He calls road home

"I haven't had an address in six years," said Kevin Bean're. Click here for more Ohio Bike Week coverage, video and photo galleries.
Andy Ouriel
Jun 8, 2013

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. 

Click here for more Ohio Bike Week coverage, video and photo galleries. 

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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Comments

starryeyes83

In the old days he would have been called a hobo. Well, I guess, it's just as secure as anything else these days. "relying on friends"... is that the same thing as mooching?

huronguy

Im guessing this guy lives off of a disability check, some form of government assistance, drug dealing or drug muling, well off to work i go someone has to support the bums of america and the the masses pouring into this country each day.

swiss cheese kat

Money? Bean’re earns enough money, like selling autographs, working as an emcee and among other things. He is not living of the backs of taxpayers, or is he some terrible drug dealer that your mind conjures up when you see his photo. Your comments are way off and you need to quit assuming and get a brain. I'm guessing since your from Huron, you are to busy looking down your nose at others.

P.S He was also a marine.

Sitting In The ...

If these two people of elite intelligence would of actually read the article they would realize part of his income comes from his biography.

swiss cheese kat

I'm convinced the first commenter has no evidence of intelligence.

starryeyes83

I DID read it. Where does the other part come in at? "Relying on his friends"?

If you had intelligence you "would have" worded your post better.

swiss cheese kat

Thank you.

Contango

Looks like a geetar play'r for .38 Special or Molly Hatchet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s...

RIP: Danny Joe Brown.

starryeyes83

I was thinking more like Blackfoot.

shucks

"geetar play'r "?
"We're trying to communicate with an illiterate socialist – NOT SURPRISED. :)"

Contango- Thu, 06/06/2013 - 2:43pm

Contango

^^^ “My ‘poetic license’ was just too much for you.” – 4 shizzle, 6/4/13 :)

shucks

"Binge Week" never ends for you.

Contango

^^^ “That was a pretty dumb comment.” – 4shizzle, 6/6/13 :-7

reporter54

Hobos didn't ride motorcycles as I recall. They hopped trains. Drifters hitchhiked. He's more of a gypsy I'd say. Nothing wrong with vagabonds and I doubt huronguy is really supporting anyone but himself.

starryeyes83

Whatever, don't get too technical. I was going to say bum instead of hobo, anyway. Unless this guy comes from a rich family how much royalty does he get from his book?

swiss cheese kat

Why do you care were he gets his money?

starryeyes83

If my tax dollars are helping him , I care... and if he would have not evaded the question in his interview, I would have not brought it up.

Why do YOU care that I care?

Raoul Duke

Your tax dollar is hard at work killing them Iraqis.

starryeyes83

..and your point is ?

reporter54

and it's WOULD HAVE not would of.

huronguy

Autographs?? You must be joking right, im sure people just can't wait to pay for this guys autograph and frame it on the wall. As for royalty's from his book thats a joke as well. Im sure somewhere in my original comment i was on point. Sandusky taxpayers should pray deidre cole jumps on the back of his harley and ride off to the next town, because both these two are taxpayer liability's. btw I support myself my wife and occasionally do things to help my grown children and little grandchildren out. None of us take taxpayer assistance. Personally I dont have a problem with assistance, I have a problem with the abuse of assistance and believe it should be tightly regulated for example you have six months after that to bad and you can only reapply after so many years. Not getting foodstamps and metro housing for 5-10-15 years.

swiss cheese kat

Face it huronguy, you don't like him because you disagree with his looks and lifestyle. You just don't get it do you?

nonconformist

Actually, I was going to say the same thing. I would add this guy has written a book and is totally taking advantage of technology with his website and Youtube. He's obviously a very intelligent man and is doing what most of us wish we could do. And what this fine gentleman suggests to us all is to - "LIVE." Most of these r*tards on here will never get it, unfortunately. Envy is a terrible thing.

44846GWP

More stupid, ignorant comments about someone you never met, and as far as anyone knows never hurt anybody. Get a life.

Centauri

Check out Kevin's internet site.

http://www.everythingbeanre.com/

Left Sandtown

Huron Guy ,IF I ever come to Huron,could I have your autograph.Try to see the good in people,because right now I am trying to see the good in you.Bean`re have a safe ride into your sunset.God Bless.

grandmasgirl

I don't know the man, but he looks like he enjoys life. As long as he's not asking me for money, I say "go for it". These days so many people are takers and users, it is nice to see that he is happy with less material things. If he was constantly "mooching" then it would be different. I bet his stress level isn't anywhere near ours.

yea right

thats alright there mister beverly huron person..i know a great plastic surgen to help reduce ur nose..btw when is the next stake burning??

Centauri

Check out Kevin's Youtube videos.

http://www.youtube.com/user/bean...

eightballcuet1

Obviously he is well known in the bike community and makes his own way. As long as he is not breaking the law or hurting anyone more power to him.

dorothy gale

The fact that this man has friends who care about him tells me he is probably a good person.
If he was a bum or a moocher, eventually people would avoid him, don'tcha think? He's free and happy and I say good for him!

reporter54

Besides the book royalties, his biker chicks support him okay? And they're all working in construction so don't even start about them being on welfare. How many people do you know on welfare that can afford a Harley anyway?

starryeyes83

" his biker chicks support him" well, that answers my question.

bobshumway92

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

swiss cheese kat

Opinions vary.

gene44870

Yea I guess you could call him the american harley hobo

looking around

LOL a lot of folks here seem to be jealous! Why is he different from someone who is talented playing a guitar and entertaining people from town to town or a writer that lives off what he can conjure up in his mind and put into words. In reality I'm sure he has an address of record a social security card pays taxes on his internet sales and maybe a few personal appearances. On his web site he thanks his many sponsors....A nomad or an entrepreneur you decide. thanks for the links Centauri

Centauri

Hey "looking around", You are very welcome. Very few thank me for my efforts. Most think that I wear a tinfoil hat which comes with being a political activist near and far. I thank you for your thank you.

It is not easy being me.

starryeyes83

don't mistake curiosity for jealousy. LOL. The interview was too evasive . Personally , I like having a roof over my head every night.

Sal Dali

After viewing his website, Bean're appears to be making his own money rather uniquely (book sales, autographs and personal appearances). He is a celebrity in the bike world by the looks of it. He served our country as a Marine, is a world traveler, somewhat of a stuntman as well as an ordained minster. The man also raises money to donate biking books to our troops. He's awful busy for what someone stereotyped as a bum. He is just enjoying his time on earth. No house-no mortgage to worry about, which in this economy, really isn't a bad thing. Why do some people just assume he is getting government assistance? And on the other hand, so what if he is? I know people who continuously have children that have been on government assistance for over 30 years...that, in my opinion,is a problem. If you want to fix the system, I'd start there, not with this guy. Best of luck beating the Guinness record Bean're.

happyfeet64

I rode all over this country when I was younger and miss it. If I didn't have the responsibilities towards my kids, I'd be back on a bike in a heartbeat Nothing like it in the world.

The Big Dog's back

I was travellin' down the road, feelin' hungry and cold
I saw a sign sayin' food and drinks for everyone
So naturally I thought I would take me a look insi-ide
I saw so much food, there was water comin' fro-om my eye-eye

Yeah there was ham an' there was turkey, there was caviar
An' long tall glasses, with wine up to yar

Then somebody grabbed me, threw me outta my chair
Said before you can eat, you gotta dance like Fred Astaire-aire

You know I can't dance, you know I can't dance
You know I can't dance, you know I can't dance
I can't dance

I am a man of the road, a hobo by name
I don't seek entertainment, just poultry and game
But if it's all the same to you, then yes I will try-y-y my hand
If you were as hungry as me then I'm sure you would u-understand

Hmmm, now wait a minute
Of course I can dance of course I can dance
I'm sure I can dance, I'm sure I can dance
I can dance

I can da-hance, I really hit the floor
Ah it feels good, look at me dancin'

I did a two-step, quick-step and a bossa nova
A little Victor Silvester, and a Rudy Valentino
You should-a seen me movin', right across the floor
Hand me down my tuxedo, next week I'm comin' ba-ack for more

The Big Dog's back

Leo Sayer – Long Tall Glasses (I can Dance)

SallyMae

He's a fun lay.

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The Hero Zone

I had the pleasure of meeting him outside the shop, having recognized him from the article here. He was very friendly and had a fun aura about him. It was nice and I hope he comes back next year (or any time he decides to roll through town).