Just For Fun. Bean’re Attempts Riding Mini Bike From Louisville, Kentucky To Sturgis, South Dakota

beanreminibike1Seriously, it could be a Guinness Book World Record. Nicknamed the “Mayor of Fun” at the famous Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Bean’re brings his antics to all kinds of situations doing what he does best, showing off and having fun.  This time, the colorful character will have fun attempting a ride on a mini bike from Louisville, Kentucky to the Buffalo Chip Campground in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Tomorrow Sunday July 28th, the Louisville native (with no official permanent address) will depart 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.

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.” I also want to show that you can ride anything to Sturgis no matter the size, the make, or how old it is.”

Wearing his custom made daredevil helmet and outfit he will make his way along back roads, (minibikes are illegal on 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.  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.  At arrival he is looking for a bath and a masseuse (it can be only in this order…) Fans can follow Bean’re’s adventures at Everything Bean’re

53 Responses to “Just For Fun. Bean’re Attempts Riding Mini Bike From Louisville, Kentucky To Sturgis, South Dakota”

  1. 1 Josh Parker Jul 27th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Is he the clown of the mc industry?

  2. 2 Jusmecuz Jul 27th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hardly a clown. The guy lives life on his terms every day. I hope someday I’ll get the chance to meet him like so many people have. Much respect for this guy.

  3. 3 Steve Carr Jul 27th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Bean’re for President ……

    Fun, Freedom, and freekiness!

    Go Bean’re

  4. 4 krugger Jul 27th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Enjoy the back roads Bean’re !! The NSU choice is very clever!!!

    Good luck for the trip, bring some pistons,cylinder and a few rings… on your luggage 😉

    Cheers from Belgium!!!

  5. 5 Fritz Jul 27th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Best of luck Wildman!

    Hope you donate the super hero costume to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum after your epic adventure.

    Lots of cold *beverages* in the crash truck will make the trip much more enjoyable. Helps keep those electrolytes up.

  6. 6 Horst Rösler Jul 27th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Beaner!

    Way to GO! You should keep it going and come over to SCTA or BUB after Sturgis and set some more records! On the salt…
    Hope you have a good seat, because you will spend a hell of a lot of time on your a..! Engine choice could hardly have been better. Just checked some german language websites – and I did have plenty of friends to ride the hell outta their parents Quickly’s in the late seventies. 60-, 80, and even 100.000 km (the latter about 60.000 Miles…) with one engine – no problem man! Just watch the plugs, have some spares and adjust the 2-stroke mixture to road conditions. GOOD LUCK and you might also make it into the “Iron Butt” ranks, if the beast runs ok. Horst

  7. 7 takehikes Jul 27th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Better than most of the useless piles at Sturgis..IMHO.

  8. 8 domino Jul 27th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Pre-mix or oil injected??

  9. 9 Mack Jul 27th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    As always bean’re is ” the man”. …good luck and ask Charlie if he can top this!

  10. 10 nicker Jul 28th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Dude, i hope you take along your own personal chiropractor…….. 🙂


  11. 11 ROGUE Jul 28th, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Bean’re is truly the Mayor of Fun.
    I am happy to say he is a friend of mine.
    If you want to know more about him I suggest you read his book BEAN’RE Motorcycle Nomad, published by Wolfgang Publications.

    Bean’re I will be happy to see you in Sturgis. Oh by the way one of the photos I took of you last year is in the September issue of Easyriders and also Easyriders V-Twin

  12. 12 Lon Nordbye Jul 28th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    God Speed Bean’re…..God Speed…….

  13. 13 DAwson Jul 28th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Good luck ! My back hurts just thinking about the trip !

  14. 14 Cochise Jul 29th, 2013 at 6:08 am

    The “epitome” of a true gypsy biker! God Bless Brotherman!!!

  15. 15 A 1 MIKE Jul 29th, 2013 at 9:10 am


  16. 16 Manny Pandya Jul 29th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    NSU power is a good choice, my man. I interviewed John Penton a couple years ago asking why he chose NSU for some of his six-day runs and he couldn’t stop waxing poetically about how good and reliable the motors were on those things.

    Enjoy the ride!

  17. 17 Bean're Jul 29th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    UPDATE: Yes the motor got toasted in Indiana. I trailered the mini to Anamosa, Iowa where I am at The Nation Motorcycle Museum and planning on getting another mini and restart from Iowa. I still have 800+ miles which is almost double what the old record is and I can still make it to Buffalo Chip in time for the the kick off of Bike Week 2013 by Friday. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for all the support.

  18. 18 ChopperKulture Jul 29th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Good luck Bean’ re, and don t forget, when there s a will there’s a way!!!

  19. 19 New York myke Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Hey my the first motorcye I owned was an NSU that I bought at 5am in Jacksonvile,Fla. I think it was. 350 but it ran like a raped ape! I left it at Hurlburt Field when I got shipped out and never saw it again… Good luck Beaner, see you in Sturgis!

  20. 20 Dave Blevins Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Somebody lend this man a Honda Trail 70… bulletproof little motors that will run wide open all day.
    I did it many times in my childhood, so did my 2 older brothers and a cousin or two. Can be geared to run 40 mph with the right sprockets, (sorry, can’t remember which ones), and go and go and go.
    Bicycles to mini-bikes, to trial bikes, to the open road… nothing feels as good as 2 wheels.
    Much luck Bean’re!

  21. 21 Jeff Decker Jul 29th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    It’s those lopsided wheels and rainbow Afro glued to your helmet that are killing your efficiency. Pull off the parade route & use the frontage roads along I-90. Stop at all Shriner locations for pep talks and encouragement.

  22. 22 Bean're Jul 29th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    The record has to be on a 50cc or smaller. a 70cc is too big ( that is like a tour glide). A 5 hp mini bike is also too big ( 203cc’s).

  23. 23 Josh Parker Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Sorry, Bean’re. It can’t be a Guinness record if the same bike is not used from start to finish. Also, you must be followed by a Guinness official to observe that you did each mile you are claiming. Next year…

  24. 24 Robert Filla - Thunder Press Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    What are the current Vegas odds on Bean’re burning up at least one more motor before hitting the Chip?

  25. 25 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Surely there’s some ride in the museum that can get you to Sturgis, in the style you’re accustom to, even if it is a custom.

  26. 26 Bean're Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The old record was 455 miles- I was starting from Louisville ( 1400+ miles). That record did NOT get set. Now I am trying AGAIN but from a different starting point ( about 800 miles away). I appreciate your knowledge of Guinness but I have applied with them and fortunately, I do NOT have to be followed by an observer ( although for around 20,000 dollars I could have one follow me). All mileage is fully documented by means that are accepted by Guinness. They will be available to all others to inspect too so that you may verify it also if you like.
    I was also say that if I can get another mini, odds are high that I will either set a record or burn it up trying!

  27. 27 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    50cc is a Honda Trail bike. They’re zippy. I don’t think they can be killed. They’re a freakin’ HONDA. Somebody get this man a Trail-Bike!

  28. 28 Bean're Jul 29th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    New plan will start tomorrow, Tuesday morning from Eastern Iowa. Distance is just over 800 miles. I hope to do it in 3 days and yes Kirk, the plan does involve a 4 stroke Honda 50. Time will tell if they are invincible.

  29. 29 June Jul 29th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Bean’re, you can do it. You have the will and determination. (and hopefully a minibike that will cooperate)
    Tell me all about when we meet up next week.
    Take care friend and be safe!!

  30. 30 Blackmax Jul 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Good Luck !!!!
    I didn;t know you were only a 100 miles down the road from me
    have to work out getting together when you get back

  31. 31 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    “I hope to do it in 3 days and yes Kirk, the plan does involve a 4 stroke Honda 50. Time will tell if they are invincible.”
    That is one tiny motor. I think they do best on SAE 30W detergent. The Honda 90 has the same “safety” engineered oil level protector. When the crankshaft bearings begin leaking, the oil level will leak down only so far and then stop. So there’s like, always a 1/4 showing on the cross-hatched pattern of the dip stick.
    Your not suppose to screw the dip-stick in to check the oil level, just dip the stick in, then remove it. But you already knew that. 🙂

    I’d try to borrow a set of high-rise apes from a Schwinn Stingray… and some forward controls…might as well get comfy.

  32. 32 Curt! Jul 29th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Ride Safe! and good luck, Bean’re.

  33. 33 Jeff Decker Jul 29th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    You fail the Germans with your NSU, now you turn to the Japanese with your Honda. Get a Briggs & Stratton & throw it into one of those home made jobs we all puts world record miles on as kids.

  34. 34 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “You fail the Germans with your NSU”
    2-cycles stink to high-heaven, but don’t they? 🙂 They might have had a wonderful oil/mixing system… but the one in the flim-clip was blowing smoke bad.
    800 miles completed on that is an award by itself.
    Honda’s rev-high for a 4-cycle, hence the gear box clunks. They always sounded looser to me, like they might pop at any second.. clattering like that. But they don’t.

  35. 35 Bud Jul 29th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    How far did Lloyd and Harry ride to get to Aspen?

  36. 36 Glenn Priddle Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Go for it Bean’re… you’re the man.

  37. 37 Loreen Wickens Jul 30th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Hey Bean’re you got this you can do it you are the man of all men….lets rock this can’t wait to introduce you at Thunder on the Grand 2014 the man who broke the world record riding a mini bike to Sturgis…You need to wear your evil costume at Thunder when sky dive with Preacher..rock on my friend you have this one in the bag.

    The Thunder on the Grand force be with you!
    Daryl and Loreen

  38. 38 Shannon Appleby Jul 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Bean’re stopped at the National Motocycle Museum in Anamosa, Ia. His Minibike Blew up. However, Kody Wisner, master bike builder and friend to the Museum, sold Bean’re a 1984 Honda Z50 to continue his ride. Mini had been sitting around for some years and Kody didn’t need it anymore. Bean’re left anamosa on 7/30/2013

  39. 39 Bobby Winter Jul 30th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    You are truly ” The Mayor of Fun!” Good luck and safe ride. Thank you for all your antics. See you next year at Thunder!

  40. 40 Kirk Perry Jul 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “Kody Wisner, master bike builder and friend to the Museum, sold Bean’re a 1984 Honda Z50”
    Pic’s !

  41. 41 burnout Jul 30th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Go Bean’re!!!!! peace

  42. 42 Dorothy Thompson Jul 30th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    ViaConDias Beanre’

  43. 43 Dorothytdizzel Jul 30th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Vaya Con Dios Beanre’

  44. 44 Connie Bruner Jul 30th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Josh Parker instead of your put downs, negativity why not wish him luck. You do not know who Bean’re is, but I do! I have known this man since childhood, and you cannot find a more decent person than he. Bean’re also proudly served in the Marines, and he lives his life with zest and style, and by no one terms but his own! He is a motorcycle nomad who has ridden bikes all over this country, and around the world. So Josh Parker have you lived a life without a care in this world but living and enjoying what life has to offer? GOOD LUCK BEAN’RE!!! We all here in Louisville Kentucky are wishing you luck and we know you can do this!!!

  45. 45 Bean're Jul 31st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Unfortunately due to a rookie mistake of treating this as a race instead of an endurance run, I seized the motor of my Honda after 166.7 miles in 10 hours. You can read the full details and photos on my web page- http://www.everythingbeanre.com/2013/07/my-two-back-to-back-world-record.html

  46. 46 Connie Bruner Jul 31st, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    So sorry Bean’re you wiil try for next yr get to the rally and enjoy Mayor of Fun

  47. 47 Mack Jul 31st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    The fact that this crazy bastard( a grown man) rode a z-50 for 10 hours straight has to smash the record of anyone who has ever ridden one !!!! Bean’re your stampede material!!!!

  48. 48 Kirk Perry Jul 31st, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    ride ’em.. don’t hide ’em. 🙂 What else can you say?

    Next year we’ll send along a handler, but even on a Honda, it’s going to be a “slow lane” plod. It’s still hard to grasp the concept of completing 800 miles on that stink-pot NSU. Wow, man what do you have?… an ON/OFF switch!

    If the Honda single cylinder were like a 216 cu. in. 6-cyl. blue-flame Chevy… try a constant speed and “floating the valves” for quiet-running…. starving yourself as you go – and dropping your weight to rail-thin @ 20-25 mph.

  49. 49 motojefro Jul 31st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    got to hand it to ya, long trip. lots of Motrin. I’m all for the land of the free. Hey y’all, think about crossing in a wood wheeled wagon with no roads except a rock and dirt path..get it on! Have a good time.

  50. 50 Dave Blevins Jul 31st, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Sorry to hear the bad news, and I must say I am surprised… those little Hondas are tuff as nails. I really expected the Z-50 to hold up to the challenge.

  51. 51 nicker Aug 1st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    “… rode a z-50 for 10 hours straight …”

    Simply AMAZING….. !!!
    Dude, you are “The Man”………… 🙂


  52. 52 nicker Aug 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    “…The “epitome” of a true gypsy biker!…”

    Ah yes! “true gypsy bikers.”
    Not many people know about the scooter hobos of the depression.
    (the called themselves the gypsys… not to be confused with the the gypsy tour or jack pine)
    If you have any references to share i sure would like to track-em down.

    thanks in advance

  53. 53 burnout Nov 19th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Just to show that bean’re WILL show up anywhere, he hung out with us this past saturday at Sand Mountain Dragway, (Bama swap and drag), in the middle of nowhere Alabama!! Thanks man!!! peace

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