What is a Gremlin Bell?

HRB043-2-300x268I want to explain the name of this site: Gremlin Bell. A gremlin bell is more than a decorative item for your motorcycle—it’s a lifesaver. If you’ve ever noticed a small bell hanging off the motorcycle frame or handlebars of a bike and wondered what it was for, well I’m gonna tell you, so no worries.

Gremlin bells are traditionally thought to ward off evil road spirits. Supposedly evil little devils live in potholes and cause trouble on the road. When a rider is on his bike, a gremlin is responsible for any problems that occur (shifting problems, oil spills, black ice).

When you get a gremlin bell on your bike, it drives the devils inside, trapping them inside the hollow bell.

The entire thing sprang–as these things do–from a legend. An old man was riding home from Mexico, with saddlebags full of toys for orphans. He saw something in the road as he was driving…they were little creatures darting in and out of his headlamp beam…road gremlins.

He jerked his motorcycle away and crashed. When he woke up, one of his saddle bags was lying next to him in the dirt. He saw the road gremlins dancing, proud of themselves.

He looked at his saddle bag and heard from the inside, a ringing noise. He noticed that at this sound, the little gremlins fell back. The ringing sound came from two little bells attached to a reindeer toy.

The next morning as he was getting his bike repaired at a service station, he attached one of the bells to his bike and gave the other to a mechanic at the station to pass along to another rider.

Thus the gremlin bell story was born.

Evil road spirits can’t live near a bell because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Their hearing is hypersensitive so the constant ringing in a confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall onto the roadway. That is how potholes are formed.

If you buy your own bell, the magic will still work but if you receive one as a gift from a friend or a loved one the magic is doubled because out there somewhere you have a friend looking out for you.

If you steal a bell from a biker, you steal all the gremlins and the evil that comes with them. It is ill advised that you steal a bell, the consequences could be dire.

Ride bells are more of a tradition than a superstition among bikers… so they make a great gift for the rider in your life!