Book Review: Bean’re Motorcycle Nomad


When life as a kid starts out rough, there’s little money and you only have one parent, it can be easy to hit the road and look for a better situation. Motorcycle nomad Bean’re* graduated high school, decided he was not cut out for college and signed up for the Marines, which also gave him the funds, eventually, for his motorcycles, and opened up a new life for him.

If you can imagine not being concerned about where your next $20 will come from, where you’ll sleep that night, you start to understand the carefree nature of this guy. He works for what he wants, but is often forced to take what comes at him but does so with good spirit. As he mentions, “When I hit adversity I am right on track. The way I see it good things aren’t easy. But if we strive we can make them happen.” And so it goes as this solo rider finds himself at all points on the globe, at motorcycle meets, among new and old friends and seems always to be happy, never worried about what’s next. And Bean’re respects his friends of the road, his friends who ride. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to Bean’re bios by a couple of dozen people he admires, who count Bean’re as a friend, people who have no doubt made motorcycling better for us all, possibly helped him in some way.

Regardless of your age or deep rooted habits, if you have ever thought of “chucking it all,” and hitting the road with whatever you can scrape together, this book will assure you it can be done, and can be a good life…if you are flexible. Or if you’ve just wondered what it would be like to ride indefinitely on whatever continent and see what comes at you, it’s a good read.

Bean’re Motorcycle Nomad by Timothy Remus is 254 pages, a great cover by artist David Uhl, many color photos of Bean’re and acquaintances from the road. You can get your copy in the Museum Gift Shop.

*You might learn the source of the nickname when you read the book.

1 comment

  1. Tom Renshaw

    Hello, I recently purchased a set of saddle bags that match the bags on your 1936 Harley Davidson VLD. Could you tell me the time span these bags were produced or any other history? I plan on putting them on my 1940 HD 80cu. flathead. Thanks for your assistance….Tom

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