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. 

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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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Comments

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).

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