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Bought myself a gremlin bell for my Scout. Got the 2nd Amendment version. How many riders have them on their bikes?
 

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By tradition you are supposed to give or receive one from someone else.

They say the guardian Bell still works but works double when received from someone else.
 

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I know. But, no one has and I'm not begging for one. Had the bike almost a year now and I wanted one.
 

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Had one, lost it (fastener broke). Have another one now for the Chief Classic.
 
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By tradition you are supposed to give or receive one from someone else.

They say the guardian Bell still works but works double when received from someone else.
I know. But, no one has and I'm not begging for one. Had the bike almost a year now and I wanted one.
next time you have someone near you when your cleaning your bike, remove the bell, hand it to that person to hold and then have him/her hand it back to you
~technically they are giving it to you at that point, right?~
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I have one on each side of my RM and the back tire is still a nail magnate :eek: . Guess I need to put one in front of rear tire to fight the nail gremlins.
 

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In June of 2015 my Electraglide got a high speed wobble and ended up on its side sliding down the hiway. (speed may have been a factor). To make a long story short, the insurance compny totaled the bike and I used the money for the down payment on my Roadmaster. Right after I got the new Indian I had 2 new grimlin bells giv'en to me..lol. My wife thinks I need one attached to me.
I have the same problem as "Roll On" as in I don't hear the bells ringing like I did on my 05 electraglide or my 2000 Chief.
 
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The Legend of the Guardian® 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 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 day’s 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 biker’s 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 life—friendship 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 they’re also responsible for most of your bike’s 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 can’t live in the presence of the bell, because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is super sensitive, 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 doesn’t have a bell, why not give them one? It’s 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.

It’s 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.
 

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I had one but I had to move it because when I went around a turn I guess I put it to low and I shaved off about 1/4 of the bell I wonder if 3/4 of a bell still works as good? Or maybe better
 

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next time you have someone near you when your cleaning your bike, remove the bell, hand it to that person to hold and then have him/her hand it back to you
~technically they are giving it to you at that point, right?~
:rolleyes::D:rolleyes:
Good point. I will.
 

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In 1977, even though I'm not Catholic, I attached a St. Christopher medal to my Suzuki GT750.....and was promptly run over by a guy in a 1970, 'Jade green' Lincoln Town car. I only suffered a broken left wrist out of the deal, and of course, a wrecked bike, but after that, I developed an aversion to 'luck charms' on my vehicles. This is also why I never attached any of those bogus deer whistle thingies to anything, If I did, I could probably expect to hit a Moose within twenty four hours.
 

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If you read the explanation of how the gremlin bell gets it's "power" in @VFRcanada post, it's not about the bell it's about the brotherhood (and sisterhood ;)). That's why it's so important for the bell to be given to you by a fellow biker. Normally it would be an experienced rider giving it to an newcomer who takes them under their wing so to speak.

However, these days not everyone rides with someone locally, and even then it's possible that no one in that group has heard of the gremlin bell. I still feel this is the best way the bell is given to keep with, what I feel is, the true "power" of the bell "biker camaraderie".

That said, I've also seen it where fellow forum members sign up on a "gremlin bell exchange" and buy bells for each other. Just a thought.
 
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If you read the explanation of how the gremlin bell gets it's "power" in @VFRcanada post, it's not about the bell it's about the brotherhood (and sisterhood ;)). That's why it's so important for the bell to be given to you by a fellow biker. Normally it would be an experienced rider giving it to an newcomer who takes them under their wing so to speak.

However, these days not everyone rides with someone locally, and even then it's possible that no one in that group has heard of the gremlin bell. I still feel this is the best way the bell is given to keep with, what I feel is, the true "power" of the bell "biker camaraderie".

That said, I've also seen it where fellow forum members sign up on a "gremlin bell exchange" and buy bells for each other. Just a thought.
I need a bell
 

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My husband bought me an Indian one for my Scout - still figuring out where it needs to go.
 
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I don't have a close-up but if you look closely you should be able to spot my Celtic knot bell hanging from the license plate. Not my first choice for placement but the Scout doesn't have too many places available for attachment.
 

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I have two on one of my rides. But I bought them and they are there to remind me of two people I really respected that passed on. Once in a blue moon when I'm moving my ride around or working on it I hear at least one of those bells ring, very softly.
 
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