The Tradition of the ride or Guardian BellMany 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 ride 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.

As the folklore continues some sources relate that the history of the bell dates way back to the covered wagon days, when range roving teamsters would put ornate bells on their team that would signal wives and family of their arrival back home. Whatever the source of this long followed biker tradition is carried on to this day, and along with this and many other traditions is what truly joins together a brotherhood of life loving freedom seekers. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “Live to ride, ride to live”. That pretty much sums up the biker lifestyle; like i have heard so many say, “riding makes me feel alive”, and to them nothing else could take the place of being in the wind!

The biker lifestyle is much more than a custom Harley, the right leathers or a hot chick riding on the back. Always misunderstood, but nonetheless has become an integral part of American culture with the acceptance by popular public groups and figures.

Motorcyclists use the word “freedom” to describe the feeling they get when they ride, associating it with the open road, the wind in their hair, escaping into the grandeur of the mountains and canyons.

Freedom is of course relative to another man’s freedom. Where I might consider myself free, another man claims I’m limited and bound. It’s dependent on natural conditions like stopping a ride to answer the call of Nature. There are social conditions as well; if my thoughts and opinions were influenced by the society I grew up in, am I truly making choices all my own?

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