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Gremlin Bells

i know some people believe in superstition so i thought this might be amusing. my father bought me a gremlin bell for my bike. he likes the idea behind it and bought me one to install on my bike. couldnt hurt i guess! i guess the way it works is that you have to buy it for another rider in order for it to work. so he went out and bought me one and mailed it to me. eh, its superstition but i have never heard of this before

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Road Gremlins

There are motorcycle gremlins (AKA: Evil Road Spirits) that LOVE to ride, but they are also mischievous little devils and they cause all sorts of problems for you while you are riding. Road gremlins leave obstacles in your path- old mufflers, pieces of rubber, boxes and things like that. Some say they are responsible for that old lady in the minivan not seeing you and cutting you off in traffic. Or, you may be having trouble shifting smoothly, your battery goes dead, your turn signal suddenly refuses to work, an oil spill appears out of nowhere, etc - you get the idea. Those little gremlins look for trouble and try to steer your bike towards it. Road gremlins hope to make a biker crash so they can rejoice over their little acts of evil.

Once you get a bell on your scoot - it wards off these attacks from the little gremlins, not allowing any more to get onto your bike. If you already have some gremlins riding with you, they will get trapped in the hollow of the bell, and the constant ringing will drive them insane - causing them to lose their grip and fall to the roadway.

When you purchase a motorcycle bell and place it on your bike, it offers protection. If you receive the gremlin bell as a gift - the powerful magic of the bell is doubled. When you place it on your bike, you want it to be low to the ground, but not so low it will catch on obstacles and come off. Place it as forward as possible, so that the road gremlins will jump away when they first see you.

Motorcycles bells come in all types, small angel bells, patriotic bells, dealers specific bells, POW bells, etc. No matter if you believe in road gremlins or not, a road bell and regular preventive maintenance goes a long way to keep you feeling safe and secure.

The Progressive Insurance Company believes in road gremlins and has caught them in action in their commercial, Gremlins-Kickstand. (Find it on YouTube to see what a road gremlin looks like).

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LEGEND OF THE BELL
Many years ago, on a cold December night a crusty old biker was returning from a trip to Mexico with his saddlebags filled with toys and other assorted trinkets for the kids at a group home, near where he worked.

As he rode along that night thinking how lucky he had been in life, having a loving riding partner that understood his need to roam the highways and to his trusty old pan that hadn't let him down once in the many years they shared the road together.

Well about 40 miles north of the border, in the high desert lurked a small group of those notorious little critters known as road gremlins, you know the ones that always leave little obstacles like, one shoe, boards, pieces of old tires, and dig the dreaded pot holes for bikers to run over and crash thus giving the road gremlins a chance to rejoice over their acts of evil.

Well as the lone wolf of a biker rounded a curve that moonlit night the gremlins ambushed him, causing him to crash to the asphalt and skid for always before coming to a stop, next to one of his saddlebags that had broken free. As he lay there, unable to move, the road gremlins made their move towards him. Well this biker not being one to give up started throwing things at the gremlins as they approached him. Finally with nothing else to throw but a bell he started ringing it, in hopes to scare off the dirty little gremlins.

About a half a mile away camped in the desert, were two bikers sitting around the camp fire talking about their days ride, and the freedom of the wind blowing in their faces as they rode across this vast country. In the stillness of the night air, they heard what sounded to them like church bells ringing and upon investigating, found the old biker lying along the roadside with the gremlins about to get him. Needless to say, being part of the biker brotherhood they preceded to ward off the gremlins until the last of gremlins ran off into the night.

Being grateful to the two bikers the old road dog offered to pay them for their help, but as all true bikers do, they refused to accept any type of payment from him. Not being one to let a good deed go unnoticed, the old biker cut two pieces of leather from his saddle bags tassels and tied a bell to each one, then slowly placed them on each of the bikers motorcycles, as near to the ground as possible. The tired, old road warrior, then told the two travelers that with those bells placed on their bikes they would be protected from the road gremlins and that if ever in trouble, just ring the bell and a fellow biker will come to their aid.

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.



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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 01:18 PM
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Re: Gremlin Bells

I have a bell on every bike I've owned. Crazy superstitious stuff but... what if they're RIGHT?!?!? lol
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My father too bought me one a few months back. I don't have it on my bike but I keep it attached to the alarm remote. Still is always on me when riding.
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I have a bell on every bike I've owned. Crazy superstitious stuff but... what if they're RIGHT?!?!? lol
its an interesting story and i think it would be fun to have one. my dad got me an air force bell so i think thats pretty cool!
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My MSF course handed them out.




And I hate myself right now for bumping the cruiser section
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If you buy a bike and it's already attached, does it still work?? Or do you need another biker to get you one?




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If you buy a bike and it's already attached, does it still work?? Or do you need another biker to get you one?




the story says u have to gift it to someone so who knows!
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Gotta love the Search button!

So this is the first ive heard of this "Bell" superstition. i was riding last weekend with a buddy and we stopped to get a drink. we were in Hoboken (its in NJ. small town/city basically all bars and restaurants) So we stop at a Bar and there were some bikes outside.

basically fellow riders saying hello and shooting the sh!t. One guy goes.." damn i think i lost my bell..." Im thinking.. what?
so his buddy is like.. "ill get you another one." then he explains the whole concept behind the bell.

so we chill for alil longer and then leave. My buddy and i are like.. umm wtf? never heard of that before. just thought it was some Folk tale and laughed it off.

So Sunday i go for a ride.. and i get off the highway and my throttle is all sticky. as if it feels like my handle bar grip is getting stuck. it keeps reving and i have to roll the throttle off b/c it wasnt doing it naturally .i stop immediately and diag it for 5 mins.. then i notice that the cable isnt tight. it actually came off. i was able to tighten the cable adjuster and the throttle was back to normal. it wasnt recoiling back to its "off position."

so i guess knocking the Bell superstition bit me in the ass. damn gremlins.

haha yea...... COOL STORY Bro.


also.. i searched how to properly adjust the throttle utilizing the "search button" again very helpful.

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funny how it works that way

my buddy has one on his R1. he is supposed to hang it at the bottom near the ground but he has it on his bars instead.
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Re: Gremlin Bells

A few years ago, a buddy gave me one so I dutifully attached it to the Busa. Naturally, the hocus-pocus crap doesn't do me any harm or good.

I headed up the street from my driveway and 500 feet later was picking myself up off the ground. I promptly removed the bell and drove over to my buddy's house and gave it back to him and let him know it was defective!

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A few years ago, a buddy gave me one so I dutifully attached it to the Busa. Naturally, the hocus-pocus crap doesn't do me any harm or good.

I headed up the street from my driveway and 500 feet later was picking myself up off the ground. I promptly removed the bell and drove over to my buddy's house and gave it back to him and let him know it was defective!

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