Return to Main Archive Island Website Archive Island - an upcoming television series :: View topic - AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT BELLS
Archive Island - an upcoming television series Forum Index Archive Island - an upcoming television series
Looking at the 20th century thru the eyes of the future!
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 


Post new topic   Reply to topic    Archive Island - an upcoming television series Forum Index -> The Bells of History
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Site Admin

Joined: 01 Feb 2004
Posts: 141
Location: Archive Island

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:48 am    Post subject: AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT BELLS Reply with quote


I get news alerts from google about various topics. I found this story about out bells to be fairly interesting.

R.B. Newberry

April 6/06

Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents.

To ward off evil road spirits,bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The freedom or spirit bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. The powers of the bell are magnified if it is given as a gift by someone who cares.

The belief behind the bells is so strong, in fact, that many bikers won't ride without them.

According to the legend, the bell traps the evil road spirits within its hollow. The constant ringing drives them insane. Pot holes in the road legend says are formed when the evil spirits hit the ground.

Albert Blais recalls first hearing the story in the late 1970s and has ridden with a bell since.

Blais and some other local motorcycle riders shared their stories of their bells with the CNJ.

Berb DuBoise said about a dozen years ago his wife gave him his first bell, choosing a bell made of Black Hills gold. While living in New York, he made a trip from Buffalo to Rochester to visit his mother. During the trip he remembers hearing the bell ringing constantly, something it had never done before. After arriving home he parked the bike and went to bed. The next morning he woke up and his tire was flat off the rims.

He believes that the bell kept the flat from occurring while he was driving, saying If that had happened on the road at 80 miles per hour I would have been road rash.

Albert Blais, a retired rancher, said that after 55 years of driving he has had two or three close calls but no accidents. Since the 1970s he has had a bell on every bike he owned and he believes that the bell and careful driving have contributed greatly to his good fortune.

When he traded his old motorcycle in for a new one, he said his wife bought him the bell he has now. She knows I like it on there. When I traded in the old bike, I left the bell on it because I think that when a bell is on a bike, it stays with that bike so I needed a new one he said.

Randy Rhue, service advisor at High Plains Harley Davidson, began riding at 15. He said his sister gave him his first bell in 1982 and he has had one ever since. According to Rhue, last year while he and his wife were riding they were in an accident that could have been fatal.

The bell kept us from being hurt. We should have rolled over and over but we didn't, we just slid for a little bit. It could have killed both of us.

When he went to pick up his bike after having it repaired there was a new shiny silver bell on it, a gift from High Plains Harley Davidson.

He still keeps his old bell on his desk as a reminder this is the bell that saved me from very severe injury he said. It served its purpose so I retired it.

Richard Canada said he bought his first bell eight years ago. By God, nobody else bought me one and I sure wasn't riding without one, so I bought it myself, he said. He selected a silver bell to match his bike, choosing it because, he said It was a happy bell it said let's go riding.

Steve Burns, a seasoned rider of 35 years, said he never knew the story of the bell. Five years ago after he bought a new bike, a good friend approached him at a motorcycle rally in Ruidoso. He told me your bike is missing something and handed me a bell he said. Prior to being given the bell, Burns said he had been plagued with numerous mechanical problems. It's never broken down since he said.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Archive Island - an upcoming television series Forum Index -> The Bells of History All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group