not everyone needs to be on a motorcycle — but everyone needs to live. Some of us do it with a motorcycle. Other people might do it with boats, hot rods or cars they work on.

SR: Since you're considered "homeless" and don't have a job, how do you support yourself?

Bean're: I support myself. I have book sales. Before that, I was relying a lot on friends and working on friends' houses.

SR: Do you have any goals you'd like to accomplish?

Bean're: One thing I plan on doing next month, I will be attempting to break a Guinness World Record with the longest journey on a mini-bike. I'm going from Louisville, Ky., to Sturgis, S.D, and biking about 1,350 miles. The record is 450 miles.

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