Kentucky’s ‘Mayor of Fun’ Bean’re Attempts Mini Bike Ride to Sturgis
2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally News
If you’re a writer, especially one involved in the motorcycle industry, Kentucky has its heroes. There’s MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden, Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and “Mayor of Fun” Bean’re, a huge motorcycle advocate and writer of “Motorcycle Nomad.” And as always, each of these men have their antics. Bean’re’s latest is riding a mini bike from Louisville, Kentucky, to Sturgis, S.D., for the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Named the official Mayor of Fun at the world famous Buffalo Chip Campground at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Bean’re brings his Mayor of Fun antics to all kinds of situations doing what he does best, showing off and having fun.
This time, the well known motorcycle character will have fun attempting a Guinness Book of World Records riding a mini bike from Louisville, Kentucky to the Buffalo Chip Campground in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Bean’re is author of Motorcycle Nomad, a story about his continuous life on a motorcycle, which is now in third edition printing. Published by Wolfgang Publications, the book was first released in October 2012.
On July 28, the Louisville native departs on his 44 year-old European 50cc Lube, a rare mini bike, that features a German NSU Quick 50 4-speed, 2-stroke engine. Available between 1963-1965 it is considered to be one of the best 2-cycle engines ever made. This motor holds a world record at Bonneville for 121 MPH. The current Guinness World Book Record is 450 miles in 4 days and 26 hours riding time.
Bean’re’s inspiration to set this special record is two-fold, “Buffalo Chip wanted to set some world records this year during rally, so I was looking into records that existed and wanted to set my own,” tells the Mayor of Fun.
Mayor Bean’re says: “Since I do alot with mini bikes, I came across the longest distance on a mini bike. I also want to show that you can ride anything to Sturgis no matter the size, the make, or how old it is which are some of the excuses from people claiming why they can’t ride their bikes that far so they trailer them.”
Wearing his custom made daredevil helmet and outfit, he will make his way along back roads, (minibikes are illegal for highways) riding through cities like St. Louis, MO, Omaha, NE, and through small towns like Anamosa, IA, and reservations like Pine Ridge Reservation in SD.
The stop in Anamosa will be at the National Motorcycle Museum where an installation featuring Bean’re’s retired purple chopper and other Bean’re memorabilia is on display.
His new custom motorcycle that he built to take the place of the retired chopper will debut at Buffalo Chip during Sturgis. He built the bike exclusively for his unique riding style because this anything goes rider has no known address and therefore lives off his motorcycle.
Sturgis Bike Week is August 5 – 11. Bean’re’s goal is to get to Sturgis on August 1st to a welcome reception at The CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip Campground. Fans can follow Bean’re’s adventures at everythingbeanre.com.
Bean’re the Mayor of Fun is sponsored in part by: Buffalo Chip Campground, Kaelin’s Custom Cycle in Louisville, KY, Heaven’s Cycle in Miami, Klock Werks, Spectro Oil, JIMS USA, Feuling, Renegade Wheels, Andrews, Avon Tyres, Indian Larry Motorcycles, Cycle Source Magazine, members of the Motor Maids, Faith Forgotten Choppers, Hawg Halters, Inc. (HHI), Progressive Suspension, Rinehart Racing, Matt Hotch Designs, Chop Docs Choppers, EarthX, Inc., Bagger-Werx, Unique Designs Upholstery, Fu-King, Shade Tree Racing, Flat Black Inc.