Keep the Chrome Shining
I'm sure y'all take a bath at least once a week to impress the ladies and to get rid of the aromas accumulated from a hard days work, well it is just as important to give your ride a bath every now and again too, not just to look great while out cruising but you are more likely to notice loose or broken bolts, screws, parts rusted or missing, oil leaks, or worn items on your bike. after all a clean machine is a mean machine. so give that sled a little bit of TLC and let her shine bright....until next time keep the rubber to the road and be safe!
Would you go to bowling night without your lucky shirt? Or go to the ballgame without your lucky hat? How about heading out on the open road without a Gremlin Bell?
Not sure what a gremlin( or freedom) bell is? Read on my friend and I'll tell you what I know!
The Mystical Story of Gremlin Bells
(As reported in thunder press)
As we all know, life has many mysteries that have no apparent solutions. One of these is Evil Road Spirits. They are little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride and are also responsible for most of your bikes problems! Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work, or the battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment ( happened to my bike last week!), or any of several hundred other things that could go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits.
Road Spirits(or Gremlins) 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 eventually lose their grip and fall to the roadway. (Have you ever wondered how potholes are formed?) The bell has served its purpose. It is also believed that if you lose your bell somewhere out while riding, that it has sacrificed itself for you in order to avert what could have been a serious tragedy.
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 look after you.
So If you have a friend that doesn't have a bell, why not be the person to give them one. Not only is it a nice feeling for the recipient to know you personally care, it is also a great good luck charm to have! The bell, partnered with a good preventative maintenance program set forth by the bikes owner, will help to eliminate the Gremlins and keep you safe on the road!
Already Have A Bell and Don't know where to put it?
According to myth, the lower the better, so I recommend you hang the bell at the lowest point of your bike frame, as not to get in the way of any belts, etc. I personally hang mine on the inside of my foot peg closest to the frame and my wife's hangs from an unused bolt hole at the bottom front of the frame.
Don't have a bell and want to know where to get one?
You can find a nice selection of gremlin bells for sale on Amazon and if you google search "gremlin bell " you can find some great sites that specialize in these lucky charms and of course, you can easily find them at your local Harley Davidson check out counter.
Ride on, Live Free and be Happy! (and keep those gremlins at bay!)
It's easy to become dehydrated, or chilled as you get into higher altitudes, so drink plenty of water or Gatorade, eat a light lunch, pack a sweatshirt or jacket and don't forget your clears for when the ride lasts longer than expected. After all, fatigue and hypothermia can ruin an awesome ride.
Be safe and keep the rubber on the road!
while we are all out having fun and riding new or favorite routes lets not forget the needs of the steed.afterall your ride needs to be maintained, oils changed,tires and brakes checked, clutch adjustments,etc...because we all know its best to get home safe and sound than to be stuck in the breakdown lane. so ride on and be safe.
Dave is the head mechanic and founder of Yankee Dave's Motorsports. Why not him...I mean he's being doing this for more than half of his life already!
When it comes to motorcycle repair work, Dave is on point and pays attention to details. His wife calls him the motorcycle whisperer because he is able to just "know" what the bike needs.
When he's not tinkering, you can find him exploring the landscape from a two wheeled perspective.
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