I was recently browsing through this unique website with loads and loads of Biker stuff and was struck by this story of the bell contributed by Harley Davidson of Tyler, Texas.
Legend of the Bell
Have you noticed that small bell on some people’s bikes and wondered why it was there? It’s more than just a decoration, it has a specific function.
As we all know life has many mysteries that have no apparent solutions. One of these is Evil Road Sprits. They are the 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 other things go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits.
Road Spirits can’t live in the presence of a bell. They 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 is given to you, the power of it is 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? The bell along with a good preventative maintenance program will eliminate evil road spirits.
I have just reproduced the legend as I read it on the Biker stuff website. It is upto you to believe it or not.