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Ride Bells
For years I have seen these bells and figured that bikers were superstitious but it seems it's more of a tradition among bikers. I'm sure you seasoned riders know this story but I sure enjoyed reading it this evening.

How many of you have received a bell from a friend or love one and have tethered it to your bike?

Here is the Story of the Bells
Some call them Ride Bells, and others call them Guardian Bells, Lucky Bells or Legend Bells.
The old legend goes that one night a single old biker was headed home from a road trip to Mexico where he filled his saddlebags with gifts and trinkets for the kids that lived at a group home where he worked.
He drove along feeling blessed for his own life, the people in it and most importantly his bike, that had never let him down. He and his bike spent many years roaming the roads together and had a close relationship.
The biker was about 40 miles north of the Mexican boarder unaware that in the high desert ahead of him waited a small group of road gremlins.
Road gremlins are the evil little creatures that leave obstacles in your path- old mufflers, pieces of rubber, boxes, that one shoe you always see and things like that.
Road gremlins hope to make a biker crash so they can rejoice over their little acts of evil.
As the biker rounded the curve, the road gremlins ambushed him, causing him to crash and skid before coming to a stop near one of his saddlebags that had ripped off his bike.
The biker lay there, helpless and unable to move as the road gremlins made their move towards him. The biker- being typical of many bikers — wasn’t going to give up easily and started throwing things from the saddlebag at them. Finally, he had nothing left to throw but a tiny bell and he started ringing it in hopes of scaring them off.
Not far away, two other bikers had made camp for the night and were talking around the fire when they heard the sound of the bell. Their first thought was that it was church bells so they went to go find out for themselves.
They came across the old biker lying in the road with the gremlins about to finish him off. Bikers are part of a brotherhood and because of that, the two other bikers chased off the gremlins, saving the old biker from their attack.
The old biker offered to pay for their help but in an unwritten code of true bikers, they refused payment. The old biker wanted to show his gratitude and wouldn’t let the two bikers leave without showing a sign of appreciation for their good deed. The old biker cut off two pieces of leather from his saddlebags tassels and tied a bell to each piece. He then attached the bells to the two bikers bikes as close to the ground as possible.
The old biker then told his new friends that with those bells attached to their bikes, they would be protected from the road gremlins and if they were ever in trouble, to ring the bell and a fellow biker would come to their aid.
From Wikipedia: This leads to the moral of the story: “So when ever you see a biker with a bell you’ll know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in life – friendship from a fellow biker.”
Gremlins are known as evil road spirits. They live on motorcycles because they love to ride and are the cause of most bikers’ problems, like when the tires go flat, the horn won’t work or any several hundreds of things that can go wrong.
Evil road spirits can’t live near a bell because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Their hearing is hypersensitive so the constant ringing in a confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall onto the roadway. That is how potholes are formed.
If you buy your own bell, the magic will still work but if you receive one as a gift from a friend or a loved one the magic is doubled because out there somewhere you have a friend looking out for you.
If you steal a bell from a biker, you steal all the gremlins and the evil that comes with them. It is ill advised that you steal a bell, the consequences could be dire.

Do you have a favorite saying on the bell?
 

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Rick, I have had Ride Bells on my bikes for more than 40 years. Currently have them on all my "remaining" bikes...except my Goldwing 1800 that I recently bought back. I want one for that bike...but the rule is...someone else has to buy one for you, and give it to you, as you can NOT buy your own Ride Bell. I mentioned this to my wife the other day, as her bikes all have Ride Bells on them, but......she hasn't bought me one yet.

She has a good excuse...she works for a living.

I have even looked at a few shops for a new Ride Bell, but.....haven't found the perfect one yet...and if I did...I would have to buy it...give it to the store clerk....so that they could give it to me as a gift, so I wouldn't break the rules.

WHOA is me...riding around without a Ride Bell on my big bike :(

As for a favorite saying on a Ride Bell....mine would say...Get Out of My Lane ! :p
Mike I would be honored to give you a bell for your Goldwing. I'm going to bike week/show here today in Maryland. Plus you need something from Maryland. It's been a long time ago since you graduated from Johns Hopkins University here in Maryland.
Rick
Edit; if your wife has already bought you a bell then you will just have to buy another bike to put the bell on that I'm sending you.:D
 

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My son gave me a Ride Bell. He found it years ago on our farm while playing in the dirt. Mike used a fishing sinker for a clapper. Thanks Mike
 

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here they have the blessing of the bikes where riders usually pay and get their bikes blessed and you get a bell for your bike...the money goes to help the catholic school...then you go on an organized escorted ride and it ends at a bar where there is food and drinks...i've honestly never done it cause i usually have something going on and the ride is so slow that it's not really all that fun...something like 500+ bikes...maybe i'll go next year if i have time
 

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Rick (TopPredator), that Ride Bell you sent to me worked like it is supposed to. Had no road gremlins attack my bike while on this latest trip of 5015 miles. My only bike issue was one headlight bulb blew...PIAA Super White H-7. I think that was caused by fighting back all the road gremlins, and it gave its' life to protect the bike.

As evidence that the Ride Bell worked...it threw off all the road gremlins that attempted to attack my bike, and cast them off...onto the bike following me the entire trip. His Goldwing 1800 had a front fender extension that came loose (so we removed it before it fell off), and a bolt fell out for his right side floor board. Then he dropped the bike twice, and scraped up the right side pretty good.

Mine...not a scratch on it, and runs perfectly. That one bulb that gave its' life to work in conjunction with the Ride Bell, was replaced within 10 minutes of me being home, while all the hot oil was being drained from the engine.

Just goes to show...Ride Bells DO work. Just don't be the bike behind someone with a Ride Bell. :eek:

His bike had a Ride Bell too.....but I think he brought the curse upon himself, by breaking the cardinal rule...that the Ride Bell must be given to you....not purchased by you. So his Ride Bell only "attracted" the road gremlins....instead of casting them off.

Thanks again Rick for my Ride Bell.
Your Welcome. That's a special super protect Gremlin bell. It has a VTwin Clapper. :) I can't imagine riding a GoldWing
It must be an amazing machine.
 
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