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Offline Rocket Racer

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Gremlins
« on: 21.07. 2016 05:54 »
I was trawling through a local online auction site  *whistle* looking for Bell Bullitt helmets and happened across a number of Gremlin Bells  *conf2*. I must admit I'd never heard of these suckers, but it turns out there is a motorcycling tradition (god knows where, I'd never heard of it) that motorcyclists give each other little bells to hang off their motorcycles to ward off gremlins  *doubt*
Now my immediate thoughts are these are just another thing to fall off a BSA.
Apparently you don't buy them for yourself or they lack protection  *conf*.
Just wondered how well known this concept is. Sounds suspiciously American in origin *dunno* 
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #1 on: 21.07. 2016 06:16 »
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #2 on: 21.07. 2016 06:23 »
Apologies Richard  ::hh::
I'm rather bemused by this concept, sounds decidedly hokey.
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #3 on: 21.07. 2016 06:53 »
Seen some stuff about it on Merkin forums, load of crap
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #4 on: 21.07. 2016 07:02 »
Sounds like we have a consensus !

Quite bizarre
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #5 on: 21.07. 2016 08:44 »
of cause its crap.

Biker folklore . I was told the story by a very drunken and hairy old biker while camping on a bike trip to the desert around a camp fire on the nevada/california border in the early seventies.

 

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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #6 on: 21.07. 2016 08:53 »
I actually came across it fairly recently when reading – ‘Buddha on the Roll’, but have heard other instance of it since.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00P9SMUB0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Might have a useful placebo effect I suppose, though by the sounds of it, not on this forum.
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #7 on: 21.07. 2016 09:38 »
I was given one about 8 years ago...  works 4 me..
They stop the Gremlins getting into your electrics..( something Lucas should have paintented )  *whistle*
The theory is the gremlins climb inside the dome of the bell,
they cover their ears from the constant ringing & fall off..
& that my friend is how pot holes are made.. 
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #8 on: 21.07. 2016 12:43 »
RR,

I guess I should have added a smile and a wink. Certainly, no offense taken. I was both exclaiming how silly it is and playing with the words.

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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #9 on: 21.07. 2016 13:36 »
 And if you hang one off your traffic cop, it stop idiots from cutting you off and pulling out in front of you.

 Listen to us discussing 70s chopper culture ;)

 BTW, for those from across the pond a "traffic cop" is a ball peen hammer you mount in a loop to get bad drivers attention. Or if you had a big sissy with a bunny box, your old lady could swing the cop while you let your arm pits air out hanging onto the jailhouse handlebars bars *ex* *grins*
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #10 on: 21.07. 2016 13:46 »
BTW, for those from across the pond a "traffic cop" is a ball peen hammer you mount in a loop to get bad drivers attention. Or if you had a big sissy with a bunny box, your old lady could swing the cop while you let your arm pits air out hanging onto the jailhouse handlebars bars *ex* *grins*

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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #11 on: 21.07. 2016 14:05 »
I'm with you Morris, but never seen Richard swear before ..I'm shocked ... best not ask him about trump  *whistle*
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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #12 on: 21.07. 2016 19:25 »
Sometimes known as "demon bells". I suspect these are why Harley riders like loud pipes. If they were quiet, it would sound like Santa's reindeer going down the road.

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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #13 on: 21.07. 2016 19:36 »
read all the comments what the hell are you all talking about should have paid more attention in class *conf*

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Re: Gremlins
« Reply #14 on: 21.07. 2016 20:20 »
Doesn't sound very masculine, to be frank.