Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
So a guy that I know bought a Harley. He's middle-aged. A little older than I am. I don't know if he's ever ridden before. I suspect not. He took a safety course. That's great. We showed up because my wife was expressing interest and asking if I thought she should ride. Honestly, no. It's hard to trust anyone else you care about with the dangers... Anyway, we pulled into the parking lot and parked and watched them for 10-15 minutes. We picked out a guy in full Harley attire. We're guessing that was him. Unfortunately, whoever that was, they seemed to be struggling. This was like 3 PM on the 2nd day. They were doing an exercise where they accelerate around a corner, shifting up to 2nd or 3rd, and then simulate an emergency stop. He seemed to have very aggressive gear changes, and seemed to be stoppy-ing every time. It was pretty scary to see...
Anyway, we weren't sure if he saw us, and maybe we were making him nervous so we left. We didn't hear any news about it, but we were at a birthday party in the family today and my wife subtly asked how it went. He said it went great. We didn't pry. Then his wife said to show everyone what she bought him. I had never heard of it so I had trouble hearing what it was. He repeated. All he said is that "it's for the bottom of the bike". I heard "gremlin belt". Upon Googling it turns out it is apparently a "Gremlin Bell". Seems like a bell decoration that people mount to their bikes for good luck basically. Seems the safety strategy here is hocus-pocus.
In 5 years of riding, and being in a social, family motorcycle club the whole time (albeit, less active the last two years), I don't think I've ever heard of this (or at least, it wasn't significant enough for me to know what it was or remember it). He wanted my wife to make him a shirt that said "press boobs here" on his back. She has one of those cutter machines that cut iron-on vinyl that can be stuck to T-shirts and things like that. That suggests to me that his only safety gear on this bike is going to be a good luck charm, and if he holds true to Harley culture as he appears to be quickly subscribing to I'm guessing he'll have one of those half-helmet jokes.
I'm really curious how many other people have heard of this, and what your thoughts are on it.
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
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