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View Poll Results: How many people already have Bells on their Motorcycles?
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post #1 of 57 Old Jan 30th, 2007, 10:08 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle bells?????

Ive owned several BMW motorcycles in the past several years.
I have noticed on different bikes that people had a small bell attached.......
Is there any special purpose or is just for fun or what?????
Just wondering.......
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maybe they jus have to have more cow bells. lay down some serious cow bell, you know.
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Good Luck

Bells are given by one friend to another to promote good luck..

Some say they scare off the gremlins...Or was it hobgoblins,,, Or was it streebgreeblings..


Doesn't work if you buy your own bell, It has to be gifted...


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And the bell should be mounted as low on the bike as possible. . .

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COOL !!
Thanks for the info. I like the idea.
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Ive owned several BMW motorcycles in the past several years.
I have noticed on different bikes that people had a small bell attached.......
Is there any special purpose or is just for fun or what?????
Just wondering.......

I was told it was for good luck. I guess it'll help get me to Heaven. LOL I know the good luck won't hurt.

I have mine hanging from the tupperware just below and behind the rear brake pedal.

So far( for 17000 miles), it's worked. LOL

No dinging noise, it just looks like a shiney little bell.

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The legend of the bell tell of the voodoo it lays down on gremlins. It is written that the nasty little things get caught in the bell and thrown to the road so hard that they create potholes. And that's the rest of the story.
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I was told it was for good luck. I guess it'll help get me to Heaven. LOL I know the good luck won't hurt.

I have mine hanging from the tupperware just below and behind the rear brake pedal.

So far( for 17000 miles), it's worked. LOL

No dinging noise, it just looks like a shiney little bell.

Vern

Yup, mine (also a gift ) has worked fine as well (50000 km and two continents) and still hanging there...

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it's a marketing gimmick. i had never heard of such a thing and i started riding in 1967. the first i ever saw about it was in a custom motorcycle shop - read harley-davidson - on a bell display. the display had the whole shebang. this bell will keep the gremlins away from you motorcycle. they can't hold on when the bell rings and they will fall off or some such nonsense. i didn't buy a bell for me or anyone else. i don't believe in gremlins. do you? omurphy
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i don't believe in gremlins. do you? omurphy
Well of course I do! Just as I believe in Santa Claus. Look, I have never encountered a gremlin, so my bell must be doing what it is supposed to do...

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i don't believe in gremlins. do you?

Absolutely! I'm an aircraft guy and I know about gremlins, Fought them all my life. If I knew how to keep a bell attached at Mach 1+ I would have used a lot of them and gotten rid of a lot of gremlins.

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Well Bill, you may have to get your wife to get you one of those Air Force bells.

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I have a purple elephant avoider bell on my LT...have yet to see a purple elephant yet.....must work.



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i'm getting a one eyed one horned flying purple people eater horn BELL for my motorsycle so, i won't ever have to look at one of those creepy beasts. omurphy
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Just goes to prove that as technologically advanced as we have become,
we are still uneducated and fearful as a species who believe in magic.

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The legend...

"The mystical story of Freedom Bells

Have you ever wished you could get rid of those nasty road 'surprises' that turn your ride in the wind to a trip where everything goes wrong?

As we all know, life has many mysteries that have no apparent solutions. One of these is Evil Road Spirits. That are the little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride. They're also responsible for most of your bike's problems. Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work, or the battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment, or any of several hundred things go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits.

Road Spirits can't live in the presence of a bell. The get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is supersensitive. 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 have picked up a bell of your own, the magic will work. But if your bell was given to you, the power has been doubled, and you know that somewhere you have a special friend helping to look after you.

So, if you have a friend that doesn't have a bell, why not be the person to give them one? It's a nice feeling for the recipient to know you personally cared. The bell, plus a good preventative maintenance program by the bike's owner, will eliminate the Evil Road Spirits.

-As Reported in Thunder Press"
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This is on the tag of one I purchased a year ago.

Yes, it's fun marketing...but the real bottom line is that it's a way to show someone you care about them, and as far as "farkles" go, they're only about $8 or so.

On September 14th, Rick Humphries, myself, 12 other cops and 14 civilians took police motorcycles from the "Factory" at Juneau Avenue, Harley Mecca, and rode them to ground Zero in a day and a half. Each motorcycle had a sterling silver bell attached to the frame, just behind the right floorboard, so that the police officer who received the bike (which was given because in the chaos after the disaster, motorcycles were able to move around a lot easier than Crown Vics...) would have the extra "blessing" of someone caring about them.

On that ride, I brought one of my own as well, which later hung on my R1150RT, which I crashed but walked away from, miraculously, and after a special friend completed MSF training and purchased her first motorcycle, I attached it to HER bike.

Do gremlins exist?

Nahhh.

But it's nice to have a little reminder every time your engine is off and you jiggle the bike and hear a jingle says that someone cares about you.

One given to me in return currently hangs on the end of my throttle, even though the proper protocol is to hang it as low to the ground as you can, because once in a while, when I'm really struggling with things, flicking that bell when I feel really alone in the world lets me know that someone cared enough to give me that token piece of sterling that said "I want you to be safe."

So are riding bells stupid? Don't know, you decide.

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Thanks Pete,
I never realized that a bell question would generate such results.
Thanks for your reply!!

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At Warner-Robbins Air Force Museum we came across the display of the "Lucky Bells of San Michelle" worn by crew members of Bombers during WWII. I would guess that is the begining of the bells idea and also of warding off gremlins.

They didnt get into much of the history or the tradition, only displayed some bells and told of the wearing of them for luck.
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Awesome Reply, Pete!

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Thanks Pete,
I never realized that a bell question would generate such results.
Thanks for your reply!!

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I agree 100%. Damn nice response Pete and even nicer story. I'd love it if I received a bell once I score my bike....

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Ive owned several BMW motorcycles in the past several years.
I have noticed on different bikes that people had a small bell attached.......
Is there any special purpose or is just for fun or what?????
Just wondering.......
I had heard/read them referred to as "Karma Bells" that originated in the Moto Guzzi world and also that they would not reach their full "power" unless they were a gift from another rider. Gremlins or Karma it has always been a conversation starter! Got mine from Grif at CCR 2005. The invisible shield is still working 15K miles later.

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Do I believe these bells work? NO! Is it a marketing gimmick? YES! I have received two such bells over the years from friends, and quickly put them on my bikes. Nice to know someone cares, and if they bring luck, so be it. No harm, no foul, even if it is silly. jrlakin
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Nice reply Pete

One of these occasions that mean nothing in particular but give you a nice warm sort of fuzzy feeling.

Interesting bit about Guzzis as my wife has one...........Hmmmmm

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They are about as useful as Deer Whistles!! But they look cute....them little things.....hanging down low like that.....

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Check your memory

I don't recall the story/movie but, I remember that "every time you hear a bell ring an angel gets their wings." Sounds like another good reason to have a bell.

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I don't recall the story/movie but, I remember that "every time you hear a bell ring an angel gets their wings."
"It's a Wonderful Life" w/ Jimmy Stewart & Donna Reed, (and the original Bert & Ernie I think!)

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i'm getting a one eyed one horned flying purple people eater horn BELL for my motorsycle so, i won't ever have to look at one of those creepy beasts. omurphy
Maybe I'll get a bell that looks like my ex-wife. If it will keep her away, it would be worth it . . .


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I dunno. I just consider having the bell on a bike to be the continuation of a cute/quaint motorcycling tradition that is older than I am. I got mine from Grif at CCR 2006. Turns out he is quite the bell-gifting guru.

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I bought a used LT with a bell already on it. I just assumed that the first owner must pass it on. I could never find the inclination, or guts, to take it off. Many have asked me about it, mostly non motorcyclists. I just say it was there, and that it was a gift. A gift of luck and a repellent too. Could be spiritual. Could be supernatural. Could be metaphysical. But it was not going to be me to challenge any of those things so I just left it on. I own Raffy's old bike so I'm guessing it could be Griff or someone else who gave it to him. Too much karma for me. So far, so dam good. On my third LT, and they keep getting better.

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I haven't received a gift of the bell, but I wear my old dog tags as a symbol of luck and honor to my brothers and sisters in harms way. Been lucky so far.
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maybe GOOD karma...

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Don Arthur had bells on his LT when he crashed. Only good thing is that the crash didn't kill him - but almost. So much for "good luck".

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'...the crash didn't kill him - but almost."

seems to me that IS good luck...


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My LT came with one on it already from the previous owner...The kids like it and it doesn't hurt anything.
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All three (3) bikes have bells on them. Given as gifts and I have also given bells as gifts.

Superstitous? Me? Naw? Well maybe just a bit!

One of the less expensive FARKLES one can buy and as a gift of friendship to another rider - PRICELSSS!

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I have one that the "Bell Fairy" eeerrrr I mean Grif gave me.It rings ever time I take me bike off the center stand
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My LT came with one on it already from the previous owner...The kids like it and it doesn't hurt anything.
It's this, it's that, it's just a fun farkle from the Farkle Fairy. "Every time a little bell rings a gold Honda gets its Wing."

Speaking of Wings & Farkles; Why is BMW selling cushy stuffed animal puppies with the BMW logo on bottom of their right hind paw? Is this a new top rack farkle.

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What's the matter Howard, afraid to call Grif the "Bell Fairy?"
Busted. As CCR 2007 Chairman, Grif has the authori-tay to banish me from future events. Wouldn't want that to happen.

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Busted. As CCR 2007 Chairman, Grif has the authori-tay to banish me from future events. Wouldn't want that to happen.
As CCR 2007 Chairskin, I have the authority to look stoopid. And do. On a regular basis. What makes CCR special is all the folks who work so hard to give y'all a great party.... whilst I stand around looking stoopid. I may not have brains, but at least I still have my Super Model day job.



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I KNOW I am gonna regret this...

I have a call in to a ride bell manufacturer to find out how much it would cost to have a custom ride bell made...when I have details I will post it, but that's as far as i am going...

recent medical bills have left me way in the red, so I will do some footwork to find out, but will then pass the baton onto someone else to make the deal happen...

but i think it would be really damn neat...

(PS, I inquired about having one struck with the BMW logo, so as to include, not EXCLUDE those who prefer GT's or RT's, etc...)


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German cow bells that were given at an Octoberfest 4 or 5 years ago Santa Cruz BMW. One fell off the LT. I've had them on my previous bikes ... S, GS and now the LT. So far; so good.
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PM me Pete with the info when you get some.
I'd be willing to do whatever it takes to make the bell deal come through...
Geez...... I never knew that a simple question about bells would generate such a response.
I consider myself educated now. Thanks to all inputs!!!

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5 pages on Bells???? Yall are scarin'me!!!!

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5 pages on Bells???? Yall are scarin'me!!!!
Well, half the country is looking at snow and ice outside, so we can't ride. Might as well spend more time here.

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I have a call in to a ride bell manufacturer to find out how much it would cost to have a custom ride bell made...when I have details I will post it, but that's as far as i am going...

recent medical bills have left me way in the red, so I will do some footwork to find out, but will then pass the baton onto someone else to make the deal happen...

but i think it would be really damn neat...

(PS, I inquired about having one struck with the BMW logo, so as to include, not EXCLUDE those who prefer GT's or RT's, etc...)


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My ding a ling. My ding a ling. I loves to play with my ding a ling.
I s'poze someone has to, Grif!

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Hey Pete.. how about.. "If you can see my bells, help me pick up my LT?" naww, nevermind..

And Grif... ya know I blessed that one just for you... play on, bruddah!!!!

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