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    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 hadnít let him down once in the many years they had shared the road together.

    Well about 40 miles north of the border, in the high desert, lurked a small group of notorious little critters known as road gremlins. You know, the ones who always leave little obstacles like, one shoe, boards, and pieces of old tires on the road, and also dig those dreaded potholes 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 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 way 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 campfire talking about their dayís 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 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 saddlebags tassels and tied a bell to each one. He then placed them on each of the bikerís 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, whenever you see a biker with a bell, you know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in lifeófriendship from a fellow biker.

    The Purpose of the guardian bell
    Many of us have heard the story about Evil Road Spirits. They are little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride, and theyíre also responsible for most of your bikeís problems. Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work; your battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment, or any of several hundred things that can go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits.

    Evil Road Spirits canít live in the presence of the bell, because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is supersensitive, so the constant ringing of the bell and the confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall to the roadway. Have you ever wondered how potholes are formed? The bell has served its purpose.

    If you pick up a guardian bell of your own, the magic will work, but if your bell is given to you, the power is doubled, and you know that somewhere you have a special friend helping to look after you.

    So, if you have a friend who doesnít have a bell, why not give them one? Itís a nice feeling for the recipient to know you care. The bell, plus a good preventive maintenance program by the bikes owner, will help eliminate Evil Road Spirits.

    Polishing the guardian bell
    It has been a tradition among some of us for a long time to attach a brass bell to our left swing arm, to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone down riding.

    Itís a small thing, but the reason a brass bell is chosen is that, as we ride, it gets dirty and tarnished. Every time we get down to wash and polish it, we are reminded of friends lost, and our thoughts turn to the meaning of being in the wind.

    As we ride and hear the bell ring, we know that our brothers and sisters are riding with us, and how easy it would be to join them with a single mistake.

    And maybe, just maybe, the next time a situation comes up; they will be there to help us...as long as we remember them by polishing the bell.
    "The road goes on forever, and the party never ends" (Robert Earl Keen)
    Dave
    Celina, OH
    Official HERD Member #00158
    2012 Road Glide Ultra, Big Blue Pearl.

  • #2
    cool spin on the BELL story. Thanks for posting
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    • #3
      I found that on-line at a web site that sells bells, thought it was kinda cool so I posted it. Any other stories of the Bell?
      "The road goes on forever, and the party never ends" (Robert Earl Keen)
      Dave
      Celina, OH
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      • #4
        I got a big old cowbell that My dad give to Me many many years ago,maby that would help.
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        • #5
          Now we talking matches my paint!!

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          • #6
            I got my bell from a forum member in Australia! He just asked for my address and sent it to me! How cool was that? !!!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
              I got my bell from a forum member in Australia! He just asked for my address and sent it to me! How cool was that? !!!
              It do`nt get anybettern that.
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              • #8
                I got mine form my wife.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wndchsr View Post
                  I got mine form my wife.
                  I only passing hints :-) lol...

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                  • #10
                    Yep Michelle got mine when we were in Bradenton, Fl a few years ago for this bike. Every bike I have ever sold I have always left the bell on there.
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                    • #11
                      Great read, Pappy!...........
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                      • #12
                        This was a great read..

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                        • #13
                          This was great, I guess hubby be suprised when he gets home lol.

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                          • #14
                            Got my Coast Guard bell from a buddy in the Navy! I'm sure it took a lot of humility for a deep water feller to make such a shallow water purchase. I thank him and have it mounted low...on my right foot peg.

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                            • #15
                              That was a cool story
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                              • #16
                                Great read, thanks for sharing
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                                • #17
                                  Don't mean to bring an old thread out of retirement, but I'm pretty new here and just wanted to comment. Great version of the bell story. I've been riding for quite a few years and had never heard about the bell until a few years ago when a guy I work and ride with told me about the one on his bike. His uncle was an old biker and gave it to him before he passed away. Haven't been lucky enough to get a bell of my own yet, but some day. Guess nobody is trying to save me yet. Thanks for sharing.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by hockeydawg12 View Post
                                    Don't mean to bring an old thread out of retirement, but I'm pretty new here and just wanted to comment. Great version of the bell story. I've been riding for quite a few years and had never heard about the bell until a few years ago when a guy I work and ride with told me about the one on his bike. His uncle was an old biker and gave it to him before he passed away. Haven't been lucky enough to get a bell of my own yet, but some day. Guess nobody is trying to save me yet. Thanks for sharing.
                                    you cant buy a bell it has to be given. guardian bell,gremlin bell, spirit bell whatever you want to call it is a must for a motorcycle ..i have always had one as it was given to me when i purchased it..my buddy did not and totalled his bike 2 years in a roll,and stuff would loosen up and fall off his bike wierd $hit.. so i gave him one and hes been trouble free since..
                                    dont need no bad mojo happinin
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by colonelangus View Post
                                      you cant buy a bell it has to be given.
                                      That is exactly why I don't have one yet.
                                      A.K.A. Chad
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                                      2012 FLHTK Ultra Limited
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                                      "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

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                                      • #20
                                        thats right. never buy your own bell.

                                        My dad gave me mine back in 1994 when I got my first Harley, a XL1200C. I have since had it on my Heritage, then my Road King, now that exact same bell is on my Ultra. I replace tis tie strap ever so often, as I cant even bear the thought of losing it. By my figurin it has right around 200k miles on her, and hopefully lots more to come.
                                        JC
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