You got a new motorcycle bell. Great! Now, if you are wondering where to put your shiny new biker bell, this blog post will provide you with plenty of ideas no matter what kind of bike you ride.
When I gave my friend Kathleen the brand new Sparkle Rider Swarovski motorcycle bell she was nice enough to help me film a video that demonstrates the various hanging options. And on her bike — a gorgeous 2009 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe — she has plenty of locations to attach her new biker bell. Thanks, Kathleen!
Below is the video. But be sure to scroll down to view more than a dozen other examples of bell placements from the women motorcycle riders I surveyed for this article.
Motorcycle Bells for Bikers
Averaging about an inch tall, these little motorcycles bells are also known as Gremlin Bells, Guardian Bells, Harley Bells or Spirit Bells. They are a kind of a good luck charm or a talisman attached to a bike to protect motorcycle riders during their travels.
A biker tradition for many years with the purpose to ward off road gremlins and evil spirits that cause trouble to the bike. Road gremlins are drawn to engine noise. What they like to do is to jump onto your engine and cause trouble and mischief. Road gremlins have been known to drain batteries, put nails in tires, or even blow the alternator when you are hundreds of miles away from a repair shop.
Motorcycles bells for bikers work by trapping the gremlins inside the bell and driving them insane with a constant ringing. This makes them lose their grip and eventually fall off your bike before any havoc has been done.
Giving a motorcycle bell as a gift keeps the recipient safe from road gremlins as it acts as a guardian angel. It spreads good karma and is why they make such wonderful motorcycle gifts. Not to mention, it’s inexpensive and is one of the best motorcycle accessories that you can give as a gift to bikers, whether they ride on 2-wheels, 3-wheels, a Harley Davidson cruiser, café racer, street bike, or pretty much any other kind of bike. Bikers love to receive them because it brings them good luck.
Legend of the Motorcycle Bell
According to legend, motorcycle bells for bikers have twice the magical protective power when given as a gift.
Upon opening the Sparkle Rider gift box, you’ll see a beautiful card with “The Legend.”
So where do you put your new gremlin bell?
The preferred location to hang your gremlin motorcycle bell is close to the ground because it’s closer to where the road gremlins are, but we’ve seen motorcycle riders put them in all sorts of places. Especially when you are well-loved and have more than one gremlin bell on your bike! After all, unless you are selling the bike, it is considered bad luck to remove your bell.
It is recommended not to place it directly behind the front tire if you can help it because that’s where debris is kicked up by the tire.
Also, it’s good to have it where you can see it to make sure hasn’t come off.
Kathleen’s gorgeous Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe has a lot of options for hanging her new crystal biker bell. It can go low on her frame, the crash bars or the pedals on either side.
Kathleen really likes it on the high side because you can see it real well.
I surveyed several women motorcycle riders to learn where they put their guardian bell. Take a look at all the real life examples for where one can mount a motorcycle bell.
How to hang the motorcycle ride bell
Hanging the bell is a piece of cake. All you need is a cable zip tie or bell hanger.
If your frame is black go with a black zip tie, otherwise use a clear one or get a color to match where you are going to put it. Nowadays you can get a variety of colors as shown with these Amazon products.
As a side note, zip ties are extremely useful on the road and can be used to temporarily attach broken things. For example, on my last trip one of the plastic parts on my gps mount broke. Without it I couldn’t use the gps. A friend happened to be carrying zip ties and patched it up for me so it was at least usable for the remainder of the trip. Now I make sure to always have some on hand!
The other option is to use a dedicated biker bell hanger. The Guardian Bell brand makes a simple one, and there are even more creative options on the market. Using one of these makes attaching the bell simple and easy because you mount the hanger on an existing screw or bolt on the bike. The bell can then hang from the hanger with a keyring.
Now that you know more about hanging your ride bell, share the good luck! Give one as a gift for the motorcycle rider friend or friends in your life. And show us yours! Post a pic of your gremlin bell in the comments below and caption it with your bike model. It will help and inspire others wanting to know how to hang a motorcycle bell. Have fun and may the evil road gremlins never bother you again!