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Since joining this forum, I have found that some things are universal and some are regional. Now I am wondering if there are things bike specific as well.

Finishing up my 1st wing got me wondering, do riders in the wing world have gremlin bells on your bike?

Very common in my world.

For anyone unfamiliar with them, the legend being that gremlins come out from the pavement trying to pull you down. Gremlin bells keep them away. The key here is that you cannot buy one for your bike, someone has to buy one for you.

How about gang, do you have one? or is this a non-wing thing?
 

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Gremlin bell history

Well, as I have started this. You can google "gremlin bell" and see the various articles explaining it much better than I did.

Here it one:

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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Many riders out here have them, but as you said, they must be given to you by someone. I don't have one or do any other guys I ride with.
 

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I have given them to two of my riding buddies.

 

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pay it forward

to the first one that posts a request, I will send ya one.
pm an address and I will do it this week.

Only condition is in the title.
 

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love2ride, I'll take you up on that offer! I know the legend but don't have one for my current bike.

Thanks in advance.
 

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love2ride, I'll take you up on that offer! I know the legend but don't have one for my current bike.

Thanks in advance.

Cantankerous, One on order from Amazon.

I can already hear the gremlin's knees aknockin'.
 

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All I can say is, glad I'm not superstitious. Here is another story of the bell:
Legend has it Evil Road Spirits have been latching themselves on to motorcycles for as long as there have been bikes on the road. These Evil Road Spirits are responsible for mechanical problems and bad luck along a journey.
Legend goes on to say that by attaching a small bell onto your bike, the Evil Road Spirits will become trapped inside the bell where the constant ringing drives them insane, making them lose their grip until they fall to the ground. (Ever wonder where pot-holes come from?)
Legend also has it that the mystery of the Guardian Bell carries twice as much power when it is purchased by a friend or loved one and given as a gift. Show someone how much you care. Offer them defence against the Evil Road Spirits! Give a Guardian Bell and share the Legend of Good Luck it offers to a motorcycle and its rider!
 

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I don't know about superstition. I believe if it comes from somebody that cares enough to give it, you have more than that looking out for you.

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After all, aren't we all family?
 

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I don't know if there are many, hard fast rules. The universal one seems to be that you can't buy one for yourself. In any case, whether you are superstitious or not, or if you do it exactly right isn't really the point to me, it's just a gesture of goodwill towards one, like you, that understands why dogs stick their heads out the window when riding in a car.
 

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Sorry guys, tradition and all. I still don't get it. I don't know anyone with a bell. I guess its just not popular in my part of town. Maybe I'm just out of the loop on this one. I will throw it out next coffee night and ask if anyone in the club has a bell.
 

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Ok, it is officially kicked off.
I have sent a bell to Cantankerous.
If you need one, request one here on this thread.
Send your address (in a private message) to the person before you.
Only condition is you are willing to pay it forward to the next in line.
Hurry up, before the gremlin's know your here.
 
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