The 6’1″ biker rode off on a tiny 49cc pocket mini bike from Louisville, Kentucky, at 10am on July 20th bound for the world’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Destination specifically was the renowned Sturgis Buffalo Chip(R) Campground where Bean’re is their Official “Mayor of Fun.”
Dressed in a custom made stars and stripes outfit and matching helmet and socks, he rolled into the Black Hills of Sturgis on Monday, July 28th at 3:30pm. “It was much like the mini bike scene in [the movie] ‘Dumb and Dumber’ except this scene was nine days long!” said Bean’re.
Three good friends dubbed “Team Bean’re” joined him for the journey. Brother Speed drove an old pickup truck from South Carolina, Kevin “Mailman” O’Brien rolled along from Georgia in a van towing the motorcycles and Tim Ford chugged on his Harley nearby the pocket mini riding biker.
Along the way, fans greeted the comical motorcycle nomad and took pictures with him and his cast of characters. He rode through Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota.
The latest record was set in March this year by William Rodgers of Tennessee who rode 509 miles beating out the previous record of 445.26 miles held from 2009. Bean’re originally was going to be riding a vintage minibike but was having transmission problems with it. When William learned of Bean’re’s challenges to get his minibike running, he lent him his record-setting pocket mini bike including all the extra tires and parts.
“I couldn’t keep livin’ the dream without the support of my friends, and Team Bean’re really stepped up to help me every step of the way to make this record breaking dream into reality. It was alot of fun,” said the Mayor of Fun.
And the only challenge Bean’re experienced was being chased by a funnel cloud in Iowa and the handlebars falling off after a fuel stop in South Dakota. Truly a nomad who calls the road his home, he does not have a residence other than his custom motorcycle that he built.
He employs his way around the globe as a carpenter, having fun as the Mayor of Fun and selling his book published by Wolfgang Publications at events. His book, “Motorcycle Nomad” is now in its third printing. World famous painter, David Uhl, created a feature canvas of Bean’re entitled “Iron Horse Heist” for the official 2013 Sturgis painting.
Go to www.everythingbeanre.com to learn more and to see videos.